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Carson City, Nevada

Nevada is the 35th most populous and the 7th largest (109,781 square miles) of the 50 states and capital district in the US. Its capital city is Carson City (see the image below). Majority of occupations in Nevada is management and professional (27.20%), followed by sales and office (25.90%). Black or African American is the second largest race in this state after White.

State Stats and Facts

  1. Nevada is often referred to as the Silver State, Sagebrush State and Battle Born State
  2. Nevada has one of the lowest rate of homeownership (57.80% whilst country median 65.50%)
  3. Nevada has one of the highest death rate resulting from storm events (58 vs. USA median 11)
  4. Nevada has one of the highest number of violent crime, per 100K (608 compared to national average 387)
  5. Nevada has one of the highest lead releases, in pounds

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Total population compared to the USA
Population distribution by race or ethnicity
Female vs male population
Education, home ownership and poverty rate
Land area, population density and life expectancy
Unemployment rate and occupation types
Business ownerships
Production and sales per business sector

Population Charts

Data from 2013 shows Nevada population was 2,790,136 which ranks the 35th of the 50 United States and capital district. The most populous city in Nevada is Las Vegas. In this part, you’ll learn various state profiles on population by race, age and gender.


Total population compared to the USA

From April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013, net population change is 3.30%. This is higher than national average, which is 2.40%. Nevada population represents only 0.88% of the USA’s whole population as featured in the following chart.

Nevada total population compared to the USA

Population distribution by race or age

Census 2013 shows the following 5 races or ethnicities representing population in Nevada (in descending order):

  • White ancestry 76.70%
  • Black or African American 9.00%
  • Asian ethnicity 8.10%
  • Others (two or more races) 3.90%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native 1.60%
  • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.70%

The following chart compares Nevada population distribution to national average:

Comparison of Nevada population distribution by rate or ethnicity to USA average

Based on Census QuickFacts 2013, 6.40% of Nevada population are under 5 years old, 23.70% are under 18 years and 13.70% are 65 years or older. Furthermore 29.00% of Nevada population (over the age of five) speak language other than English at home, which is higher than the US average of 20.50%.

Female vs male population

Female population in 2013 is 49.60% which is slightly less than male population. Nevada female population number ranks the 47th nation-wide. USA’s average female population is 50.80% whereas male population average is 49.20%.  The following chart shows comparison of female and male population between Nevada and the USA.

Female and male population in Nevada vs USA average

Demographics Charts

In this section, you’ll find a collection of statistical profiles on education, property ownerships, poverty, land area, population density and life expectancy.  For analysis purposes, each state data is compared to national average.  Data is sourced from last census.

Education, home ownership and poverty rate

In the chart below, you’ll find:

  • Rate of high school graduates is 84.40% which is lower than US average of 85.70%
  • Rate of bachelor’s degree is 22.20%, lower than US average of 28.50%
  • Home ownership rate is 57.80%, this is lower than national average of 65.50%
  • People who live below poverty rate is 14.20%, this is lower than US average of 14.90%

Data is obtained from Census 2008-2012.

Comparison of Nevada Education, Home Ownership and Poverty to USA average

Land area, population density and life expectancy

Featured on the table below is:

  • Land area is 3.11% of total land area
  • Nevada has less population density than the USA average (24.6 people per square mile vs 87.4)
  • Life expectancy in Nevada is lower by .81 years than national average

Data is based on Census 2010.

Nevada land area, population density & life expectancy
Demographic Attribute Nevada USA
Land area (square miles) 109,781.18 3,531,905.43
Population density (people per square mile) 24.6 87.4
Life expectancy (years) 78.1 78.9

Unemployment rate and occupation types

Nevada unemployment rate (May 2013 to June 2014) is 7.10% (higher than national average). Minimum wage in Nevada is $7.25 per hour, which ranks the 31st highest among the states.  The table and chart below show various occupation types based on data obtained from 2010.

Occupation types in Nevada based on Census 2010
Occupation Nevada USA
Management or professional-related job 27.20% 34.90%
Service-related job 25.60% 17.10%
Sales and office job 25.90% 25.50%
Farming, fishing, and forestry 0.20% 0.70%
Construction, extraction, maintenance and repair 11.70% 9.30%
Production, transportation and material moving 9.40% 12.50%
Comparison of Nevada Occupation Types to USA Average

With regard to travel time to work, workers in Nevada usually took less time than US average. Data from American Community Survey shows travel time in Nevada was 23.8 minutes on average, whereas national average was 25.4 minutes. Average travel time is obtained by calculating time required to get from home to work each day during the week.

Business ownerships

Latest census business data shows:

  • Black-owned firms 3.90%, lower than national average of 7.10%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native-owned firms 0.80%, lower than national median of 0.90%
  • Asian-owned firms 7.90%, higher than US average of 5.70%
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-owned firms 0.30%, higher than the country’s average of 0.10%
  • Hispanic-owned firms 8.10%, lower than national average of 8.30%
  • Women-owned firms 28.60%, lower than US median of 28.80%

For comparison purpose, the following chart includes data from US average.

Comparison of Business Ownership Percentage to USA Average

Production and sales

The following table and chart show manufacturers production shipments and sales figures per business area. This information highlights which specific business area Nevada is strong at.

Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures
Description Nevada USA
Manufacturers shipments ($1000) 15,735,787 5,319,456,312
Merchant wholesaler sales ($1000) 19,255,893 4,174,286,516
Retail sales ($1000) 37,433,983 3,917,663,456
Accommodation and food services ($1000) 28,815,533 613,795,732
Nevada Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures

Retail spending per person is $14,579.00, which is higher than US average of $12,990.00. In 2012, number of building permits issued in Nevada was 9,071.

Interesting Facts and Statistics (continued)

  1. Nevada has one of the highest number of teenagers not in school and not working (11.30% while USA average 7.95%)
  2. Nevada has one of the highest robbery rates (178 whilst national median 113)
  3. Nevada has one of the highest mercury releases, per 1000 population
  4. Nevada has one of the lowest number of farming, fishing and forestry occupations (0.20% whilst country average 0.70%)
  5. Nevada has one of the highest carcinogen releases, in pounds
  6. Nevada has one of the highest injury rates resulting from storm events (673 whilst country median 84)
  7. Nevada has one of the highest number of homeless people (0.54% whilst national median 0.21%)
  8. Nevada has one of the lowest number of people living in the same house for 1 year or more (77.70% vs. national average 84.80%)
  9. Nevada has one of the lowest number of management and professional-related occupations (27.20% whereas national average 34.90%)
  10. Nevada has one of the highest violent crime rates (608 whereas USA average 387)
  11. Nevada has one of the highest number of people working in service industry (25.60% vs. USA median 17.10%)

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