In closing, here are some current Nevada statistics:

Nevada’s population in 2008 was estimated at just over two-and-a-half million. It had grown 30% since 2000, had a pretty even ratio in terms of gender, and was over 80% white. Over 80% were high school graduates, but only 18% had college degrees. Almost 61% of the people owned their own homes.

The median household income in 2007 was around $55,000.

Nevada’s area is around 110,000 square miles, with a population density of only 18 persons per square mile.

There hasn’t been any really big news in Nevada recently, but the gambling industry has experienced a slow period during the current recession. Other than that, the most interesting news story in the state is that the attorney general has filed charges against Acorn:

attorney general Masto

Nevada Attorney General Masto

Information from

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Chapter 18

Nevada and Hawaii have very little in common. Both have mountains and arid areas, both have significant toursim industries, and both have cattle ranching. However, Hawaii’s main identity is with water and water sports, and associated water activities, while Nevada is completely landlocked. There are really not a lot of parallels that can be drawn between the two states.

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Chapter 16

While it is only a few hours drive away from it, Nevada is not located on the North Pacific Coast, and has very little in common with it, except for the fact that both have mountains and semi-arid areas.

Oregon's Cascade Range

Oregon's Cascade Range

Carson Valley in Nevada

Nevada's Carson Valley.

Snow Lake Peak in northeastern Nevada

Snow Lake Peak in northeastern Nevada

Semi-arid lands in western Washington

Semi-arid lands in western Washington

arid land Nevada

Farmland in Nevada.

The website has a lot of really excellent information about the physical geography of the North Pacific Coast, and how its mountains are different from the Rockies.

In terms of human geography, Nevada also has little in common with the North Pacific Coast. The main difference is probably the completely different environmental attitude of the general population. People in northern California, Oregon, and Washington really treasure and appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds them, but Nevadans are far less aware of their state’s aesthetic advantages, and face greater practical challenges, such as a limited water supply.

Additionally, how each region was first settled differentiates them. Nevada had a big influx of people during its silver and gold rush periods, but the Pacific North Coast was occupied more gradually.

Overall, the two regions are hardly at all alike.

Images from Google.

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