Storey County, Nevada
Storey County Courthouse, Virginia City
Location within the U.S. state of Nevada
Nevada's location within the U.S.
|Named for||Edward Farris Storey|
|Largest community||Virginia City|
|• Total||264 sq mi (680 km2)|
|• Land||263 sq mi (680 km2)|
|• Water||0.7 sq mi (2 km2) 0.3%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||15/sq mi (6/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−8 (Pacific)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−7 (PDT)|
Storey County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nevada. As of the 2010 census, the population was 4,010, making it the third-least populous county in Nevada. Its county seat is Virginia City.
Storey County was created in 1861 and named for Captain Edward Farris Storey, who was killed in 1860 in the Pyramid Lake War. It was the most populous county in Nevada when organized in 1861. Virginia City is the county seat. It was originally to be named McClellan County after General George B. McClellan, who later ran unsuccessfully against Abraham Lincoln for President in the 1864 election. Storey County benefited from the discovery of Comstock Lode silver.
In 1969, the actor Dick Simmons played W. Frank Stewart, a silver mining operator who served from 1876 to 1880 as a state senator for Storey County, in the episode "How to Beat a Badman" of the syndicated television series, Death Valley Days, hosted by Robert Taylor not long before Taylor's own death. In the story line, Senator Stewart is determined to gain at a bargain price a silver claim being worked by two young former outlaws (Tom Heaton and Scott Graham).
The county population collapsed after the Comstock Lode was fully mined and hit a minimum of 568 in the 1960 census. Since then, its population has partially recovered because of its relative proximity to Reno.
Adjacent counties and city
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,399 people, 1,462 households, and 969 families residing in the county. The population density was 13 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 1,596 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.00% White, 0.29% Black or African American, 1.44% Native American, 1.00% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 1.68% from other races, and 2.44% from two or more races. 5.12% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
Of the 1,462 households, 21.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.60% were married couples living together, 7.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.70% were non-families. 25.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.74.
In the county, 19.70% of the population was under the age of 18, 4.70% from 18 to 24, 26.80% from 25 to 44, 35.70% from 45 to 64, and 13.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 107.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.10 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $45,490, and the median income for a family was $57,095. Males had a median income of $40,123 versus $26,417 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,642. 5.80% of the population and 2.50% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 4.20% are under the age of 18 and 4.80% are 65 or older.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 4,010 people, 1,742 households, and 1,141 families residing in the county. The population density was 15.3 inhabitants per square mile (5.9/km2). There were 1,990 housing units at an average density of 7.6 per square mile (2.9/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 92.1% white, 1.6% Asian, 1.6% American Indian, 1.0% black or African American, 0.4% Pacific islander, 1.1% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 5.7% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 20.9% were German, 20.1% were Irish, 11.5% were English, 7.2% were Italian, and 2.6% were American.
Of the 1,742 households, 23.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.6% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 34.5% were non-families, and 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.76. The median age was 50.5 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $61,525 and the median income for a family was $65,121. Males had a median income of $53,936 versus $34,208 for females. The per capita income for the county was $31,079. About 0.4% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.6% of those under age 18 and 0.0% of those age 65 or over.
There are no incorporated communities in Storey County.
Storey County has legal prostitution which provides a significant portion of the tax base. The county is also trying to lure high-tech businesses. The Tesla Gigafactory 1 has been constructed here.
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Storey County, Nevada
- Republic of Molossia – a micronation in southern Storey County
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