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Lander County Courthouse in Battle Mountain
Location within the U.S. state of Nevada
Nevada's location within the U.S.
|Named for||Frederick W. Lander|
|Largest community||Battle Mountain|
|• Total||5,519 sq mi (14,290 km2)|
|• Land||5,490 sq mi (14,200 km2)|
|• Water||29 sq mi (80 km2) 0.5%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||1.04639/sq mi (0.40401/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−8 (Pacific)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−7 (PDT)|
Lander County was one of the original nine counties created in 1861. It was named for Frederick W. Lander, chief engineer of a federal wagon route through the area in 1857. He later served as Special Indian Agent in the area, and died during the Civil War in Virginia in 1862 at the rank of brigadier general. Created in 1861, Lander County sprang forth as the result of a mining boom on the Reese River, along the old pony express line; taking a considerable portion of Churchill and Humboldt counties with it. Eventually, Lander County would be known as the "mother of counties" since three other counties in Nevada were formed from it: Elko, White Pine, and Eureka. Its first county seat was Jacobsville in 1862 which was soon after moved to Austin in 1863 and finally Battle Mountain in 1979.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 5,519 square miles (14,290 km2), of which 5,490 square miles (14,200 km2) is land and 29 square miles (75 km2) (0.5%) is water.
The 11,477 ft (3498 m) summit of Bunker Hill, located in the Toiyabe Range near the Nye County border, is the highest point in the county while the county's most topographically prominent peak is Mount Lewis.
- Interstate 80
- Interstate 80 Business (Battle Mountain)
- U.S. Route 50
- State Route 304
- State Route 305
- State Route 306
- State Route 376
- State Route 722
- State Route 806
- Elko County - north
- Eureka County - east
- Nye County - south
- Churchill County - west
- Pershing County - west
- Humboldt County - northwest
National protected area
- Toiyabe National Forest (part)
|U.S. Decennial Census
At the 2010 census, there were 5,775 people, 2,213 households, and 1,545 families living in the county. The population density was 1.1 inhabitants per square mile (0.42/km2). There were 2,575 housing units at an average density of 0.5 per square mile (0.19/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 84.0% white, 4.2% American Indian, 0.4% Asian, 0.3% black or African American, 8.6% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 21.1% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 19.4% were German, 13.6% were English, 12.2% were Irish, and 12.0% were American.
Of the 2,213 households, 37.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.5% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.2% were non-families, and 25.6% of households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.14. The median age was 37.1 years.
The median household income was $66,525 and the median family income was $67,157. Males had a median income of $62,932 versus $33,056 for females. The per capita income for the county was $25,287. About 11.7% of families and 12.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.0% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over.
Lander County has no incorporated communities. The following places are located in Lander County:
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