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Population
  2010 2011
Population 2,700,551 2,723,322
State Rank 35 35
Median Age 36.3 36.6
Total 8 year-olds 36,291 36,230
Boys 18,592 18,625
Girls 17,699 17,605
Total 9 year-olds 37,171 36,137
Boys 19,313 18,481
Girls 17,858 17,656
Total 10 year-olds 37,035 36,967
Boys 19,023 19,165
Girls 18,012 17,802
Total 11 year-olds 36,710 37,164
Boys 18,697 19,107
Girls 18,013 18,057
Total 12 year-olds 36,068 36,637
Boys 18,386 18,704
Girls 17,682 17,933
 
How People Get to Work:
Drive Alone 78.3% 78.6%
Car Pool 11.0% 11.1%
Public Transportation 3.3% 3.5%
Work at Home 3.7% 2.8%

Geography
Capital Carson City
Largest City Las Vegas city
Second Largest City Henderson city
Persons Per Square Mile (State, 2010) 24.6

Business
  2000 2010
Dentist Offices 671 1,090
Amusement Parks 6 2
Fast-Food Restaurants 1,470 2,601
Toy Stores 74 67
Video/Disc Rental Stores 135 81
Zoos & Botanical Gardens 2 3
Candy & Nut Stores 52 49
Pet & Pet Supply Stores 58 64
Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Makers 5 2

Note: As is the case with all surveys, statistics from sample surveys are subject to sampling and nonsampling error.

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History

  • Date of Statehood: October 31, 1864
  • Population 1870: 42,491
  • Population 1900: 42,335
  • Population 1950: 160,083
  • Population 2000: 1,998,257

I never knew that! *

  • Nickname: Silver State
  • Flower: Sagebrush
  • Tree: Single-Leaf Pinon
  • Bird: Mountain Bluebird
  • Animal: Desert Bighorn Sheep
  • Reptile: Desert Tortoise
  • Metal: Silver

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Who told you this stuff?

The U.S. Census Bureau takes a census of the population every 10 years, and censuses of economic activity and governments every five years. And every year, the Census Bureau conducts more than 100 other surveys. Data on this page come from the 2010 Census, the American Community Survey, and County Business Patterns.

How are these data collected?

The U.S. Census Bureau sends questionnaires in the mail or contacts businesses and households to participate in its surveys.

* State symbol information was obtained from various non-Census Bureau resources including state web sites, educational web sites, and commercial entities.