35 Facts About Nevada

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

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

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

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4. 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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5. 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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6. Name "Nevada" comes from the Spanish adjective nevada, meaning "snow-covered" or “snowy”.

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

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

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10. 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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11. 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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12. 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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13. Nevada is almost entirely within the Basin and Range Province and is broken up by many north–south mountain ranges.

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14. Vegetation of Nevada is diverse and differs by state area.

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

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16. In 2021, the estimated population of Nevada was 3,143,991, an increase of 39,377 residents since the 2020 census.

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17. Center of population of Nevada is in southern Nye County.

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

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

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20. Top countries of origin for immigrants in Nevada were Mexico, the Philippines (14.3 percent), El Salvador (5.2 percent), China (3.1 percent), and Cuba (3 percent).

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21. Church attendance in Nevada is among the lowest of all US states.

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22. Parts of Nevada are situated in the Mormon Corridor.

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

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24. Economy of Nevada is tied to tourism, mining, and cattle ranching.

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25. Nevada is served by several US highways: US6, US50, US93, US95 and US395.

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

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

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

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29. State sales tax in Nevada is variable depending upon the county.

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

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

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

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

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

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