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Washoe County, Nevada
Seal of Washoe County, Nevada
Map of Nevada highlighting Washoe County
Location in the state of Nevada
Map of the U.S. highlighting Nevada
Nevada's location in the U.S.
Seat Reno
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

6,551 sq mi (16,967 km²)
6,342 sq mi (16,426 km²)
209 sq mi (541 km²), 3.19%
PopulationEst.
 - (2008)
 - Density

410,443
54/sq mi (21/km²)
Founded 1861
Time zone Pacific: UTC-8/-7
Website www.washoecounty.us

Washoe County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nevada. The population was 339,486 at the 2000 census; 2008 Census Bureau estimates listed a population of 410,443.[1] Its county seat is Reno.[2]

Washoe County is part of the Reno–Sparks Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

Washoe County was created in 1861 as one of the original nine counties of the Nevada Territory. It is named after the Washoe people who originally inhabited the area. It was consolidated with Roop County in 1864. Washoe City was the first county seat in 1861 and was replaced by Reno in 1871. In 1911 a small group of Bannock under a leader named "Shoshone Mike" killed four ranchers in Washoe County.[3] A posse was formed, and on February 26, 1911, they caught up with the band, and eight of them were killed, along with one member of the posse, Ed Hogle.[4] Three children and a woman who survived the battle were captured. The remains of some of the members of the band were repatriated from the Smithsonian Institution to the Fort Hall Idaho Shoshone-Bannock Tribe in 1994.[5] It is the only county that borders 5 counties in state of California, and two in Oregon.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 6,551 square miles (16,968 km²), of which, 6,342 square miles (16,426 km²) of it is land and 209 square miles (541 km²) of it is water, 3.19% of the total area.

There are two incorporated cities within the county: Reno and Sparks.

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Major highways

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1870 3,091
1880 5,664 83.2%
1890 6,437 13.6%
1900 9,141 42.0%
1910 17,434 90.7%
1920 18,627 6.8%
1930 27,158 45.8%
1940 32,476 19.6%
1950 50,205 54.6%
1960 84,743 68.8%
1970 121,068 42.9%
1980 193,623 59.9%
1990 254,667 31.5%
2000 339,486 33.3%
Est. 2008 410,443 20.9%
sources:[6][7]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 339,486 people, 132,084 households, and 83,741 families residing in the county. The population density was 54 people per square mile (21/km²). There were 143,908 housing units at an average density of 23 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 80.41% White, 2.09% Black or African American, 1.82% Native American, 4.28% Asian, 0.46% Pacific Islander, 7.67% from other races, and 3.28% from two or more races. 16.58% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 132,084 households out of which 31.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.90% were married couples living together, 10.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.60% were non-families. 27.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.90% under the age of 18, 9.80% from 18 to 24, 31.00% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 10.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 102.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $45,815, and the median income for a family was $54,283. Males had a median income of $36,226 versus $27,953 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,277. About 6.70% of families and 10.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.20% of those under age 18 and 6.20% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Census-designated places

Ranching in Washoe County

Other communities

See also

References

External links

Coordinates: 40°38′N 119°41′W / 40.63°N 119.68°W / 40.63; -119.68


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Washoe County, Nevada
Seal of Washoe County, Nevada
Map
File:Map of Nevada highlighting Washoe County.png
Location in the state of Nevada
Map of the USA highlighting Nevada
Nevada's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1861
Seat Reno
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 3.19%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2006)
 - Density

409085
Website: www.washoecounty.us

Washoe County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nevada. As of the 2000 census, the population was 339,486. As of July 1, 2006, the population of Washoe County is officially estimated at 409,085. Its county seat is Reno6.

Contents

History

Washoe County was created in 1861 as one of the original nine counties of Nevada. It is named after the Washoe people who originally inhabited the area. It was consolidated with Roop County in 1864. Washoe City was the first county seat in 1861 and was replaced by Reno in 1871.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 16,968 km² (6,551 sq mi). 16,426 km² (6,342 sq mi) of it is land and 541 km² (209 sq mi) of it is water. The total area is 3.19%

There are two incorporated cities within the county: Reno and Sparks.

Major Highways

Adjacent Counties

Ranching in Washoe County

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 339,486 people, 132,084 households, and 83,741 families residing in the county. The population density was 21/km² (54/sq mi). There were 143,908 housing units at an average density of 9/km² (23/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 80.41% White, 2.09% Black or African American, 1.82% Native American, 4.28% Asian, 0.46% Pacific Islander, 7.67% from other races, and 3.28% from two or more races. 16.58% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 132,084 households out of which 31.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.90% were married couples living together, 10.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.60% were non-families. 27.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.90% under the age of 18, 9.80% from 18 to 24, 31.00% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 10.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 102.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $45,815, and the median income for a family was $54,283. Males had a median income of $36,226 versus $27,953 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,277. About 6.70% of families and 10.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.20% of those under age 18 and 6.20% of those age 65 or over.

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Other

Coordinates: 40°38′N 119°41′W / 40.63, -119.68

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