Nevada is a state located in the Western United States. According to the 2020 United States Census, it is the 32nd most populous state, with 3,104,614 inhabitants, but the 7th largest by land area spanning 109,781.18 square miles (284,332.0 km2). Nevada is divided into 17 counties and contains 19 municipalities. Nevada's municipalities cover only 1% of the state's land mass but are home to 56.7% of its population.
Municipalities in the state are legally described as cities, except for the state capital Carson City, which has no legal description but is considered an independent city as it is not located in any county. To incorporate, a petition for incorporation can be made to the board of county commissioners, who consider numerous geographic, demographic, and economic factors. Cities are categorized by population for the purpose of determining the number of wards and council election structure as well as the number of city clerks: cities with 50,000 or more inhabitants are in population category one, cities with 5,000 or more but fewer than 50,000 inhabitants are in population category two, and cities having fewer than 5,000 inhabitants are in population category three. Cities are responsible for providing local services such as fire and police protection, road maintenance, water distribution, and sewer maintenance.
The largest municipality by population in Nevada is Las Vegas with 641,903 residents, and the smallest is Caliente with 990 residents. The largest municipality by land area is Boulder City, which spans 208.52 sq mi (540.1 km2), while Lovelock is the smallest at 0.85 sq mi (2.2 km2). The first place in Nevada to incorporate was Carson City, on March 1, 1875, and the most recent place was Fernley, on July 1, 2001.
Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada's largest city by population
Aerial view of Henderson, suburb of Las Vegas and Nevada's second most populous city
Skyline of Reno, third most populous city in Nevada
Mountains around North Las Vegas, suburb of Las Vegas
Sparks, suburb of Reno and Nevada's fifth most populous city
Carson City, Nevada's capital and sixth largest city by population
Main street of Nevada's newest city, Fernley
Downtown Elko, eighth most populous city in Nevada
Downtown Mesquite, Nevada's ninth most populous city
|Population density||Incorporation date|
|Boulder City||City||Clark||14,885||15,023||−0.9%||208.27||539.4||71.5/sq mi (27.6/km2)||October 1, 1959|
|Caliente||City||Lincoln||990||1,130||−12.4%||53.02||137.3||18.7/sq mi (7.2/km2)||October 1, 1959|
|Carlin||City||Elko||2,050||2,368||−13.4%||10.44||27.0||196.4/sq mi (75.8/km2)||October 22, 1925|
|Carson City‡||—||None||58,639||55,274||+6.1%||144.53||374.3||405.7/sq mi (156.7/km2)||March 1, 1875|
|Elko†||City||Elko||20,564||18,297||+12.4%||17.85||46.2||1,152.0/sq mi (444.8/km2)||March 14, 1917|
|Ely†||City||White Pine||3,924||4,255||−7.8%||7.63||19.8||514.3/sq mi (198.6/km2)||July 20, 1907|
|Fallon†||City||Churchill||9,327||8,606||+8.4%||3.72||9.6||2,507.3/sq mi (968.1/km2)||December 18, 1908|
|Fernley||City||Lyon||22,895||19,368||+18.2%||121.31||314.2||188.7/sq mi (72.9/km2)||July 1, 2001|
|Henderson||City||Clark||317,610||257,729||+23.2%||106.23||275.1||2,989.8/sq mi (1,154.4/km2)||June 8, 1953|
|Las Vegas†||City||Clark||641,903||583,756||+10.0%||141.83||367.3||4,525.9/sq mi (1,747.4/km2)||March 16, 1905|
|Lovelock†||City||Pershing||1,805||1,894||−4.7%||0.86||2.2||2,098.8/sq mi (810.4/km2)||September 26, 1917|
|Mesquite||City||Clark||20,471||15,276||+34.0%||31.76||82.3||644.6/sq mi (248.9/km2)||May 24, 1984|
|North Las Vegas||City||Clark||262,527||216,961||+21.0%||101.28||262.3||2,592.1/sq mi (1,000.8/km2)||May 1, 1946|
|Reno†||City||Washoe||264,165||225,221||+17.3%||108.77||281.7||2,428.7/sq mi (937.7/km2)||March 16, 1903|
|Sparks||City||Washoe||108,445||90,264||+20.1%||36.44||94.4||2,976.0/sq mi (1,149.0/km2)||March 15, 1905|
|Wells||City||Elko||1,237||1,292||−4.3%||6.90||17.9||179.3/sq mi (69.2/km2)||March 28, 1927|
|West Wendover||City||Elko||4,512||4,410||+2.3%||7.48||19.4||603.2/sq mi (232.9/km2)||July 1, 1991|
|Winnemucca†||City||Humboldt||8,431||7,396||+14.0%||9.78||25.3||862.1/sq mi (332.8/km2)||October 13, 1917|
|Yerington†||City||Lyon||3,121||3,048||+2.4%||29.46||76.3||105.9/sq mi (40.9/km2)||March 14, 1907|
|Total cities||—||—||1,767,501||1,531,568||+15.4%||1,147.56||2,972.2||1,540.2/sq mi (594.7/km2)||—|
|Nevada||—||—||3,104,614||2,700,551||+15.0%||109,781.18||284,332.0||28.3/sq mi (10.9/km2)||—|
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