Elko County court houseElko County is the second-largest county by area in Nevada and the fourth-largest in the United States. At 17,203 square miles, such an open space provides Elko citizens and passersby with a varied landscape of mountains, hills, valleys, ranch and rangeland. The cold season averages between below zero to 25 F, while the hot season averages 79 F. Midway between Reno and Salt Lake City, and bordering Idaho and Utah, Elko County is seated perfectly for a blend of rural industry, small-town life and a not-so-distant city connection. The Shoshone Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation occupy 289,819 acres, straddling the Nevada-Idaho border.

Culture is alive in Elko County. Every year, for thirty-six years now, the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering takes place in Elko. The gathering embraces its role as a “pilgrimage destination for thousands of ranch folk and others who love the West and come to learn and experience art that grows from a connection to the rhythms of earth and sky.”5 Throughout the rest of the year, the Western Folklife Center also hosts private events, dances, and art exhibits.

County Fair boots in Elko County, NevadaThis rural county, growing in population, represents the type of small-town life that balances the community and the individual, and business and recreation.

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


Elko County NEAP

County Engagement
July 17, 2019 Introduction to NEAP-Presentation to Board of County Commissioners Elko
Nov. 7, 2019 Community Engagement-Asset Gathering Sessions Elko
Technical Reports
Nevada Economic Assessment Project Socioeconomic Baseline Report Elko County, Nevada
Results from the Community Asset Survey: Elko County, Nevada
Fact Sheets
Demographic Characteristics for Elko County, Nevada    
Economic Characteristics for Elko County, Nevada    
Land Use and Fiscal Characteristics for Elko County, Nevada    
Industry Top Performers for Elko County, Nevada    
Social Characteristics for Elko County, Nevada    
Community Assets for Elko County, Nevada    
Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) to Nevada Counties in 2021: Elko County    
Elko County Community Asset Survey.  This survey was open from Nov. 15, 2019 to Feb. 23, 2020

Special Thanks

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

  • Elko County Commission
  • Office of the County Manager
  • Residents of Elko County