Economic Development

Carson City Quality of Life


Monthly Temperature (F)
2014 2015 2016 Mean
January 36.5 37.9 35.0 36.4
February 41.0 44.2   42.6
March 47.0 48.9   47.9
April 51.2 48.7   49.9
May 58.8 56.0   57.4
June 66.7 68.9   67.8
July 75.5 69.9   72.7
August 68.8 70.4   69.6
September 65.5 65.7   65.6
October 55.6 56.6   56.1
November 42.9 36.1   39.5
December 37.4 34.8   36.1
Annual 53.9 53.2   47.4
Monthly Snowfall (inches)
2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 Mean
July 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
August 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
September 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
October 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.3
November   0.0 6.2 2.1
December 11.0 3.1 12.2 8.8
January 6.2 0.0 3.1 3.1
February   2.0   1.0
March 0.0 0.0   0.0
April 0.0     0.0
May 0.0 0.0   0.0
June 0.0 0.0   0.0
Season 18.2 5.1   11.7
Monthly Precipitation (inches)
2014 2015 2016 Mean
January 0.47 0.01 1.72 0.73
February 1.93 2.16   2.05
March 0.37 0.05   0.21
April 0.10 1.28   0.69
May 1.27 0.49   0.88
June 0.00 0.82   0.41
July 1.68 0.40   1.04
August 0.38 0.11   0.25
September 0.04     0.02
October 0.00 0.44   0.22
November 0.55 1.60   1.08
December 0.43 1.80   1.12
Annual 7.22 9.16   8.19

Source: National Weather Service Forecast Office, Carson City, NV

Sunny Days
Location Sunny Days
Carson City 253

Source:Sperlings Best Places


The elevation in Carson City is 4,812 feet.

Source: Sperlings Best Places

Return to TopSales Tax

The sales tax rate in Carson City is 7.475%.

Source: Nevada Department of Taxation

Return to TopHousing

Housing Vacancy Rates (%)
Year Homeowner Rental
2014 1.5 8.7
2013 0.7 9.6
2012 2.3 8.5
2011 2.5 9.8

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, Selected Housing Characteristics

Housing Occupancy
Year Total Housing Units Occupied Housing Units Vacant Housing Units
# % # %
2014 23,500 21,225 90.3 2,273 9.7
2013 23,453 21,206 90.4 2,247 9.6
2012 23,525 21,212 90.2 2,313 9.8
2011 23,492 21,289 90.6 2,203 9.4

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, Selected Housing Characteristics

Average Selling Prices
Type Median List Price Median Sales Price
Single Family Home
3,500 sq. ft., 4 bedrooms
$142/sq. ft. $135/sq. ft.
Single Family Home
2,500 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms
$142/sq. ft. $149/sq. ft.
1,500 sq. ft., 2 bedrooms
$142/sq. ft. $141/sq. ft.
1,200 sq. ft., 2 bedrooms
$142/sq. ft. $152/sq. ft.

Source: Zillow, 2015

Home Rentals/Apartments
Type Vacancy Rate (%) Average Monthly Rent ($)
Low High
Executive Style Single Family Home
3,000 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms*
N/A 1,260.00*
Studio Apartment N/A N/A N/A
1 Bedroom Apartment 2.3 605 658
2 Bedroom Apartment 6.9 687 701
3 Bedroom Apartment 11.4 747 788
4 Bedroom Apartment N/A N/A N/A

Source: Annual Apartment Survey, Fourth Quarter 2014, provided by the Nevada Housing Division, *Zillow, 2015

Housing Value
Year Owner-Occupied Units < $99,999 $100,000 - $199,999 $200,000 - $499,999 $500,000 - $999,999 $1,000,000 +
# % # % # % # % # %
2014 12,346 2,644 21.4 3,947 32.0 5,332 43.2 364 2.9 59 0.5
2013 11,717 2,715 23.2 3,995 34.1 4,604 39.3 345 2.9 58 0.5
2012 12,411 2,636 21.2 3,636 29.3 5,675 45.7 416 3.4 48 0.4
2011 12,983 2,149 16.6 2,414 18.6 7,304 56.3 1,038 8.0 78 0.6

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, Selected Housing Characteristics

Housing Costs
Year Median Value Median Monthly Owner Costs
(housing units with a mortgage)
Median Rent
2014 $188,000 $1,499 $837
2013 $174,800 $1,460 $819
2012 $198,100 $1,592 $838
2011 $221,200 $1,700 $883

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, Selected Housing Characteristics

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Return to TopMedical/Health Resources

Carson-Tahoe Hospital
Carson-Tahoe Hospital is a public not-for-profit community hospital that began serving the Carson City health care needs in 1949. The hospital includes Behavioral Health Services, an inpatient Psychiatric and Addictive Disorder Center, Carson Rehabilitation Center and a satellite facility in Douglas County; the Minden Medical Center. The hospital is located at 775 Fleischmann Way in Carson City and has 128 beds with an active medical staff of more than 120 physicians. Carson-Tahoe Hospital has recently completed major renovations to its obstetrics and pediatric wing along with the surgery unit. Other services offered by Carson-Tahoe Hospital include nutrition counseling, CPR and Wellness Programs, home health and hospice services, rehabilitation and physical therapy, a cardiac catherization center, an ambulatory infusion center, oncology, and a 24-hour emergency service. The hospital's main phone number is 775.882.1361.

Carson-Tahoe Hospital's Behavioral Health Services
Carson-Tahoe Hospital's Behavioral Health Services has 28 beds dedicated to psychological and emotional distress and addictive disorders. The main center for Behavioral Health Services is located at the intersection of William and Minnesota streets. Other outpatient locations are at 1177 N. Division St. and 1276 Pit Road in Gardnerville. The Behavioral Health Service Center's phone number is 885-4460, with a 24-hour hot line number of 800-263-7671. The Carson Rehabilitation Center, located at 900 E. Long St., is adjacent to the Senior Citizens Center in Carson City. It has 30 beds available for physical, occupational and speech therapy for inpatient and outpatient care. The Carson Rehabilitation Center's phone number is 775.881.7000.

Sierra Family Health Center
Sierra Family Health Center offers urgent as well as family care. The five-provider clinic is open from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The clinic accepts most insurances, Medicaid, and Medicare, and offers a sliding fee scale for the uninsured. It is operated by Nevada Rural Health Centers Inc. which also runs six other federally and locally funded rural clinics throughout the state. Appointments are requested for family care. The center's phone number is 775.887.5140.

Nevada Physician Directory
With the help of the Physician Directory, you can make an informed choice of your doctor in the comfort of your own home, without searching through endless information. This site will help you locate, get acquainted with, and choose a new medical service provider in your area. The Physician Directory listings include all types of physicians for all of your medical needs. some listed areas follows, Naturopaths, Osteopath, Oncology, Dermatology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Endocrinology, Psychiatry, Radiology, Oncology, Cancer Specialists, Gynecology, Urology, and more.

Emergency Services
Carson City has a variety of emergency services including Police, Fire, and Sheriff Departments

Return to TopEducation

Carson City is home to 6 elementary schools, 2 junior high schools, 2 high schools, and 1 alternative/charter school. In the Carson City district, the average teacher/student ratio is 22:1, the average class size for English is 25, for Math 25, for Science 26 and for Social Studies 17.  The class of 2011 dropout rate was 3.4% and the class of 2011 graduation rate was 80.9%.

Source: Nevada Annual Reports of Accountability

School Enrollment

Year Population 3+ enrolled in school Nursery School/Preschool Kindergarten Elementary (Grades 1-8) High School (Grades 9-12) College or Graduate School
# % # % # % # % # %
2014 13,344 464 3.5 619 4.6 5,419 40.6 3,007 22.5 3,835 28.7
2013 13,537 276 2.0 672 5.0 5,672 41.9 3,201 23.6 3,716 27.5
2012 12,530 458 3.7 581 4.6 5,143 41.0 3,159 25.2 3,189 25.5
2011 12,802 415 3.2 688 5.4 5,005 39.1 3,309 25.8 3,385 26.4

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, Selected Social Characteristics


Summary of Standards-Based Test Performance
  Reading Writing Mathematics Science
District 13 22 39 26 7 36 45 12 4 18 62 16 13 27 44 16
State 19 21 36 25 8 41 42 8 9 20 57 14 19 26 41 14
  Reading Writing Mathematics
District 10 8 63 19 1 17 78 3 0 14 59 27
State 13 10 65 13 2 23 73 3 1 25 56 17

ED = Percentage of students performing in the lowest range of achievement (Emergent/Developing)
AS = Percentage of students performing in the Approaches Standards range of achievement
MS = Percentage of students performing in the Meets Standards range of achievement
ES = Percentage of students performing in the highest range of achievement (Exceeds Standards)

Source: Nevada Annual Reports of Accountability, 2011-12

Higher Education

Western Nevada College
Western Nevada College is a comprehensive community college which serves more than 6,000 students each semester within an 18,000-square-mile service area. One of four community colleges within the University and Community College System of Nevada, it is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and of Colleges and Universities.

The college offers some 50 academic degrees and certificates in areas as diverse as engineering and construction technology, nursing, musical theatre, golf facilities management, geographic information systems, criminal justice and graphic design. Students may also complete up to two years of many baccalaureate degree programs, such as teacher preparation, for transfer to a university.

In response to industry needs, the college designs specialized training programs in machine tool, drafting, electronics, computing and other occupational areas. Customization often includes providing specialized instruction at the times and locations most convenient to employers, including on-site programs. Recent training programs conducted for area businesses have included welding certification, math, English, supervisory training, and computer applications.

University of Nevada, Reno (UNR)
U.S. News & World Report ranked UNR as one of America's best colleges and the Carnegie Foundation ranks UNR in the highest research category with institutions like Stanford, Harvard, Cal-Berkley, and UCLA. UNR provides a variety of programs including 70 bachelor's degrees, 70 master's programs, and 30 doctoral specialties. The colleges include: Engineering, Business Administration, Logistics and School of Medicine. UNR's Business Logistics Program is considered by the countries largest firms to be one of the top 10 in the United States. They also have a fully accredited MBA program. Supported research funding has more than tripled in the past 10 years to $87 million, which translates to a yearly economic impact in Nevada of nearly $200 million. Researchers at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, with a $9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, are finding innovative ways to fight cardiac arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats.

Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC)
TMCC serves over 11,000 students with programs leading to associate degrees and certificates in more than 40 academic and occupational areas. Offering academic and university transfer, occupational training, career enhancement workshops and classes just for fun, TMCC is the fastest growing college in northern Nevada.

Career College of Northern Nevada
Career College of Northern Nevada provides high quality education to students with varying levels of academic abilities. The college is committed to providing its students with the skills and technical knowledge needed for initial employment in entry level positions of business and industry. Recognizing that many graduates will want to advance to management and executive positions, the college offers its students not only the specific skills needed for immediate employment but also the opportunity to develop self-confidence, leadership abilities and a sense of responsibility. The students maximize their potential to obtain a good job, stable life, and respect.

Morrison University
Morrison University is an independent educational institution, dedicated to providing higher education opportunities leading to diplomas and associate degrees as well as Bachelor of Science degrees. Diploma and Associate degree programs are designed to meet the needs of students in developing marketable skills which enable them to establish careers in business, professional, and technical fields. The Bachelor of Science degree allows students to continue their education in business and management in order to fulfill their academic and professional aspirations and potential. The University recognizes that education is a lifelong endeavor, which enriches the quality of life as well as individual professional achievement.

University of Phoenix, Nevada Campus
The University of Phoenix is a private, for-profit higher education institution whose mission is to provide high quality education to working adult students. The University of Phoenix, Nevada Campus offers degree and certificate programs in Administration, Business, Counseling, Education, Human Services, Management, Nursing/Healthcare, and Technology. Courses are scheduled to meet the needs of working students.

Lake Tahoe Community College
Located in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., offers the first two years of a four-year degree, 38 different associate's degrees and 20 certificates. LTCC is one of 109 community colleges in the state of California. Students at LTCC enjoy small class sizes averaging 15 students per class and quality one-on-one instruction. The college offers a good neighbor policy for Nevada residents and tuition is only $28 a unit.

Return to TopCultural Organizations and Recreation

Brewery Arts Center
The Brewery Arts Center (BAC) is Carson City's local arts agency and community arts center. Situated within the downtown district in a historic set of rehabilitated buildings, formerly the Carson Brewing Company, the organization offers more than 130 cultural events yearly in theater, music, vocal performance, dance, literature and visual art.

Kit Carson Trail and Talking Houses
The Kit Carson Trail is a walking path through Carson City's residential homes district. A painted blue line and bronze medallions along the sidewalk mark the route, which features stops at landmarks, including 1800s-era Victorian-style homes, museums and churches.

The Capitol Complex
The Capitol complex in the heart of Carson City provides a picturesque campus setting which includes the State Capitol, Legislative Building, Supreme Court, and State Library and Archives. What was once a dusty, sometimes muddy, pit in the middle of a growing frontier town, is now lush with native plant species and buildings of impressive architectural detail.

Nevada State Museum
The Nevada State Museum was built in 1866 and was home to the U.S. Mint for over 20 years. Inside its walls you'll experience a life-sized ghost town, walk through a silver mine and see the actual equipment used to stamp over 50 million dollars in gold and silver coins mined from the Comstock Lode. It is now rated one of the 10 best regional museums in the West.

Nevada State Railroad Museum
The Nevada State Railroad Museum is located at the south end of town next to the Visitors' Center. It displays a collection of restored historic Virginia and Truckee Railroad equipment. Rides on the railroad are offered on various weekends in the summer.

Northern Nevada Children's Museum
Carson City's newest museum, the Northern Nevada Children's Museum, provides a fun learning environment for children, with 25 hands-on exhibits, displayed over approximately 8,000 square feet in Carson City's original 1939 Civic Center. The kids will love their walk-in kaleidoscope.

Carson Nugget Gold Display
The Carson Nugget's collection contains some of the rarest and finest specimens of gold in its original form in the world. Its value is estimated at over one million dollars.

Stewart Indian Museum
Displays artifacts, baskets, pottery, exhibits of American Indian history and photographs by E.S. Curtis. Once the site of Stewart Indian School, a national boarding school. Trading post offers gifts and collectibles including rugs, silver jewelry and art.

Skiing & Snowsports
Traditionally balmy winter days afford visitors the option of hanging out around town and seeing the sights, or whisking up to one of the lake's premier resorts at the drop of a hat. Heavenly at Lake Tahoe's south shore is within 35 minutes, as is Mt. Rose to the north. Most skiing, including world class cross-country skiing, is within 75 miles of downtown Carson City. All the major resorts offer ski and snowboard rentals and lesson, as do a couple of Carson City's shops.

The Carson area is host to the Divine 9, nine incredible courses that give everyone from aspiring pros to hack amateurs a chance play courses with challenging topography and a stunning Sierra backdrop. Great golf can be had year round on courses designed by the likes of Arnold Palmer, Johnny Miller, John Harbottle and Peter Jacobsen. With 61,000 yards of fairway combining 171 holes, a golf vacation can go on forever without playing the same hole twice!

Hiking & Biking
For cyclists, the granddaddy of all trails starts at Spooner Summit 12 miles west of Carson City, and features a loop to Marlette Lake along Tahoe's eastern ridge, down to the site of the Ponderosa near Incline Village. A shuttle service is available back to the trailhead. But less renowned trails are just minutes from downtown Carson City, and are often free from the crowds of Tahoe's popular sites. The Pine Nut mountains just south of Carson City offer miles of winding singletrack through rolling desert hills.

A four-mile beginner hiking and cycling route in East Carson City follows the former Virginia & Truckee Railroad line. Advanced riders and long-range hikers might choose the 13-mile McClellan Peak climb, which reaches and altitude of 7,465 feet before a decent back to the north Carson trailhead. The Carson River loop takes intermediate riders 10.5 miles along a scenic portion of Carson River. Hikers can opt to shorten that distance, and still enjoy the environment. The truly adventurous will brave the 15-mile Brunswick Canyon climb along old mining sites and encampments.

Local bike shops offer rentals and trail maps, and backcountry tours can also be arranged.

Hunting & Fishing
Hunting and fishing opportunities might be Northern Nevada's best kept secret. Wildlife abounds around the foothills of the Eastern Sierra, as well as the surrounding lakes and streams. Outdoorsmen come from all around the world to fish for the elusive Cutthroat trout, or hunt for a chukar. Traditionally mild weather makes it a year-round affair.

In the heart of Carson City, the Carson River contains an abundance of rainbow trout, carp, bass and whitefish. Clear Creek, which flows through southern Carson City from the Lake Tahoe Basin, offers small stream fishing. The Truckee River flows to the north, and the capital is in close proximity to Pyramid, Topaz, and Washoe lakes, as well as the locally famous Hobart Reservoir.

Return to TopAnnual Events

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Return to TopLibraries

Carson City Library

Return to TopFinancial Institutions

  • Bank of America
  • Bank of the West
  • Carson River Community Bank
  • Citibank
  • City National Bank
  • Colonial Bank
  • El Dorado Savings Bank
  • First United Federal, Inc
  • Greater Nevada Credit Union
  • Heritage Bank of Nevada
  • Imperial Capital Bank
  • Irwin Union Bank & Trust Co.
  • Mutual of Omaha Bank
  • Nevada State Bank
  • Norwest Bank Nevada
  • US Bank
  • Wells Fargo

Source: Department of Training, Rehabilitation, and Employment (DETR)

Return to TopPublic Safety

Type of Crime Carson City United States Average
Violent Crime 49.3 41.4
Property Crime 51.9 43.5

Source: Sperlings Best Places, June 2014.  Based on a scale from 1 (low crime) to 100 (high crime).  Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims.

Est. Population Carson City Crime Rate Western States Crime Rate* National Crime Rate
2014 55,443 18.93 N/A N/A
2013 54,937 19.35 32.57 31.13
2012 56,164 22.13 33.41 32.65
2011 55,850 25.60 33.52 33.11
2010 55,850 23.24 33.06 33.66

Source: State of Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles and Public Safety. Crime rate based on the occurrence of an index offense per 1,000 residents of the area. *Western States consist of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.