Economic Development

Lyon County Quality of Life


Monthly Temperature (F)
2014 2015 2016 Mean
January 37.4 37.7 35.6 36.9
February 42.8 44.6 40.3 42.6
March 47.4 51.1 49.2 49.2
April 53.3 52.5   52.9
May 61.3 60.3   60.8
June 70.0 74.3   72.2
July 79.5 75.3   77.4
August 73.7 76.5   75.1
September 68.7 70.2   69.4
October 58.1 59.0   58.5
November 43.7 39.2   41.4
December 38.6 34.7   36.7
Annual 56.2 56.3 41.7 51.4
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   0.0    
December 3.8     1.3
January 2.5 0.0 4.2 2.2
February 0.0 0.0 2.0 0.7
March 0.0     0.0
April 0.0 0.0   0.0
May 0.0 0.0   0.0
June 0.0 0.0   0.0
Season 6.3     6.3
Monthly Precipitation (inches)
2014 2015 2016 Mean
January 0.60 0.05 0.81 0.49
February 0.25 0.50 0.09 0.28
March 0.23 0.10   0.17
April 0.25 0.23   0.24
May 0.80 1.64   1.22
June 0.00 1.52   0.76
July 0.05 2.45   1.25
August 0.27 0.25   0.26
September 1.05 0.00   0.53
October 0.00 0.99   0.50
November 0.52 1.29   0.91
December 0.13 0.12   0.13
Annual 4.15 9.14   6.65

Source: National Weather Service Forecast Office, Yerington, NV

Sunny Days
Location Sunny Days
Lyon County 251

Source:Sperlings Best Places


The elevation in Lyon County is 5,224 feet.

Source: Sperlings Best Places

Return to TopSales Tax

The sales tax rate in Lyon County is 7.100%.

Source: Nevada Department of Taxation

Return to TopHousing

Housing Vacancy Rates (%)
Year Homeowner Rental
2014 2.0 4.6
2013 1.5 5.3
2012 1.5 5.3
2011 4.2 11.9

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

Housing Occupancy
Year Total Housing Units Occupied Housing Units Vacant Housing Units
# % # %
2014 22,444 19,728 87.9 2,716 12.1
2013 22,331 19,565 87.6 2,766 12.4
2012 22,489 19,504 86.7 2,985 13.3
2011 22,146 18,373 83.0 3,773 17.0

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
$100/sq. ft. $109/sq. ft.*
Single Family Home
2,500 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms
$100/sq. ft. $112/sq. ft.**
1,500 sq. ft., 2 bedrooms
$100/sq. ft. N/A
1,200 sq. ft., 2 bedrooms
$100/sq. ft. N/A

Source: Zillow, Feb. 2015, *Jul. 2015, **Feb. 2016

Home Rentals
Type Average Monthly Rent ($)
All Homes $1,030

Source: Zillow, Feb. 2016

Housing Value
Year Owner-Occupied Units < $99,999 $100,000 - $199,999 $200,000 - $499,999 $500,000 - $999,999 $1,000,000 +
# % # % # % # % # %
2014 14,185 4,963 35.0 6,062 42.7 2,916 20.6 99 0.7 145 1.0
2013 13,814 5,422 39.3 5,548 40.2 2,638 19.1 97 0.7 109 0.8
2012 13,369 4,297 32.1 5,542 41.5 3,251 24.3 112 0.8 167 1.2
2011 12,848 2,775 21.6 4,953 38.6 4,618 35.9 375 2.9 127 1.0

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

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

Return to TopMedia
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Return to TopMedical/Health Resources

South Lyon Medical Center
Located in Yerington, the South Lyon Medical Center offers 24 hour emergency care with a skilled nursing facility, specialty consultant physicians and hospital services. A newly opened 59 bed long-term care facility is available. The non-profit corporation has been serving its community for over 40 years and is at the point where its walk-in services rival the largest hospitals.

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.


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

Return to TopEducation

Lyon County is home to 9 elementary schools, 4 junior high schools, 4 high schools, and 1 k-12 school. In the Lyon County district, the average teacher/student ratio is 23:1, the average class size for English is 25, for Math 24, for Science 23 and for Social Studies 23.  The class of 2014 dropout rate was 0.87% and the class of 2014 graduation rate was 78.58%.

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 11,898 442 3.7 770 6.5 5,644 47.4 3,142 26.4 1,900 16.0
2013 11,524 442 3.8 856 7.4 5,654 49.1 2,843 24.7 1,729 15.0
2012 11,966 574 4.8 608 5.1 5,770 48.2 3,191 26.7 1,823 15.2
2011 12,625 476 3.8 531 4.2 5,995 47.5 3,342 26.5 2,281 18.1

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


Summary of Standards-Based Test Performance
  Reading Writing Mathematics Science
District 13 19 41 27 7 44 42 7 5 17 61 17 12 28 48 12
State 19 21 36 25 8 41 42 8 9 20 57 14 19 26 41 14
  Reading Writing Mathematics
District 11 9 68 12 1 23 74 2 1 24 63 12
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

Lyon County Historical Society & Museum
Originally constructed in teh town of Mason, the old church building now exhibits room settings with a turn of the century kitchen, child's bedroom, sheriff's office, and the Anaconda Copper room. Several out buildings include the General Store, natural history display, blacksmith shop, and a one room school house.

Yerington Theatre for the Arts (YTA)

Yerington Theatre for the Arts (YTA) is a non-profit organization operating in Yerington, Nevada whose mission is to enrich the quality of life in our community through the arts. We operate the Jeanne Dini Center and present performing arts, visual art exhibitions, art education programs, and cultural heritage events.

Dayton Valley Country Club
An 18 hole Arnold Palmer designed course in the Sierra foothills. Opened in 1991 and already ranks sixth on Golf Today's list of Top 20 daily fee courses for Northern California and Nevada. Dayton Valley presents a challenging and enjoyable experience for golfers of all abilities.

Desert Lakes Golf Course
18 holes of first-class golf, with names like "The Hangin' Tree", and "The Smokin' Gun."

Lake Lahontan State Park
Boating, jet skiing, water skiing, fishing for white bass, walleye and catfish, camping and picnicing abound at this versatile recreation area.

Dayton State Park & Carson River
Picnicing, hiking, and wildlife viewing in and around Nevada's first settlement.

Mason Valley Wildlife Management Area
Home to trout & bass fishing, as well as duck, goose and deer hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities in the heart of beautiful Mason Valley. The Nevada Dept. of Wildlife operates a fish hatchery here where fish are raised to stock waters all over the state. Tours are available.

The Reno-Fernley Raceway
A 500 acre facility in Fernley Nevada, designed specifically for family recreation and participation in motor sport activities of many venues.

Walker River, East & West Forks
Trout fishing and wildlife viewing in some of the most scenic areas of the state, including Wilson Canyon with its majestic rock walls & quiet fishing holes.

Wilson Canyon
Located between Yerington and Smith Valley, visitors are able to hike through a canyon cut by the West Walker River over millions of years. You can walk along the banks of the river for an afternoon of exercise wildlife viewing and relaxation. Discover an area rich in archeological finds and a rock hounders delight.

Return to TopAnnual Events

Name Date
Spring Fling Classic Car Show May-June
Coyote Chase June
Back Alley Fights July
Lyon County Fair & Rodeo August
Spirit of Wovoka Powwow August
Dayton Valley Days April & September
Santa Maria Days August
Fernley Frontier Days August
Smith Fun Days October
Silver Springs Stew-Do October

Return to TopLibraries

There are three (3) public libraries in Lyon County. One (1) each in Dayton, Yerington, and Fernley.

Return to TopFinancial Institutions

  • Bank of America
  • Financial Horizons Credit Union
  • Greater Nevada Credit Union
  • Nevada State Bank
  • US Bank
  • Wells Fargo
  • Zions Bank

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

Return to TopPublic Safety

Type of Crime Lyon County United States Average
Violent Crime 42.6 41.4
Property Crime 38.1 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 Lyon County Crime Rate Western States Crime Rate* National Crime Rate
2014 53,450 18.38 N/A N/A
2013 51,300 25.36 32.57 31.13
2012 52,549 24.51 33.41 32.65
2011 52,334 17.18 33.52 33.11
2010 52,334 16.45 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.