Area:              110,540 square miles (seventh in size)

Population:    2,600,167 (2008 estimate as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau)

Five Largest Cities (2006 estimate as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau):

Las Vegas, 552,539
Henderson, 240,614
Reno, 210,255
North Las Vegas, 197,567

Sparks, 89,959

 

Number of Counties: 16, plus one city-county (Carson City)

Highest Point:            Boundary Peak, 13,141 feet

Lowest Point:             Colorado River, 470 feet

Capital:                      Carson City (population - 55,000 plus)

State Government:    Bicameral, biennial legislature - 21 senators, 42 assembly members

State Nicknames:       Silver State, Sagebrush State, Battle Born State

Origin of State Name: Spanish word for “snowcapped”

Admitted to the Union: October 31, 1864, 36th state

Precipitation: Average annual number of days with precipitation of 0.01-inch or more varies considerably around the state.  In Southern Nevada, Las Vegas averages 23 days, Ely 72, while in Northern Nevada, Reno average 49, Winnemucca 67 and Elko 78. 

 

State Symbols

State Flower: Sagebrush

State Bird: Mountain Bluebird

State Trees: Single-Leaf Pinion Pine and Bristlecone Pine

State Animal: Nelson or Desert Bighorn Sheep

State Motto: "All For Our Country"

State Fossil: Ichthyosaur

State Metal: Silver

State Precious Gemstone: Black Fire Opal

State Semi-Precious Stone: Turquoise

State Rock: Sandstone

State Colors: Blue and Silver

State Fish: Lahontan Cutthroat Trout

State Grass: Indian rice grass

State Reptile: Desert tortoise

State Flag: Cobalt blue background; two sprays of sagebrush forming a half-wreath around a five-pointed star in the upper left corner; words, “Battle Born,” inscribed above star, and “Nevada” below.