Nevada

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Nickname: Silver State/Sagebrush State/Battle Born State

Location: West of the United States

Bordering Countries/States: Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, Utah, California 

Capital City: Carson City

Other Cities and Sites: Las Vegas, Reno, Lake Tahoe, Lake Mead, The Valley of Fire, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Pyramid Lake, Lamoille Canyon, Austin, Great Basin National Park, Bonsai Rock, Washoe County, Cottonwood Vally Trails, Eldorado Canyon and Goldmine

State Animal: Desert bighorn sheep

Language(s): English (77%), Spanish (16.2%), Tagalog (1.6%), Other (3.2%)

Population: 2 million +

Religion: Protestant (35%), No Religion (28%), Roman Catholic (25%), Latter-Day Saint (4%),  Judaism (2%), Hinduism (2%), Buddhism (0.5%), Islam (0.1%)

Known for: Las Vegas, The Strip, Hoover Dam, casinos, drag shows, Miss Congeniality, magicians, stag nights, ghost towns, entertainment, landscapes, desert, national parks

Fun Facts:

  • In Spanish, “nevada” means “snow-capped”
  • The Imperial Palace on the Las Vegas strip is the nation’s first off-airport airline baggage check-in service
  • Nevada is the driest state in the nation with an average annual rainfall of seven inches
  • Nevada is the largest gold-producing state in the nation. It is second in the world behind South Africa
  • Las Vegas has more hotel rooms than any other place on earth
  • Nevada has more mountain ranges than any other state in the U.S
  • At 60,000 pounds, there is more shrimp consumed in Las Vegas per day than the rest of the country combined
  • Nevada is home to nearly half of America’s wild horses and burros
  • Over 40 million people visit Las Vegas each year
  • Nevada has more hot springs than any other state in the country, with more than 300 occurring naturally
  • It’s illegal to drive a camel on any highway in Nevada