Map of the United States with Nevada highlighted

Nevada is a state located in the Western United States. According to the 2020 United States Census, it is the 32nd most populous state, with 3,104,614 inhabitants,[1] but the 7th largest by land area spanning 109,781.18 square miles (284,332.0 km2).[2] Nevada is divided into 17 counties and contains 19 municipalities.[3] Nevada's municipalities cover only 1% of the state's land mass but are home to 56.7% of its population.[2]

Municipalities in the state are legally described as cities, except for the state capital Carson City, which has no legal description but is considered an independent city as it is not located in any county.[3] To incorporate, a petition for incorporation can be made to the board of county commissioners, who consider numerous geographic, demographic, and economic factors.[4] Cities are categorized by population for the purpose of determining the number of wards and council election structure as well as the number of city clerks: cities with 50,000 or more inhabitants are in population category one, cities with 5,000 or more but fewer than 50,000 inhabitants are in population category two, and cities having fewer than 5,000 inhabitants are in population category three.[4] Cities are responsible for providing local services such as fire and police protection, road maintenance, water distribution, and sewer maintenance.[4]

The largest municipality by population in Nevada is Las Vegas with 641,903 residents, and the smallest is Caliente with 990 residents.[1] The largest municipality by land area is Boulder City, which spans 208.52 sq mi (540.1 km2), while Lovelock is the smallest at 0.85 sq mi (2.2 km2).[2] The first place in Nevada to incorporate was Carson City, on March 1, 1875, and the most recent place was Fernley, on July 1, 2001.[5][6]

Municipalities

  State capital and independent city

  County seat

Name Type[2] County[2] Population
(2020)[1]
Population
(2010)[2]
Change Land area
(2020)[7]
Population density Incorporation date[6]
sq mi km2
Boulder City City Clark 14,885 15,023 −0.9% 208.27 539.4 71.5/sq mi (27.6/km2) October 1, 1959
Caliente City Lincoln 990 1,130 −12.4% 53.02 137.3 18.7/sq mi (7.2/km2) October 1, 1959
Carlin City Elko 2,050 2,368 −13.4% 10.44 27.0 196.4/sq mi (75.8/km2) October 22, 1925
Carson City None 58,639 55,274 +6.1% 144.53 374.3 405.7/sq mi (156.7/km2) March 1, 1875[5]
Elko City Elko 20,564 18,297 +12.4% 17.85 46.2 1,152.0/sq mi (444.8/km2) March 14, 1917
Ely City White Pine 3,924 4,255 −7.8% 7.63 19.8 514.3/sq mi (198.6/km2) July 20, 1907
Fallon City Churchill 9,327 8,606 +8.4% 3.72 9.6 2,507.3/sq mi (968.1/km2) December 18, 1908
Fernley City Lyon 22,895 19,368 +18.2% 121.31 314.2 188.7/sq mi (72.9/km2) July 1, 2001
Henderson City Clark 317,610 257,729 +23.2% 106.23 275.1 2,989.8/sq mi (1,154.4/km2) June 8, 1953
Las Vegas City Clark 641,903 583,756 +10.0% 141.83 367.3 4,525.9/sq mi (1,747.4/km2) March 16, 1905
Lovelock City Pershing 1,805 1,894 −4.7% 0.86 2.2 2,098.8/sq mi (810.4/km2) September 26, 1917
Mesquite City Clark 20,471 15,276 +34.0% 31.76 82.3 644.6/sq mi (248.9/km2) May 24, 1984
North Las Vegas City Clark 262,527 216,961 +21.0% 101.28 262.3 2,592.1/sq mi (1,000.8/km2) May 1, 1946
Reno City Washoe 264,165 225,221 +17.3% 108.77 281.7 2,428.7/sq mi (937.7/km2) March 16, 1903
Sparks City Washoe 108,445 90,264 +20.1% 36.44 94.4 2,976.0/sq mi (1,149.0/km2) March 15, 1905
Wells City Elko 1,237 1,292 −4.3% 6.90 17.9 179.3/sq mi (69.2/km2) March 28, 1927
West Wendover City Elko 4,512 4,410 +2.3% 7.48 19.4 603.2/sq mi (232.9/km2) July 1, 1991
Winnemucca City Humboldt 8,431 7,396 +14.0% 9.78 25.3 862.1/sq mi (332.8/km2) October 13, 1917
Yerington City Lyon 3,121 3,048 +2.4% 29.46 76.3 105.9/sq mi (40.9/km2) March 14, 1907
Total cities 1,767,501 1,531,568 +15.4% 1,147.56 2,972.2 1,540.2/sq mi (594.7/km2)
Nevada 3,104,614 2,700,551 +15.0%[8] 109,781.18 284,332.0 28.3/sq mi (10.9/km2)

See also

Notes

References

  1. ^ a b c "Explore Census Data". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved August 25, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "GCT-PH1 – Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 – State — Place and (in selected states) County Subdivision". 2010 United States Census. United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Nevada: 2010 Population and Housing Unit Counts 2010 Census of Population and Housing" (PDF). 2010 United States Census. United States Census Bureau. September 2012. p. III-2. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c "General Law for Incorporation of Cities and Towns". Act No. Chapter 266 of 2016. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Hill, John J. (1875). Statutes of the State of Nevada. Carson City: Seventh Session of the Legislature. p. 87.
  6. ^ a b "Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities Municipal Directory" (PDF). League of Cities and Municipalities. February 2017. p. 12. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
  7. ^ "Places". 2020 U.S. Census Bureau Gazetteer Files. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 27, 2021.
  8. ^ "Change in Resident Population of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico: 1910 to 2020" (PDF). Census.gov. United States Census Bureau. Archived (PDF) from the original on April 26, 2021. Retrieved April 27, 2020.