Carson City, Nevada Population 2021

57,344
map placeholder

Carson City is a city located in Douglas County Nevada. With a 2020 population of 57,344, it is the 6th largest city in Nevada and the 684th largest city in the United States . Carson City is currently growing at a rate of 1.26% annually and its population has increased by 3.74% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 55,274 in 2010. Carson City reached it's highest population of 57,344 in 2021. Spanning over 157 miles, Carson City has a population density of 396 people per square mile.

The average household income in Carson City is $75,267 with a poverty rate of 11.34%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $940 per month, and the median house value is $273,800. The median age in Carson City is 42.4 years, 40.6 years for males, and 44.6 years for females.

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.

Carson City Population and Diversity Statistics

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's population 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.

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 initially 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 surveyed 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 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

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Carson City was:

  • White: 82.00%
  • Other race: 8.39%
  • Asian: 2.67%
  • Two or more races: 2.56%
  • Native American: 2.26%
  • Black or African American: 2.05%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.07%
The current population of Carson City, Nevada is 57,344 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 55,202.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 55,274.

Carson City, Nevada Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
202157,3447141.25%
202056,6307141.26%
201955,9167141.28%
201855,2026701.21%
201754,5323850.71%
201654,147790.15%
201554,068-14-0.03%
201454,0823560.66%
201353,726-586-1.09%
201254,312-364-0.67%
201154,676-305-0.56%
201054,9810.00%

Carson City Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White44,91382.00%
Some Other Race4,5938.39%
Asian1,4652.67%
Two or More Races1,4002.56%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,2402.26%
Black or African American1,1252.05%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander370.07%
Loading...

Carson City Population by Race

Carson City Population Pyramid $2021

Loading...

Carson City Median Age

42.4


Total

40.6


Male

44.6


Female

Carson City Adults

There are 43,554 adults, (10,857 of whom are seniors) in Carson City.

Carson City Age Dependency

67.5

Age Dependency Ratio

33.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Carson City Sex Ratio

Female

26,640

48.64%

Male

28,133

51.36%

Carson City Population by Age

Carson City Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Loading...

Carson City Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married72.3%27.7%
All56.8%43.2%
Non Family46.9%53.1%
Male43.7%56.3%
Female38.8%61.2%

56.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Carson City Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All22,7552.3156.8
Married9,9222.9972.3
Non Family8,6121.1646.9
Female2,8613.0438.8
Male1,3603.0943.7

2.89

Average Family Size

2.31

Average Household Size

Loading...

Carson City Households by Type

Loading...
Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,7364.41%
9th to 12th Grade3,3858.61%
High School Graduate10,20525.95%
Some College11,32828.81%
Associates Degree3,95110.05%
Bachelors Degree5,62914.31%
Graduate Degree3,0907.86%
Loading...

Carson City Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Carson City Educational Attainment by Race

Loading...
Race Total High School Bachelors
White28,79626,7967,244
Hispanic7,1994,683722
Other Race2,4561,535150
Asian1,1721,053508
Native American88571482
Black731509102
2+ Races71058598
Islander3232

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 43.34%.

Carson City Educational Attainment by Race

Loading...
Name Average Male Female
Overall$36,753$40,105$31,991
Less Than 9th Grade$26,439$30,566$22,995
High School Graduate$32,198$36,010$29,459
Some College$37,375$41,904$31,398
Bachelors Degree$46,120$48,824$44,498
Graduate Degree$63,904$63,380$65,357

$36,753

Average Earnings

$40,105

Average Male

$31,991

Average Female

Carson City Earnings by Educational Attainment

Carson City Language by Age

Loading...

Carson City Language

77.42% of Carson City residents speak only English, while 22.58% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 17.87% of the population.

Carson City Language

Carson City Poverty by Race

Loading...
Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White35,3593,58610.14%
Hispanic12,8111,74313.61%
Other4,41757913.11%
Multiple1,30026320.23%
Native1,15619516.87%
Black83010112.17%
Asian1,440624.31%

11.34%

Overall Poverty Rate

10.06%

Male Poverty Rate

12.63%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Carson City

The race most likely to be in poverty in Carson City is Multiple, with 20.23% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Carson City is Asian, with 4.31% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.90%. Among those working part-time, it was 9.42%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 18.78%.

Carson City Poverty

Loading...
Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade14.80%
High School12.40%
Some College9.09%
Bachelors or Greater4.64%

Carson City Poverty Rate by Education

Loading...
Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed31.95%
Male Unemployed17.29%
Female Employed7.77%
Male Employed3.31%

Carson City Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Carson City Income by Household Type

Loading...
Name Median Mean
Households$55,718$75,267
Families$71,821$90,332
Married Families$85,446$102,751
Non Families$33,284$45,401
Loading...

Income by Household Type

Carson City Marital Status

Loading...

Marriage Rates

47.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.6%

Male Marriage Rate

46.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Carson City Married by Age and Sex

Loading...

Carson City Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Carson City Marital Status by Race

Loading...

Carson City Marital Status

Loading...

4,370

Number of Veterans

4,167

Male Veterans

203

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,833
First Gulf War683
Korea471
Second Gulf War439
World War II125

Carson City Veterans by War

Loading...
Age Group Veterans
65 to 741,342
75+1,136
55 to 641,005
35 to 54604
18 to 34283

Carson City Veterans by Age

Loading...
Name Veterans % of Total
White4,02910.96%
Hispanic1802.05%
Native American16415.97%
2+ Races729.24%
Other Race431.53%
Black374.13%
Asian211.72%
Islander411.11%

Carson City Veterans by Race

Carson City Veterans by Education

Loading...

7.64%

Veteran Poverty Rate

36.51%

Veteran Disability Rate

Carson City Veterans by Education

Loading...

60.3%

Labor Force Participation

57.2%

Employment Rate

5.1%

Unemployment Rate

Carson City Employment by Age

Loading...

Carson City Employment by Race

Loading...

Carson City Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Loading...

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Loading...

29.31%

Born in Carson City

87.30%

Native Born

12.70%

Foreign Born

7.06%

Non Citizen

5.64%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

87.30% of Carson City residents were born in the United States, with 29.31% having been born in Nevada. 7.06% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Carson City Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202157,3447141.26%
202056,6307141.28%
201955,9167141.29%
201855,2026701.23%
201754,5323850.71%
201654,147790.15%
201554,068-14-0.03%
201454,0823560.66%
201353,726-586-1.08%
201254,312-364-0.67%
201154,676-305-0.55%
201054,9812,5240.47%
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 by Year