Economic Development

Elko County Quality of Life

Climate

Monthly Temperature (F)
2014 2015 2016 Mean
January 39.4 40.3 37.6 39.1
February 44.6 46.3 43.8 44.9
March 48.3 52.1 49.0 49.8
April 54.3 52.3   53.3
May 62.0 59.9   60.9
June 71.5 74.1   72.8
July 80.5 75.2   77.8
August 73.9 76.0   74.9
September 68.9 69.5   69.2
October 58.4 59.9   59.1
November 45.8 38.5   42.1
December 40.0 35.9   38.0
Annual 57.3 56.7 43.5 52.5
Monthly Snowfall (inches)
  2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 Mean
July 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
August   0.0 0.0  
September 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
October 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
November 0.4 0.0 5.1 1.8
December 4.3 2.2 6.3 4.3
January 0.4 0.0 11.5 4.0
February 1.1 0.5 1.2 0.9
March   0.0    
April        
May 0.0      
June 0.0 0.0   0.0
Season 6.2 2.7   4.5
Monthly Precipitation (inches)
2014 2015 2016 Mean
January 0.38 0.06 1.70 0.71
February 0.69 1.43 0.42 0.85
March 0.08 0.01   0.05
April 0.31 0.35   0.33
May 0.54 1.01   0.78
June   0.93   0.47
July 0.20 0.51   0.36
August 1.08 0.11   0.60
September 0.29 0.16   0.23
October 0.18 1.10   0.64
November 0.31 2.10   1.21
December 0.93 0.75   0.84
Annual 4.99 8.52   6.76

Source: National Weather Service Forecast Office, Elko WB Airport, NV

Wind Speed & Direction
Location Prevailing Wind Direction Wind Speed*
Elko Airport W 5.4

Source: Western Regional Climate Center Wind Speed, Wind Direction, *mph, annual average

Humidity
AM PM
70 37

Source: Western Regional Climate Center

Sunny or Partly Sunny Days
Sunny Days Partly Sunny Days
130 99

Source: Current Results Research News & Science Facts

Elevation

The elevation in Elko County is 6,144 feet.

Source: Sperlings Best Places

Return to TopSales Tax

The sales tax rate in Elko County is 6.850%.

Source: Nevada Department of Taxation

Return to TopHousing

Housing Vacancy Rates (%)
Year Homeowner Rental
2014 0.3 7.2
2013 0.0 6.8
2012 0.3 5.8
2011 1.8 6.6

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

Housing Occupancy
Year Total Housing Units Occupied Housing Units Vacant Housing Units
# % # %
2014 19,939 17,587 88.2 2,352 11.8
2013 19,793 17,527 88.6 2,266 11.4
2012 19,665 17,425 88.6 2,240 11.4
2011 19,516 17,244 88.4 2,272 11.6

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
$147/sq. ft. $154/sq. ft.**
Single Family Home
2,500 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms
$147/sq. ft. $157/sq. ft.*
Townhouse
1,500 sq. ft., 2 bedrooms
$147/sq. ft. $139/sq. ft.**
Condominium
1,200 sq. ft., 2 bedrooms
$147/sq. ft. $139/sq. ft.**

Source: Zillow, Feb. 2015, *Apr. 2015, **Dec. 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 12,515 2,706 21.6 4,261 34.0 5,078 40.6 339 2.7 131 1.0
2013 12,110 2,742 22.6 3,784 31.2 5,088 42.0 399 3.3 97 0.8
2012 12,586 2,798 22.2 4,588 36.5 4,843 38.5 229 1.8 128 1.0
2011 12,632 3,108 24.6 4,201 33.3 4,897 38.8 286 2.3 140 1.1

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
$183,900
$1,467
$923
2013
$186,700
$1,456
$848
2012
$175,400
$1,413
$895
2011
$177,000
$1,427
$852

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

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Return to TopMedical/Health Resources

Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital
Replacing Elko General Hospital and located in Elko, the heart of rural northeastern Nevada, this hospital is brand new and had its grand opening on September 1, 2001. The hospital is a modern 75-bed acute care facility with an adjacent 50,000 sq. ft. medical office building. The facility will have 24-hour emergency services, a full service laboratory, Obstetrics and Gynecology, 24-hour radiology services, and more.

Elko Clinic
Located in a 32,000 square foot facility, Elko Clinic provides primary care in pediatrics, family practice, and internal medicine. Multi-specialties are offered in OBGYN, surgery, and pathology. The facility also has a full laboratory and x-ray department.

Home Health Services of Nevada
Provides skilled nursing care, home health aides, homemaker services, hospice care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical social workers, and speech therapy. Also serves Carlin and Wells.

Carlin Community Health Center
Provides family medicine, preventative health, women's health, children's health and immunizations, health education, prenatal and newborn care and pharmacy services..

Wells Family Medicine
Treatment and management for acute and chronic disease, well-child care visits, women's wellness, physical examinations, diagnosing, prescribing, laboratory and diagnostic imaging.

Emergency Services
Elko County has a variety of emergency services including Ambulance, Police, Fire, and Sheriff Departments

Return to TopEducation

Elko County is home to 15 elementary schools, 8 junior high schools, and 7 high schools. In the Elko County district, the average teacher/student ratio is 16:1, the average class size for English is 20, for Math 18, for Science 19 and for Social Studies 20.  The class of 2014 dropout rate was 0.99% and the class of 2014 graduation rate was 76.75%.

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 13,589 601 4.4 585 4.3 6,549 48.2 3,625 26.7 2,229 16.4
2013 13,225 637 4.8 557 4.2 6,596 49.9 3,3925 25.6 2,043 15.4
2012 13,484 800 5.9 568 4.2 6,254 46.4 3,532 26.2 2,330 17.3
2011 13,028 738 5.7 585 4.5 6,051 46.4 3,411 26.2 2,243 17.2

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 18 23 39 20 11 48 36 5 9 26 56 9 17 26 45 12
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 13 11 61 15 1 20 77 1 0 24 59 16
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

Great Basin College
Great Basin College is a member institution of the University and Community College System of Nevada and is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges. For 35 years GBC has provided opportunities in higher education for central and northeast Nevadans. The College has also provided specialized training to local businesses and industries such as the mines, hospital, and education. GBC awards certificates of achievement, associate degrees, and select bachelor degrees using a variety of instructional methods. By advancing the academic and professional endeavors of the rural communities and by providing access to quality certificate, associate, and baccalaureate programs, GBC's mission of addressing workforce needs of the regional economy has been enhanced. Currently, the College offers bachelor degrees in elementary education, applied sciences, and integrative and professional studies.

Return to TopCultural Organizations and Recreation

Western Folklife Center
Located in the historic Pioneer Hotel in downtown Elko, the center is dedicated to preserving the rich culture and spirit of the American West. Headquarters for the world re-known Cowboy Poetry Gathering, the center is the site of year-round entertainment and activities, including concerts, music hours, workshops and educational programs for children. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The center is closed on Sunday and Monday.

Northeastern Nevada Museum
Constructed in 1967, the award-winning museum offers visitors a look into the rich history of the region. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Elko Convention Center and Visitors Authority
Provides comfortable meeting and banquet facilities, as well as professional support staff.

Elko Railroad Park
Railroad Park is the site of demonstrations, summer storytelling, music festivals and other activities commemorating the role Elko played in the rail history of our nation.

Sherman Station
Sherman Station contains the main ranch house and outbuildings of the Walther homestead, which consisted of 600 acres in 1875 and served as a stage stop on the old Hill Beachey toll road between Elko and Hamilton. The buildings that comprise Sherman Station include the main ranch house, one-room school house, creamery, blacksmith's shop, and the barns that housed the stage teams and coaches.

Gold Mine Tours
Two of the largest gold mines in the world, Barrick Goldstrike Mines Inc. & Newmont Gold Company, offer public tours during the spring and summer months.

Summit Raceway
Just one mile outside of Elko, it is the site of weekly stock car races during the summer months.

Spring Creek Horse Palace
Resting in the foothills of the Ruby Mountains just 17 miles southeast of Elko, the Horse Palace boasts an indoor arena where rodeos, horse shows and concerts take place year round.

Lamoille Canyon
Sometimes referred to as the "Yosemite of Nevada," the canyon was heavily carved by glacial activity. A four-stop self guided auto tour with geology interpretive exhibits leads visitors past meadows full of wildflowers, abundant wildlife, waterfalls, and avalanche chutes. Nature trails and picnic grounds are available.

Tuscarora
A trip to Tuscarora provides visitors with a nostalgic journey back in time. During its peak mining period in 1878, there were 30,000 people living in Tuscarora. Today there are a handful of residents in this almost ghost town, including renowned potter Dennis Parks, who operates the famous Tuscarora Pottery School. Points of interest include the cemetery, historic buildings, a small museum, and the pottery school and gallery which attracts students from around the world.

Ruby Mountains
Reached via the Lamoille Canyon National Scenic Byway, 26 miles southeast of Elko on State Route 227, the Ruby Mountains are described by many as one of America's most beautiful mountain ranges, the Ruby Mountains offer endless miles of hiking trails along rushing waterfalls and fields of blazing wildflowers.

Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge
The Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge provides visitors with outstanding wildlife observation in a tranquil natural setting. Recreational opportunities include bird watching, photography, hunting, fishing, boating and nearby camping.

Wildhorse State Recreation Area
Wildhorse Recreation Area is comprised of more than 120 acres of outdoor fun and adventure. Boating, fishing, camping, picnicking, hunting, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and an annual ice-fishing derby round out the endless recreational options. The area can be reached 67 miles north of Elko on State Route 225.

South Fork State Recreation Area
Located 16 miles southwest of Elko following State Routes 227 and 228. South Fork is a favorite among locals for all water sports, including boating, water-skiing, and fishing. Camping is available in developed sites.

Ruby View Golf Course
Majestic 18-hole "grand ol' man" of Elko has the look and feel of an exclusive country club - at public course prices.

Fishing
The Elko area contains the most fishable streams and stocked reservoirs in Nevada. Most waters contain trout, but largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie and catfish are also plentiful.

Hunting
Elko County is a hunter's paradise. The majority of the State's mule deer and sage grouse are harvested within the county. The area is well known for chukar and Hungarian Partridge. Other big game animals include pronghorn antelope, elk, and California and Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep.

Mountain Biking
There are a variety of mountain trails to choose from for every skill level from novice to the experienced rider looking for a challenge.

Off Highway Vehicle Traveling
The majority of Elko County is classified as "open" to off-road vehicle use. Opportunities vary from well maintained gravel roads to hundreds of miles of primitive, back country "two-tracks." visitors are encouraged to follow the "Tread Lightly" guidelines.

 

Return to TopAnnual Events

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Return to TopLibraries

There are two libraries in Elko County, both are located in Elko.

Return to TopFinancial Institutions

  • Bank of America
  • Elko Federal Credit Union
  • Greater Nevada Credit Union
  • Nevada Bank & Trust Company
  • Nevada State Bank
  • US Bank
  • Wells Fargo

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

Return to TopPublic Safety

Type of Crime Elko County United States Average
Violent Crime 41.2 41.4
Property Crime 45.1 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 Elko County Crime Rate Western States Crime Rate* National Crime Rate
2014 54,835 26.96 N/A N/A
2013 52,241 29.52 32.57 31.13
2012 50,138 28.84 33.41 32.65
2011 52,097 19.21 33.52 33.11
2010 52,097 19.48 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.