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Humboldt County
Humboldt County
Humboldt County Courthouse in Winnemucca
Humboldt County Courthouse in Winnemucca
Map of Nevada highlighting Humboldt 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 1856
Named for Humboldt River
Seat Winnemucca
Largest city Winnemucca
 • Total 9,658 sq mi (25,010 km2)
 • Land 9,641 sq mi (24,970 km2)
 • Water 17 sq mi (40 km2)  0.2%%
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1.7/sq mi (0.7/km2)
Time zone UTC−8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−7 (PDT)
Congressional district 2nd

Humboldt County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nevada. As of the 2010 census, the population was 16,528. Its county seat is Winnemucca.

Humboldt County comprises the 'Winnemucca, NV Micropolitan Statistical Area.


Santa Rosa Range, NV 2008
Santa Rosa Range, Humboldt National Forest.

Humboldt County is the oldest county in Nevada, created by the Utah Territorial Legislature in 1856. It was also one of Nevada's original nine counties created in 1861. The county is named after the Humboldt River, which was named by John C. Frémont, after Alexander von Humboldt, a German naturalist, traveler and statesman. Humboldt never saw the places that bear his name. Unionville was the first county seat in 1861 until the mining boom died there and it was moved to Winnemucca on the transcontinental railroad line in 1873.

The county was the site of an arrest in 2000 that led to the U.S. Supreme Court decision Hiibel v. Sixth Judicial District Court of Nevada in 2004.

Humboldt County is referenced in Brandon Flowers' 2015 song kuiueuiug99uoeiojijljvkf"Digging Up The Heart", in which the protagonist meets "Christie, queen of Humboldt County"


2012-10-14 14 Winnemucca Sand Dunes, north of Winnemucca in Nevada
The Winnemucca Sand Dunes, north of Winnemucca

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 9,658 square miles (25,010 km2), of which 9,641 square miles (24,970 km2) is land and 17 square miles (44 km2) (0.2%) is water. It is the fourth-largest county in Nevada by area.

The Santa Rosa Range runs through eastern Humboldt County. The highest point in the county, 9,731-ft (2966 m) Granite Peak, is located in the range. The most topographically prominent mountain in Humboldt County is unofficially known as Dan Dobbins Peak and is located in the remote Jackson Mountains.

Major highways

  • I-80 (NV).svg Interstate 80
  • Business Loop 80.svg Interstate 80 Business Loop
  • US 95.svg U.S. Route 95
  • Nevada 140.svg State Route 140
  • Nevada 289.svg State Route 289
  • Nevada 290.svg State Route 290
  • Nevada 292.svg State Route 292
  • Nevada 293.svg State Route 293
  • Nevada 294.svg State Route 294
  • Nevada 787.svg State Route 787
  • Nevada 789.svg State Route 789
  • Nevada 794.svg State Route 794
  • Nevada 795.svg State Route 795
  • Nevada 796.svg State Route 796

Adjacent counties

National protected areas


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 40
1870 1,916 4,690.0%
1880 3,480 81.6%
1890 3,434 −1.3%
1900 4,463 30.0%
1910 6,825 52.9%
1920 3,743 −45.2%
1930 3,795 1.4%
1940 4,743 25.0%
1950 4,838 2.0%
1960 5,708 18.0%
1970 6,375 11.7%
1980 9,434 48.0%
1990 12,844 36.1%
2000 16,106 25.4%
2010 16,528 2.6%
Est. 2015 17,019 3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 16,106 people in the county, organized into 5733 households, and 4133 families. The population density is 2 people per square mile (1/km²). There are 6,954 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (0/km²). The racial makeup of the county is 83.21% White, 4.02% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.51% Black or African American, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 8.54% from other races, and 3.09% from two or more races. 18.87% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 5,733 households out of which 40.9% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.6% are married couples living together, 7.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 27.9% are non-families. 22.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 6.3% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.77 and the average family size is 3.28.

In the county, the population is spread out with 31.40% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 31.20% from 25 to 44, 22.30% from 45 to 64, and 7.50% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 33 years. For every 100 females there are 110.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 110.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $47,147, and the median income for a family is $52,156. Males have a median income of $44,694 versus $25,917 for females. The per capita income for the county is $19,539. 9.70% of the population and 7.70% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 10.40% of those under the age of 18 and 10.80% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Winnemucca state bank and trust large
Winnemucca State Bank and Trust building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 16,528 people, 6,289 households, and 4,316 families residing in the county. The population density was 1.7 inhabitants per square mile (0.66/km2). There were 7,123 housing units at an average density of 0.7 per square mile (0.27/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 79.0% white, 4.2% American Indian, 0.7% Asian, 0.5% black or African American, 0.1% Pacific islander, 12.7% from other races, and 2.8% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 24.4% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 15.0% were English, 14.6% were Irish, 14.1% were German, and 5.1% were American.

Of the 6,289 households, 36.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.2% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.4% were non-families, and 25.6% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.13. The median age was 36.2 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $55,656 and the median income for a family was $69,032. Males had a median income of $56,843 versus $33,531 for females. The per capita income for the county was $25,965. About 7.8% of families and 12.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.3% of those under age 18 and 4.6% of those age 65 or over.



Winnemucca is the sole incorporated city in the county.

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

  • Stone House
  • Tule

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