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Pershing County, Nevada
Map

Location in the state of Nevada
Map of the USA highlighting Nevada
Nevada's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1919
Seat Lovelock
Largest City Lovelock
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

6,067 sq mi (15,713 km²)
6,037 sq mi (15,636 km²)
31 sq mi (80 km²), 0.5%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

6,753
1.1/sq mi (0/km²)
Time zone Pacific: UTC-8/-7
Website: http://pershingcounty.net/
Named for: John J. Pershing

Pershing County is a county located 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 festival, is partially located in the county.

The county is listed as Nevada Historical Marker 17. The marker is located 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 populations
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%
Est. 2015 6,634 −0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 6,693 people, 1,962 households, and 1,383 families residing in the county. The population density was 1 person per square mile (0.4/km²). There were 2,389 housing units at an average density of 0 per square mile (0/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 77.69% White, 5.35% Black or African American, 3.42% Native American, 0.63% Asian, 0.22% Pacific Islander, 9.38% from other races, and 3.30% from two or more races. 19.33% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,962 households out of which 38.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.20% were married couples living together, 7.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.50% were non-families. 24.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.70% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 36.00% from 25 to 44, 22.10% from 45 to 64, and 7.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 158.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 182.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,670, and the median income for a family was $46,268. Males had a median income of $34,417 versus $24,301 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,589. About 10.20% of families and 11.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.20% of those under age 18 and 5.60% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 6,753 people, 2,018 households, and 1,375 families residing 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 all 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 income for a household in the county was $56,491 and the median income for a family 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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