Douglas County, Nevada

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Douglas County, Nevada
Map of Nevada highlighting Douglas County
Location in the state of Nevada
Map of the United States highlighting Nevada
Nevada's location in the U.S.
Founded 1861
Named for Stephen A. Douglas
Seat Minden
Largest community Gardnerville Ranchos
 • Total 738 sq mi (1,911 km2)
 • Land 710 sq mi (1,839 km2)
 • Water 28 sq mi (73 km2), 3.8%
 • (2010) 46,997
 • Density 66/sq mi (25/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Pacific: UTC-8/-7

Douglas County is a county located in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Nevada. As of the 2010 census, the population was 46,997.[1] Its county seat is Minden.[2]

Douglas County comprises the Gardnerville Ranchos, NV Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Reno-Carson City-Fernley, NV Combined Statistical Area.


Douglas County holds the first permanent settlement in Nevada. The town of Genoa was originally settled in 1851 by Mormon traders selling goods to settlers on their way to California. Named for Stephen A. Douglas,[3] famous for his 1860 Presidential campaign and debates with Abraham Lincoln, Douglas County was one of the first nine counties formed in 1861 by the Nevada territorial legislature.

Law and government[edit]

The county seat is Minden, after having been moved from Genoa in 1915.

Various services run by the county include parks, law enforcement, road maintenance, building inspection, and the Minden-Tahoe Airport.

Fire protection and emergency medical services are provided by the Tahoe-Douglas Fire Protection District at the lake and the East Fork Fire and Paramedic Districts for the rest of the county.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 738 square miles (1,910 km2), of which 710 square miles (1,800 km2) is land and 28 square miles (73 km2) (3.8%) is water.[4] It is the second-smallest county in Nevada by area. The highest point is East Peak at 9,593 ft (2,924 m), while the most topographically prominent mountain is Mount Siegel.

Douglas County is in western Nevada in the western United States. Stretching from Carson Valley and running up into the Sierra Nevada, the county is bordered on the west by California, and contains about 13.2% of Lake Tahoe, which is split across the two states. Carson City, the state capital, lies to the north, and Lyon County to the east.

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties and city[edit]

National protected area[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 1,215
1880 1,581 30.1%
1890 1,551 −1.9%
1900 1,534 −1.1%
1910 1,895 23.5%
1920 1,825 −3.7%
1930 1,840 0.8%
1940 2,056 11.7%
1950 2,029 −1.3%
1960 3,481 71.6%
1970 6,882 97.7%
1980 19,421 182.2%
1990 27,637 42.3%
2000 41,259 49.3%
2010 46,997 13.9%
Est. 2014 47,536 [5] 1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 41,259 people, 16,401 households, and 11,890 families residing in the county. The population density was 58 people per square mile (22/km²). There were 19,006 housing units at an average density of 27 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.88% White, 0.31% Black or African American, 1.68% Native American, 1.25% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 2.54% from other races, and 2.19% from two or more races. 7.41% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 16,401 households out of which 30.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.50% were married couples living together, 8.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.50% were non-families. 20.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.00% under the age of 18, 5.50% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 28.90% from 45 to 64, and 15.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 102.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $51,849, and the median income for a family was $57,092. Males had a median income of $40,436 versus $28,762 for females. The per capita income for the county was $27,288. About 5.80% of families and 7.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.70% of those under age 18 and 5.30% of those age 65 or over.


Major industries[edit]


Douglas County's education is managed by the Douglas County School District. It serves for all of Douglas County, having two main areas: Lake Tahoe & the Carson Valley. Douglas High School also serves most of the high school age students from Alpine County, California

Lake Tahoe[edit]

Carson Valley[edit]

  • Douglas High School
  • Carson Valley Middle School
  • Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School
  • Gardnerville Elementary School
  • Minden Elementary School
  • Jacks Valley Elementary School
  • Piñion Hills Elementary School
  • Gene L. Scarselli Elementary School
  • C.C. Meneley Elementary School

Private schools[edit]

  • Sierra Lutheran High School
  • Faith Christian Academy
  • Grace Christian Academy



Census-designated places[edit]

There are no incorporated towns or cities in Douglas County. The following communities are census-designated places, meaning population and demographic data is available from the U.S. Census Bureau for each one:

Unincorporated communities[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 108. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 38°55′N 119°37′W / 38.92°N 119.61°W / 38.92; -119.61