Douglas County, Nevada facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Douglas County, Nevada
Map

Location in the state of Nevada
Map of the USA highlighting Nevada
Nevada's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1861
Seat Minden
Largest City Gardnerville Ranchos
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

738 sq mi (1,911 km²)
710 sq mi (1,839 km²)
28 sq mi (73 km²), 3.8%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

47,710
66/sq mi (25/km²)
Time zone Pacific: UTC-8/-7
Website: http://douglascountynv.gov/
Named for: Stephen A. Douglas

Douglas County is a county located in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Nevada. As of the 2010 census, the population was 46,997. Its county seat is Minden.

Douglas County comprises the Gardnerville Ranchos, NV Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Reno-Carson City-Fernley, NV Combined Statistical Area.

History

Douglas County holds the first permanent settlement in Nevada. The town of Genoa was originally settled in 1851 by Mormon traders selling goods to settlers on their way to California. Named for Stephen A. Douglas, famous for his 1860 Presidential campaign and debates with Abraham Lincoln, Douglas County was one of the first nine counties formed in 1861 by the Nevada territorial legislature.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 738 square miles (1,910 km2), of which 710 square miles (1,800 km2) is land and 28 square miles (73 km2) (3.8%) is water. It is the second-smallest county in Nevada by area. The highest point is East Peak at 9,593 ft (2,924 m), while the most topographically prominent mountain is Mount Siegel.

Douglas County is in western Nevada in the western United States. Stretching from Carson Valley and running up into the Sierra Nevada, the county is bordered on the west by California, and contains about 13.2% of Lake Tahoe, which is split across the two states. Carson City, the state capital, lies to the north, and Lyon County to the east.

Major highways

  • US 50.svg U.S. Route 50
  • US 395.svg U.S. Route 395
  • Nevada 28.svg State Route 28
  • Nevada 88.svg State Route 88
  • Nevada 206.svg State Route 206
  • Nevada 207.svg State Route 207
  • Nevada 208.svg State Route 208
  • Nevada 756.svg State Route 756
  • Nevada 757.svg State Route 757
  • Nevada 759.svg State Route 759
  • Nevada 760.svg State Route 760

Adjacent counties and city

National protected area

  • Toiyabe National Forest (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 1,215
1880 1,581 30.1%
1890 1,551 −1.9%
1900 1,534 −1.1%
1910 1,895 23.5%
1920 1,825 −3.7%
1930 1,840 0.8%
1940 2,056 11.7%
1950 2,029 −1.3%
1960 3,481 71.6%
1970 6,882 97.7%
1980 19,421 182.2%
1990 27,637 42.3%
2000 41,259 49.3%
2010 46,997 13.9%
Est. 2015 47,710 1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 41,259 people, 16,401 households, and 11,890 families residing in the county. The population density was 58 people per square mile (22/km²). There were 19,006 housing units at an average density of 27 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.88% White, 0.31% Black or African American, 1.68% Native American, 1.25% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 2.54% from other races, and 2.19% from two or more races. 7.41% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 16,401 households out of which 30.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.50% were married couples living together, 8.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.50% were non-families. 20.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.00% under the age of 18, 5.50% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 28.90% from 45 to 64, and 15.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 102.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $51,849, and the median income for a family was $57,092. Males had a median income of $40,436 versus $28,762 for females. The per capita income for the county was $27,288. About 5.80% of families and 7.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.70% of those under age 18 and 5.30% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 46,997 people, 19,638 households, and 13,519 families residing in the county. The population density was 66.2 inhabitants per square mile (25.6/km2). There were 23,671 housing units at an average density of 33.4 per square mile (12.9/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 89.6% white, 1.9% American Indian, 1.5% Asian, 0.4% black or African American, 0.1% Pacific islander, 3.2% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 10.9% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 25.7% were German, 17.5% were English, 14.9% were Irish, 8.0% were Italian, and 4.1% were American.

Of the 19,638 households, 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.5% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.2% were non-families, and 24.0% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.80. The median age was 47.4 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $60,721 and the median income for a family was $73,543. Males had a median income of $52,001 versus $39,825 for females. The per capita income for the county was $35,239. About 5.4% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.8% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Census-designated places

There are no incorporated towns or cities in Douglas County. The following communities are census-designated places, meaning population and demographic data is available from the U.S. Census Bureau for each one:

Unincorporated communities

  • Buckeye
  • Centerville
  • Dresslerville
  • Hobart
  • Holbrook Junction
  • Jack's Valley
  • Lake Village
  • Lincoln Park
  • Mottsville
  • Mountain House
  • Ranchos
  • Sheridan
  • Spooner Junction
  • Summit Village
  • Tahoe Village

In popular culture

  • Smokin Aces
  • Charley Varrick
  • The Shootist
  • Misery
  • The Motel Life

Douglas County, Nevada Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.