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Pershing County
Pershing County
Pershing County Courthouse in Lovelock
Flag of Pershing County
Flag
Map of Nevada highlighting Pershing 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 1919; 103 years ago (1919)
Named for John J. Pershing
Seat Lovelock
Largest city Lovelock
Area
 • Total 6,067 sq mi (15,710 km2)
 • Land 6,037 sq mi (15,640 km2)
 • Water 31 sq mi (80 km2)  0.5%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 6,753
 • Estimate 
(2019)
6,725
 • Density 1.11307/sq mi (0.42976/km2)
Time zone UTC−8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−7 (PDT)
Congressional district 2nd

Pershing County is a county in the U.S. state of Nevada. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,753. Its county seat is Lovelock. The county was named after army general John J. Pershing (1860–1948). It was formed from Humboldt County in 1919, and the last county to be established in Nevada. The Black Rock Desert, location for the annual Burning Man event, is partially in the county. The county is listed as Nevada Historical Marker 17. The marker is at the courthouse in Lovelock.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 6,067 square miles (15,710 km2), of which 6,037 square miles (15,640 km2) is land and 31 square miles (80 km2) (0.5%) is water. The tallest and most topographically prominent mountain in Pershing County is Star Peak at 9,840 ft (3,000 m).

Major highways

  • I-80 (NV).svg Interstate 80
  • Business Loop 80.svg Interstate 80 Business (Lovelock)
  • US 95.svg U.S. Route 95
  • Business plate.svg
    US 95.svg U.S. Route 95 Business (Lovelock)
  • Nevada 396.svg State Route 396
  • Nevada 397.svg State Route 397
  • Nevada 398.svg State Route 398
  • Nevada 399.svg State Route 399
  • Nevada 400.svg State Route 400
  • Nevada 401.svg State Route 401
  • Nevada 854.svg State Route 854
  • Nevada 856.svg State Route 856
  • Nevada 860.svg State Route 860

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 2,803
1930 2,652 −5.4%
1940 2,713 2.3%
1950 3,103 14.4%
1960 3,199 3.1%
1970 2,670 −16.5%
1980 3,408 27.6%
1990 4,336 27.2%
2000 6,693 54.4%
2010 6,753 0.9%
2020 6,650 −1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2018

2010 census

At the 2010 census, there were 6,753 people, 2,018 households, and 1,375 families living in the county. The population density was 1.1 inhabitants per square mile (0.42/km2). There were 2,464 housing units at an average density of 0.4 per square mile (0.15/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 81.9% white, 3.7% black or African American, 3.2% American Indian, 1.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 6.7% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 22.3% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 19.5% were German, 16.8% were Irish, 13.8% were English, 5.1% were Italian, and 4.4% were American.

Of the 2,018 households, 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.9% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.9% were non-families, and 26.6% of households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.02. The median age was 41.0 years.

The median household income was $56,491 and the median family income was $61,410. Males had a median income of $51,333 versus $28,871 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,519. About 10.2% of families and 13.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.0% of those under age 18 and 2.7% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

City

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

Many of the following places are considered ghost towns.

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