Nine Interesting Things About Nevada Population & Demographics

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The following data is provided – with a little help from the most recent Census reports – in keeping with our quest to be a reliable resource for fact-loving, stat-seeking persons interested in learning about Nevada.

  1. Nevada makes up less than 1% of the total U.S. population. Total Nevada population (2014 Census estimate) is 2,839,099 and U.S. population (ditto) is 318,857,056 so Silver State residents represent just .89% of the nation’s residents.
  2. Nevada grows even in tough economic times.  The population percent change from April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014 was 5.1%. The percent change nationwide was 3.3%.
  3. Nevada’s ethnic composition differs from national averages in three key populations. Persons of white-alone ethnic backgrounds comprise 76.2% of the Nevada population, not far off the U.S. percent of 77.4%. Additionally, American Indian and Alaska Native alone persons make up 1.6% of Nevada residents, only slightly higher than the U.S. percent of 1.2%. And Nevada’s Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone percent is 0.7% compared to 0.2% nationally.
    1. However, the Black or African American alone percent in Nevada is just 9.1% compared to the U.S. percent of 13.2%.
    2. Additionally, the Asian alone percent in Nevada is 8.3%, whereas the national percent is 5.4%.
    3. The Hispanic or Latino percent in Nevada is 27.8% vs. a national percent of 17.4%.
  4. Nevada has a much higher rate of foreign born persons than the U.S. as a whole. In Nevada, 19.1% of the population in the years 2009-2013 were foreign born persons vs. just 12.9% for the U.S.
  5. Nevada households in which a language other than English is spoken at home is substantially higher than the national average as well. From 2009-2013, the Nevada percent was 29.3%. The U.S. percent was 20.7%.
  6. Nevada lags the nation when it comes to people 25+ years old with a bachelor degree or higher education. In Nevada (2009-2013) the number is 22.4% compared to the U.S. number of 28.8%.
  7. We also lag the nation when it comes to home ownership. In Nevada, the homeownership rate (2009-2013) was 56.7%. Nationally it was 64.9%.
  8. However, Nevada is close to the national median when it comes to household income. Median household income in Nevada (2009-2013) was $52,800 compared to $53,046 for the U.S.
  9. Nevada’s overall poverty level is also close to the national number. Persons below poverty level (2009-2013) make up 15.0% of the state population vs. 15.4% in the U.S.

Source U.S. Census Bureau: State and County QuickFacts. Data derived from Population Estimates, American Community Survey, Census of Population and Housing, State and County Housing Unit Estimates, County Business Patterns, Nonemployer Statistics, Economic Census, Survey of Business Owners, Building Permits
Last Date Revised: Wednesday, 14-Oct-2015 10:53:58 EDT