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CARSON CITY: THE FACTS AND FIGURES, NUMBERS AND NUANCES

2010-04-28

52,457
Carson City's population, a whopping 28 percent higher than the 1980 statistics. Nevada is the fastest growing state in the country.

1844   
The year John C. Fremont leads his expedition to the Western territories and named a river at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in honor of his friend, Christopher ‘Kit' Carson Twenty-one years later, Carson City got its name.

22.2 inches                             
Carson City's average annual snowfall.

11.8 inches                             
Carson City's average annual rainfall.

172 sq. miles  
The total area of Ormsby County, later changed to consolidate to Carson City, which incorporates both the city and surrounding area, of which 27 square miles is under the azure blue waters of Lake Tahoe.

$309,900,000
In the shadow of the incredibly wealthy Comstock load, the value of silver mined from 1859 to 1880. The U.S. Mint operated here and left its "CC" imprint on $50 million in gold and silver coins.

$447,300,000
The total estimated silver production of all the state's mines. From that wealth grew towns like Silver City, Gold Hill and Virginia City. Many mines throughout Nevada are still in operation today.

35 to 60 minutes        
Time it takes to get to the best skiing in the west. Choose from 15 full-service ski resorts, including Squaw Valley USA, home of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games, Heavenly, whose gondola has been rated the most scenic in the nation, Alpine Meadows, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Kirkwood, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Mount Rose and Diamond Peak.

Climate           
Carson City is a semi-desert, marked by warm, dry summers with cool evenings. Winters tend to be cold and dry. The average growing season is 123 days, the annual high temperature averages 89 F, and the average annual low is 19 F. Each year, there is an average of 266 days of sunshine.

Lodging         
More than 1,700 rooms in Nevada's capital city cater to golfers, gamers, history buffs, shoppers, sightseers and adventure recreation enthusiasts. Proximity to Lake Tahoe, Reno and Virginia City make Carson City an affordable lodging alternative.

Casinos           
Ten major casinos, including Cactus Jack's, Carson Nugget, Comstock Casino, Carson Station, Gold Dust West, Bodine's, Casino Fandango, Slot World, Silver Dollar and Horseshoe Club. The Ormsby House is currently under renovation.

Dining
With its expanding reputation for excellent cuisine, specialty and family-owned restaurants, Carson City is transforming into a culinary Mecca. Selections range from American, Basque, Continental, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Thai, Indian and Mexican.

Shopping        
Carson City has a number of one-of-a-kind antique shops, boutiques and other stores throughout town.

Business         
The two major businesses are tourism and government, as Carson City is Nevada's state capital.

Golf Courses  
Divine 9 courses: Eagle Valley West; Eagle Valley East; Carson Valley Country Club; Dayton Valley Country Club; Genoa Lakes Golf Club Lakes Course and Resort Course; Sun Ridge Golf Course; and Silver Oak Golf Club. Empire Ranch Golf Course is the area's only 27-hole facility.

Public Schools
The Carson City School District consists of seven elementary schools (Bordewich, Bray, Empire, Fritsch, Freemont, Mark Twain and Seeliger Elementary), two middle schools (Carson Junior High and Eagle Valley Junior High), and one high school (Carson High School).

College           
Western Nevada College is a comprehensive community college which serves more than 6,000 students each semester. The college offers some 50 academic degrees and certificates in areas as diverse as engineering and construction technology, nursing, musical theatre, golf facilities management, geographic information systems, criminal justice and graphic design. Two and four-year programs are available.

Churches        
Carson City has 32 churches representing each denomination as well as non-denominational affiliations. Three of these churches -The First United Methodist Church, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, and the First Presbyterian Church - are included on the historical drive tour of Carson City and are some of the oldest in Nevada.

Washoe Indians         
First inhabitants of the Northern Nevada and California region. They harvested pinenuts as a staple food and camped along the shores of Lake Tahoe during summers. They were masters of basket weaving.

Sagebrush       
As Nevada's state flower, sagebrush is a remarkably hearty desert plant. Under the best conditions, a plant can grow to eight feet high. Covering 60 percent of the state, it shades small animals, provides food to range animals including sheep, cattle and antelope, and can wreak havoc with hay fever sufferers during springtime.

Hardheads      
Desert bighorn sheep were designated the state animal in 1973. Studied by archaeologists, the bighorn migrated across the Bering Sea from Russia to Alaska and today, favor the mountainous regions from Alaska to Mexico.

Attractions     
Nevada State Railroad Museum; Nevada State Museum (Carson City Mint); State Capitol; Governor's Mansion; Brewery Arts Center; and the Children's Museum of Northern Nevada.

Events
Wild West Ghost Walk (May); Taste of Downtown, Carson City Rendezvous (June); Silver Dollar Car Classic (July); Kit Carson Trail "Ghost Walk," Nevada Day (October); Victorian Christmas Home Tour (December)

Nearby Events           
American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, July; Hot August Nights at Reno (August); The Virginia City Camel Races (September); Reno Air Races, Great Reno Balloon Race (September); Genoa Candy Dance, (October); and Christmas on the Comstock (December)

Economics                             
Government:                      34 percent of all employment
Trade and services:              39 percent
Light manufacturing:             17 percent

Taxes  
There are no local or state corporate or personal income taxes. Other taxes, including franchise, unitary, inventory, inheritance and estate tax are not levied in this, the 38th state to join the union.

Web site                                 
http://www.visitcarsoncity.com.

Phone Numbers                       Carson City Convention & Visitors Bureau   775-687-7410

                                    Carson City Chamber of Commerce            775-882-1565

                                    Community Center                           775-887-2290

                                    Nevada Commission on Tourism               775-687-4322

                                    Carson City Government Offices             775-887-2100

                                    Nevada State Government Offices            775-684-0222

                                    Sheriff (information only)                 775-887-2500

 

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