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Capital: Carson City
Population: 2,758,931 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)
Major Cities: Las Vegas, Henderson, Reno, Sunrise Manor, Paradise, Spring Valley
Borders: Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, California
Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $133,584 million (2012 U.S. Department of Commerce)
Agriculture including cattle, dairy products, hay, and potatoes
Tourism, machinery, printing, electronic equipment, gold and silver mining
How Nevada got its name: The name Nevada comes from a Spanish word that means snow-covered.
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Nevada State Symbols
State Nickname: Silver State
State Slogan: Wide Open
State Motto: All for Our Country
State flower: Sagebrush
State bird: Mountain Bluebird
State fish: Lahontan cutthroat trout
State tree: The Single-Leaf Pinon
State mammal: Desert bighorn sheep
State foods: NA
Becoming a State
Date admitted: Monday, October 31, 1864
Number admitted: 36
Prior Name: Nevada Territory
Postal Abbreviation: NV
The Geography of Nevada
Total Size: 109,826 sq. miles (source: 2003 Census)
Geographical Low Point: Colorado River at 479 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Clark (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Geographical High Point: Boundary Peak at 13,140 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Esmeralda (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Central Point: Located in Lander County approx. 26 miles southeast of Austin (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Counties: 17 (source: National Association of Counties)
Bodies of Water: Lake Tahoe, Pyramid Lake, Lake Mead, Humboldt River, Colorado River, Carson River
- Andre Agassi - Professional tennis player
- Kurt and Kyle Bush - Race car drivers
- Matthew Gray Gubler - Actor
- Bryce Harper - Professional baseball player
- Adam Hicks - Actor from Zeke and Luther
- Steven Jackson - Football player
- Julia Mancuso - Olympic gold medal skier
- Pat Nixon - First Lady
- Harry Reid - Senator and Senate majority leader
- Kevin Rose - Founder of Digg
- Nevada means 'snowy'. Other names considered for the state included Washoe, Humboldt, and Esmeralda.
- The Top Gun Flight School is located in Fallon, Nevada.
- Area 51, the place famed for UFO cover-ups, is located in southern Nevada.
- Nevada is one of three states with legalized gambling.
- It is the driest state in the USA averaging only around 7 inches of rain each year.
- The hard hat was invented for construction workers working on the Hoover Dam.
- The International Camel Races are held in Virginia City each year.
- Other nicknames for the state include The Sagebrush State, The Battle Born State, and The Silver State.
- 85% of Nevada is owned by the federal government.
- The state produces more gold than any other state in America.
Professional Sports Teams
There are no major sports teams in Nevada.
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