Eureka County, Nevada facts for kids
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Location within the U.S. state of Nevada
Nevada's location within the U.S.
|• Total||4,180 sq mi (10,800 km2)|
|• Land||4,176 sq mi (10,820 km2)|
|• Water||4.3 sq mi (11 km2) 0.1%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||0.4754/sq mi (0.18354/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−8 (Pacific)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−7 (PDT)|
Eureka County was established in 1873 and formed from Lander County after silver was discovered more than 100 miles (160 km) east of Austin. The residents of the new mining camp complained that Austin was too far to go for county business and a new county was created. It was named for the ancient Greek term, Eureka, meaning, "I have found it." This term was used earlier in California and other locations. Eureka has always been the county seat.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,180 square miles (10,800 km2), of which 4,176 square miles (10,820 km2) is land and 4.3 square miles (11 km2) (0.1%) is water.
National protected area
- Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest (part)
- Interstate 80
- U.S. Route 50
- State Route 278
- State Route 306
- State Route 766
- State Route 781
|U.S. Decennial Census
At the 2010 census, there were 1,987 people, 836 households, and 495 families living in the county. The population density was 0.5 inhabitants per square mile (0.19/km2). There were 1,076 housing units at an average density of 0.3 per square mile (0.12/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 89.3% white, 2.4% American Indian, 0.9% Asian, 0.1% black or African American, 5.1% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 12.0% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 43.3% were American, 14.8% were German, 11.4% were Irish, 7.3% were English, and 6.9% were Italian.
Of the 836 households, 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.6% were married couples living together, 4.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 40.8% were non-families, and 33.0% of households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 3.07. The median age was 42.4 years.
The median household income was $61,400 and the median family income was $75,179. Males had a median income of $54,625 versus $42,321 for females. The per capita income for the county was $30,306. About 9.9% of families and 16.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.6% of those under age 18 and 13.9% of those age 65 or over.
There are no incorporated places in Eureka County.
Other unincorporated places
Images for kids
HVAC transmission towers crossing Crescent Valley east of State Route 306
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