Economic Development

Lincoln County Quality of Life


Monthly Temperature (F)
2014 2015 2016 Mean
January 36.0 37.7 33.0 35.6
February 39.6 43.9 36.4 40.0
March 46.2 49.0 47.8 47.7
April 53.9 51.4   52.7
May   60.4   60.4
June 72.4 73.7   73.1
July 79.7 74.5   77.1
August 72.6 75.5   74.0
September 69.5 69.3   69.4
October 56.8 57.8   57.3
November 43.0 37.8   40.4
December 37.1 30.7   33.9
Annual 55.2 55.1 39.1 49.8
Monthly Snowfall (inches)
2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 Mean
July 0.0     0.0
August 0.0   0.0 0.0
September     0.0 0.0
October   0.0 0.0 0.0
November   0.0   0.0
December     4.5 4.5
January 1.0   2.4 1.7
February   3.0 10.0 6.5
March 0.0 0.0   0.0
April 0.0 0.0   0.0
June 0.0 0.0   0.0
Monthly Precipitation (inches)
2014 2015 2016 Mean
January 0.13 0.72   0.43
February   0.60 0.98 0.79
March 1.45 0.49   0.97
April 0.28 0.39   0.34
May 0.38 2.84   1.61
June 0.00 1.00   0.50
July 1.46 2.64   2.05
August   0.76   0.76
September 1.41 0.20   0.81
October 0.00 2.59   1.30
November 0.20 1.26   0.73
December 1.09 1.04   1.07

Source: National Weather Service Forecast Office, Caliente, NV

Sunny Days
Location Sunny Days
Lincoln County 269

Source:Sperlings Best Places


The elevation in Lincoln County is 5,259 feet.

Source: Sperlings Best Places

Return to TopSales Tax

The sales tax rate in Lincoln County is 7.100%.

Source: Nevada Department of Taxation

Return to TopHousing

Housing Vacancy Rates (%)
Year Homeowner Rental
2014 4.6 13.0
2013 4.1 8.3
2012 4.3 6.5
2011 4.5 3.9

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

Housing Occupancy
Year Total Housing Units Occupied Housing Units Vacant Housing Units
# % # %
2014 2,790 1,916 68.7 874 31.3
2013 2,701 1,969 72.9 732 27.1
2012 2,656 1,976 74.4 680 25.6
2011 2,547 1,815 71.3 732 28.7

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 1,238 457 36.9 350 28.3 398 32.1 0 0.0 33 2.7
2013 1,239 460 37.1 323 26.1 394 31.8 18 1.5 44 3.6
2012 1,386 476 34.3 434 31.3 436 31.5 17 1.2 23 1.7
2011 1,309 460 35.1 373 28.5 435 33.2 27 2.1 14 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

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

Return to TopMedia
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Return to TopMedical/Health Resources

Grover C Dils Medical Center
The mission of the Lincoln County Hospital District dba. Grover C. Dils Medical Center is to provide quality health services in a compassionate atmosphere that supports the dignity and well-being of those residing in and visiting Lincoln County. This non-profit organization and its valued employees provide services appropriate and essential to a rural community and coordinates access to the needed health services which are based in Lincoln County.

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

Return to TopEducation

Lincoln County is home to 4 elementary schools, 2 junior high schools, and 2 high schools. In the Lincoln County district, the average teacher/student ratio is 14:1, the average class size for English is 15, for Math 12, for Science 15 and for Social Studies 15.  The class of 2014 dropout rate was 1.15% and the class of 2014 graduation rate was 80.77%.

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 1,428 103 7.2 127 8.9 625 43.8 466 32.6 107 7.5
2013 1,392 52 3.7 92 6.6 623 44.8 537 38.6 88 6.3
2012 1,391 49 3.5 86 6.2 656 47.2 489 35.2 111 8.0
2011 1,513 20 1.3 82 5.4 800 52.9 520 34.4 91 6.0

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


Summary of Standards-Based Test Performance
  Reading Writing Mathematics Science
District 20 26 37 17 5 39 47 9 6 22 62 10 19 29 41 11
State 19 21 36 25 8 41 42 8 9 20 57 14 19 26 41 14
  Reading Writing Mathematics
District 11 14 56 20 0 22 77 1 4 25 58 13
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

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.

College of Southern Nevada (CSN)
CSN serves over 35,000 students with programs on occupational training, university transfer preparation, continuing education, developmental education, and counseling and guidance. The 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 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.

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.

Return to TopCultural Organizations and Recreation

Beaver Dam State Park
Beaver Dam State Park is Eastern Nevada's most remote park, and is a popular area for hikers and nature enthusiasts who enjoy its primitive and rustic character. Deep canyons, pinion and juniper forests, a flowing stream and a small reservoir are the primary features, offering fishing, camping, picnicking, hiking, photography and nature study. Facilities include campgrounds, a group use area, a day-use picnic area, hiking and interpretive trails, and hiking access to the reservoir (boats are not recommended). Beaver Dam is open year-round, weather permitting, but travel is not advised during winter months.

Kershaw-Ryan State Park
Kershaw-Ryan State Park is located two miles south of Caliente via U.S. 93 and State Route 317. It is situated in a colorful, scenic canyon at the northern limit of Rainbow Canyon. Steep canyon walls tower over a long, narrow valley. Early settlers here cultivated a garden of grape vines, trees, and grassy lawn surrounding a spring-fed pond, providing a sharp contrast to the rugged landscape. A picnic area, restrooms and trails offer visitors nature study, photography, picnicking, and hiking.

Cathedral Gorge State Park
Cathedral Gorge is located in a long, narrow valley where erosion has carved dramatic and unique patterns in the soft bentonite clay. Trails abound for exploring the cave-like formations and cathedral-like spires. Miller Point, a scenic overlook just north of the park entrance on U.S. 93, offers excellent views of the scenic canyon. Shaded picnic areas and a tree-shaded campground area are open all year. Hiking, picnicking, camping, nature study, photography and ranger programs are the most common activities at the park.

Echo Canyon State Park
Echo Canyon State Park offers a 65-acre reservoir with a campground, picnic area, group use facilities and boat launch. The park is popular for camping, fishing, hiking and enjoying the beautiful scenery of eastern Nevada. Abundant wildlife, a wide variety of native plants and unique rock formations make exploration a favorite activity. Echo Canyon is located 12 miles east of Pioche via State Routes 322 and 323. The park's elevation is 5,200' and although it is open year-round, visitors should be aware of occasional snow during winter months. Echo Canyon State Park is one of five state parks located in Lincoln County, and is a popular area for camping, fishing, hiking and enjoying the beautiful scenery of eastern Nevada.

Spring Valley State Park
Spring Valley State Park offers water oriented recreation at the 65 acre Eagle Valley Reservoir. Boat launching, picnicking and camping facilities are available. Visitors also enjoy hiking, exploring and touring the historic Ranch House museum. The park is located 20 miles east of Pioche via State Route 322. Spring Valley State Park is open all year, although snow may make winter access difficult.

The Ash Springs Rock Art Site
The Ash Springs Rock Art Site is typical of much Great Basin rock art. Petroglyphs, or rock art which is engraved, is the dominant form found at the site. They are etched onto rockfaces by pecking, abrading, scratching or a combination of these techniques. All petroglyphs at Ash Springs are pecked and display a wide range of line widths. These glyphs adorn rock surfaces that have been subject to a noticeable amount of weathering and natural spalling, as well as some marked human defacement. Pictographs, or painted rock art, and cupules, or pit-and-groove rock art, are both absent from this site but can be observed at other sites in the area.

The Crystal Wash Rock Art Site
The Crystal Wash Rock Art Site, which is typical of much Great Basin rock art, is actually a small network of interrelated sites. Petroglyphs, or rock art which is engraved, is the dominant rock art form at Crystal Wash. They are etched onto rockfaces by pecking, abrading, scratching, or a combination of these techniques. Pictographs, or painted rock art, is only represented in samll quantities at Crystal Wash. A third type of rock art known as cupules or pit-and-groove rock art can also be observed (Marker #6). Cupules are cuplike depressions or pits in boulders and are thought to be the oldest form of rock art, first appearing in parts of the Great Basin 7000 years ago. There is one example of this rock art at Crystal Wash.

Mount Irish Rock Art and Archeological District
In 1865 prospectors were driven out of the area by Southern Paiute Indians. The prospectors returned the following year and developed the Silver deposits in the region, opening a post office in Logan City in 1867. Both historic and prehistoric artifacts have been found in the Mt Irish area.

White Rivers Archeological District
White River Narrows Archeological District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. The area is outstanding not only for rock art but also for the impressive rhyolite cliffs. The District is located entirely on lands administered by the Ely District Bureau of Land Management.

Return to TopAnnual Events

Name Date
X-Rides May
National Trail Day June
Fourth of July July
Pioche Labor Day September
New Year's Eve Celebrations December

Return to TopLibraries

There are 3 libraries within Lincoln County.

Return to TopFinancial Institutions

  • Bank of America
  • Moapa Valley FCU
  • Nevada Bank & Trust Company
  • Pahranagat Valley FCU

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

Return to TopPublic Safety

Type of Crime Lincoln County United States Average
Violent Crime 35.8 41.4
Property Crime 42.3 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 Lincoln County Crime Rate Western States Crime Rate* National Crime Rate
2014 5,321 10.00 N/A N/A
2013 5,440 9.19 32.57 31.13
2012 5,380 13.57 33.41 32.65
2011 4,631 16.63 33.52 33.11
2010 4,631 9.93 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.