( The Sagebrush State / The Battleborn State )
Nevada's name comes from the Spanish word meaning "snow clad" - a reference to the snow-covered peaks of the Sierra Nevada. In October 1864, Nevada was admitted as the 36th state to the Union. Nevada is in a mountain region that includes semiarid grasslands and sandy deserts, and is the most arid (dry) state in the nation. Nevada is a land of rugged, snow-capped mountains, grassy valleys and sandy deserts. It is also well-known for gambling and nightlife. Large, luxurious casinos in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe and Reno attract visitors from around the world. Virginia City and other historic Nevada towns remind visitors of the gambling prospectors who went west, a century ago, seeking fortunes in gold and silver.
Some of the famous celebrities that were born in Nevada include:
The Flag of Nevada|
Entered the Union in 1864 as the 36th state; flag adopted in 1991. Sprigs of sagebrush, the state flower, form a wreath on Nevada's flag. The silver star symbolizes Nevada's mineral wealth, and the words "Battle Born" indicate that Nevada became a state during the Civil War.
Largest Cities in the State|
(2000) Las Vegas, 478,434; Reno, 180,480; Henderson, 175,381; North Las Vegas, 115,488; Sparks, 66,346; Carson City, 52,457; Elko, 16,708; Boulder City, 14,966; Mesquite, 9,389; Fallon, 7,536
Business and Trade in Nevada
Agriculture: Cattle, hay, dairy products, potatoes.
Industries: Tourism, mining, machinery, printing and publishing, food processing, electric equipment.
State Symbols and Emblems
- Bird: Mountain Bluebird
- Flower: Sagebrush (artemisia tridentata)
- Tree: Single Leaf Piņon and Bristlecone Pine (pinus monophylla / pinus aristata)
- Song(s): Home Means Nevada
- Motto: All for Our Country
Capital: Carson City
1,998,257 (18.2 mi2)
Geographic Area (mi2)
Rank 7th Largest
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College & University
Border States: Arizona, California, Idaho, Oregon, Utah
Illicit Drug Use
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Housing: In Nevada, there are 827,457 housing units, averaging to 7.5 per sq mile.