Carson City, Nevada Population 2018

Carson City is a city located in the state of Nevada. It is an independent city and it also serves as the state capital. The city was originally founded in 1858 and was once a stopover until silver was discovered in the mountains. Since then, the city has grown and expanded, with current estimates showing the population to be 54,752.

Carson City History

The Washoe people were the first known inhabitants in what is now Carson City. John Fremont was the first European to come to the area and first arrived in the region of Eagle Valley in 1843. The region was originally named Washoe after the first inhabitants.

During the next decade, the area served as a trading post and stopover for people settling in California. The post was named Eagle Station and was located along the Carson River. In 1858, it was purchased by Abraham Currey and was survey for development, and it was at this time that the name was changed to Carson City. Curry believed that Carson City would be the capital, so a plot of land was reserved in which to build a capitol building.

The population really began to grow following the discovery of gold and silver at Comstock Lode in the late 1850s. The city had a hotel built in the city center, and further growth continued when Carson City was chosen as the capital of the territory. It was during the next decade when Nevada was made a state and Carson City designated as its capital.

Through the end of the 19th century, growth continued with the arrival of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad and the Carson City Mint. Many Chinese immigrants came to the area during this period. However, when the Central Pacific Railroad arrived, the population decreased, as it was located far north of Carson City. The population continued to drop through the 1930s. It was at this time that Carson City nicknamed itself, “America’s smallest capital,” although the population rose again following World War II.

Carson City expanded its boundaries in the 1960s when Ormsby County and Carson City merged, making Carson City one of the largest state capitals in the United States. The population also continued to grow and today the city’s population exceeds 50,000.

Carson City Demographics

The population of Carson City is over 54,000. The city’s total area is 157 square miles, and the population density is 350 people per square mile.

The majority of the population in Carson City is white, with white people making up over 81% of the population, 1.9% is black, 2.4% is Native American, 2.1% is Asian, 9.4% are another race, and 2.9% are mixed race. Twenty-one percent of the population is of Hispanic or Latino origin.

Residents 25 to 44 make up the largest age group, accounting for 28.9% of the total population. Nearly one quarter of the population is 45 to 74, while 23.4% of the population is under the age of 18. Almost 15% of the population is at least 65. There are more men than women in Carson City, with 108.20 males for every 100 females. About 10% of the population lives below the federal poverty line. Over 14% of the Carson City population speaks Spanish at home, while over 82% speak English. The city’s largest employer is Carson Tahoe Health. The Carson City School District, Carson City Municipal Government, and the Nevada Department of Transportation are other top employers.

Carson City Population Growth

According to census data, Carson City has seen highs and lows, with declining populations recorded during the early 20th century. However, by the time of the 1940 census, the population was on the rise again, with numbers jumping significantly in the 1970s and 1980s. Recent estimates show that the population is down slightly from the last census. However, there is nothing that would indicate that this will become a trend, and Carson City is likely to see continued growth in its future.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
201754,7454620.85%
201654,2831600.30%
201554,123-32-0.06%
201454,1553640.68%
201353,791-571-1.05%
201254,362-341-0.62%
201154,703-285-0.52%
201054,9882,5310.47%
200052,45712,0142.64%
199040,4438,4212.36%
198032,02216,5547.55%
197015,46810,30511.60%
19605,1632,0815.29%
19503,0825822.11%
19402,5009004.56%
19301,600-100-0.60%
19201,700-800-3.78%
19102,5004001.76%
19002,100-1,850-6.12%
18903,950-279-0.68%
18804,2290.00%

Carson City Population in 2018Source: Schrantz at English Wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White44,416
Some Other Race4,629
Asian1,655
Two or More Races1,575
American Indian and Alaska Native1,413
Black or African American585
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander139

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Carson City Population Pyramid 2018

0%2%4%6%8% Male Population0%2%4%6%8% Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Carson City Median Age

43.1


Total

41.3


Male

44.8


Female

Carson City Adults

There are 43,149 adults, (10,393 of which are seniors) in Carson City.

Carson City Age Dependency

66

Age Dependency Ratio

31.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Carson City Sex Ratio

Female

26,627

48.94%

Male

27,785

51.06%

Carson City Households and Families

Carson City Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Carson City Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married68.5%31.5%
All55.5%44.5%
Non Family48%52%
Male45%55%
Female40.7%59.3%

55.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Carson City Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All21,8022.455.5
Married9,1583.0668.5
Non Family8,6811.2448
Female2,9593.4740.7
Male1,0043.3545

3.04

Average Family Size

2.4

Average Household Size

7.4%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.2%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Carson City Households

Carson City Education

Carson City Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,4983.89%
9th to 12th Grade3,4128.85%
High School Graduate10,97628.48%
Some College11,40329.59%
Associates Degree3,1678.22%
Bachelors Degree4,92512.78%
Graduate Degree3,1598.20%

Carson City Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White28,90226,6796,706
Hispanic6,6054,381671
Other Race2,5821,609162
Asian1,1401,069435
Native American94676591
Multiple Races70153065
Black442392121
Islander605222

The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 93.77%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 38.16%.

Carson City Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,975$36,242$28,788
Less Than High School$20,918$21,462$19,985
High School Grad$29,442$31,236$25,674
Some College$32,025$36,534$26,972
Bachelors Degree$47,313$54,458$37,721
Graduate Degree$64,242$65,814$58,750

$31,975

Average Earnings

$36,242

Average Male

$28,788

Average Female

Carson City Language

Carson City Language by Age

Carson City Language

79.52% of Carson City residents speak only English, while 20.48% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 16.28% of the population.

Carson City Poverty

Carson City Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White36,0304,94413.72%
Hispanic12,2652,91423.76%
Other4,5431,07423.64%
Native1,31552039.54%
Multiple1,50234923.24%
Asian1,64121112.86%
Black3167824.68%

16.67%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.37%

Male Poverty Rate

17.96%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Carson City

The race most likely to be in poverty in Carson City is Native, with 39.54% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Carson City is Asian, with 12.86% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.93%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.72%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 22.36%.

Carson City Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School26.97%
High School13.98%
Some College11.37%
Bachelors or Greater5.35%

Carson City Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed35.51%
Male Unemployed30.69%
Female Employed10.53%
Male Employed7.12%

Carson City Income

Carson City Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$47,948$63,828
Families$61,611$76,249
Married Families$74,226$
Non Families$30,453$40,799

Carson City Marital Status

Carson City Marital Status

Marriage Rates

43.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.7%

Male Marriage Rate

42.3%

Female Marriage Rate

Carson City Married by Age and Sex

Carson City 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 55To64.

Carson City Marital Status by Race

Carson City Veterans

Carson City Veterans by War

5,107

Number of Veterans

4,819

Male Veterans

288

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam2,011
First Gulf War712
Korea577
Second Gulf War538
World War II354

Carson City Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
65 to 741,647
75+1,268
35 to 541,002
55 to 64880
18 to 34310

Carson City Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White4,69412.95%
Hispanic2973.68%
Other1294.35%
Indian867.85%
2 or More808.86%
Black7214.57%
Asian433.18%
Hawaiian35.00%

Carson City Veterans by Education

8.06%

Veteran Poverty Rate

35.86%

Veteran Disability Rate

Carson City Employment Status

Carson City Employment by Age

59.5%

Labor Force Participation

53.8%

Employment Rate

9.5%

Unemployment Rate

Carson City Employment by Race

Carson City Employment by Education

Carson City Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

27.69%

Born in Nevada

88.25%

Native Born

11.75%

Foreign Born

6.72%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

88.25% of Carson City residents were born in the United States, with 27.69% having been born in Nevada. 6.72% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.