Nevada is a land of vast open plains, sheep, cattle, spectacular deserts and magnificent mountains. It is home to more than 50 percent of the Nation's wild horses. Nevada attracted early settlers during the mining boom with the discovery of one of the largest silver lodes in the world at Comstock Mine. Mining still continues for gold, silver, copper, and other minerals and gems. Today Nevada attracts tourists from all over the world to its scenic resort areas and gambling casinos. Nevada covers 110,567 square miles, with a 2012 estimated population of 2,758,931 people – 269,491 living in rural Nevada (USDA-ERS). Carson City, the capital, is located in the western region of the state. The state’s largest cities are Las Vegas, Reno, Henderson and North Las Vegas. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 77.1% of the state’s population is white, 8.9% is African American/Black, 7.9% is Asian, 1.6% is American Indian & Alaska Native, and 27.3% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (2012).
There are 36 hospitals in Nevada (Kaiser, 2010), 13 of which are located in rural areas (North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center, Dec. 2008). The state has 11 hospitals identified by the Flex Monitoring Team as Critical Access Hospitals (June 2013). There are 9 Rural Health Clinics in Nevada (Kaiser, 2012), and 2 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 32 sites in the state (Kaiser, 2010). Most Nevadans have some form of health insurance coverage, although 22.0% of its residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2011).
According to the Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for Nevadans in 2011 was $36,964, although rural per-capita income rose above at $38,185. Estimates from 2011 indicate a poverty rate of 12.6% exists in rural Nevada, compared to a 16.1% level in urban areas of the state. 2011 ACS data reports that 14.6% of the rural population has not completed high school, compared to 15.9% of urban populations. The unemployment rate in rural Nevada is at 12.0%, while in urban Nevada it is at 13.7%(USDA-ERS, 2011).For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
U.S. Census Bureau: State & County QuickFacts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets; Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; Flex Monitoring Team: Critical Access Hospital List
Directory of Rural Health
Contact information for people and organizations in Nevada with an interest in rural health.
There are more organizations related to Nevada in the organizations section.
Last Reviewed: 10/23/2013