Silver Springs, Nevada

Coordinates: 39°24′45″N 119°13′12″W / 39.41250°N 119.22000°W / 39.41250; -119.22000
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Silver Springs
Silver Springs, from US 95A
Silver Springs, from US 95A
Location of Silver Springs, Nevada
Location of Silver Springs, Nevada
Coordinates: 39°24′45″N 119°13′12″W / 39.41250°N 119.22000°W / 39.41250; -119.22000
CountryUnited States
 • Total77.14 sq mi (199.78 km2)
 • Land71.63 sq mi (185.51 km2)
 • Water5.51 sq mi (14.27 km2)
Elevation4,200 ft (1,300 m)
 • Total5,629
 • Density78.59/sq mi (30.34/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code775
FIPS code32-67200
GNIS feature ID0858187[2]

Silver Springs is a census-designated place (CDP) in Lyon County, Nevada, United States at the intersection of US 50 (California Trail) and US 95A. The population was 5,296 at the 2010 census.[3] Lahontan Reservoir, Lahontan State Recreation Area and historic Fort Churchill State Historic Park are all located nearby. The area is served by the Silver Springs Airport.


Silver Springs is located in northern Lyon County.[4] U.S. Route 50 leads east 26 miles (42 km) to Fallon and west 36 miles (58 km) to Carson City, the state capital. U.S. Route 95A leads north 15 miles (24 km) to Interstate 80 at Fernley and south 32 miles (51 km) to Yerington, the county seat.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 77.1 square miles (199.7 km2) of which 71.6 square miles (185.5 km2) are land and 5.5 square miles (14.3 km2), or 7.15%, are water.[5] The Carson River forms the southern and eastern edges of the CDP; on the east side it is impounded to form Lahontan Reservoir. Lahontan State Recreation Area, on the shores of the reservoir, is within the CDP. Fort Churchill State Historic Park is just west of the CDP boundary, 9 miles (14 km) south of the US-50/US-95A junction.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 4,708 people, 1,766 households, and 1,227 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 65.0 inhabitants per square mile (25.1/km2). There were 1,935 housing units at an average density of 26.7 per square mile (10.3/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 91.67% White, 1.21% African American, 1.83% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.21% Pacific Islander, 1.47% from other races, and 3.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.63% of the population.

There were 1,766 households, out of which 28.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.3% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.5% were non-families. 22.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 25.0% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 27.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.5 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $34,427, and the median income for a family was $42,125. Males had a median income of $34,712 versus $23,750 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $16,576. About 10.8% of families and 14.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.9% of those under age 18 and 10.3% of those age 65 or over.

See also[edit]

  • Ben Klassen, white supremacist and co-founder of the town in the mid-20th century


  1. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 19, 2022.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Silver Springs, Nevada
  3. ^ "Total Population: 2010 Census DEC Summary File 1 (P1), Silver Springs CDP, Nevada". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved May 5, 2020.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  5. ^ "U.S. Gazetteer Files: 2019: Places: Nevada". U.S. Census Bureau Geography Division. Retrieved May 5, 2020.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  7. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.