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Population and Demography of Nevada

Nevada is a state in the Western region of the United States. It is bordered by Oregon to the northwest, Idaho to the northeast, California to the west, Arizona to the southeast, and Utah to the east. 

Nevada is the 32nd most populous state in the United States & Its Seventh-largest U.S. state by area.  The total Land area is 109781 square miles (284.332 square kilometers) and there is an average of 27 people for every square mile. This makes Nevada the 9th Least densely populated state in the US. As per the  United States Census Bureau, the population of Nevada in 2020 is 3,104,614 (3.1 million) 

Estimated Population of Nevada in 2024 – 3,194,176 (3.2 million)

Nevada Population 2010-2020

Nevada has a population growth rate of 15% during 2010-2020. It has had a population increase of 404,063 since 2010. The median age in Nevada is approximately 37.5 years of age. The ratio of females to males is approximately 49.8% females to 50.2% males.

Nevada Census 2020
Total Population3,104,614 (3.1 million)
Percentage Change15%
Population Rank32nd
Total Land Area109,781.18 sq mi (284,332 km2)
Area Rank7th
Population Density26.8/sq mi (10.3/km2)
Capital CityCarson City
Largest CityLas Vegas

Nevada Historical Population

Nevada has a population growth rate of 6.1% during 2010-2020. In the year 1910, Nevada’s Population was just 82 thousand and in  2020 it reached 3.1 million, an increase of almost 3 million. 

Let’s look at decade population & percentage change 

Census YearPopulation% change 
Religion and affiliations

Christianity is the majority religion in Nevada followed by 66% of the population. The largest Christian denomination in Nevada is Protestant (35%); Roman Catholic (25%); Mormonism (4%); Eastern Orthodoxy (1%).

Next comes the Unaffiliated population, 28% of the population doesn’t follow or adhere to any faith or religion. Other non-Christian-based religions are followed by 5% of the population and include Hinduism, Buddhism, Jews, Islam, and smaller faiths.

For more details read Religion in Nevada

Race and Ethnicity

In 2020, the White alone (non-Hispanic) population was the largest racial or ethnic group in Nevada, comprising 45.93% of the total population. It was followed by the Hispanic or Latino population whose share was 28.68%. Black or African American was the third largest group at 13.66%. Asian population also has a good percentage in Nevada with a share of 8.57%. Two or more races are at 5.38%.

Ancestry in Nevada

As per Census Studies & estimate German, Irish, English, Italian, and American have made the five largest ancestry groups in Nevada. 

For more details read Race and Ethnicity in Nevada

Top Cities and Counties in Nevada

As of 2022, The most populated county is Clark County with over 2 million residents.is divided into 16 counties and it has one independent city. The most populous county in Nevada is Clark County (2.2 million) and the Largest county by Land Area in Nevada is Nye County. The most populated city in Nevada is Las Vegas, followed by Henderson and Reno.

read more about Cities and Counties in Nevada 

Nevada Population 2024 | Nevada Historical Population
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