Moapa, Nevada

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Moapa, Nevada
Moapa US Post Office
Moapa US Post Office
Location of Moapa in Clark County, Nevada
Location of Moapa in Clark County, Nevada
Moapa, Nevada is located in the United States
Moapa, Nevada
Moapa, Nevada
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 36°41′31″N 114°36′29″W / 36.69194°N 114.60806°W / 36.69194; -114.60806Coordinates: 36°41′31″N 114°36′29″W / 36.69194°N 114.60806°W / 36.69194; -114.60806
CountryUnited States
 • Total150.8 sq mi (390.5 km2)
 • Land150.8 sq mi (390.5 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
1,611 ft (491 m)
 • Total1,025
 • Density6.8/sq mi (2.6/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
Area code(s)702 and 725
FIPS code32-47840
GNIS feature ID1852656
WebsiteAdvisory board homepage

Moapa is an unincorporated town[1] and census-designated place (CDP) in Clark County, Nevada, United States. The population was 1,025 at the 2010 census.[2] It is the largest town in Clark County by land area. Both the second and the third tallest structures in Nevada, the Moapa Entrevision Tower and the Moapa Kemp Tower respectively, are located in Moapa.


The first permanent settlement at Moapa was made in 1865.[3]

Two Hal Roach short silent comedies were filmed here: Black Cyclone in 1925 and Flying Elephants with Laurel and Hardy in 1927.[4] Moapa was the site of a wildfire that began on July 1, 2010. The fire covered at least 680 acres (280 ha) and destroyed at least 15 buildings, largely in the Warm Springs Ranch.[5]

The Muddy River begins in the Upper Muddy on Warm Springs Ranch.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 150.8 square miles (390.5 km2), all land.


As of the 2000 census,[6] there were 928 people, 273 households, and 220 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 6.2 people per square mile (2.4/km2). There were 310 housing units at an average density of 2.1 per square mile (0.8/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 62.93% White, 0.22% African American, 1.40% Native American, 1.83% Asian, 0.65% Pacific Islander, 30.50% from other races, and 2.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 35.02% of the population.

There were 273 households, out of which 51.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.9% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.4% were non-families. Of all households 14.7% were made up of individuals, and 4.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.40 and the average family size was 3.81.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 38.8% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 19.5% from 45 to 64, and 7.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females, there were 106.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.7 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $48,365, and the median income for a family was $49,327. Males had a median income of $38,929 versus $20,990 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $17,587. About 1.7% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.2% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.


Moapa has a public library, a branch of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District.[7]


Lying within Moapa is the second tallest structure in Nevada, the 1,400-foot (430 m) Moapa Entravision Tower, located at the coordinates 36°36′3.5″ N, 114°35′9.1″ W.[8]

The community was home to Reid Gardner Generating Station, a major coal-fired power plant which had been jointly owned by NV Energy and the California Department of Water Resources. Three units of this plant shut down in 2014, and the remaining unit shut down in 2017.


  1. ^ Archived 2015-12-02 at the Wayback Machine Moapa Town Board
  2. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Moapa Town CDP, Nevada". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 13, 2012.
  3. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1941). Origin of Place Names: Nevada (PDF). W.P.A. p. 16.
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  5. ^ Kyle Hansen (2010-07-01). "Fire near Moapa destroys 10 homes, burns more than 680 acres". Las Vegas Sun.
  6. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ "Nevada Public Libraries". Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Registration 1249595". FCC. Retrieved July 1, 2010.

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