The state’s name comes
from the Spanish word
State of the State | Nevada
Blue jeans were invented by Jacob Davis, a tailor in Reno.
Nevada’s early development was spurred by
the discovery of silver at the Comstock Lode
in 1859. Nicknamed "The Silver State" after
admission to the Union in 1864, it remains
today the nation’s largest producer of that
precious ore. Nevada is also America’s largest
gold-producing state and ranks fourth in the
Nevada Governor Fred Balzar signed the bill
legalizing gambling in March 1931. The Pair-O-Dice
Club opened soon thereafter as the first casino on Highway 91,
better known today as the Las Vegas Strip. More than 40 million
people now visit the city every year, and Clark County around Las
Vegas is home to two of every three Nevadans.
Nevada has no state,
personal, or corporate income tax.
The state sales tax ranges from
6. 85 to 8. 1 percent depending
on various local-tax options.
The border between Nevada and
neighboring California includes two
noteworthy natural features: Boundary
Peak, the state’s highest point at 13, 145
feet above sea level, and Lake Tahoe,
North America’s highest alpine lake.
Famous native-born Nevadans
include tennis star Andre
Agassi, race car drivers Kurt
and Kyle Busch, First Lady Pat
Nixon, actor Nicolas Cage,
late-night host Jimmy Kimmel,
writer Cecelia Holland, boxer
Floyd Mayweather, and
baseball stars Greg Maddux,
Bryce Harper, and Kris Bryant.
The U.S. government
owns about 85%
of Nevada’s 110,540
square miles, including
the famous Area 51
top-secret military zone.
Nevada has more mountains than
any other state except Alaska.
The Oakland Raiders of the NFL will become the Las Vegas Raiders in 2020 when the team moves to the $1.8 billion domed stadium now under construction in Paradise. The
Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League already
skate at the nearby T-Mobile Arena, while the Las Vegas Aces of
the WNBA play at the Mandalay Bay Civic Center.
Nevada has more hotel rooms per
capita than any other state, a total of
nearly 190,000 rooms in 584 hotels
with 15 rooms or more.
Reno is Nevada’s
hosts The Great
Race, the National
Races, and the Hot
August Nights car