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Douglas County
Douglas County
From top, left to right: View of Stateline from near Heavenly Mountain Resort. Nevada Beach Campground in Zephyr Cove. Douglas County Courthouse in Minden. Downtown Gardnerville.
Official logo of Douglas County
Map of Nevada highlighting Douglas County
Location within the U.S. state of Nevada
Map of the United States highlighting Nevada
Nevada's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Nevada
Founded 1861; 162 years ago (1861)
Named for Stephen A. Douglas
Seat Minden
Largest city Gardnerville Ranchos
 • Total 738 sq mi (1,910 km2)
 • Land 710 sq mi (1,800 km2)
 • Water 28 sq mi (70 km2)  3.8%
 • Total 46,997
 • Estimate 
 • Density 63.68/sq mi (24.588/km2)
Time zone UTC−8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−7 (PDT)
Congressional district 2nd

Douglas County is a county in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Nevada. As of the 2020 Census, the population was 49,488. Its county seat is Minden. Douglas County comprises the Gardnerville Ranchos, NV Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the SacramentoArden-ArcadeYuba City, CA–NV Combined Statistical Area.


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.


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)


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%
2020 49,488 5.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2018

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 46,997 people, 19,638 households, and 13,519 families living 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% Native American, 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.


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


Major employers


Douglas County's education is managed by the Douglas County School District. It serves for all of Douglas County, having two main areas: Lake Tahoe & the Carson Valley. Douglas High School also serves most of the high school age students from Alpine County, California

Lake Tahoe

  • George Whittell High School
  • Zephyr Cove Elementary School

Carson Valley

  • Douglas High School
  • Aspire Academy High School
  • Carson Valley Middle School
  • Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School
  • Gardnerville Elementary School
  • Minden Elementary School
  • Jacks Valley Elementary School
  • Piñion Hills Elementary School
  • Gene L. Scarselli Elementary School
  • C.C. Meneley Elementary School

Private schools

  • Sierra Lutheran High School
  • Faith Christian Academy
  • Grace Christian Academy
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