Economic Development



Churchill County Quality of Life

Public Safety

Est. Population Churchill Crime Rate Western States Crime Rate* National Crime Rate
2012 24,959 24.96 N/A N/A
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
2008 26,981 25.54 36.71 36.87

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.

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Housing Availability

According to the 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, there are 10,829 housing units in Churchill County.  8,849 are occupied and 1,980 are vacant.  The homeowner vacancy rate is 1.0% and the rental vacancy rate is 20.1%.

Housing Value

According to the 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, the median value of a home in Churchill County in 2011 is estimated at $175,300.  The median rent is $802.

Year Owner-Occupied Units < $99,999 $100,000 - $199,999 $200,000 - $499,999 $500,000 - $999,999 $1,000,000 +
# % # % # % # % # %
2011 5,756 976 17.0 2,547 44.2 2,000 34.7 188 3.3 45 0.8

Source: 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

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Mean Travel Time to Work % of Work Done at Home
Churchill County 17.9 minutes 2.9

Source: 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

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  • Mean Household Income: $63,259
  • Median Household Income: $52,589
  • Per Capita Income: $24,689
Year Total Households $0-
$15,000-$24,999 $25,000-$34,999 $35,000-$49,999 $50,000-$74,999
# % # % # % # % # %
2011 8,849 911 10.3 783 8.8 832 9.4 1,661 18.8 1,812 20.5
Year Total Households $75,000-$99,999 $100,000 +
# % # %
2011 8,849 1,422 16.1 1,428 16.1

Source: 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates


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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
# % # % # % # % # %
2011 6,091 251 4.1 378 6.2 2,729 44.8 1,400 23.0 1,333 21.9

Source: 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates


Summary of Standards-Based Test Performance
  Reading Writing Mathematics Science
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
  Reading Writing Mathematics
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 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)

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See Washoe County Cost of Living