Nevada Population 2018

3,056,824

The landlocked state of Nevada is situated toward the western edge of the United States. According to the latest estimates from the Census Bureau, the population of Nevada is 2,890,845.

Nevada Area and Population Density

It covers a vast area of 110,567 square miles which makes it the seventh largest state in the country in terms of sheer land mass. However, this vast territory is very sparsely filled with Nevada’s citizens and in fact, there are only eight states in the country that are less densely populated. The current population for Nevada in 2018 is estimated at 3.06 million which is a sizeable increase from its 2.7 million population at the 2010 Census. Nevada currently has one of the strongest growth rates in the country, reflecting a 7.05% population between 2010 and 2015, which ranks 6th in the nation.

The last estimate for population was provided by the US Census Bureau in July 2015. The last confirmed figures were taken during the 2010 Census. At that time, it was revealed that 2,700,551 people had made Nevada their home, representing an increase of over 35% from the numbers declared at the end of the 2000 survey.

Based on those figures, the Census Bureau provides a new population estimate each year. In 2012, it estimated that the population of Nevada had increased to 2,758,931. The population in 2018 is now estimated at 3.06 million.

Nevada Population in Cities and Counties

A relatively small percentage of Nevada's population lives in rural areas, such as Ely, West Wendover and Tonopah. The culture of rural Nevada is vastly different than the metropolitan areas, as most people in rural counties are native to the state, whereas Reno and Las Vegas are dominated by populations from other states, especially California. Rural populations are also less diverse, both racially and ethnically.

The largest metropolitan areas, and where the majority of the population is concentrated, includes Las Vegas, Henderson and North Las Vegas in Clark County and Reno in Washoe County.

The most populated city in Nevada is Las Vegas, and the most populated county is Clark County with over 2 million residents.

Nevada Demographics

Age/Sex, Race, Religion

The median age in Nevada is approximately 37.5 years of age. The ratio of females to males is approximately 49.8% females to 50.2% males.

The racial diversity in Nevada is currently at approximately 68.1% Caucasians, 9.2% other races, 8.6% African Americans, 7.8% Asians, 4.5% two or more races, and 1.7% Native North Americans.

In religious terms, 66% of the Nevada population are affiliated with a Christian based faith, 5% are affiliated with non-Christian based faiths, and 28% are not affiliated with any particular religion at all.

Nevada Boundary, Census, and Statehood History

Nevada was acquired from Mexico in 1848 and included in Utah and New Mexico Territories. It was established as a territory in 1861 from Utah Territory, and was admitted as a State on October 31, 1864. Nevada acquired essentially its present boundaries after annexation of the southern tip from Arizona Territory in 1866.

In 1850 present-day Nevada had no census coverage. The population for 1860 is for the enumerated portions of Utah Territory that were included in Nevada Territory the following year. In 1870 coverage included the entire State. The 1870 population includes Rio Virgin County, enumerated as part of Utah although located within Nevada.

Nevada Population Chart

Nevada Population History

Most states in the US tend to follow a similar pattern when it comes to their population history. Explosions in numbers tend to occur throughout the 19th century, and while the increases begin to slow down in the 1900s, the overall pattern is one of healthy growth through the 20th century as well.

In Nevada, however, that isn’t the case and throughout the state’s history, numbers have fluctuated greatly with impressive rises followed by clear falls on a census by census basis. In 1860, the population of Nevada was recorded at just 6,857 but an explosion of over 500% over the next ten years took those numbers to 42,941 by 1870. Much of the boom was as a result of a mining boom -- while other states had their Gold Rush, Nevada had its very own Silver Rush.

After the boom, though, came a devastating depression, and Nevada’s population dropped dramatically. In the ten years from 1880 to 1890, the population fell from over 60,000 to 47,355. A further decline of 10% between 1890 and 1900 reduced the population to just 42,335.

Another boom was just round the corner, though, and the 1900 discovery of a rich seam of gold and silver near Tonopah saw fortune seekers flock once again to the Silver State -- so many, in fact, that its population almost doubled within a decade.

It wasn’t until the latter half of the 20th century that changes settled down to record fairly stable increases. Even during this period, though, growth has been pretty spectacular by national standards. In every decade between 1950 and 2000, the population of Nevada grew by more than 50%. In fact, its growth of just 35% between 2000 and 2010 might be considered a bit disappointing.

Nevada was also hit especially hard by the housing collapse and economic recession, forcing many residents to flee back to their state of origin, in most cases California. Nevada is recovering nicely from this, however, and it is once again showing a very healthy growth rate.

Nevada Population Growth

Figures released in relation to natural growth tell the story of Nevada’s recent growing population and the main contributory factor comes with net migration. Between 2000 and 2007, natural growth (births minus deaths) had resulted in a gain of 81,661 citizens. However, net migration added to those numbers by an incredible 337,043.

Nevada clearly has the space for such gains, and it’s almost certain that the trend will continue. The question isn’t whether Nevada’s population will increase in the next ten years; the question is by how much.

Henderson and North Las Vegas are currently among the 20 fastest-growing cities in the United States with populations over 100,000. Interestingly, as Nevada continues to grow, its population becomes more diverse. The non-Hispanic white population has shrunk in every county in the state between 2010 and 2012 except for three counties, with Hispanic and Asian populations continuing to grow faster than any other.

According to Census Bureau figures, the growth in the state is driven mostly by people moving here from other countries and other states, and because the two biggest counties have lower mortality rates than the national average, despite typical fertility rates among residents.

Nevada's population is expected to continue its healthy climb and is estimated to reach 3.36 million residents by 2030..pdf)

Population Data via US Census

Nevada Growth Rate

Nevada Population Rank

Year Pop % Change
20203,174,3941.89%
20193,115,6091.92%
20183,056,8241.96%
20172,998,0392.00%
20162,939,2541.95%
20152,883,0571.81%
20142,831,7301.62%
20132,786,5471.24%
20122,752,4101.26%
20112,718,1700.57%
20102,702,7973.07%
20001,998,2575.22%
19901,201,8334.15%
1980800,4935.06%
1970488,7385.53%
1960285,2785.95%
1950160,0833.80%
1940110,2471.93%
193091,0581.64%
192077,407-0.56%
191081,8756.82%
190042,335-1.11%
189047,355-2.70%
188062,2663.90%
187042,49120.01%
18606,8570.00%

Nevada Facts

Nevada Population in 2018Source: By Http2007 [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Nevada Population Density by County

Clark County

  • Population2,204,079
  • Density279.30 per sq km
  • Growth Since 201012.86%
  • State Rank1
  • % of State73.52%

Nevada Population Growth Rate by County

Nevada has a total of 16 counties, and of those counties, nine have exhibited growth in their populations. This is based on data from the 2010 Census when compared to 2015 estimates taken by the US Census Bureau. During this 5-year period, the southernmost county Clark County had the highest rate of growth at 8.26%. Three other counties exhibited growth greater than 5%, and these are Washoe, Esmerelda, and Elko Counties. Five other counties had smaller population growths, and these were Humboldt, Lyon, Douglas, Lander, and Eureka.

The remaining seven counties reflected decreases in population in 2015 when compared to 2010. Mineral County, located along the southern border, had the biggest decline at 6.14%, followed by Lincoln County at 6.01%. The counties of Nye, Storey, Pershing, Churchill, and White Pine all posted population declines of less than 5%.

Population by Race

Race Population
White1,936,453
Some Other Race279,977
Black or African American253,013
Asian232,502
Two or More Races134,335
American Indian and Alaska Native32,426
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander19,019

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table B03002

Nevada Population Pyramid 2018

20,00040,00060,00080,000100,000 Male Population20,00040,00060,00080,000100,000 Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Nevada Median Age

37.7


Total

37


Male

38.3


Female

Nevada Adults

There are 2,217,723 adults, (420,330 of whom are seniors) in Nevada.

Nevada Age Dependency

60.7

Age Dependency Ratio

23.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

37.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Nevada Sex Ratio

Female

1,437,634

49.78%

Male

1,450,091

50.22%

Nevada Households and Families

Nevada Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S1101

Nevada Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married69.7%30.3%
All55.4%44.6%
Non Family45.2%54.8%
Male44.8%55.2%
Female38.9%61.1%

55.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Nevada Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All1,052,2492.7155.4
Married472,6993.3769.7
Non Family380,8001.3445.2
Female134,7993.7438.9
Male63,9513.7844.8

3.36

Average Family Size

2.71

Average Household Size

7.2%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Nevada Households

Nevada Education

Nevada Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade116,4125.92%
9th to 12th Grade162,4068.25%
High School Graduate556,85128.29%
Some College506,80525.75%
Associates Degree159,4288.10%
Bachelors Degree306,61115.58%
Graduate Degree159,5108.11%

Nevada Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White1,118,4721,042,335316,432
Hispanic446,097285,85341,680
Asian174,917156,49966,131
Black160,803142,21727,605
Other Race158,79194,15710,889
Multiple Races57,02351,35413,411
Native American21,46917,7642,203
Islander12,09910,8331,499

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 93.19%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 37.81%.

Nevada Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$35,236$39,857$31,248
Less Than High School$25,489$27,599$21,888
High School Grad$30,748$34,288$26,426
Some College$35,513$41,111$30,996
Bachelors Degree$47,109$53,873$40,983
Graduate Degree$63,368$75,667$55,653

$35,236

Average Earnings

$39,857

Average Male

$31,248

Average Female

Nevada Language

Nevada Language by Age

Nevada Language

69.53% of Nevada residents speak only English, while 30.47% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 21.25% of the population.

Nevada Poverty

Nevada Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic803,743155,69319.37%
White1,439,617144,85410.06%
Black244,01360,92924.97%
Other276,04458,31821.13%
Asian231,13422,0999.56%
Multiple131,76820,50815.56%
Native31,4758,05025.58%
Islander18,5833,51218.90%

14.24%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.32%

Male Poverty Rate

15.15%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Nevada

The race most likely to be in poverty in Nevada is Native, with 25.58% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Nevada is Asian, with 9.56% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.91%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.91%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.29%.

Nevada Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School21.41%
High School13.38%
Some College9.92%
Bachelors or Greater5.75%

Nevada Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed33.97%
Male Unemployed30.49%
Female Employed7.61%
Male Employed6.09%

Nevada Income

Nevada Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$55,434$73,862
Families$65,469$84,382
Married Families$77,564$97,493
Non Families$36,167$51,036

Nevada Marital Status

Nevada Marital Status

Marriage Rates

45.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

46.1%

Male Marriage Rate

45.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Nevada Married by Age and Sex

Nevada Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35To44.

Nevada Marital Status by Race


Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S1201

Nevada Veterans

Nevada Veterans by War

210,461

Number of Veterans

191,650

Male Veterans

18,811

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam79,332
First Gulf War42,687
Second Gulf War36,696
Korea17,087
World War II6,970

Nevada Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
65 to 7457,869
35 to 5450,411
75+41,711
55 to 6440,194
18 to 3420,276

Nevada Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White169,62711.11%
Black18,75610.05%
Hispanic18,5333.43%
Asian8,3474.31%
2 or More5,8208.18%
Other4,4542.31%
Indian2,2879.27%
Hawaiian1,1708.20%

Nevada Veterans by Education

7.80%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.48%

Veteran Disability Rate

Nevada Employment Status

Nevada Employment by Age

63.9%

Labor Force Participation

58.5%

Employment Rate

8%

Unemployment Rate

Nevada Employment by Race

Nevada Employment by Education

Nevada Nativity

Nevada Citizenship Status

Data Sources
  1. Nevada State Data Center
  2. US Census State Population Estimates - Most recent state estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
  3. US Census County Population Estimates - Most recent county estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
  4. American Community Survey (2009 - 2013)
  5. Census QuickFacts
  6. Historical Populations of States and Counties (1790 - 1990)