List of counties in Nevada

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There are sixteen counties and one independent city in the U.S. state of Nevada. On November 25, 1861, the first Nevada Territorial Legislature formed nine counties.[1] When Nevada joined the United States on October 31, 1864 it had eleven counties.[1]

Alphabetical list[change | change source]

FIPS code
county seat
Meaning of name
Carson City 510 (Independent city) 1969 Founded 1858, consolidated with rump Ormsby county in 1969. Carson River, named in turn for Christopher Houston (Kit) Carson (1809–1868), the frontier scout and soldier. 52,457 144 mi²
(373 km²)
State map highlighting Carson City
Churchill County 001 Fallon 1861 Original Sylvester Churchill (1783–1862), a general in the Mexican-American War. 23,982 4,929 sq mi
(12,766 km2)
State map highlighting Churchill County
Clark County 003 Las Vegas 1908 Lincoln County William A. Clark (1839–1925), former United States Senator from Montana, and builder of a rail-road line through the area. 1,375,765 7,911 sq mi
(20,489 km2)
State map highlighting Clark County
Douglas County 005 Minden 1861 Original Stephen Arnold Douglas (1813–1861), former United States Senator from Illinois. 41,259 710 sq mi
(1,839 km2)
State map highlighting Douglas County
Elko County 007 Elko 1869 Lander County A Shoshoni word meaning white woman. It is said, among the very old Shoshoni, that this is where they first saw a white woman. 45,291 17,182 sq mi
(44,501 km2)
State map highlighting Elko County
Esmeralda County 009 Goldfield 1861 Original Esmeralda Mining District, named in turn for possibly the character Esmeralda of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Esmeralda is the Spanish and Portuguese word for emerald. 971 3,589 sq mi
(9,295 km2)
State map highlighting Esmeralda County
Eureka County 011 Eureka 1873 Lander County Greek expression Eureka, meaning I have found it!, in reference to deposits of silver found in the vicinity. 1,651 4,176 sq mi
(10,816 km2)
State map highlighting Eureka County
Humboldt County 013 Winnemucca 1861 Original Humboldt River, named in turn for Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859), a German naturalist and explorer. 16,106 9,648 sq mi
(24,988 km2)
State map highlighting Humboldt County
Lander County 015 Battle Mountain 1861 Original Frederick W. Lander (1821–1862), an American Civil War general and developer of the area. 5,794 5,494 sq mi
(14,229 km2)
State map highlighting Lander County
Lincoln County 017 Pioche 1866 Nye County and territory ceded by Arizona. Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865), the sixteenth President of the United States. 4,165 10,635 sq mi
(27,545 km2)
State map highlighting Lincoln County
Lyon County 019 Yerington 1861 Original General Nathaniel Lyon (1818–1861), who was killed in action at the Battle of Wilson's Creek. 34,501 1,994 sq mi
(5,164 km2)
State map highlighting Lyon County
Mineral County 021 Hawthorne 1911 Esmeralda County Mineral deposits in the area. 5,071 3,757 sq mi
(9,731 km2)
State map highlighting Mineral County
Nye County 023 Tonopah 1864 Esmeralda County James W. Nye (1815–1876), a governor of the Nevada Territory and U.S. senator from Nevada. 32,485 18,147 sq mi
(47,001 km2)
State map highlighting Nye County
Pershing County 027 Lovelock 1919 Humboldt County John Joseph (Black Jack) Pershing (1860–1948), the World War I general. 6,693 6,009 sq mi
(15,563 km2)
State map highlighting Pershing County
Storey County 029 Virginia City 1861 Original Edward Farris Storey (1829–1860), a captain killed at Pyramid Lake in the 1860 Paiute War. 3,399 264 sq mi
(684 km2)
State map highlighting Storey County
Washoe County 031 Reno 1861 Original The Washo, a small Indian tribe that inhabits the area. 339,486 6,342 sq mi
(16,426 km2)
State map highlighting Washoe County
White Pine County 033 Ely 1869 Lander County Heavy growth of pine trees in the area, thought to be white pine. 9,181 8,877 sq mi
(22,991 km2)
State map highlighting White Pine County

Former counties[change | change source]

  • Bullfrog County, Nevada, formed in 1987 from part of Nye county. Creation declared unconstitutional and it was ended in 1989.[1]
  • Lake County, Nevada, one of the original nine counties formed in 1861. Renamed Roop county in 1862. Part became Lassen County, California in 1864. The rest was added in 1883 to Washoe county.[1]
  • Ormsby County, Nevada, one of the original nine counties formed in 1861. In 1969 added to Carson City, Nevada. It formed an independent city.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Political History of Nevada". Nevada State Library and Archives. Archived from the original on 2008-01-17. Retrieved 2007-08-17.
  2. "EPA County FIPS Code Listing". US Environmental Protection Agency. Retrieved 2007-07-24.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "NACo - Find a county". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2007-07-06. Retrieved 2007-08-16.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Counties of Nevada". Retrieved 2007-08-18.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Nevada QuickFacts". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-10-30. Retrieved 2007-08-16. (2000 Census)