Economic Development

White Pine County Quality of Life

Climate

Monthly Temperature (F)
2014 2015 2016 Mean
January 31.4 33.3 19.4 28.1
February 32.6 38.0 27.6 32.8
March 38.0 42.3 39.2 39.8
April 43.7 42.9   43.3
May 52.1 50.8   51.4
June 60.8 66.5   63.6
July 71.4 66.7   69.1
August 64.5 68.0   66.3
September 61.4 62.3   61.8
October 50.9 50.7   50.8
November 36.4 29.4   32.9
December 30.3 23.8   27.0
Annual 47.8 47.9 28.7 41.5
Monthly Snowfall (inches)
2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 Mean
July 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
August 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
September   0.0 0.0  
October 3.0 0.0 0.0 1.0
November 9.9 0.7 17.7 9.4
December 12.9 5.9 22.1 13.6
January 9.9 0.8 35.4 15.4
February 3.4 3.6 4.1 3.7
March 4.4 5.0 16.2 8.5
April 6.6 3.7   5.2
May 1.7     0.9
June   0.0    
Season 51.8 19.7   35.8
Monthly Precipitation (inches)
2014 2015 2016 Mean
January 0.79 0.31 2.11 1.07
February 0.94 0.21 0.55 0.57
March 0.42 0.36 0.67 0.48
April 1.06 0.67   0.87
May 0.96 1.78   1.37
June 0.18 0.46   0.32
July 0.43 0.66   0.55
August 2.48 0.54   1.51
September 0.83 0.51   0.67
October   2.06   1.03
November 0.44 1.09   0.77
December 0.73 1.21   0.97
Annual 9.26 9.86   9.56

Source: National Weather Service Forecast Office, Ely Yelland Field, NV

Wind Speed & Direction
Location Prevailing Wind Direction Wind Speed*
Ely Airport S 9.5

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

Humidity
Location AM PM
Ely 66 37

Source: Western Regional Climate Center

Sunny or Partly Sunny Days
Location Sunny Days Partly Sunny Days Sunshine Yearly
Ely 131 109 73%

Source: Current Results Research News & Science Facts

Elevation

The elevation in White Pine County is 6,833 feet.

Source: Sperlings Best Places

Return to TopSales Tax

The sales tax rate in White Pine County is 7.725%.

Source: Nevada Department of Taxation

Return to TopHousing

Housing Vacancy Rates (%)
Year Homeowner Rental
2014 1.9 4.8
2013 0.9 6.1
2012 1.0 6.8
2011 0.7 5.3

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

Housing Occupancy
Year Total Housing Units Occupied Housing Units Vacant Housing Units
# % # %
2014 4,470 3,373 75.5 1,097 24.5
2013 4,470 3,357 75.1 1,113 24.9
2012 4,495 3,479 77.4 1,016 22.6
2011 4,503 3,565 79.2 938 20.8

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
$104/sq. ft. N/A
Single Family Home
2,500 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms
$104/sq. ft. N/A
Townhouse
1,500 sq. ft., 2 bedrooms
$104/sq. ft. N/A
Condominium
1,200 sq. ft., 2 bedrooms
$104/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 2,466 928 37.6 1,027 41.6 499 20.2 12 0.5 0 0.0
2013 2,379 994 41.8 949 39.9 435 18.3 1 0.0 0 0.0
2012 2,350 1,005 42.8 952 40.5 391 16.6 2 0.1 0 0.0
2011 2,619 1,052 40.2 1,061 40.5 461 17.6 45 1.7 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
$120,700
$1,081
$768
2013
$113,800
$1,050
$757
2012
$111,800
$1,051
$758
2011
$116,800
$1,086
$748

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

William Bee Ririe Hospital
William Bee Ririe Hospital is a fully accredited 40 bed hospital which provides inpatient medical, surgical, obstetrical, and ICU services, long term care, out-patient services for surgery, physical therapy, and respiratory therapy, and 24-hour, physician attended emergency room services. The hospital is equipped for diagnostic X-ray services including CT scan and mammography.

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.

Return to TopEducation

White Pine County is home to 4 elementary schools, 1 junior high school, 2 high schools, and 1 alternative/charter school. In the White Pine County district, the average teacher/student ratio is 22:1, the average class size for English is 16, for Math 14, for Science 16 and for Social Studies 16.  The class of 2014 dropout rate was 0.47% and the class of 2014 graduation rate was 77.78%.

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 2,308 189 8.2 76 3.3 866 37.5 926 40.1 251 10.9
2013 2,199 185 8.4 90 4.1 851 38.7 819 37.2 254 11.6
2012 2,155 158 7.3 88 4.1 837 38.8 802 37.2 270 12.5
2011 2,290 205 9.0 129 5.6 819 35.8 741 32.4 396 17.3

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 22 23 33 21 8 44 40 8 13 26 54 6 18 25 44 14
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 9 69 10 2 24 73 2 2 16 70 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

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

Lehman Caves
Lehman Caves is a beautiful limestone cave with intriguing, unusual formations. Lehman Caves is one of the best places to see rare shield formations. Over 300 shields are known in Lehman Caves, more than any other cave. All of the cave is profusely decorated; stalactites, stalagmites, helictites, flowstone, popcorn, and other formations cover almost every surface of the cave.

Cave Lake State Park
Cave Lake State Park is 15 miles southeast of Ely via U.S. 50/6/93 and Success Summit Road. The 32-acre reservoir at Cave Lake State Park is popular for trout fishing, boating, picnicking and camping. Perched in the middle of the Schell Creek Range, adjacent to the Humboldt National Forest at an elevation of 7,300', the park offers outstanding scenic views and opportunities for nature study and photography. Facilities include campgrounds, picnic areas, hiking trails and a boat launch. Winter sports such as ice fishing, cross-country skiing and ice skating are also available. Weather permitting, Cave Lake is open all year.

Nevada Northern Railway Museum
The Nevada Northern Railway Museum is dedicated to the restoration, preservation, interpretation and operation of the Nevada Northern Railway historic facilities, yards, and rail collection. This evolving museum gives people the opportunity to experience a world class historic working railroad.

Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park
Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park is known for its six historic charcoal ovens. These beehive-shaped ovens were used in the late 19th century to generate charcoal for use in the mines of nearby Ward. Today, the park offers limited facilities for picnicking and camping. Other features include forested woodlands, lush riparian areas and outstanding views of the Steptoe Valley and surrounding mountains. The park is located seven miles south of Ely via U.S. 50/6/93, then 11 miles southwest on Cave Valley Road. Cave Valley Road is a graded dirt road, accessible by passenger vehicles from May through October.

White Pine Golf Course
The White Pine County Golf Course is located just north of beautiful Ely, Nevada just off Highway 93 across from the Fairgrounds. With spectacular views of the Schell Creek Mountain Range on the east and the Egan Mountain Range to the southwest, you'll find a wonderful place to slow down, relax and play a few rounds. This is a regulation 18-hole, par 72, 6,843 yard golf course.

White Pine Public Museum
Acquisitions include: Historical Photographs - collections depict early towns, people, buildings, mines, businesses and lifestyles of the people of White Pine County and historical documents including newspapers, journals, ledgers, record books, maps, etc. to aid those researching White Pine County, NV.

Return to TopAnnual Events

Name Date
Copper Classic Ice Fishing Derby February
Fourth of July July
White Pine County Fair August
Trains, Planes, & Automobiles August
Silver State Classic Challenge September

Return to TopLibraries

There are four libraries in White Pine County. One each in Baker and McGill and two in Ely.

Return to TopFinancial Institutions

  • Bank of America
  • First National Bank of Ely
  • Greater Nevada Credit Union
  • Nevada Bank & Trust Company
  • White Pine County School Employes Credit Union

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

Return to TopPublic Safety

Type of Crime White Pine County United States Average
Violent Crime 42.9 41.4
Property Crime 39.2 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 White Pine County
Crime Rate
Western States
Crime Rate*
National
Crime Rate
2015 10,465 13.20 N/A N/A
2013 10,091 11.10 32.57 31.13
2012 10,230 16.62 33.41 32.65
2011 9,503 18.84 33.52 33.11
2010 9,503 18.20 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.