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Empire, Nevada
Location of Empire, Nevada
Location of Empire, Nevada
Country United States
State Nevada
Area
 • Total 5.1 sq mi (13.3 km2)
 • Land 5.1 sq mi (13.3 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 217
 • Density 42.26/sq mi (16.32/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP codes
89405
Area code(s) 775
FIPS code 32-23700

Empire is a census-designated place (CDP) and Ghost town in Washoe County, Nevada, United States. The population was 217 at the 2010 census. A former company town for United States Gypsum Corporation, Empire was once home to more than 750 people. It is part of the RenoSparks Metropolitan Statistical Area. Prior to the 2010 census, Empire was part of the Gerlach–Empire census-designated place. The nearest town, Nixon, is 60 miles (97 km) to the south on a reservation owned by the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the Empire CDP has a total area of 5.1 square miles (13.3 km2), all land. Its elevation is 4,040 feet (1,230 m) above sea level.

History

Empire was founded in 1923; in that year miners formed a tent city while mining a claim originally established by the Pacific Portland Cement Company in 1910. U.S. Gypsum has owned the town since 1948, which reached a maximum population of 750 in the early 1960s. But when the recession forced the company to shut the plant in 2011, the town was unable to survive.

On June 3, 2016, it was reported that the town and the mine were sold for $10.25 million.

Transportation

Primary highway access to Empire is provided by State Route 447.

The town has an airfield, suitable only for light planes. The airfield is dirt, but light towers at a baseball field directly adjacent to and in line with the eastern end of the runway make approaches from or departures in that direction hazardous. It should not be used unless under emergency.

Climate

Climate data for Empire, Nevada (Elevation 3,980ft)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 64
(17.8)
68
(20)
75
(23.9)
82
(27.8)
97
(36.1)
103
(39.4)
102
(38.9)
102
(38.9)
104
(40)
89
(31.7)
74
(23.3)
64
(17.8)
104
(40)
Average high °F (°C) 43.1
(6.17)
48.2
(9)
54.6
(12.56)
64.3
(17.94)
74.4
(23.56)
83.7
(28.72)
92.7
(33.72)
90.4
(32.44)
85.5
(29.72)
70.2
(21.22)
54.1
(12.28)
44.1
(6.72)
67.1
(19.5)
Average low °F (°C) 21.5
(-5.83)
24.8
(-4)
29.2
(-1.56)
35.7
(2.06)
43.3
(6.28)
50.2
(10.11)
57.6
(14.22)
54.0
(12.22)
48.0
(8.89)
37.4
(3)
26.7
(-2.94)
22.1
(-5.5)
37.5
(3.06)
Record low °F (°C) −3
(-19.4)
−1
(-18.3)
12
(-11.1)
20
(-6.7)
23
(-5)
30
(-1.1)
37
(2.8)
41
(5)
32
(0)
16
(-8.9)
7
(-13.9)
−6
(-21.1)
−6
(-21.1)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.96
(24.4)
0.52
(13.2)
0.64
(16.3)
0.61
(15.5)
0.74
(18.8)
0.54
(13.7)
0.14
(3.6)
0.12
(3)
0.20
(5.1)
0.62
(15.7)
0.35
(8.9)
1.12
(28.4)
6.56
(166.6)
Snowfall inches (cm) 2.4
(6.1)
1.8
(4.6)
1.1
(2.8)
0.1
(0.3)
0.1
(0.3)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
1.6
(4.1)
7.0
(17.8)
Source: The Western Regional Climate Center
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