Economic Development

Douglas County Quality of Life

Climate

Monthly Temperature (F)
2014 2015 2016 Mean
January 36.2 37.0 34.1 35.8
February 40.7 44.1 40.0 41.6
March 46.1 47.5   46.8
April 49.4 48.1   48.8
May 55.6 55.4   55.5
June 63.8 67.5   65.6
July 73.1 68.5   70.8
August 67.8 69.3   68.6
September 64.8 64.8   64.8
October 54.9 56.0   55.5
November 43.1 36.3   39.7
December 38.1 32.2   35.1
Average 52.8 52.2 37.1 47.4
Monthly Snowfall (inches)
2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 Average
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 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.2
November 0.5 0.0 3.0 1.2
December 5.5 3.5 8.0 5.7
January 9.0 0.0 4.0 4.3
February   0.0 7.0 3.5
March 0.0      
April 0.0 0.0   0.0
May 0.0      
June 0.0 0.0   0.0
Average   3.5   3.5
Monthly Precipitation (inches)
2014 2015 2016 Average
January 1.52 0.03 1.86 1.14
February 2.23 1.83 0.85 1.64
March 0.28 0.04   0.16
April 0.08 0.68   0.38
May 1.57 0.76   1.17
June   1.28   0.64
July 0.43 1.14   0.79
August 0.61 0.09   0.35
September 0.28 0.00   0.14
October 0.04 1.10   0.57
November 0.28 1.38   0.83
December 1.12 1.25   1.19
Annual 8.44 9.58   9.01

Source: National Weather Service Forecast Office, Minden, NV

Sunny Days
Location Sunny Days
Douglas County 251

Source: Sperlings Best Places

Elevation

The elevation in Douglas County is 6,059 feet.

Source: Sperlings Best Places

Return to TopSales Tax

The sales tax rate in Douglas County is 7.100%.

Source: Nevada Department of Taxation

Return to TopHousing

Housing Vacancy Rates (%)
Year Homeowner Rental
2014 1.6 3.3
2013 1.7 6.0
2012 2.4 4.4
2011 2.3 6.7

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

Housing Occupancy
Year Total Housing Units Occupied Housing Units Vacant Housing Units
# % # %
2014 23,677 19,765 83.5 3,912 16.5
2013 23,650 19,428 82.1 4,222 17.9
2012 23,684 19,429 82.0 4,255 18.0
2011 23,609 19,175 81.2 4,434 18.8

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
$168/sq. ft. $173/sq. ft.*
Single Family Home
2,500 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms
$168/sq. ft. $173/sq. ft.*
Townhouse
1,500 sq. ft., 2 bedrooms
$168/sq. ft. $173/sq. ft.*
Condominium
1,200 sq. ft., 2 bedrooms
$168/sq. ft. $173/sq. ft.*

Source: Zillow, Feb. 2015, *Nov. 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 14,050 1,316 9.4 3,045 21.7 7,225 51.4 1,780 12.7 684 4.9
2013 13,521 1,585 11.7 3,296 24.4 4,943 36.6 1,603 11.9 545 4.0
2012 14,017 1,355 9.7 3,107 22.2 6,990 50.0 1,896 13.5 669 4.8
2011 14,051 768 5.5 1,979 14.1 7,636 54.3 2,796 19.9 872 6.2

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
$267,200
$1,702
$1,035
2013
$247,500
$1,671
$999
2012
$272,200
$1,787
$1,011
2011
$291,700
$1,828
$1,020

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.

Minden Medical Center
Designed to house a wide range of medial specialties, the Center brought together many of the area's most respected physicians to provide a host of new services to Douglas County in one convenient location. Equipped with the latest technology, the Center is hardly a typical rural operation. In addition to urgent care services, it also provides physicians who are trained in diverse fields - all located at the Center - for the convenience of the residents of the Carson Valley.

Barton HealthCare System
With 40 years of growth and development, Barton Memorial Hospital has seen many changes. We have opened and closed urgent care clinics, expanded into the Carson Valley and ski resorts, opened a Community Clinic and Skilled Nursing Facility and created family and primary care physician groups. Barton Memorial Hospital is now one component of the larger Barton HealthCare System. The Barton HealthCare System is continuously expanding services, purchasing new equipment and providing the community with the best in medical care. The name is reflective of the growth and the expansion of services to include much more than the hospital.

Carson Valley Medical Center
Carson Valley Medical Center's active medical staff includes specialists in Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Radiology and Pediatrics. In addition, our medical staff physicians are also supported by a full complement of consultants, including cardiology, ear nose and throat specialists, neurology, pulmonology, podiatry and oncology. Many surgical specialists are on the staff of our Ambulatory Surgery Center. Finally, as most of you already know, CVMC provides 24-hour emergency care service with helicopter transfer as needed by CareFlight.

Carson Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center
Carson Valley Surgery Center cares for a wide variety of medical and surgical needs. Some of the surgical procedures performed are: Ear, nose and throat surgery, Eye surgery, Cataract laser surgery, Laser and microscopic surgery, Dental and oral surgery, General surgery, Orthopedic surgery, Gastrointestinal processes, Gynecologic surgery, Podiatric surgery, Plastic surgery, and Urologic surgery.

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
Douglas County has a variety of emergency services including Police, Fire, and Sheriff Departments.

Return to TopEducation

Douglas County is home to 7 elementary schools, 2 junior high schools, 2 high schools, and 2 alternative/charter schools. In the Douglas County district, the average teacher/student ratio is 23:1, the average class size for English is 10, for Math 10, for Science 11 and for Social Studies 11.  The class of 2014 dropout rate was 0.56% and the class of 2014 graduation rate was 88.1%.

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 10,100 411 4.1 428 4.2 4,265 42.2 2,672 26.5 2,324 23.0
2013 9,990 400 4.0 511 5.1 4,046 40.5 2,449 24.5 2,584 25.9
2012 10,391 284 2.7 543 5.2 4,277 41.2 2,524 24.3 2,763 26.6
2011 10,409 451 4.3 420 4.0 4,401 42.3 2,680 25.7 2,457 23.6

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 10 16 42 31 5 35 50 10 4 16 65 15 7 22 56 15
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 7 6 67 20 1 14 82 4 1 13 64 22
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

Carson Valley Golf Course
Located on the Carson River at the south end of Gardnerville, this 18 hole course winds through the tall cottonwood trees planted by settlers more than a century ago.

Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center
The museum is open year round and includes exhibits of an old printing press, an early telephone display, various valley history exhibits, and displays of approximately 24 member artists.

Lahontan National Fish Hatchery
This hatchery raises the threatened Lahontan Cutthroat Trout using a unique water recirculation system.

Sharkey's Memorabilia Collection
Sharkey Begovich's collection of Western art, boxing memorabilia, circus items, and an extensive saddle collection.

Bristlecone Pine Forest
This forest consists of 150 acres of trees considered to be among the oldest living things on earth. One stand includes pines approaching 4,000 years old. An interpretive trail through the forest branches off the scenic area's main loop trail. Another spur off the main loop climbs to the summit of Wheeler Peak, the second highest peak in Nevada.

Genoa Courthouse Museum
The Genoa Courthouse Museum was built as the courthouse for the county seat of Douglas County in 1865. Douglas is one of ten original counties in the Territory of Nevada, and Genoa was the only town among a few small villages or settlements. A grand opening was held in 1978, and the museum is operated from May to October. Exhibits include the old courtroom, a county office, the blacksmith shop and jail, Washoe Indian life and artifacts, schoolroom, school kitchen and a room dedicated to John "Snowshoe" Thompson, "Mailman of the Sierra".

Golf Club at Genoa Lakes
Located at the foot of the Sierra, just east of Lake Tahoe, this recently renovated, semi-private course blends spectacular scenery and a championship layout with private-club amenities and services. No wonder it's consistently rated among the best in Nevada. Also, rated "Best in Reno Area" by 2002 Golf Digest, "Places to Play."

Great Basin National Park
Established in 1986, Great Basin National Park in eastern Nevada is a tribute to the unique Great Basin region in the western United States. From the sagebrush at its alluvial base to the 13,063-foot summit of Wheeler Peak, Great Basin National Park includes streams, lakes, alpine plants, abundant wildlife, a variety of forest types including groves of ancient bristlecone pines, and numerous limestone caverns, including beautiful Lehman Caves.

Lehman Caves
Lehman Caves is one of the best places to see rare shield formations. Over 300 shields are known in Lehman Caves, more than any other cave. All of the cave is profusely decorated; stalactites, stalagmites, helictites, flowstone, popcorn, and other formations cover almost every surface of the cave. Information about past surface climates are preserved in the layers of cave formations, while much can be learned about natural history from the "treasures" in old pack rat middens. Thus the cave has great potential for researchers to study both past climate change and the effects of climate change on plant and animal communities. Water, geologic forces, and climatic changes combined to form Lehman Caves over a period of thousands to millions of years. Some cave formations are still actively forming today, others may restart in the future.

Mormon Station State Historic Park
Mormon Station is the site of Nevada's first permanent nonnative settlement. A replica of the original trading post built in 1851 houses a small museum with relics of pioneer days. Picnic and group facilities are available. The park is open May through October.

Sierra Nevada Golf Ranch
Built in the Sierra foothills with a panoramic view of the Carson Valley and forested mountains. Scenic site is a former cattle ranch north of Genoa. In first six months of operation, golfers made six holes-in-one on No. 7. Architects: John Harbottle with Johnny Miller.

Walley's Hot Springs
This 1862 resort is nestled at the base of the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains overlooking the Carson Valley. Walley's features six hot mineral spring spas, a fresh water swimming pool, sauna, fitness center, tennis courts and historic cottage accommodations.

Heavenly Ski Resort
Head to the top of the Heavenly gondola and explore the mountain from our designated hiking trails. From towering pines to granite boulders to blooming wildflowers, our high-altitude hiking trails offer a unique outdoor experience. After working up an appetite, grab a bite to eat at the Adventure Peak Grill located at the top of the gondola.

Edgewood Tahoe
Set along the south shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe, Edgewood Tahoe is in arguably one of the most scenic golf courses in the world. Designed by George Fazio and opening in 1968, Edgewood is rated by Golf Digest Magazine as one of "America's Top Golf Courses". A challenging but fair test of golf for all ability levels, a choice of four sets of tees gives all golfers a course suitable to their game, playing from 5567 yards to a demanding 7445 yard test of golf.

Bike the West
Bike the West is an entity which organizes fully supported group bicycle tours such as Night Rides, Fun Rides, Challenging Centuries, Multi-Day Rides. Events have included rides around Lake Tahoe, the Comstock Sierra Historical Tour, the "OATBRAN -One Awesome Tour Bike Ride Across Nevada", and an urban ride through Las Vegas.

Lake Tahoe Cruises
Lake Tahoe Cruises offers some of the most spectacular ways to experience one of the West Coast's favorite destinations. Our cruises, charters and shuttles add the perfect touch to any Lake Tahoe occasion.

Diamond Peak Ski Resort
Diamond Peak Ski Resort features spectacular alpine and cross country skiing with incomparable views of Lake Tahoe, value priced programs and endless fun for the whole family.

Tahoe Sport Fishing
Treat yourself to an unforgettable experience on America's premier alpine lake. The captains are experienced in trolling, drifting and jigging and they're here year-round to guide you to the lake's hot spots. Depending on the season, you can expect to catch Mackinaw (Lake Trout), Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout and Kokanee Salmon.

Model Airplane Complex
Just behind the Douglas County Animal Shelter, this 2-acre site has a 60x400 asphalt runway with taxiways for the sport of model airplane flying.

Douglas County Shooting Facility
Shooting areas contain shaded bench rests on concrete pads. The earthen berm for the pistol range is at 50 yards, while those for the rifle range are at 100, 200, and 300 yards.

Carson Valley Skate Facility
This state-of-the-art facility boasts over 30,000 square feet of rails, roll-ins, 6' drop-ins, fun boxes, and an hour glass shaped bowl for the ultimate skating experience.

Round Hill Bike Path
This bike path is 3.6 miles offering breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe from several vantage points.

Return to TopAnnual Events

Name Date
Annual Shooting Weekend February
Carson Valley Days June
Spring Arts & Crafts Street Fair June
Fourth of July July
Rhymers Rodeer November
Parade of Lights December
New Years Eve Celebrations December

Return to TopLibraries

Douglas County has two libraries. The Minden Library, located on Library Lane and County Road in Minden, contains over 77,000 books available for adults and children. The Lake Tahoe Branch Library which is located at Zephyr Cove Park contains over 33,000 books available for adults and children. Douglas County adds nearly 4,000 books each year to the Minden and Tahoe libraries.

Return to TopFinancial Institutions

  • Bank of America
  • City National Bank
  • El Dorado Savings Bank
  • Greater Nevada Credit Union
  • Heritage Bank
  • Nevada State Bank
  • US Bank
  • Wells Fargo

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

Return to TopPublic Safety

Type of Crime Douglas County United States Average
Violent Crime 37.4 41.4
Property Crime 46.4 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.

Population Douglas Crime Rate Western States Crime Rate* National Crime Rate
2014 47,973 17.54 N/A N/A
2013 47,194 18.69 32.57 31.13
2012 47,499 18.67 33.41 32.65
2011 49,242 16.45 33.52 33.11
2010 49,242 18.01 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.