Today, approximately 86% of the state's land is owned by the U.S federal government under various jurisdictions both civilian and military. In 2008 about 2.6 million people resided in Nevada, over 85% in the metropolitan areas of Las Vegas (the largest city) and Reno. The state capital is Carson City. The state is noted for its easy marriage and divorce proceedings, entertainment, legal gambling and, in 8 out of its 16 counties, legal brothels. (more...)
Amargosa Valley (formerly Lathrop Wells) is a town located in Nye County, Nevada. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 1,176. An interim census report issued in August 2002 put the town's population at 1,615. The state of Nevada estimated its population to be 1,435 in 2006. The town is named for the Amargosa River which flows through the valley from its origination in Nevada to its terminus in Death Valley, California. Like most desert rivers, the 200 mile (320 km) long Amargosa flows only when rare rainfalls flood the desert washes, except for a 20 mile (32 km) segment near Shoshone, California, where the river flows perennially. The name Amargosa Valley is used locally with reference to the actual geographic valley, although for the most part, it is coincident with the Amargosa Desert and is noted as such on many maps. The populated area of the Amargosa Desert is sandwiched between U.S. 95 to the north, and the California border to the south.