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History and Facts of Nevada Counties

Nevada Counties – The Nevada Territory, was organized on March 2, 1861. The State of Nevada was created as the 36th state on October 31, 1864. Nevada borders Arizona in the southeast, CaliforniaIdaho,  Oregon and Utah.

It has 16 Counties and 1 Independent City.

Nevada was admitted to the Union on October 31, 1864 with eleven counties. In 1969, Ormsby County and Carson City were consolidated into a single municipal government known as Carson City.

Carson City, the state capital, is also an independent city, which doesn’t belong to any county. However, it has a similar status to that of the 16 counties in the state. Carson City used to be the county seat of Ormsby County, but the two were consolidated in 1969.

List of Nevada Counties

Nevada is divided into 16 counties.

List of Old Former / Extinct Nevada Counties

Nevada has counties that no longer are in existence. A lot of these counties were established and disbanded within the 19th century; county borders have modified very little since 1900 in the vast most of states.

The below Nevada counties no longer exist:

?? County, Nevada

Created ? from ?. It was abolished ? and re-established as ? County on ?.

  • Bullfrog County was created in 1987 from a part of Nye County; abolished in 1989
  • Carson County was created in 1854 by Utah Territory with jurisdiction over an area now in Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Esmeralda, Humboldt, Lyon, Mineral, Pershing, Storey, and Washoe counties; abolished in 1861
  • Humboldt County (old) was  created in 1856 by Utah Territory with jurisdiction over an area now in Churchill, Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, and Pershing counties; abolished in 1861
  • Lake County was created in 1861 as an original county; renamed Roop in 1862; annexed in 1883 by Washoe County
  • Ormsby County was created in 1861 as an original county; combined with Carson City to form the independent municipality of Carson City in 1969
  • Pah-Ute County was created in 1864 by Arizona Territory with jurisdiction over an area now in Clark County; abolished in 1871
  • Rio Virgin County was created in 1869 by Utah Territory with jurisdiction over an area now in Clark County; abolished in 1872
  • Roop County was Created in 1861 as an original county called Lake; renamed Roop in 1862; annexed in 1883 by Washoe County.
  • Saint Mary’s County was created in 1856 by Utah Territory with jurisdiction over an area now in Elko, Eureka, and White Pine counties; abolished in 1861.
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Map of Nevada County Boundary Changes from 1852 to 1969

This Interactive Map of Nevada Counties show the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county and unsuccessful county proposal from the creation of Nevada from 1852-1969.

Fun Facts about Nevada Counties

County Name Facts

The County names:

  • 0 of them named for Native American words or people,
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Counties by Year

  • ? County was the first county created on ?.
  •  The last county to be formed was ? County on ?.
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Facts for County Size

  • ? County (000 sq mi) is the largest county in Nevada.
  • ? County (000 sq mi) is the smallest county in Nevada.

Facts for County Population (2017 Est.)

  • ? County (000) is the most populated county in Nevada.
  • ? County (000) is the least populated county in Nevada.

Facts for Nevada Counties and Cities

Nevada’s 10 largest cities (2010) are:

  1. Birmingham (000) is in ? County and ? Counties
  2. Las Vegas, Henderson , Reno, Paradise, North Las Vegas, Sunrise Manor, Spring Valley, Enterprise, Sparks, and Carson City