Economic Development

Esmeralda County Quality of Life

Climate

Monthly Temperature (F)
  2014 2015 2016 Mean
January 36.0 37.2 31.9 35.0
February 39.4 43.2 38.3 40.3
March 44.9 47.9 47.4 46.7
April 52.7 50.3   51.5
May 58.6 57.6   58.1
June 70.6 72.3   71.5
July 77.5 72.7   75.1
August 70.2 73.8   72.0
September 67.1 67.0   67.0
October 54.6 55.8   55.2
November 41.7 36.9   39.3
December 36.7 30.4   33.5
Annual 54.2 53.8 39.2 49.0
Monthly Snowfall (inches)
2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 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 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
November 1.0 0.0 1.0 0.7
December 4.3 0.0 0.0 1.4
January 2.0 0.0 1.0 1.0
February 0.0 0.0 3.5 1.2
March   0.0   0.0
April 0.0 0.0   0.0
May   2.0   2.0
June 0.0 0.0   0.0
Season        
Monthly Precipitation (inches)
  2014 2015 2016 Mean
January 0.27 0.15 0.16 0.19
February 0.50 0.00 0.62 0.37
March   0.05   0.05
April 0.00 0.00   0.00
May   2.81   2.81
June 0.00 0.65   0.33
July 0.37 0.24   0.31
August 0.54 3.55   2.05
September 0.46 0.15   0.31
October 0.00 1.46   0.73
November 0.08 0.22   0.15
December 1.10 0.00   0.55
Annual        

Source: National Weather Service Forecast Office, Dyer

Sunny Days
Location Sunny Days
Esmeralda County 290

Source: Sperlings Best Places

Elevation

The elevation in Esmeralda County is 5,681 feet.

Source: Sperlings Best Places

Return to TopSales Tax

The sales tax rate in Esmeralda County is 6.850%.

Source: Nevada Department of Taxation

Return to TopHousing

Housing Vacancy Rates (%)
Year Homeowner Rental
2014 5.1 18.3
2013 5.3 11.2
2012 5.7 14.7
2011 5.8 14.1

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

Housing Occupancy
Year Total Housing Units Occupied Housing Units Vacant Housing Units
# % # %
2014 939 467 49.7 472 50.3
2013 913 479 52.5 434 47.5
2012 928 514 55.4 414 44.6
2011 918 509 55.4 409 44.6

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

Housing Value
Year Owner-Occupied Units < $99,999 $100,000 - $199,999 $200,000 - $499,999 $500,000 - $999,999 $1,000,000 +
# % # % # % # % # %
2014 279 165 59.1 70 25.1 14 5.0 21 7.5 9 3.2
2013 266 152 57.1 61 22.9 32 12.0 17 6.4 4 1.5
2012 296 185 62.5 43 14.5 52 17.6 12 4.1 4 1.4
2011 326 168 51.5 84 25.8 55 16.9 13 4.0 6 1.8

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
2014
$70,900
$936
$443
2013
$81,400
$904
$452
2012
$64,200
$769
$448
2011
$86,400
$741
$443

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

Return to TopMedia

Radio

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Return to TopMedical/Health Resources

Clinics and emergency medical services are available in Pahrump, Beatty, Tonopah, Amargosa Valley, and Round Mountain. Regional medical facilities of world-class stature with a wide array of specialties are available in Las Vegas and Reno.

Return to TopEducation

Esmeralda County is home to 3 elementary schools.

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 203 0 0.0 10 4.9 104 51.2 37 18.2 52 25.6
2013 177 0 0.0 5 2.8 70 39.5 52 29.4 50 28.2
2012 148 0 0.0 6 4.1 43 29.1 52 35.1 47 31.8
2011 136 0 0.0 6 4.4 38 27.9 45 33.1 47 34.6

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 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 7 26 44 23 16 32 42 11 2 12 74 12 16 32 47 5
State 19 21 36 25 8 41 42 8 9 20 57 14 19 26 41 14

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

University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)
UNLV recently moved up into the ranking defined by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as "Doctoral/Research Universities - Intensive". UNLV offers 170 undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degree programs. The colleges include: School of Medicine and School of Dentistry, as well as the finest physics, business, engineering, computer science, environmental studies, and performing arts programs in the nation. UNLV's School of Medicine is Nevada's only postgraduate institution dedicated to training new physicians and UNLV's William S. Boyd School of Law has been granted provisional accreditation from the American Bar Association.

Community College of Southern Nevada (CCSN)
CCSN serves over 35,000 students with programs on occupational training, university transfer preparation, continuing education, developmental education, and counseling and guidance. The Community College of Southern Nevada is a fully accredited member of the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges. This status assures that the College's organization, structure, staffing, and funding are equal to its objectives, that its governing board is functioning properly, and that all academic and financial plans are well designed to provide its students with a high level of excellence.

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.

Return to TopCultural Organizations and Recreation

Goldfield Historical Firehouse and Museum
The recently restored Firehouse was built in 1906, at the height of the Mining Boom, when the population was approaching 20,000 in Goldfield. This museum features antique fire equipment and memorabilia, fully restored 1926 Ford Model T Calliope, original Goldfield Fire Truck Old #3, 1941 ambulance, and a continuing growth of older Goldfield historical memorabilia.

Return to TopAnnual Events

Name Date
Goldfield Days August

Return to TopLibraries

There is one library in Esmeralda County, it is located in Goldfield.

Return to TopPublic Safety

Type of Crime Esmeralda County United States Average
Violent Crime 45.0 41.4
Property Crime 49.2 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 Esmeralda Crime Rate Western States Crime Rate* National Crime Rate
2014 860 10.00 N/A N/A
2013 777 19.31 32.57 31.13
2012 785 12.74 33.41 32.65
2011 1,145 2.62 33.52 33.11
2010 1,145 3.49 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.