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Storey County
Storey County
Storey County Courthouse in Virginia City
Storey County Courthouse in Virginia City
Map of Nevada highlighting Storey 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 1861; 162 years ago (1861)
Named for Edward Farris Storey
Seat Virginia City
Largest community Virginia City
 • Total 264 sq mi (680 km2)
 • Land 263 sq mi (680 km2)
 • Water 0.7 sq mi (2 km2)  0.3%
 • Total 4,010
 • Estimate 
 • Density 15.19/sq mi (5.865/km2)
Time zone UTC−8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−7 (PDT)
Congressional district 2nd

Storey County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nevada. As of the 2010 census, the population was 4,010, making it the third-least populous county, but one of the fastest-growing economies in Nevada. In 2018, over 18,000 people were employed in the county. Its area is 264 square miles (680 square kilometers), making it the smallest county in Nevada in terms of area. Its county seat is Virginia City. Storey County is part of the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area.


Storey County was created in 1861 and named for Captain Edward Farris Storey, who was killed in 1860 in the Pyramid Lake War. It was the most populous county in Nevada when organized in 1861. Virginia City is the county seat. It was originally to be named McClellan County after General George B. McClellan, who later ran unsuccessfully against Abraham Lincoln for President in the 1864 election. Storey County benefited from the discovery of Comstock Lode silver.

In 1969, the actor Dick Simmons played W. Frank Stewart, a silver mining operator who served from 1876 to 1880 as a state senator for Storey County, in the episode "How to Beat a Badman" of the syndicated television series, Death Valley Days, hosted by Robert Taylor not long before Taylor's own death. In the story line, Senator Stewart is determined to gain at a bargain price a silver claim being worked by two young former outlaws (Tom Heaton and Scott Graham).

The county population collapsed after the Comstock Lode was fully mined and hit a minimum of 568 in the 1960 U.S. Census. Since then, its population has partially recovered because of its relative proximity to Reno.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 264 square miles (680 km2), of which 263 square miles (680 km2) is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) (0.3%) is water.

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Adjacent counties and city


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 11,359
1880 16,115 41.9%
1890 8,806 −45.4%
1900 3,673 −58.3%
1910 3,045 −17.1%
1920 1,469 −51.8%
1930 667 −54.6%
1940 1,216 82.3%
1950 671 −44.8%
1960 568 −15.4%
1970 695 22.4%
1980 1,503 116.3%
1990 2,526 68.1%
2000 3,399 34.6%
2010 4,010 18.0%
2020 4,104 2.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2018

2010 census

At the 2010 census, 4,010 people, 1,742 households, and 1,141 families were living in the county. The population density was 15.3 inhabitants per square mile (5.9/km2). The 1,990 housing units averaged 7.6 per square mile (2.9/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 92.1% White, 1.6% Asian, 1.6% American Indian, 1.0% Black or African American, 0.4% Pacific Islander, 1.1% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 5.7% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 20.9% were German, 20.1% were Irish, 11.5% were English, 7.2% were Italian, and 2.6% were American.

Of the 1,742 households, 23.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.6% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 34.5% were non-families, and 26.0% of households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.76. The median age was 50.5 years.

The median household income was $61,525 and the median family income was $65,121. Males had a median income of $53,936 versus $34,208 for females. The per capita income for the county was $31,079. About 0.4% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.6% of those under age 18 and 0.0% of those age 65 or over.


There are no incorporated communities in Storey County.


Technology, manufacturing and logistics are the main sectors. In 2010, manufacturing jobs were less than 500, increasing to over 11,000 by 2019, many of them making battery storage. Logistics jobs increased from 1,300 to 4,000 in the same period. In 2014, 5,000 people were working in the county, increasing to over 18,000 by 2018, mostly in the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center. The Tesla Gigafactory 1 has been constructed there.

The county is also trying to lure high-technology businesses.

In May 2018, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin instructed his staff to accept a tract in the county as an opportunity zone under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, though it did not qualify as low-income. Michael Milken, who had attended several events with and given a private flight to Mnuchin leading up to the designation, was already an investor in the tract.

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