High Desert, Nevada

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Population in July 2007: 1,085.
Males: 634  (58.4%)
Females: 451  (41.6%)
Median resident age:  38.0 years
Nevada median age:  35.0 years
Estimated median household income in 2012: $28,892 (it was $27,000 in 2000)
High Desert:

$28,892
NV:

$49,760
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $16,047 (it was $14,652 in 2000)

High Desert CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $85,476 (it was $72,400 in 2000)
High Desert:

$85,476
NV:

$150,700
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $292,920; Detached houses: $483,099; In 2-unit structures: $57,401; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $574,006; Mobile homes: $117,062
High Desert races chart
  • White alone - 658 (72.1%)
  • Hispanic - 220 (24.1%)
  • American Indian alone - 20 (2.2%)
  • Two or more races - 9 (1.0%)
  • Asian alone - 3 (0.3%)
  • Other race alone - 2 (0.2%)
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in High Desert: 146.9 (very high, U.S. average is 100)

Current Local Time: PST time zone

Land area: 4400.5 square miles.

Population density: 0.2 people per square mile   (very low).

High Desert, Nevada map

For population 25 years and over in High Desert:

  • High school or higher: 70.3%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 10.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 1.3%
  • Unemployed: 3.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 9.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in High Desert CCD:

  • Never married: 29.7%
  • Now married: 57.0%
  • Separated: 1.8%
  • Widowed: 6.3%
  • Divorced: 7.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

High Desert CCD:  0.6% ($407)
Nevada:  0.9% ($1,187)
High Desert satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Sparks, NV (92.3 miles , pop. 66,346).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Sacramento, CA (187.7 miles , pop. 407,018).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (475.8 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities: Gerlach, NV (4.8 miles ), Gerlach-Empire, NV (5.0 miles ), Eagleville, CA (6.1 miles) , Madeline Plains, CA (6.3 miles ), Likely, CA (7.1 miles) , Litchfield, CA (7.2 miles) , Cedarville, CA (7.2 miles ), Surprise Valley, CA (7.5 miles ).

Latitude: 40.89 N, Longitude: 119.66 W

High Desert household income distribution High Desert home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

7.3%
Nevada:

7.8%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (47%)
  • Nonmetallic mineral products (19%)
  • Groceries and related products merchant wholesalers (6%)
  • Construction (6%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Truck transportation (3%)
  • Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations (3%)
  • Nonmetallic mineral products (22%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Food and beverage stores (11%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Other direct selling establishments (9%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (7%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (18%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (16%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (10%)
  • Construction laborers (8%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (7%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (15%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (15%)
  • Food and beverage serving workers except waiters/waitresses (11%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (9%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (7%)
  • Supervisors and other personal care and service workers except personal appearance, transportation, and child care workers (7%)
  • Art and design workers (6%)

Work and jobs in High Desert: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in High Desert, Nevada

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

High Desert-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Nevada state average. It is 512% greater than the overall U.S. average.

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Washoe County (23) is a lot greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 4
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Fires: 16, Floods: 4, Storms: 4, Snows: 2, Hurricane: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to High Desert:

  • Truckee Meadows Community College (about 92 miles; Reno, NV; Full-time enrollment: 6,919)
  • University of Nevada-Reno (about 93 miles; Reno, NV; FT enrollment: 15,092)
  • Western Nevada College (about 118 miles; Carson City, NV; FT enrollment: 2,338)
  • Butte College (about 136 miles; Oroville, CA; FT enrollment: 8,649)
  • Shasta College (about 141 miles; Redding, CA; FT enrollment: 5,645)
  • California State University-Chico (about 141 miles; Chico, CA; FT enrollment: 14,838)
  • Oregon Institute of Technology (about 145 miles; Klamath Falls, OR; FT enrollment: 2,900)

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Notable locations in High Desert: Home Camp (A), Board Corral Ranch (B), Calcutta Ranch (C), Denio Camp (D), Bandy Ranch (E), Bernards Corrals (F), Big Canyon Ranch (G), Bitner Ranch (H), Brush Corral (I), Lost Creek Ranch (J), Button Brush Windmill (K), Cornell Place (L), Hoover Ranch (M), Stevens Camp (N), Murphy Ranch (O), Grass Valley Ranch (P), Coleman Ranch (Q), Conlon Camp (R), Negro Creek Ranch (S), Williams Place (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: North Lake (A), Fatty Martin Lake (B), Mud Lake (C), West Lake (D), Massacre Lake (E), Central Lake (F), Melody Lake (G), Cow Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: North Fork Dry Valley Creek (A), Rock Creek (B), Wall Canyon Creek (C), Squaw Creek (D), Parsnip Wash (E), Negro Creek (F), Grass Valley Creek (G), Buffalo Creek (H), Texas Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in High Desert include: Sheldon National Antelope Refuge (1), Great Boiling Spring Park (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Washoe County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
Average household size:
This place:  2.3 people
Nevada:  2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  60.5%
Whole state:  65.3%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  5.8%
Whole state:  8.7%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

17.6%
Whole state:

10.5%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

10.3%
Whole state:

4.9%
11 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers in 2010
86 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms in 2000
42 people in nursing homes in 2000

High Desert compared to Nevada state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage significantly above state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (64%)
  • Wood (13%)
  • Electricity (10%)
  • Utility gas (6%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (6%)
  • Other fuel (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for High Desert CCD (based on Washoe County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 27.94%
Here: 27.9%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchLDS (Mormon) ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionAssemblies of GodUnited Methodist Church
Adherents57.9%12.3%4.0%3.0%2.9%
Congregations7.9%16.4%9.2%7.2%2.6%
NameJewishEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaEpiscopal ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)Other
Adherents2.1%2.0%1.9%1.8%12.1%
Congregations2.6%2.6%4.6%2.6%44.1%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 56
Washoe County:

1.38 / 10,000 pop.
Nevada:

1.50 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 5
This county:

0.12 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.10 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 40
Washoe County:

0.99 / 10,000 pop.
Nevada:

1.00 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 109
Washoe County:

2.69 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.56 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 283
Here:

6.99 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.14 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

6.5%
Nevada:

8.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Washoe County:

21.2%
Nevada:

24.5%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

14.3%
State:

13.2%

5.58% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($54,585 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.58%
Nevada average:

5.67%

0.05% of residents moved from foreign countries ($863 average AGI)
Washoe County:

0.05%
Nevada average:

0.10%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Clark County, NV  0.38% ($39,399 average AGI)
from Lyon County, NV  0.37% ($34,699)
from Carson City, NV  0.24% ($37,918)


5.60% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($42,763 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.60%
Nevada average:

5.77%

0.07% of residents moved to foreign countries ($699 average AGI)
Washoe County:

0.07%
Nevada average:

0.09%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Clark County, NV  0.39% ($41,019 average AGI)
to Lyon County, NV  0.25% ($35,094)
to Carson City, NV  0.19% ($35,575)

Strongest AM radio stations in High Desert:

  • KKOH (780 AM; 50 kW; RENO, NV; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KCFJ (570 AM; 5 kW; ALTURAS, CA; Owner: EDI MEDIA, INC.)
  • KCBC (770 AM; 50 kW; RIVERBANK, CA; Owner: KIERTRON, INC.)
  • KHTK (1140 AM; 50 kW; SACRAMENTO, CA; Owner: INFINITY RADIO SUBSIDIARY OPERATIONS INC.)
  • KFIA (710 AM; 25 kW; CARMICHAEL, CA; Owner: VISTA BROADCASTING INC.)
  • KBZZ (1270 AM; 13 kW; SPARKS, NV; Owner: AMERICOM LAS VEGAS LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KBOI (670 AM; 50 kW; BOISE, ID; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KFBK (1530 AM; 50 kW; SACRAMENTO, CA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KCBS (740 AM; 50 kW; SAN FRANCISCO, CA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • KSTE (650 AM; 25 kW; RANCHO CORDOVA, CA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KNBR (680 AM; 50 kW; SAN FRANCISCO, CA; Owner: KNBR LICO, INC.)
  • KMJ (580 AM; 50 kW; FRESNO, CA; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.)
  • KPTT (630 AM; 5 kW; RENO, NV; Owner: LOTUS RADIO CORP.)

Strongest FM radio stations in High Desert:

  • K278AB (103.5 FM; ALTURAS, CA; Owner: THE UNIV FOUND, CA STATE UNIV, CHICO)

High Desert on our top lists:

  • #8 on the list of "Top 100 cities with largest land areas"
  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual air pollution readings in 2005 (µg/m3)"
  • #18 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that had a sunburn in the past 12 months"
  • #23 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that drank alcohol in the past 30 days"
  • #27 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM10) 24-hour air pollution readings in 2005 (µg/m3)"
  • #40 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that exercised in the past month"
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