Facts about the State of Nevada
The State of Nevada, like its residents, is a study in contrasts. Within its borders are magnificent mountain ranges -- evergreen and aspen-covered in some places, rocky and craggy in others. Wheeler Peak in White Pine County boasts the Bristlecone pine, among the oldest living plants on earth; one specimen was determined to have lived over 4,900 years. Nevada (along with its neighbor, California, to the west) also lays claim to one of the most beautiful areas in the world, that of the magnificent blue waters of Lake Tahoe and its surrounding evergreen-covered mountains. In other areas, wide-open spaces abound with many variations of high desert covered with sagebrush (north) and mesquite and cactus (south). Gorgeous green valleys are hidden in surprising places throughout the state.
Nevada is a large state – 110,567 sq. miles – a 10+ hour drive from the southern border to the northern – a 6.5 to 7 hour drive from side to side at its widest point. Opportunities for countless types of recreation are available at nearly every turn in the road – hiking, biking, swimming, kayaking, skiing, snowboarding, skating, mountain climbing, exploring ghost towns, and the list goes on and on.
In comparison to its size, Nevada is sparsely populated. The 2000 census indicates a population just under two million persons, while the most recent estimate from 2005 shows a 20+% increase to approximately 2.5 million. The people of Nevada are primarily white (60%) with a fast-growing Hispanic population (23.5%). The remainder is made up of Black (7.7%), Asian ((5.7%) and Native American (1.4%) with 1.7% as “other”.
A sizeable number of Nevadans work in the mining industry. Another large segment work in the hospitality/casino industry and related service businesses; many work for minimum wage and struggle to get by. In contrast, Nevada is one of the wealthier states per capita in the U.S., and boasts of no state income or estate tax. The U.S. Government is a large property owner in Nevada: 86.1% of the State is Federally controlled land. Many Nevadans work for the Federal Government in the Forest Service, BLM, Park Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Fish & Wildlife Service, Department of Defense and Department of Energy.
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