Economic Development

Lander County Quality of Life

Climate

Monthly Temperature (F)
2014 2015 2016 Mean
January 37.8 37.7 32.3 36.0
February 42.0 43.8 38.6 41.5
March 45.9 48.9   47.4
April 51.1 49.9   50.5
May 60.1 58.6   59.4
June 68.3 72.9   70.6
July 71.7 74.6   73.1
August 71.7 74.6   73.1
September 66.6 65.1   65.9
October 55.3 57.6   56.5
November 43.3 38.6   40.9
December 38.6     38.6
Annual 54.9 56.5 35.5 49.0
Monthly Snowfall (inches)
2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 Mean
July   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  
November 1.8 1.6 2.5 2.0
December 8.6 0.6   4.6
January 3.3 0.0 13.6 5.6
February 1.0   1.4 0.8
March 1.8     0.9
April        
May   0.0    
June   0.0    
Season   2.2   2.2
Monthly Precipitation (inches)
2014 2015 2016 Mean
January 0.56 0.37 1.87 0.93
February 1.24 0.24 0.11 0.53
March 1.12 0.02   0.57
April 0.51 1.21   0.86
May 0.70 2.26   1.48
June 0.42 0.45   0.44
July 0.34 0.80   0.57
August 0.75 0.32   0.54
September 0.46 0.34   0.40
October   1.72   0.86
November 1.02 1.76   1.39
December 0.46 1.82   1.14
Annual 7.58 11.31   9.45

Source: National Weather Service Forecast Office, Battle Mountain, NV

Sunny Days
Location Sunny Days
Lander County 227

Source: Sperlings Best Places

Elevation

The elevation in Lander County is 6,003 feet.

Source: Sperlings Best Places

Return to TopSales Tax

The sales tax rate in Lander County is 7.100%.

Source: Nevada Department of Taxation

Return to TopHousing

Housing Vacancy Rates (%)
Year Homeowner Rental
2014 0.0 0.0
2013 0.0 0.0
2012 0.0 0.0
2011 0.0 0.0

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

Housing Occupancy
Year Total Housing Units Occupied Housing Units Vacant Housing Units
# % # %
2014 2,520 2,075 82.3 445 17.7
2013 2,469 2,010 81.4 459 18.6
2012 2,318 1,980 85.4 338 14.6
2011 2,367 2,006 84.7 361 15.3

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
$124/sq. ft. N/A
Single Family Home
2,500 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms
$124/sq. ft. N/A
Townhouse
1,500 sq. ft., 2 bedrooms
$124/sq. ft. N/A
Condominium
1,200 sq. ft., 2 bedrooms
$124/sq. ft. N/A

Source: Zillow, Feb. 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 1,650 785 47.6 564 34.2 280 17.0 21 1.3 0 0.0
2013 1,578 759 48.1 596 37.8 204 12.9 19 1.2 0 0.0
2012 1,489 657 44.1 595 40.0 206 13.8 31 2.1 0 0.0
2011 1,420 642 45.2 583 41.1 183 12.9 12 0.8 0 0.0

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
$104,700
$1,225
$708
2013
$103,300
$1,184
$789
2012
$111,200
$1,158
$800
2011
$108,900
$1,162
$781

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

Return to TopMedia
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Radio

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Return to TopMedical/Health Resources

Battle Mountain General Hospital
Battle Mountain General Hospital is a district hospital, providing quality care to all patients who come through their doors regardless of their ability to pay. They provide quality healthcare to the community and nursing home.

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

Return to TopEducation

Lander County is home to 2 elementary schools, 1 junior high school, and 1 high school. In the Lander County district, the average teacher/student ratio is 18:1, the average class size for English is 17, for Math 15, for Science 14 and for Social Studies 18.  The class of 2014 dropout rate was 1.32% and the class of 2014 graduation rate was 71.30%.

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 1,414 140 9.9 100 7.1 832 58.8 255 18.0 87 6.2
2013 1,396 117 8.4 90 6.4 801 57.4 315 22.6 73 5.2
2012 1,345 55 4.1 114 8.5 709 52.7 354 26.3 113 8.4
2011 1,213 88 7.3 76 6.3 588 48.5 367 30.3 94 7.7

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 11 22 42 25 6 32 52 10 5 17 64 13 8 24 57 11
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 3 77 8 1 25 74 0 1 30 62 8
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

Lander County is primarily an area for outdoor enthusiasts. There is fishing, golfing, swimming, hunting, and other outdoor activities.

Fishing
Small fishing streams are within a half hour drive from Battle Mountain provide brook and trout, but the best fishing is found in the southern part of the county. There is also great fishing in adjoining counties.

Hunting
Lander County boasts great deer populations. Upland game birds especially chukkar, sage hens, and quail are plentiful. There is also limited water fowl hunting available.

Carter's Monument
Located about seven miles northeast of Battle Mountain, and built in 1879 by a 60-year-old unemployed carpenter, this is a stone wall over a mile long at Stony Point. It was built as his personal memorial to the struggles of the California bound pioneers.

Pony Express 100 Car Race
This is an open road race between Battle Mountain and Austin which is held during the summer each year.

Mountain View Golf Course
One mile south of town on Highway 305. Enjoy 18 holes of challenging golf in the shadow of the Shoshone Mountain Range. Pro shop, bar and restaurant.

Mill Creek Canyon
Located about 19 miles south of Battle Mountain off of Highway 305, Mill Creek Canyon has a lot of history, and an improved camping area operated by the BLM, with fire pits, toilets, and tables. Just above the campground was the site of a Civilian Conservation Corps camp from the 1930s. It is rumored that bandits buried silver further up the canyon.

Lewis Canyon
Located about 6 miles southeast of town, off Jenkins Road, Lewis Canyon once had a thriving town, mines and a narrow gauge railroad that connected the mines with Battle Mountain and the Central Pacific Railroad. Here are old mill sites and relics of the past.

Return to TopAnnual Events

Name Date
Battle Mountain Arts Presenters Annual Crab Feed February
Cinderella Girls Annual Beauty Pageant February
Duck's Unlimited - Annual Dinner and Auction March
Annual Easter Egg Hunt March
Battle Mountain High School Rodeo April
Mud Bog April
ATV:Playday April
Spring Craft Fair May
Cinco de Mayo Fest May
Lander County Schools Community Arts Fair May
Stock Car Racing/IMCA/ATV May - September
Battle Mountain Arts Presenters June
Battle Mountain Junior Rodeo June
Festival of the Pits June
Team Roping June
Community 4th of July Celebration/Parade July
Pony Express Weekend July
Annual Working Cowhorse Show & Clinic August
Annual Basque Picnic August
Sage Trimmers (RC) Annual Cross Country Fly September
Lander County Fair September
Mud Bog/Tuff Trucks September
Covered Wagon Days Trail Ride September
World Human Powered Speed Challenge October
Pumpkin Fest October
Holiday Craft Fair November
Community Christmas Celebration December
Chamber Annual Banquet December

Return to TopLibraries

There are two libraries located in Lander County. One in Battle Mountain and one in Austin.

Return to TopFinancial Institutions

  • Wells Fargo

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

Return to TopPublic Safety

Type of Crime Lander County United States Average
Violent Crime 37.4 41.4
Property Crime 40.1 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 Lander County Crime Rate Western States Crime Rate* National Crime Rate
2014 6,651 23.86 N/A N/A
2013 6,020 28.90 32.57 31.13
2012 5,917 24.67 33.41 32.65
2011 5,992 18.36 33.52 33.11
2010 5,992 23.03 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.