Nevada Facts for Kids

A Map of the U.S. state Nevada
  • U.S. State: Nevada
  • Abbreviation: NV
  • Joined the USA: October 31st, 1864 (36th State)
  • Located: Western United States
  • Capital City: Carson City, NV
  • Most Populated City: Las Vegas, NV

36 Nevada Facts for Kids

  1. Nevada is a state in the United States of America.
  2. Nevada became a U.S. State on Monday, October 31st, 1864.
  3. Nevada was the 36th state to join the United States.
  4. The U.S. state of Nevada covers 110,577 square miles.
  5. Nevada is the 7th largest state by area in the United States.
  6. In 2019, the population of Nevada was estimated to be 3,080,000 residents by the U.S. Census Bureau.
  7. In 2019, Nevada was the 32nd most populated state in the United States.
  8. A person who is from or lives in Nevada is called a Nevadan.
  9. The capital city of Nevada is Carson City.
  10. The five most populated cities in Nevada are Las Vegas, Henderson, Reno, North Las Vegas and Sparks.
  11. The largest city by population in Nevada is Las Vegas.
  12. The largest metropolitan area in Nevada is the Las Vegas Valley.
  13. The U.S. state of Nevada has 16 counties.
  14. The most populated county in Nevada is Clark County with 2,266,715 residents (2019, U.S. Census Bureau).
  15. The largest county by area in Nevada is Nye County with 18,147 square miles.
  16. The highest elevation point in Nevada is Boundary Peak at 13,147 feet above sea level.
  17. The lowest elevation point in Nevada is the Colorado River at 481 feet above sea level.
  18. The average precipitation (rain and snow) in Nevada is 9.4 inches.
  19. Nevada is the 50th wettest state by precipitation (rain and snow) in the United States.
  20. The average temperature in Nevada is 57.3 °F.
  21. Nevada is the 15th warmest state in the United States.
  22. The warmest temperature ever recorded in Nevada was 125 °F on June 29th, 1994.
  23. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Nevada was -50 °F on January 8, 1937.
  24. A couple natural disasters that can affect Nevada are heat waves and wildfires.
  25. Nevada is in two time zones, Mountain Time Zone (MT) and Pacific Time Zone (PT).
  26. The USPS abbreviation for Nevada is NV.
  27. Nevada is also known as the Silver State.
  28. The motto of the U.S. state of Nevada is “All for One Country”.
  29. Nevada is most well-known for its luxury hotels and casinos.
  30. The famous military installation known as Area 51 is located in Nevada.
  31. The official state fish of Nevada is the lahontan cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii henshawi).
  32. The official state bird of Nevada is the mountain bluebird (Sialia).
  33. The official state animal of Nevada is the desert bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis nelson).
  34. The official state reptile of Nevada is the desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii).
  35. The official state flower of Nevada is the sagebrush (Artemisia tridentate).
  36. The official state trees of Nevada are the single-leaf pinon (Pinus monophyla) and the bristlecone pine (Balfourianae).

Additional Resources on Nevada

  • About Nevada – Discover more about the U.S. state of Nevada on the National Geographic Kids website.
  • History of Nevada – Learn about the history of Nevada on the Nevada State Government website.
  • Facts About Nevada – Find more facts about Nevada on the National Geographic Kids website.
  • Nevada – Wikipedia – Read this detailed article about the U.S. state of Nevada on the Wikipedia website.