Economic Development

Churchill County Quality of Life

Climate

Monthly Temperature (F)
2012 2013 2014 Mean
January 33.9 24.3 35.1 31.1
February 36.4 33.9 41.6 37.3
March 44.8 45.5 45.0 45.1
April 52.0 50.6 50.9 51.2
May 59.8 58.6 58.3 58.9
June 66.0 69.5 67.5 67.7
July 74.4 77.9 78.0 76.8
August 75.0 72.3 71.1 72.8
September 67.2 64.2 65.7 65.7
October   47.9 54.8 51.4
November 43.5 40.4   42.0
December 34.0 24.6   29.3
Annual 53.4 50.8 56.8 53.7
Monthly Precipitation (inches)
2012 2013 2014 Mean
January 0.51 0.10 0.54 0.38
February 0.07 0.00 0.37 0.15
March 0.32 0.16 0.46 0.31
April 0.47 0.20 0.21 0.29
May 0.40 0.11 0.92 0.48
June 0.00 0.03 0.00 0.01
July 0.04 0.21 0.00 0.08
August 0.36 0.08 0.26 0.23
September 0.02 0.12 0.77 0.30
October   0.69 0.00 0.35
November 0.03 0.91   0.47
December 0.46 0.05   0.26
Annual   2.66   2.66

Source: National Weather Service Forecast Office, Fallon Exp Stn, NV

Sunny Days
Location Sunny Days
Churchill County 241

Source: Sperlings Best Places

Elevation

The elevation in Churchill County is 4,733 feet.

Source: Sperlings Best Places

Return to TopSales Tax

The sales tax rate in Churchill County is 7.600%.

Source: Nevada Department of Taxation

Return to TopHousing

Housing Vacancy Rates (%)
Year Homeowner Rental
2013 1.0 10.6
2012 1.6 13.8
2011 1.0 20.1

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

Housing Occupancy
Year Total Housing Units Occupied Housing Units Vacant Housing Units
# % # %
2013 10,706 9,338 87.2 1,368 12.8
2012 10,819 9,221 85.2 1,598 14.8
2011 10,829 8,849 81.7 1,980 18.2

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
$103/sq. ft.* $101/sq. ft.
Single Family Home
2,500 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms
$99/sq. ft.* $101/sq. ft.**
Townhouse
1,500 sq. ft., 2 bedrooms
$92/sq. ft.* N/A
Condominium
1,200 sq. ft., 2 bedrooms
N/A N/A

Source: Zillow, Sept. 2014, *Oct. 2014, **Jul. 2014

Home Rentals
Type Average Monthly Rent ($)
2 Bedroom Home 660.00
3 Bedroom Home 850.00

Source: Zillow, Oct. 2014

Housing Value
Year Owner-Occupied Units < $99,999 $100,000 - $199,999 $200,000 - $499,999 $500,000 - $999,999 $1,000,000 +
# % # % # % # % # %
2013 5,754 1,705 29.6 2,557 44.4 1,400 24.3 83 1.4 9 0.2
2012 5,893 1,350 22.9 2,630 44.6 1,707 29.0 153 2.6 53 0.9
2011 5,756 976 17.0 2,547 44.2 2,000 34.7 188 3.3 45 0.8

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
2013 $148,600 $1,199 $853
2012 $160,100 $1,315 $844
2011 $159,200 $1,296 $780

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

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Return to TopMedical/Health Resources

Churchill Community Hospital
This 40-bed facility provides emergency rooms, designated trauma center, surgery, maternity and intensive care services, as well as full service out patient diagnostics. The hospital also offers regular clinics in cardiology, gastroenterology, neurology, orthopedics, oncology, ophthalmology and urology.

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
Churchill County has a variety of emergency services including:

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Churchill County is home to 5 elementary schools, 1 junior high schools, and 1 high school. In the Churchill County district, the average teacher/student ratio is 24:1, the average class size for English is 23, for Math 23, for Science 24 and for Social Studies 26.  The class of 2011 dropout rate was 1.2% and the class of 2011 graduation rate was 84.6%.

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
# % # % # % # % # %
2013 6,312 208 3.3 287 4.5 2,636 41.8 1,620 25.7 1,561 24.7
2012 6,290 217 3.4 364 5.8 2,801 44.5 1,382 22.0 1,526 24.3
2011 6,091 251 4.1 378 6.2 2,729 44.8 1,400 23.0 1,333 21.9

Source: American Community Survey, Selected Social Characteristics

 

Summary of Standards-Based Test Performance
K-8
  Reading Writing Mathematics Science
ED AS MS ES ED AS MS ES ED AS MS ES ED AS MS ES
District 15 23 42 21 6 43 46 5 8 23 59 11 10 25 50 16
State 19 21 36 25 8 41 42 8 9 20 57 14 19 26 41 14
9-12
  Reading Writing Mathematics
ED AS MS ES ED AS MS ES ED AS MS ES
District 12 8 62 18 2 15 80 3 1 24 54 21
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 (WNC)
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.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Founded just 22 years after the Wright brothers' first flight, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, teaches the science, practice, and business of the world of aviation and aerospace. The University and its graduates have built an enviable record of achievement in every aspect of aviation and aerospace. The curriculum at Embry-Riddle covers the operation, engineering, research, manufacturing, marketing, and management of modern aircraft and the systems that support them. The University engages in extensive research, consulting, and related activities that address the unique needs of aviation, aerospace, and related industries.

Sierra Nevada College
Sierra Nevada College offers degree programs in more than 14 different fields, as well as offering continuing education programs, an acclaimed summer arts program and numerous courses at satellite centers in Nevada. The College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges and is private, independent, accredited four-year liberal arts college located in Incline Village, Nevada. Student-faculty ratio is 14:1. The Incline Village location has four undergraduate departments: Science and Technology, Humanities and Social Science, Business Administration, and Fine Arts; and a fifth-year post-baccalaureate program in Teacher Education. The College also has degree completion programs in Humanities (psychology concentration) in other Nevada sites including Fallon. The Teacher Education Program is offered in Fallon and Las Vegas.

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

Approximately 130 clubs and organizations provide opportunities for social, recreational and community service activities. Many youth sports and organizations are also available.

Fallon Convention and Tourism Authority

Churchill County Museum
The Churchill County Museum and Archives opened its doors on July 4, 1968. Since that time, visitors have marveled at the generous contributions from area residents that comprise the displays, filling almost 10,000 square feet of exhibit space. The Museum's Annex building, opened in 1989, adds another 4,000 square feet. This museum has exhibits on local Native American tribes, the Emigrant Trail, the Pony Express, and early Churchill County.

Oats Park Art Center
The Oats Park Art Center is an Official Project of Save America's Treasures, a public-private partnership of the White House Millennium Council and the National Trust for Historic Preservation dedicated to the preservation of our nation's irreplaceable historic and cultural treasures for future generations.

Fallon Naval Air Station
The Fallon Naval Air Station is the location of the Navy's "Top Gun" pilot training school.

Hidden Cave
Located 15 miles east of Fallon, archaeologists have uncovered artifacts in this site, including nets, that help us understand the region's earliest residents.

Grimes Point
Located 15 miles east of Fallon, this is an interpretive trail that wanders through rocks covered with petroglyphs (ancient Indian carvings).

Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge
The wetlands provide a temporary home to hundreds of species of migratory birds.

Fallon Golf Course
The Fallon Golf Course has 9 holes, 3,152 yards.

Lahontan State Recreation Area
Camping, picnic area, restrooms, drinking water, fishing, boat launching.

Belmont Courthouse State Historic Site
Built in 1876, the Belmont Courthouse was the seat of Nye County Government until 1905. The building is partially restored and offers a glimpse into Nevada's colorful past.

Top Gun Speedway
The Top Gun Raceway offers drag racing excitement and produces premier motorsport events from March to November on a 1/4 mile track.

Return to TopAnnual Events

Visit gonnahappen.com to view local events.

Return to TopLibraries

Churchill County Public Library

Return to TopFinancial Institutions

  • Bank of America
  • Churchill County Federal Credit Union
  • Financial Horizons Credit Union
  • First Independent Bank of Nevada
  • Nevada State Bank
  • US Bank
  • Wells Fargo

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

Return to TopCost of Living

City Composite Grocery
Items
Housing Utilities Transportation Health
Care
Misc. Goods
& Services
Churchill County, NV* 97.0 102.9 88.0 85.0 105.0 106.0 98.0
Flagstaff, AZ 118.2 116.6 154.3 98.7 112.4 105.7 100.3
Oakland, CA 139.0 130.1 215.4 102.0 104.2 117.5 110.1
Denver, CO 108.0 99.6 124.4 97.2 103.7 104.9 103.8
Boise, ID 94.3 92.5 83.6 84.3 111.5 108.1 97.8
Bozeman, MT 102.1 105.4 116.1 86.2 95.4 105.7 96.5
Rio Rancho, NM 92.6 97.6 73.6 89.7 102.5 96.5 101.9
Las Vegas, NV 106.6 110.2 105.5 90.9 111.0 105.8 109.2
Reno-Sparks, NV 100.8 117.4 87.1 82.1 105.1 96.8 109.4
Portland, OR 124.9 111.6 158.5 88.0 113.3 114.5 120.9
Austin, TX 93.8 85.4 86.5 105.7 93.8 97.2 98.9
Salt Lake City, UT 95.5 100.4 90.8 94.6 105.1 95.6 93.8
Seattle, WA 131.3 116.1 180.4 97.4 118.6 118.8 115.6
Laramie, WY N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Source: American Chamber of Commerce Association (ACCRA), Third Quarter 2014 *Sperlings Best Places, June 2014

Return to TopPublic Safety

Type of Crime Churchill County United States Average
Violent Crime 43.4 41.4
Property Crime 48.6 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 Churchill Crime Rate Western States Crime Rate* National Crime Rate
2013 24,345 24.97 N/A N/A
2012 24,959 24.96 33.41 32.65
2011 35,263 18.09 33.52 33.11
2010 35,263 16.99 33.06 33.66
2009 26,981 21.09 34.07 34.86

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.