This is a List of counties in Nevada. There are sixteen counties and one independent city in the U.S. state of Nevada. On November 25, 1861, the first Nevada Territorial Legislature established nine counties. Nevada was admitted to the Union on October 31, 1864 with eleven counties. In 1969, Ormsby County and Carson City were consolidated into a single municipal government known as Carson City.
The FIPS county code is the five-digit Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) code which uniquely identifies counties and county equivalents in the United States. The three-digit number is unique to each individual county within a state, but to be unique within the entire United States, it must be prefixed by the state code. This means that, for example, while Nye County is number 023, Humboldt County and Grant County also have the number 023. While Humboldt County has number 013, Humboldt County has number 091. To uniquely identify Nye County, Nevada, you would need to use the state code of 32 plus the county code of 023. Thus the unique identifier for the entire United States for Humboldt County, Nevada would be 32013, for Nye County, Nevada would be 32023, etc.
Alphabetical list[edit | edit source]
|Carson City||510||(Independent city)||1969||Part of Ormsby county.||Christopher Houston (Kit) Carson (1809-1868), the famous frontier scout and soldier.||52,457||mi²
|Churchill County||001||Fallon||1861||One of the original nine counties.||Fort Churchill, named in turn for Sylvester Churchill (1783-1862), a general in the Mexican-American War.||23,982||
4,929 sq mi|
( 12,766 km2)
|Clark County||003||Las Vegas||1908||Part of Lincoln county.||William A. Clark (1839-1925), former United States Senator from Montana, and the builder of the railroad line through the area.||1,375,765||
7,911 sq mi|
( 20,489 km2)
|Douglas County||005||Minden||1861||One of the original nine counties.||Stephen Arnold Douglas (1813-1861), former United States Senator from Illinois.||41,259||
710 sq mi|
( 1,839 km2)
|Elko County||007||Elko||1869||Part of Lander county.||An Indian word meaning white woman. It is said, among the very old Indians, that this is where they first saw a white woman.||45,291||
17,182 sq mi|
( 44,501 km2)
|Esmeralda County||009||Goldfield||1861||One of the original nine counties.||Esmeralda Mining District, named in turn for possibly the character Esmeralda of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Esmeralda is the Spanish word for emerald.||971||
3,589 sq mi|
( 9,295 km2)
|Eureka County||011||Eureka||1873||Part of Lander county.||Greek expression Eureka, meaning I have found it!, in reference to deposits of silver found in the vicinity.||1,651||
4,176 sq mi|
( 10,816 km2)
|Humboldt County||013||Winnemucca||1861||One of the original nine counties.||Humboldt River, named in turn for Friedrich Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), the famous German scientist, explorer and statesman.||16,106||
9,648 sq mi|
( 24,988 km2)
|Lander County||015||Battle Mountain||1862||Parts of Churchill and Humboldt counties.||Frederick W. Lander (1821-1862), an American Civil War general and developer of the area.||5,794||
5,494 sq mi|
( 14,229 km2)
|Lincoln County||017||Pioche||1866||Parts of Nye county and territory ceded by Arizona.||Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), the sixteenth President of the United States.||4,165||
10,635 sq mi|
( 27,545 km2)
|Lyon County||019||Yerington||1861||One of the original nine counties.||General Nathaniel Lyon (1818-1861), who was killed in action at the battle of Wilson's Creek.||34,501||
1,994 sq mi|
( 5,164 km2)
|Mineral County||021||Hawthorne||1911||Part of Esmeralda county.||Mineral deposits in the area.||5,071||
3,757 sq mi|
( 9,731 km2)
|Nye County||023||Tonopah||1864||Part of Esmeralda county.||James W. Nye (1815-1876), a governor of the Nevada Territory and U.S. senator from Nevada.||32,485||
18,147 sq mi|
( 47,001 km2)
|Pershing County||027||Lovelock||1919||Part of Humboldt county.||John Joseph (Black Jack) Pershing (1860-1948), the World War I general.||6,693||
6,009 sq mi|
( 15,563 km2)
|Storey County||029||Virginia City||1861||One of the original nine counties.||Edward Farris Storey (1829-1860), a captain killed at Pyramid Lake in the 1860 Paiute War.||3,399||
264 sq mi|
( 684 km2)
|Washoe County||031||Reno||1861||One of the original nine counties.||The Washo, a small Indian tribe that inhabited the area.||339,486||
6,342 sq mi|
( 16,426 km2)
|White Pine County||033||Ely||1869||Part of Lander county.||Heavy growth of pine trees in the area, thought to be white pine.||9,181||
8,877 sq mi|
( 22,991 km2)
Defunct counties[edit | edit source]
- Bullfrog County formed in 1987 from part of Nye county. Creation declared unconstitutional and abolished in 1989.
- Lake County one of the original nine counties formed in 1861. Renamed Roop county in 1862. Nevada portions annexed in 1883 to Washoe county, remainder became Lassen County in 1864.
- Ormsby County one of the original nine counties formed in 1861 and was consolidated into Carson City, Nevada in 1969.
References[edit | edit source]
- ^ a b c d e f g "Political History of Nevada". Nevada State Library and Archives.. http://dmla.clan.lib.nv.us/docs/nsla/archives/political/historical/hist19.htm. Retrieved 2007-08-17.
- ^ a b "EPA County FIPS Code Listing". US Environmental Protection Agency. http://www.epa.gov/enviro/html/codes/nv.html. Retrieved 2007-08-18.
- ^ a b c d "NACo - Find a county". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Template.cfm?Section=Find_a_County&Template=/cffiles/counties/state.cfm&state.cfm&statecode=NV. Retrieved 2007-08-16.
- ^ a b "Counties of Nevada". Nevada-History.org. http://nevada-history.org/county.html. Retrieved 2007-08-18.
- ^ a b "Nevada QuickFacts". U.S. Census Bureau. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/maps/nevada_map.html. Retrieved 2007-08-16. (2000 Census)
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