Welcome to Nevada
Nevada is a state in the Western region of the United States and Nevada is largely desert.
The nickname of Nevada is “The Silver State” because of the importance of silver to its history and economy.
The capital of Nevada is Carson City and the largest city of Nevada is Las Vegas. Nearly 75% of Nevada’s people live in Clark County, which contains the Las Vegas–Paradise metropolitan area.
The first Europeans to explore the Nevada region were Spanish and they called the region Nevada (snowy) because of the snow which covered the mountains in winter.
In 1940 Nevada was by far the least populated state with a population just over 110,000 people (today over 3,034,392 people).
In the 20th century Nevada became a major tourist destination due to legalized gambling and lenient marriage and divorce laws.
Nevada is bordered by Idaho to the northeast, Oregon to the northwest, California to the west, Utah to the east and Arizona to the southeast.
Nevada is made up of mostly desert and semi-arid climate regions and Nevada is the driest state in the United States. The average summer temperature in Nevada approaches 40 °F (22 °C) in much of the state and the winters in northern Nevada are fairly cold and long and the southern part of the Nevada state tends to be of short duration and mild.
Nevada’s lowest recorded temperature is −50 °F (−46 °C) at San Jacinto on January 8, 1937 and the highest recorded temperature is 125 °F (52 °C) at Laughlin on June 29, 1994 (that is the third highest record high temperature of a U.S. state, just behind Arizona’s and California’s.
A great deal of Nevada’s ecomomy is tied to tourism and tourism industry remains Nevada’s largest employer, especially entertainment and gambling related. Las Vegas is known for gambling and gambling is the city’s most important source of income. Almost 90% of the visitors play on anything from sports games to black jack, craps and poker. Also cattle ranching and mining is important for Nevada’s economy. By value, gold is by far the most important mineral mined in state and Nevada is the fourth-largest producer of gold in the world.
Many tourists come every year to Nevada to visit the world famous city Las Vegas and also Reno the No. 1 divorce city in the United States and the state has long been offering quick divorce fairs.
The legalization of gambling led to a large portion of US casinos being concentrated in Nevada and Nevada is the only state where prostitution is legal (outside the big cities).
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is a 14,000-square-foot conservatory with 34,000 flowers, 750 shrubs, and 25 trees and the team members changes the garden exhibits each season.
Located at the LINQ’s outdoor promenade you will find the world’s tallest observation high roller wheel. In Paris, Las Vegas you can also see a replica of the Eiffel Tower that is half the scale of the Parisian original and has an observation deck at 460 feet.
Quick facts about Nevada
- Nickname: The Silver State
- Capital city: Carson City
- Largest city: Las Vegas
- Area: 110,577 sq mi (286,382 km²) (ranked 7th of 50)
- Population: Est 3,034,392 (2018) (ranked 32 of 50)
- Highest point: Boundary Peak
- Lowest point: Colorado River at California border
- Latitude: 35° N to 42° N
- Longitude: 114° 2′ W to 120° W
- Bordering states: Idaho, Oregon, Utah, California, Arizona