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Nevada, the "Sagebrush State" "Battleborn State"

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Nevada's name comes from the Spanish word meaning "snow clad" - a reference to the snow-covered peaks of the Sierra Nevada. In October 1864, Nevada was admitted as the 36th state to the Union. Nevada is in a mountain region that includes semiarid grasslands and sandy deserts, and is the most arid (dry) state in the nation. Nevada  is a land of rugged, snow-capped mountains, grassy valleys and sandy deserts. It is also well-known for gambling and nightlife. Large, luxurious casinos in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe and Reno attract visitors from around the world. Virginia City and other historic Nevada towns remind visitors of the gambling prospectors who went west, a century ago, seeking fortunes in gold and silver. 

Nevadas Name hat seine Ursprünge in dem spanischen Wort für "schneebedeckt" - ein Verweis auf die schneebedeckten Spitzen der Sierra Nevada. Im Oktober 1864 wurde Nevada als der 36. Staat in den Verbund aufgenommen. Nevada ist ein Land der zerklüfteten, schneebedeckten Berge, grünen Täler und sandigen Wüsten. Es ist der Staat mit dem geringsten Niederschlag in der ganzen Nation. Es ist aber auch bekannt für seine Glücksspiele und sein Nachtleben. Große, luxuriöse Spielkasinos ziehen Besucher aus aller Herren Länder nach Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe und Reno. Virginia City und andere geschichtsträchtige Städte Nevadas erinnern an die Goldgräber, die vor einem Jahrhundert nach Westen zogen, um ihr Glück in den Gold- und Silberminen zu suchen.

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Governor: Jim Gibbons, R (Jan. 2007 to Jan. 2011)
Senators: Harry Reid, D (to Jan. 2011); John Ensign, R (to Jan. 2013)
House of Representatives: 3 districts | Search by zip code

Population (July 2005):
2,415,000; National Rank: 35; Percent change since April 2000: 20.8%
Land Area: 109,806 sq mi. (284,397 sq km); National Rank:
10 largest cities (2005 est): Las Vegas, 545,147; Henderson, 232,146; Reno, 203,550; North Las Vegas, 176,635; Sparks, 82,051; Carson City, 56,062; Elko, 16,685; Boulder City, 15,177; Mesquite, 13,523; Fernley, 11,342

Total Gross State Product 2005 prel. (billions of current dollars): 110.5
Per Capita Personal Income 2005: $35,883; National Rank: 15
State Exports 2005 (millions of dollars):
3,937; National Rank: 35
Cattle, hay, dairy products, potatoes.
Industry: Tourism, mining, machinery, printing and publishing, food processing, electric equipment.

State of Nevada Official Homepage
· Project VoteSmart
State and Local Government on the Internet

Nevada Profile - Fedstats
U.S. Census Bureau: 2000 Data for the State of Nevada
U.S. Census Bureau: State Data Centers: Nevada

· Nevada - Regional Accounts Data

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State of Nevada Tourist Office
Map (MapQuest)
· Nevada State Parks
ViaOnline Magazine: Events in Nevada

For High School Students
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· State Report: Nevada
· Stately Knowledge

Teacher Resources
· Online Nevada Encyclopedia (Nevada Humanities)
· ProTeacher: Lessons by State: Nevada

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