Carson City was established in 1858 and was named after the mountain man Kit Carson. Carson has served as Nevada’s capital since statehood in 1864. Until 1969, Carson City was the county seat of Ormsby County; however, during this year the county was dissolved and the lands consolidated to make up the current 157 square mile municipality. Carson City is an independent city and is treated as a county-equivalent for census purposes. Located 30 miles south of Reno, and sharing a border with Lake Tahoe, Carson is home to 54,216 people (DETR, 2017).

Carson City sits well above seGovernor's Mansion, Carson City, NVa level at 4,800 feet in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada range, and has an array of land cover types throughout. Situated in a high desert river valley, Carson has warm summers and cold winters. Much of the precipitation in the city occurs during the winter and spring months, while summer and fall tend to be very dry.

Carson City is home to a number of museums with a wide variety of topics. Nevada's Liberty Bell in Carson City, NevadaThe Nevada State Museum focuses on the state’s natural history; it houses a replica of a walk-through mine and shows off the historic Carson City Mint. Educating about the expansion out west, Carson also houses the Nevada State Railroad Museum, which includes over 65 locomotives (many of which were built before 1900). Battle Born Hall, opened in 2018, showcases the Trailblazing Nevada exhibit, which honors individuals who found new and creative ways to help the state and nation grow.

For a more in-depth look at what makes Carson City a community,  read the full Carson City Cultural Overview.


County Engagement
June 16, 2021 Community Engagement-Asset Gathering  Sessions Carson City
June 17, 2021 Introduction to NEAP-Presentation to Board of County Commissioners Carson City
Technical Reports
Socioeconomic Baseline Report: Carson City, Nevada
Results From the Community Asset Survey: Carson City, Nevada
Fact Sheets
Demographic Characteristics for Carson City, Nevada    
Economic Characteristics for Carson City, Nevada    
Land Use and Fiscal Characteristics for Carson City, Nevada    
Industry Top Performers for Carson City, Nevada    
Social Characteristics for Carson City, Nevada    
Community Assets for Carson City, Nevada    
Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) to Nevada Counties in 2021: Carson City    
Current Articles
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Special Thanks

The NEAP team would like to give our thanks to the following members of the Carson City Community who have assisted us in this process.

  • Carson City Board of Supervisors
  • Office of the City Manager
  • Residents of Carson City