Statehood: October 31, 1864, the 36th State.
Capital: Carson City
Total Area: 7th among states,
286,367 sq km (110,567 sq mi).
Water Area: 1,971 sq km
(761 sq mi).
Highest Point: Boundary
Peak 4,005 m (13,140 ft).
Total Population: 35th
2010 census - 2,700,551
Population Density in 2010: 24.6
people per sq mi
Distribution in 2000: 87.4%
Urban, 12.6% Rural.
Gross State Product - $127 billion
Personal income per Capita - $38,578 (2009)
Largest cities in 2010:
Las Vegas: 583,756
During the Cold War, the U.S. Atomic
Energy Commission chose a Nevada site to
test nuclear weapons.
State Park near Gabbs has fossils of ancient fishlike reptiles.
City, founded when the Comstock Lode was discovered, was home to 20,000
people at its peak in the 1870s but now has
only about 800.
Charles Frémont led the first thorough exploration of the Great Basin,
which includes most of Nevada, in 1843 and
Nevada is the driest state in the nation with an average annual rainfall of only about 7 inches. The wettest part of state receives about 40 inches of precipitation per year, while the driest spot has less than four inches per year.
Nevada was made famous by the discovery of the fabulous Comstock Lode in 1859. Its mines have produced large quantities of gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, mercury, barite, and tungsten.
Nevada is the gambling and entertainment capital of the United States.
Hoover Dam, near Las Vegas, impounds the waters of Lake Mead, one of the world's largest artificial lakes.
In 1899 Charles Fey invented a slot machine named the Liberty Bell. The device became the model for all slots to follow.
There were 16,067 slots in Nevada in 1960. In 1999 Nevada had 205,726 slot machines, one for every 10 residents.
Nevada is the largest gold-producing state in the nation. It is second in the world behind South Africa.
Las Vegas has more hotel rooms than any other place on earth.