55 Facts About Nevada


Nevada is a state in the Western region of the United States.

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Nevada is the 7th-most extensive, the 32nd-most populous, and the 9th-least densely populated of the U S states.

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Nevada is officially known as the "Silver State" because of the importance of silver to its history and economy.

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Nevada became the 36th state on October 31, 1864, as the second of two states added to the Union during the Civil War.

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In 1940, with a population of just over 110, 000 people, Nevada was by far the least-populated state, with less than half the population of the next least-populous state, Wyoming.

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Name "Nevada" comes from the Spanish adjective nevada, meaning "snow-covered" or “snowy”.

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Nevada was annexed as a part of the Spanish Empire in the northwestern territory of New Spain.

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Administratively, the area of Nevada was part of the Commandancy General of the Provincias Internas in the Viceroyalty of New Spain.

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Nevada became a part of Alta California province in 1804 when the Californias were split.

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On March 2, 1861, the Nevada Territory separated from the Utah Territory and adopted its current name, shortened from The Sierra Nevada.

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Eight days before the presidential election of 1864, Nevada became the 36th state in the Union, despite lacking the minimum 60, 000 residents that Congress typically required a potential state to have in order to become a state.

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Nevada is one of only two states to significantly expand its borders after admission to the Union, with the other being Missouri, which acquired additional territory in 1837 due to the Platte Purchase.

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Nevada achieved its current southern boundaries on January 18, 1867, when it absorbed the portion of Pah-Ute County in the Arizona Territory west of the Colorado River, essentially all of present-day Nevada south of the 37th parallel.

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The transfer was prompted by the discovery of gold in the area, and officials thought Nevada would be better able to oversee the expected population boom.

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Nevada launched the first phase of its reopening on May 9, 2020.

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Nevada is almost entirely within the Basin and Range Province and is broken up by many north–south mountain ranges.

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Several rivers drain from the Sierra Nevada eastward, including the Walker, Truckee, and Carson rivers.

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Nevada has 172 mountain summits with 2, 000 feet of prominence.

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Nevada contains six biotic zones: alpine, sub-alpine, ponderosa pine, pinion-juniper, sagebrush and creosotebush.

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Clark County is the most populous county in Nevada, accounting for nearly three-quarters of its residents.

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Nevada had the highest percentage growth in population from 2017 to 2018.

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Since the 2020 census, the population of Nevada had a natural increase of 2, 374; and an increase due to net migration of 36, 605 (of which 34, 280 was due to domestic and 2, 325 was due to international migration).

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From about the 1940s until 2003, Nevada was the fastest-growing state in the U S percentage-wise.

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Thus, in terms of population, Nevada is one of the most centralized states in the nation.

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Since 1950, the rate of population born in Nevada has never peaked above 27 percent, the lowest rate of all states.

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Indigenous languages of Nevada include Northern Paiute, the Southern Paiute, Shoshone, and Washo.

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I-80 crosses through the northern part of Nevada, roughly following the path of the Humboldt River from Utah in the east and the Truckee River westward through Reno into California.

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Nevada is served by several U S highways: US6, US50, US93, US95 and US395.

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Many of Nevada's counties have a system of county routes as well, though many are not signed or paved in rural areas.

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In Nevada there is essentially a standard of six-figure income to affordably rent a single-family home.

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Education in Nevada is achieved through public and private elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as colleges and universities.

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Nevada Legislature is a bicameral body divided into an Assembly and Senate.

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On December 18, 2018, Nevada became the first in the United States with a female majority in its legislature.

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Supreme Court of Nevada is the state supreme court and the head of the Nevada Judiciary.

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In 1900, Nevada's population was the smallest of all states and was shrinking, as the difficulties of living in a "barren desert" began to outweigh the lure of silver for many early settlers.

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Already having legalized gambling and prostitution, Nevada continued the trend of boosting its profile by adopting one of the most liberal divorce statutes in the nation.

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Nevada has no personal income tax or corporate income tax.

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In 2009, the Nevada Legislature passed a bill creating a domestic partnership registry which enables gay couples to enjoy the same rights as married couples.

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Nevada corporations offer great flexibility to the board of directors and simplify or avoid many of the rules that are cumbersome to business managers in some other states.

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In 2016, Nevada voters approved Question2, which legalized the possession, transportation and cultivation of personal use amounts of marijuana for adults age 21 years and older, and authorized the creation of a regulated market for the sale of marijuana to adults age 21 years and older through state-licensed retail outlets.

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Nevada voters had previously approved medical marijuana in 2000, but rejected marijuana legalization in a similar referendum in 2006.

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Nevada remains the only state to still use mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines for possession of drugs.

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported, in their Behavioral Health Barometer for Nevada, published in 2014, changes to substance abuse patterns and addiction across the southwestern state.

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Between 2012 and 2013, adolescents in Nevada abused illicit substances at a slightly higher percentage than nationally.

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Nevada voters enacted a smoking ban in November 2006 which became effective on December 8, 2006.

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In 2011, smoking restrictions in Nevada were relaxed for certain places which allow only people 21 or older inside.

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Nevada has voted for the winner in nearly every presidential election from 1912 to 2020, the only exceptions being 1976 when it voted for Gerald Ford over Jimmy Carter and 2016 when the state was carried by Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.

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From 1912 to 2020, Nevada has been carried by the presidential victor the most out of any state.

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In 2016, Nevada lost its bellwether status briefly when it narrowly cast its votes for Hillary Clinton.

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Nevada has been carried by the winner of nearly every presidential election since its first in 1864, only being carried by the defeated candidate eight times since statehood.

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Nevada is the only U S state to have a none of the above option available on its ballots.

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Nevada has by far the most hotel rooms per capita in the United States.

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Nevada has one hotel room for every 14 residents, far above the national average of one hotel room per 67 residents.

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Prostitution is legal in parts of Nevada in licensed brothels, but only counties with populations under 400, 000 have the option to legalize it.

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Nevada takes pride in college sports, most notably its college football.

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