Nevada by the Numbers:
Key Statistical Data and Facts

Key Details

  • Nevada is the 32nd most populous US state, with an estimated population of 3.1 million in 2022. 
  • Between 2017-2021, housing units had a median value of $35,900 and a median rent of $1,238. Joe Lombardo became the 31st Governor of Nevada in 2021. 
  • As of 2020, 87 % of Nevadans aged 25+ have a high school diploma or higher. 
  • In 2022, Nevada had 76,157 property crime cases and 14,493 violent crimes - murder, rape, aggravated assault, and robbery. 
  • In 2021, Nevada had a mean household income of $66,274 and a median income of $89,961. 

Nevada Population Demographics

The seventh most extensive US state, Nevada is also the 32nd most populous state. In 2022, the Silver State was home to an estimated population of 3,104,624 residents, marking a growth of 2% from census figures recorded in 2020. One out of every five residents was 18 years or younger (22.2% of residents), while one out of every six (16%) was 65 years or older. Like most states in the US, Nevada has a nearly even gender split, with females accounting for 49.6% of the population as of 2022.  

Multiple states, including Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, and California, border Nevada. Between 2017 and 2021, 19.2% of residents were foreign-born.

Nevada Housing

1,328,725 housing
According to 2022 census estimates, Nevada has 1,328,725 housing units.
7.8% of these were occupied between 2017 and 2021, with a median value of $35,900.
During the same period, the median selected monthly owners' costs ranged from $1,655 (with a mortgage) to $454 without a mortgage.
Nevada had an average household size of 2.42 persons.
29.6% of households had one or more persons under 18 years, while 31.3% had residents aged 65 years or older.
As of 2021, 68% of the housing units were 1-unit structures, while 26.9% had two or more units. 5.1% of households were made up of mobile homes and other types of units.

Nevada Racial Demographics


Nevada is home to multiple races, including whites, blacks, Asians, Latinos, native Hawaiians, and American Indians. According to the US Census, as of 2022, 45% of residents in the state are whites (not Hispanic or Latino). Hispanics or Latinos are the second largest group (30.3%), followed by Black or African Americans (10.8%) and Asians (9.4%). 5.1% of the population claimed two races or more, while American Indians and Alaskan natives accounted for 1.7% of residents. Between 2017 and 2021, 19.2% of residents consisted of foreign-born persons. 

  • White only
  • Black or African-American alone
  • Asian alone
White alone (not Hispanic) 45.7% 
Hispanics or Latinos 30.3% 
Black or African American 10.8% 
Asians 9.4% 
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders 0.9 % 

Elections in Nevada

In the past, Nevadans have voted for both Democratic and Republican candidates in general and gubernatorial elections. As of 2023, the government is run by officials from either party. While Democrats control the state legislature as well as the office of attorney general. Republicans control the Governor’s office.  

Between 1999 and 2022, four out of the five governors have been Republicans. Joe Lombardo became the 31st Governor of Nevada following his electoral victory in 2021.  As of 2023, two Democrats, Jacky Rosen, and Catherine Cortez Maskto, represent the state in the US Senate.  

2020 Presidential Election 

During the 2020 presidential elections. Democratic candidate Joe Biden defeated his opponent Donald Trump, securing 50.6% of the votes, compared to 47.67% for Trump. Biden claimed victory in the key counties, Clark and Washoe, with over 640,000 votes. Despite losing the state, Trump won the election in every other county outside Washoe and Clark.  

Donald Trump

50.6% of votes

Joe Biden

47.67% of votes

Nevada Voting Statistics

According to the Nevada Secretary of State, as of May 2023, Nevada had 2,228,099 registered voters, made up of 1,878,692 active voters and 344,549 inactive voters. Clark County accounted for more than half of registered voters, with 1,593,339 registrants. Washoe County had the second largest number of voters (365,459) ahead of Lyon, Douglas, and Carson City, with 48,473, 43,815, and 42,980 registrations. 


General Election Voter Turnout

YearVoter TurnoutTurnout Percentage (Voting Age Population)
2022 1,023,617 54.7% 
2020 1,407,761 77.26% 
2018 975,980 62.4% 
2016 1,125,429  76.7% 
2014 552,326 45.56% 
2012 1,016,664 80.79% 
2010 723,515 64.64% 
2008 967,341 80.09% 

How Educated is Nevada

Between 2017 and 2021, 87% of residents aged 25 years and older had a high school graduate diploma or higher. Up to 26% had a bachelor's degree or higher, while 32% had an associate's degree or some college certification.  

Residents (25+) with a Bachelor's degree earned an average of $52,227, while people with a graduate or professional degree earned $71,112. In comparison, individuals with a college or associate's degree earned an average of $40,173, while those with less than a high school diploma earned $30,979. 

As of 2023, Nevada has over 40 colleges and universities. The University of Nevada Las Vegas had the highest enrollment, with 30,000+ students, followed by the College of Southern Nevada and the University of Nevada, Reno, with 29,000+ and 21,000+, respectively.  

Nevada Employment Rate

In 2023, Nevada had an unemployment rate of 5.4%. According to 2020 census estimates, 7.5% of civilian employees aged 16 and older worked in the construction sector, while manufacturing, retail trade, and public administration accounted for 5.4%, 11.7%, and 4.8%, respectively. Educational services, as well as the arts-entertainment-and-recreation sectors, were major employers. Nearly two out of every five civilians were employed in either sector.

Up to 72.9% of workers in Nevada were employed in private companies, while 9.1% were self-employed in their own incorporated or unincorporated businesses. 13.4% of workers worked for the local, state, or federal government. Residents have an average travel time of 24.6 minutes, which is lower than the national average of 25.6.

Average Income in Nevada

According to a 2021 community survey, Nevada has a mean household income of $66,274 and a median income of $89,961. Families earned a mean income of $78,526. The mean income for married-couple families was $120,161, while non-family households earned a mean of $61,255.  

Approximately 10.5% of households earned $14,999 or less, while 16% earned between $15,000 and $34,999. Roughly 3 out of every ten households earned between $75,000 and $149,999. In addition, up to 7.3% earned between $150,000 to $199,999, while 7.5% earned $200,000 or more.  

Families in Nevada

Nevada Marriage Rates


According to the 2020 census data, approximately 45.1% of Nevadans aged 15 and over were married. Viewed across genders, 45.6% of males were married compared to 44.5% of females. In contrast, 35% of residents aged 15 and older had never been married, 5.4% were widowed, and 1.8% were separated.  

For males, the marriage percentage was highest with men aged 45 and older. At least six out of every ten men in this age range were married. In comparison, one out of every five males (23%) between the ages of 20 to 34 years was married, while 50% of men between the ages of 35 and 44 years.  

A breakdown of the data for females showed that six out of ten women between the ages of 45 and 64 years were married, compared to four out of ten for women aged 65 years and over. Three out of ten women between 20 and 34 years were married, while one out of two women from 35 to 44 years was married.  

Nevada Divorce Rates

As of 2020,  12.8% of residents in Nevada aged 15 years and older have been in a divorce, while 35% of residents have never been married.  Nevada's recorded divorce rate for the following year was 4.2, almost 50% higher than the national average. 11.7% of males aged 15 and older had been divorced compared to 13.9% of women.  

Grouped into age ranges, approximately two out of ten women aged 45 and older were divorced,  while two out of every ten men aged 55 years and older. In contrast, less than 5% of males or females younger than 34 years were divorced. 13.7% of women between the ages of 35 and 44 were divorced, compared to 11.0% of men in the same age range.  

Viewed across racial groups, 8.3% of Asians were divorced compared to 13.6% of Blacks or African Americans and 9.2% of Hispanics or Latinos. The divorce percentage was highest among whites, with 15%.  

Life Expectancy in Nevada

The life expectancy in Nevada is 76.3 years, according to data published by the National Center for Health Statistics for 2020.  It marks a decline from the 78 years recorded in 2019 and the 77.9 years recorded in 2018. Leading causes of death in the Silver State included heart disease, cancer, Covid-19, accidents, and stroke.  The state recorded 7,352 deaths caused by heart disease in 2021, compared to 5,318 cancer-related deaths. Covid accounted for 5,149 mortalities, while strokes led to 1,443 deaths.  

Nearly half (49.3%) of births in the state were to unmarried mothers, and close to two-thirds (32.9 out of 100) were via cesarean. In 2021, Nevada had an 11,22 preterm birth rate and infant mortality rate of 4.3 deaths per 1,000 live births. An average of 54.8 births were recorded per 1,000 females between the age of 15 to 44 years, while teenage pregnancies accounted for 15.1 births for every 1,000 females between the age of 15 and 19.   

Nevada Crime Rates

In 2022, Nevada recorded 76,157 property crime cases, marking a 7.97% increase compared to 2021. Larceny was the most common property crime, with 46,232 cases ahead of burglary and motor theft, with 15,603 and 13,844 crimes, respectively. Nevada also recorded 14,493 cases of violent crime, including murder, rape, aggravated assault, and robbery. 44.8% of robbery cases were done with a firearm, 9.3% were done with a knife or cutting instrument, and 35% were done without arms. In addition, 82% of violent crime offenders were male, while 17.3% were female.  

Nevada Incarceration Rate

361 persons per 100,000 residents
According to the National Institute of Correction, in 2020, Nevada had an incineration rate of 361 persons per 100,000 residents, slightly higher than the national average.
20 jails
The state had 20 jails located across 17 counties.
With a prison population of 11,422 overseen by 2,9664.
Nevada's prison system operates with a budget of $373,235,836.
Roughly 9,200 persons were on parole, while 9,222 were out on probation.

Nevada Bankruptcy Rate

5,523 bankruptcy filings

In 2022, Nevada recorded 5,523 bankruptcy filings, the lowest recorded in two decades. It was almost half the number recorded in 2019 (10,046) and a sixth of the number recorded in 2010 (30,143). According to the American Banking Institute, Nevada’s  2022 filings included 4,504 Chapter 7 filings, 910 Chapter 13 cases, and 109 filings for Chapter 11. Nevada also recorded 212 business bankruptcy cases. Companies filed 117 Chapter 7 cases, 94 Chapter 11s, and 4 Chapter 13 cases. Viewed across a 22-year period (starting in 2000), Nevada's total filing relative to the population was 59% above average.

Weird Laws in Nevada

Like most states in America, Nebraska has its share of strange rules and laws. Most of these would be considered anything from ridiculous to old-fashioned in recent times. Listed below are a few of the strangest laws in cities and counties of Nebraska.

  • An old law made it illegal for couples to sleep in the nude at a hotel in Nebraska. Hence all hotels were mandated by law to provide couples with clean and pressed cotton nightshirts.
  • It was illegal to be ugly or unsightly in public. The law stated that “anyone disfigured, diseased, mutilated, maimed or in any way deformed so as to be unsightly may not be allowed in streets, highways, thoroughfares, and other public places.” The law was specific to Lincoln City, Nebraska, and carried a $1 fine for each offense.
  • Anyone who had contracted a venereal disease was not allowed to marry in Nevada. Section 42-102 states that males or females intending to be married must be 17 years at the time and unaffected by any venereal diseases
  • It was illegal to be intoxicated while in physical control of an aircraft.
  • Horses or any other animal ridden in Nevada has a speed limit of at most 6 miles an hour.
  • Barbers in some cities in Nevada were banned from eating onions between the hours of 7 a.m. and 12 noon.
  • Hasting City, Nevada municipal code section 25-214 made it illegal to spit on any sidewalk, crosswalk, steps, corridors, or stairways leading to public buildings or places used for public gatherings.
  • It was a crime to sneeze, burp, or pass wind in a church. If a child did so, their parents would be arrested in their place.
  • It was illegal for bartenders to sell beer unless they were brewing a kettle of soup at the same time.
  • An old Nevada law made it illegal for anyone but licensed doctors to distribute birth control. This included even a small pack of condoms.
  • Another law made it illegal to sell donuts with holes in them in Nebraska for over 100 years. However, this law was repealed in 1997.

Cities in Nevada