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( The Sagebrush State / The Battleborn State )
Nevada Map 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: Curtis Hanson, Charisma Carpenter, Jenna Jameson,

The Flag of Nevada
Nevada state flag 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

Nevada Travel - Vacation Destinations & Recreation
National parks and historic locations suitable for family vacations or day trips.

Salmon Falls Creek Recreation Area - Elko
Hoover Dam - Boulder City
Tonkin Spring - Battle Mtn
Lake Mead National Recreation Area - Boulder City
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests - Elko
capital  Capital: Carson City

statehood  Statehood: 1864-10-31

population  Population:
1,998,257 (18.2 mi2)

geographic area   Geographic Area (mi2)
    Total 110,560.71
    Water 734.71
    Land 109,825.99
    Rank 7th Largest

education   State Education:
    Pub & Prv Schools
    College & University

border states   Border States: Arizona, California, Idaho, Oregon, Utah

state health   Health Information:
    Illicit Drug Use
    Youth Risk Survey

housing   Housing: In Nevada, there are 827,457 housing units, averaging to 7.5 per sq mile.

state magazines  Related Magazines:
    Nevada Magazine
Posters and Artwork
View of Sierra Nevada Mountains from the Alabama Hills
View of Sierra Nevada Mountains from the Alabama Hills
Photographic Print 24" x 18"

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