Nevada Population 2017
The landlocked state of Nevada is situated toward the western edge of the United States. 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. According to the latest estimates from the Census Bureau, the population of Nevada is 2,890,845.
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 2016 is estimated at 2,890,845, 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 2016 is now estimated at over 2.8 million.
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.