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Storey County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nevada. As of the 2010 census, the population was 4,010,[1] making it the third-least populous county in Nevada. Its county seat is Virginia City.[2]

Storey County, Nevada
County
Storey County
A491, Virginia City, Nevada, USA, Storey County Courthouse, 2016.jpg
Storey County Courthouse, Virginia City
Map of Nevada highlighting Storey County
Location in the U.S. state of Nevada
Map of the United States highlighting Nevada
Nevada's location in the U.S.
Founded 1861
Named for Edward Farris Storey
Seat Virginia City
Largest community Virginia City
Area
 • Total 264 sq mi (684 km2)
 • Land 263 sq mi (681 km2)
 • Water 0.7 sq mi (2 km2), 0.3%
Population (est.)
 • (2015) 3,987
 • Density 15/sq mi (6/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Pacific: UTC-8/-7
Website storeycounty.org

Storey County is part of the Reno, NV Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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HistoryEdit

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,[3] 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).[4]

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.

Today, Storey County is known for its legal prostitution and Tesla's Gigafactory 1. In the 2006 election, Storey became the only county to vote in support of Question 7, a statewide ballot initiative sponsored by the Marijuana Policy Project to tax and regulate marijuana as if it were alcohol.[citation needed]

GeographyEdit

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.[5]

Major highwaysEdit

Adjacent counties and cityEdit

DemographicsEdit

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%
Est. 2016 4,051 [6] 1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2013[1]

2000 censusEdit

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 3,399 people, 1,462 households, and 969 families residing in the county. The population density was 13 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 1,596 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.00% White, 0.29% Black or African American, 1.44% Native American, 1.00% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 1.68% from other races, and 2.44% from two or more races. 5.12% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 1,462 households, 21.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.60% were married couples living together, 7.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.70% were non-families. 25.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.74.

In the county, 19.70% of the population was under the age of 18, 4.70% from 18 to 24, 26.80% from 25 to 44, 35.70% from 45 to 64, and 13.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 107.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $45,490, and the median income for a family was $57,095. Males had a median income of $40,123 versus $26,417 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,642. 5.80% of the population and 2.50% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 4.20% are under the age of 18 and 4.80% are 65 or older.

2010 censusEdit

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 4,010 people, 1,742 households, and 1,141 families residing in the county.[12] The population density was 15.3 inhabitants per square mile (5.9/km2). There were 1,990 housing units at an average density of 7.6 per square mile (2.9/km2).[13] 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.[12] 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.[14]

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 all 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.[12]

The median income for a household in the county was $61,525 and the median income for a family 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.[15]

CommunitiesEdit

There are no incorporated communities in Storey County.

EconomyEdit

PoliticsEdit

Presidential Elections Results[16]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 63.2% 1,616 29.4% 752 7.4% 190
2012 57.1% 1,321 39.8% 920 3.2% 73
2008 51.6% 1,247 45.6% 1,102 2.9% 69
2004 57.8% 1,253 40.2% 871 2.0% 44
2000 56.4% 1,014 37.0% 666 6.6% 118
1996 42.6% 705 37.1% 614 20.3% 336
1992 30.2% 458 32.1% 488 37.7% 573
1988 56.4% 651 37.4% 432 6.2% 72
1984 66.7% 570 29.5% 252 3.8% 32
1980 58.8% 460 28.4% 222 12.9% 101
1976 43.1% 274 48.7% 310 8.2% 52
1972 69.2% 508 30.8% 226
1968 50.0% 222 38.7% 172 11.3% 50
1964 39.7% 172 60.3% 261
1960 54.9% 203 45.1% 167
1956 60.1% 226 39.9% 150
1952 58.0% 206 42.0% 149
1948 48.2% 187 47.4% 184 4.4% 17
1944 48.5% 163 51.5% 173
1940 37.0% 224 63.0% 382
1936 26.2% 139 73.8% 392
1932 33.4% 124 66.6% 247
1928 40.6% 185 59.4% 271
1924 37.2% 283 27.5% 209 35.4% 269
1920 52.5% 324 44.1% 272 3.4% 21
1916 45.8% 403 52.6% 463 1.6% 14
1912 19.3% 166 46.5% 400 34.2% 294
1908 48.9% 447 43.9% 402 7.2% 66
1904 61.5% 627 31.6% 322 7.0% 71

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ "County Explorer". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Nevada legislators, 1861-2015" (PDF). leg.state.nv.us. Retrieved July 15, 2015. 
  4. ^ "How to Beat a Badman". Internet Movie Data Base. March 18, 1969. Retrieved July 15, 2015. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  12. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-21. 
  13. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-21. 
  14. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-21. 
  15. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-21. 
  16. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

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