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Nevada State Profile

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Population

  • With 2,414,807 residents in 2005, Nevada is the 35th most populated state in the U.S.
  • The total population of Nevada grew 20.8 percent from 2000 to 2005 – the fastest growing state in the U.S. The growth rate in the U.S. during this time period was 5.3 percent.
  • Nevada is becoming more diverse. The percentage of Whites is declining while the percentages of Hispanics, African-Americans, and Asians are growing.

Distribution (%) of Total Population by Race/Ethnicity from 2000 to 2005
Race/Ethnicity 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
White 65.5% 64.2% 63.1% 62.2% 61.2% 60.0%
Hispanic, Latino 19.9% 20.7% 21.5% 22.2% 22.8% 23.5%
African-American 6.7% 6.8% 6.9% 6.9% 7.0% 7.2%
Native American, AK Native 1.1% 1.1% 1.1% 1.1% 1.1% 1.1%
Asian, Pacific Islander 5.0% 5.2% 5.4% 5.6% 5.8% 6.0%
Two or More Races 2.0% 2.0% 2.1% 2.1% 2.2% 2.2%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates

Nevada - Cities and Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)

  • The three largest cities (Metropolitan Areas) in Nevada are Las Vegas-Paradise, Reno-Sparks, and Carson City.
  • Las Vegas had an estimated population of 1,710,551 in 2005 – the 31st largest MSA in the U.S.
  • The estimated population in Reno (the capital of NV) in 2005 was 393,946 – the 124th largest metropolitan area in the U.S.
  • Carson City was the 361st largest metropolitan area with 56,062 residents.

Nevada - Income and Poverty

  • In 2004, Nevada ranked 17th among the 50 states in personal income per capita ($33,787 per resident).
  • Nevada’s personal income per capita relative to the U.S. has fallen dramatically from 129 percent in 1960 to 102 percent in 2004 (see below).

Personal Income per Capita in Nevada as a Percent of the U.S. Average from 1960 to 2004
Nevada per capita income map
Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

  • Among the 50 states, Nevada has the 16th lowest percentage of its total population living in poverty (11.1%) and the 18th lowest percentage of children under 18 living in poverty (14.9%) – 2005 American Community Survey.

Nevada - Educational Attainment

  • In 2005, Nevada ranked 46th among the 50 states in the percentage of its adults aged 25 to 64 with at least high school diploma (83.7%).
  • Nevada ranked 46th in the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher (21.2%) and 49th in the percentage with a graduate or professional degree (6.5%).
  • Relative to the U.S. average, Nevada has larger percentages of adults who have less than a high school education, completed just a high school diploma, and some college but no degree, and smaller percentages with college degrees – associate and higher (see below).

Educational Attainment of 25 to 64 Year Olds in 2005 – Nevada and the U.S. Average
Nevada education attainment
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

Nevada - Workforce and Economy

  • In 2005, Nevada had the 14th lowest unemployment rate of all states – 4.1 percent compared to the U.S. average of 5.1 percent. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Relative to the U.S. average, Nevada has a much larger percentage of its workforce employed in service and construction occupations, slightly higher than the U.S. average in sales and office occupations, and smaller percentages employed in all other occupational categories (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • The distribution of employment by industry reveals a similar pattern of employment – with much larger percentages of Nevada’s employment in the service industries (arts, entertainment, recreation and food service) and construction industries (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • Nevada ranked 32nd among the 50 states on the Progressive Policy Institute’s 2002 State New Economy Index – an index that measures the degree to which states are structured according to the new “knowledge-based” economy. (Located at: http://www.neweconomyindex.org/states/index.html)

Nevada - Health and Well-Being

  • 18.5 percent of Nevada residents do not have health insurance – the 8th highest percentage in the U.S. (2005 Current Population Survey)
  • 21.0 percent of Nevada residents are overweight enough to be labeled obese – lower than the national average of 23.1 percent and the state with the second highest rate of obesity in the U.S. (Centers for Disease Control)
  • In Nevada, 216 per 100,000 residents died of cancer during the years 2000 to 2002 – higher than the U.S. average of 204 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • A higher proportion of Nevada residents (341 of 100,000) died of cardiovascular complications from 2000 to 2002 – higher than the national average of 333 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • On the 2005 America’s Health Rankings (United Health Foundation), Nevada ranked 37th among the states in overall health. The state rankings and measures can be accessed at http://www.unitedhealthfoundation.org/ahr2005.html.

Nevada - Crime and Corrections

  • In 2004, Nevada had the 8th highest rate of violent crime among the 50 states (616 incidences per 100,000 residents). The U.S. rate was 466 incidences per 100,000 residents. (FBI, Uniform Crime Reports)
  • In the same year, there were 4,207 incidences of property crime per 100,000 residents in Nevada – well above the U.S. average of 3,517.
  • Nevada had the 15th highest incarceration rate per capita in 2004 – with 487 prisoners under federal and state jurisdiction per 100,000 residents. The rate of incarceration in Nevada was above the U.S. average from 1980 to 2000 and fell slightly below the U.S. average by 2004 (see below).

Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – Nevada and the U.S. Average
Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – Nevada and the U.S. Average
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

Nevada Counties

State averages often mask vast disparities within states. For example, the personal income per capita in Nevada ranges from $18,300 in Pershing County to $42,772 in Douglas County. Also, the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher ranges from 8.3 percent in Pershing County to 24.5 percent in Washoe County (a ratio of 3 to 1).

Therefore, it is important to display regional and county differences. Many of these data are available to MyOnlineMaps.com subscribers at the state and county levels – and can be used to generate state and county maps or to download for research purposes. Furthermore, the “Resources” section of MyonlineMaps.com contains links to these and other valuable data sources.

Nevada Counties

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