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Capital: Carson City
State motto: All for our country
Surface: 286,351 km²
Residents: 2,998,039 (2017 census update) (9 units / km²)
Member since: October 31, 1864
Time zone: Pacific: UTC − 8 / −7
Mountain: UTC − 7 / −6
The highest point: 4005 m ( Boundary Peak )
Average Height: 1675 m
Deepest point: 146 m Colorado River
Governor : Steve Sisolak ( D )
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Map of Nevada
Map of Nevada

Nevada ( English [nəˈvæːdə] ) is a state in the western United States of America . It covers most of the Great Basin east of the Sierra Nevada and is enclosed by California , Oregon , Idaho , Utah and Arizona .

Nevada joined the United States in 1864 as the 36th state and is the seventh largest by area. The capital is Carson City .

Parts of Nevada are restricted military areas, particularly the Nellis Range in the south, which is home to the Nevada Test Site , where nuclear weapons were tested during the Cold War .


Nevada is named after the Spanish word for snow ( Spanish sierra nevada for "snow-covered mountain range"). The nickname of the state is Silver State (" Silver State ").

The state name, Nevada , is correctly pronounced with a æ as the second vowel. The frequently encountered pronunciation with a ɑ is wrong in the opinion of the locals and is particularly noted negatively by politicians.

The Nevada County in Arkansas is named after the state.


View over the Eldorado Valley
Pahranagat National Wildlife Reserve

Nevada is geographically shaped by deserts or desert steppes in the hot, dry south and west as well as by broad, north-south oriented long valleys in the middle and in the north. The north-west can be described as a quasi-alpine foothills to the Sierra Nevada . Sagebrush shrubs ( Sagebrush Artemisia tridentata ) cover large areas of the steppe soil, while pine - and Virginian juniper trees are particularly common in the mountainous north and east.

Most of Nevada is in the sparsely populated Great Basin .

Along with South Africa and Australia, Nevada has the richest gold deposits in the world. There are also considerable silver reserves in Nevada, to which it owes its nickname "The Silver State" (the "Silver State").

Except for the city of West Wendover , which is in the Mountain Time Zone , the entire state is in the Pacific Time Zone .

Neighbore states

Nevada is bordered by Oregon and Idaho to the north, California to the west, Arizona to the southeast, and Utah to the east. Most of the border with Arizona is formed by the Colorado River . The Hoover Dam lies on the border with Arizona .



Nevada has a dry desert climate . The winters are relatively mild (around 10 ° C), depending on the altitude, but the nights are usually associated with frost (−8 ° C in Reno ). In the summer, on the other hand, it is very hot with temperatures above 30 ° C. In addition, there is extreme drought, which means that it sometimes gets 20 to 25 degrees colder at night. There is about 100–200 mm of precipitation per year, in winter partly as snow.


Mexico had to cede the area to the USA in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo . In 1850, the Utah Territory was established by Congress , which then comprised the states of Utah , Colorado and Nevada today . In 1859 the Comstock Lode , a rich silver and gold deposit, was discovered and Virginia City was established. With this discovery, more and more people flocked to the region: gold prospectors, prospectors , traders and others who were looking for their fortune.

On March 2, 1861, Nevada was separated from the Utah Territory and adopted the current name. On October 31, 1864, Nevada finally became the 36th state to join the United States.

In 1866, Nevada expanded to include the western part of the Utah Territory. On January 18, 1867, the part west of the Colorado River of the Pah-Ute County of the Arizona Territory was annexed, so the current area south of the 37th parallel, which today largely forms the Clark County .

During the Great Depression, Nevada allowed gambling on March 17, 1931 to fuel economic growth. In addition to gambling, in Nevada, as the only state in the USA, prostitution is traditionally legal in some districts of the state; but specifically not in Clark County and its capital Las Vegas.

The remoteness of Nevada was a prerequisite for the construction of large, secret army bases during World War II . Las Vegas Army Air Field and Tonopah AAF were built by the United States Army Air Forces in 1942. Senator Pat McCarran successfully campaigned for military facilities to be built in the Las Vegas area. The Las Vegas Army Gunnery School , Basic Magnesium Plant , Nellis Air Force Base and other facilities resulted in economic growth.

Atomic bomb tests began on the Nevada Proving Ground ( Nevada National Security Site since 2010 ) in the Nellis Range in 1951. In total, more than 1,000 nuclear explosions were carried out. It was there that most of the American nuclear bombs above and below the surface were tested during the Cold War ; In addition to the former Soviet nuclear weapons test site at Semipalatinsk near Kurchatov near Semei in the east of what is now Kazakhstan, it is the largest test site in the world. There are also facilities in the state for testing secret military missiles, such as the legendary Area 51 .

The most important native people of Nevada include the Paiute in the west and south and the Western Shoshone in the north and east of the state. Despite an initial contractual respect for territorial Indian sovereignty (e.g. in the " Ruby Valley Treaty " of 1863 between the USA and the chiefs of the Western Shoshone ), the political construction of Nevada, which was taking place in parallel, has been incorporated into the United States since the 1860s and massive discrimination against Native American rights until recently has resulted in tension and conflict between federal agencies and Native American Indians. The two Western Shoshone ranchers and recipients of the Alternative Nobel Prize (1993) Mary and Carrie Dann from Crescent Valley became best known for defending Indian rights .


Population development
Census Residents ± in%
1860 6857 -
1870 42,941 526.2%
1880 62,266 45%
1890 47,355 -23.9%
1900 42,335 -10.6%
1910 81,875 93.4%
1920 77,407 -5.5%
1930 91.058 17.6%
1940 110.247 21.1%
1950 160.083 45.2%
1960 285.278 78.2%
1970 488,738 71.3%
1980 800.493 63.8%
1990 1,201,833 50.1%
2000 1,998,257 66.3%
2010 2,700,551 35.1%
Before 1900

1900-1990 2000

Population density

Nevada became a majority-minority state in 2016; that is, white non-Hispanics lost their absolute majority of the population.

According to the 2010 census, Nevada had 2,700,551 inhabitants, of which 66.2% were white , 8.1% African-American , 7.2% Asian-American (including 3.6% Filipino), 1.2% Indian , 0.6% Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders and 12% others. 4.7% came from two or more of the groups mentioned. 26.5% of the total population described themselves as Hispanics or Latinos .

Nevada is the fastest growing US state. Between 2000 and 2003, the population of Nevada grew by 12.2% while the population of the entire United States only increased by 3.3%. Between 1990 and 2000, the population of Nevada grew 66.3% while the population of the entire United States only increased 13.1%. More than two-thirds of Nevada's population lives in the fast-growing metropolitan area of Las Vegas . With the reallocation of the seats in the House of Representatives , which takes place every ten years based on population, Nevada won a fourth seat in the US Congress in 2010 .


The religious communities with the largest membership in 2000 were the Catholic Church with 331,844, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) with 116,925 and the Southern Baptist Convention with 40,233 followers. There were 77,100 members in Jewish communities .


The main state universities are the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the University of Nevada, Reno . Other universities are summarized in the list of universities in Nevada .

Biggest cities

Las Vegas at night
Boulder City Mesquite (Nevada) Elko (Nevada) Fernley (Nevada) Carson City Sparks (Nevada) North Las Vegas Reno (Nevada) Henderson (Nevada) Las Vegas

List of cities in Nevada

Largest unincorporated places

The largest unincorporated areas in Nevada (so-called unincorporated areas , which do not have the status of a city) are:

place county Population
(as of 2000 census)
Enterprise Clark 14,676
Gardnerville Ranchos Douglas 11,054
Pahrump Nye 24,631
Paradise Clark 186.070
Spring Creek Electrolytic capacitor 10,548
Spring Valley Clark 117,390
Sunrise Manor Clark 156.120
Sun Valley Washoe 19,461
Whitney Clark 18,273
Winchester Clark 26,958


Carson City : Nevada Supreme Court
State Capitol in Carson City

Nevada's capital is Carson City . Politically, the state is shaped by the contrasts of three interest groups: the north-west (Reno, Carson City, Sierra Nevada), which is characterized by livestock and timber industries, on the one hand, and on the other, the center and the north, whose backbone is the pasture industry and huge gold mines. Due to the strong growth of Clark County since the mid-1980s with Las Vegas in the south, which is now home to more than half of Nevada's residents, a third camp with particularly high levels of tension has developed towards the other two parts of the country. Above all, the huge water demand of the player and tourist metropolis contributes to the discontent of the cattle and grazing industry in the north, which has been suffering from persistent drought for more than a decade.

The possibility of one day having to house the nuclear repository for the USA in the Yucca Mountains has been controversial in Nevada since the late 1980s . The rock massif lies in the area of ​​the "Nevada Test Site" and is considered by the Western Shoshone Indians as part of the territory assured to them in the "Treaty of Ruby Valley" in 1863. When it comes to resisting Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste disposal facility, the Nevada state government is on a rejection front with the indigenous peoples and with most of the state's residents.

Nevada was considered a swing state until the 2016 presidential election , with the liberal and rapidly growing Las Vegas in Clark County, which largely outweighed the rural-conservative rest of the state, so that Washoe County in the west with Reno was often decisive for the election . In the three presidential elections from 2008 to 2016, Nevada voted more democratic than the national average. The longtime US Senator Harry Reid , however, built a powerful political machine in the state since the mid-2000s, which has brought the Democrats into an increasingly dominant role among the electorate, which is structurally democratic by about 29 percent of Latinos. They won three of the four congressional constituencies in the 2018 elections, the Republican Senator Dean Heller , who was up for re-election, was clearly beaten by the Democrat Jacky Rosen , a Democrat was elected as governor for the first time in two decades with Steve Sisolak , and the democratic majorities in the state Legislatures were expanded. Reid had built a permanent infrastructure of paid party workers outside of election years and had drawn attention and resources to Nevada by moving the local caucus in the presidential primary to an early date in the election year. He also built a dense network of activists by sponsoring immigrant and environmental advocacy organizations that work with the powerful unions in Las Vegas to mobilize voters. The structure of the jobs in the service area gives the trade unions - the casino employees are organized in the Culinary Union - a particularly important role, but also ensures that this diversified and volatile population group has to be mobilized again and again through costly constant new registrations and requests to vote.

Presidential election results
year Democrats republican
2016 47.92% 539,260 45.50% 512,058
2012 52.36% 531,373 45.68% 463,567
2008 55.15% 533,736 42.65% 412,827
2004 47.88% 397,190 50.47% 418,690
2000 45.94% 279,978 49.49% 301,575
1996 45.60% 203,388 44.55% 198,775
1992 37.41% 189,148 34.71% 175,828
1988 37.92% 132,738 58.86% 206,040
1984 31.97% 91,655 65.85% 188,770
1980 26.89% 66,666 62.54% 155,017
1976 45.81% 92,479 50.17% 101,273
1972 36.32% 66,016 63.68% 115,750
1968 39.29% 60,598 47.46% 73,188
1964 58.58% 79,339 41.42% 56,094
1960 51.16% 54,880 48.84% 52,387

Nevada has the death penalty for murder, but of the 12 people executed since its reintroduction, 11 have waived appeals and wanted execution. The last execution took place in 2006, the only one so far involuntary (Richard Allen Moran) in 1996 (as of mid-2017).


In the 116th Congress of the United States (2019-2021), Democrats Jacky Rosen (Class 1, since 2019) and Catherine Cortez Masto (Class 3, since 2017) represent Nevada in the Senate. In the House of Representatives, the Democrats have 3 MPs and the Republicans have 1 MP.

State government

Legalization of marijuana

In November 2016, the majority of the population voted in a referendum to legalize the sale and possession of marijuana in small quantities for adults over the age of 21.

Culture and sights


Ghost towns / desolations

Cultural events


National park location view
Great Basin National Park
  • Nevada
  • 79,944 visitors (2004)
  • founded October 27, 1987
Great Basin National Park
United States map
Stella Lake Great Basin.jpg

The Great Basin National Park is the only national park that is entirely located in Nevada. In addition, Nevada has a share in Death Valley National Park on the California border. Lake Mead National Recreation Area is on the Arizona border . The state also has 26 state parks

Economy and Infrastructure

The real gross domestic product per capita (English per capita real GDP) was USD 50,161 in 2016 (national average of the 50 US states: USD 57,118; national ranking: 33). The unemployment rate was 5.0% in November 2017 (national average: 4.1%).

The most important economic factor in Nevada, due to the liberal gambling laws and the good winter sports opportunities, is tourism. Livestock farming and mining (copper, gold, mercury) are important.


Rail transport

Three major lines of the Union Pacific Railroad cross Nevada . In the north it is the transcontinental railroad that was built by the Central Pacific Railroad and the parallel line of the former Western Pacific Railroad . In the south, the route runs from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles.


  • Robert Laxalt: Nevada: A Bicentennial History. 2nd Edition. University of Nevada, Reno 1991, ISBN 0-87417-179-2 .
  • Russell R. Elliott: History of Nevada. 2nd, revised edition. University of Nebraska, Lincoln 1987, ISBN 0-8032-1811-7 .

Web links

Wiktionary: Nevada  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations
Commons : Nevada  - collection of pictures, videos, and audio files
Wikivoyage: Nevada  Travel Guide

Individual evidence

  2. ^ A b Guy Rocha: Myth # 123: Pronouncing Nevada. (PDF) (No longer available online.) Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records, archived from the original January 31, 2018 ; accessed on March 1, 2019 (English).
  3. James Frederick Bender, Eugene Ehrlich: NBC handbook of pronunciation . 4th edition. Harper & Row, New York / Cambridge 1984, ISBN 978-0-06-181142-5 (English).
  4. How Do You pronounce 'Nevada?' You're Probably Wrong , TIME Magazine, Aug 23, 2010
  5. Candidates' Guide to Pronouncing Nevada in Time for GOP Caucuses , ABC News, February 23, 2016
  6. ^ History . Naval Air Station Fallon. Retrieved May 20, 2010.
  7. ^ Robert V. Nickel: Dollars, Defense, and the Desert: Southern Nevada's Military Economy and World War II. In: Nevada Historical Society Quarterly. Volume 47, 2004, No. 4, pp. 303-327.
  8. Minette by Krosigk, Stephen Erickson: Proving Grounds: Nevada - Semipalatinsk. In: Deutschlandradio , Das Feature, July 16, 2011.
  9. US Census Bureau - Census of Population and Housing . Retrieved February 28, 2011
  10. Extract from . Retrieved February 28, 2011
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  12. US whites will soon be the minority in number, but not power - Baltimore Sun. In: The Baltimore Sun . Retrieved January 21, 2018 .
  13. 2010 Demographic Profile Data: Nevada. US Census Bureau, 2010 Census, accessed June 16, 2011 .
  15. ^ Nate Silver : Election Update: Nevada Is Still A Swing State. In: FiveThirtyEight , July 12, 2016; Daniel Rothberg: Washoe turns Republicans blue. In: The Nevada Independent , November 11, 2018.
  16. Michelle L. Price, Nicholas Riccardi: Reid Machine Keeps Humming In Nevada, Even In His Retirement. In: Huffington Post , November 18, 2018.
  17. ^ David Leip: Dave Leip's Atlas of US Presidential Elections. Retrieved November 28, 2018 .
  18. ^ State Marijuana Laws in 2016 Map. In: ; Colton Lochhead: 20 things to know about legal marijuana in Nevada. ( Memento of February 14, 2017 in the Internet Archive ) In: Las Vegas Review-Journal , December 30, 2016.
  19. ^ State Parks in Nevada. Retrieved February 25, 2018 .
  20. ^ Unemployment Rates for States. Retrieved January 17, 2018 .

Coordinates: 39 ° 0 ′  N , 117 ° 0 ′  W