Humboldt County is the oldest county in Nevada, described in Thompson and West's book "History of Nevada" as having “alkali plains, covered in part with scattering sage-brush, with Humboldt County Courthousenow and then a tuft of bunch-grass.” Bordering Oregon and near California and Idaho, today the Humboldt high desert is mostly characterized by flat valleys and abrupt mountain elevations, with views to wildflower, sagebrush, meadows and even sand dunes. This geographic backdrop and history in the west lends Humboldt County to being part self-reliant and part community-driven.

In Humboldt County, summer days are hot, and at night the temperature drops. In the winter, lows average around 16 F. The county averages 18 inches of snow. While the county was originally named for the Humboldt River, it is currently made up of less than 0.1% water. 

As the county seat, Winnemucca, together with its surrounding area, is a very involved community. Annual events are hosted that draw people from across the country. The Annual Basque Festival celebrates the region’s very prominent Basque culture, which both historically and to this day plays a huge role in the county’s leadership and industry. 

A glance at a satellite map proves Humboldt County’s Main street in Winnemucca, Nevadaself-reliant solidarity, with its patches of farmland in-between the interstates and the off-roads. However, Humboldt County is more than just a spot on the map. Its citizens are active community participants, and daily involvement proves the region’s relation to the rest of the state and nation.

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


Humboldt County NEAP

County Engagement
July 22, 2019 Introduction to NEAP-Presentation to Board of County Commissioners Winnemucca
Nov. 4, 2019 Overview of NEAP Winnemucca
Nov. 5, 2019 Community Engagement-Asset Gathering Sessions Winnemucca
Technical Reports
Socioeconomic Baseline Report: Humboldt County, Nevada    
Social, Economic and Fiscal Impact Assessment for New Lithium Operations in Humboldt County, Nevada    
Humboldt Housing Needs Assessment    
Results from the Community Asset Survey: Humboldt County, Nevada    
Estimated Economic and Fiscal Impacts from New Lithium Mining and Processing Operations    
Fact Sheets
Demographic Characteristics for Humboldt County, Nevada    
Economic Characteristics for Humboldt, Nevada    
Land Use and Fiscal Characteristics for Humboldt, Nevada    
Industry Top Performers for Humboldt, Nevada    
Social Characteristics for Humboldt, Nevada    
Community Assets for Humboldt, Nevada    
Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) to Nevada Counties in 2021: Humboldt County    
Current Articles
Humboldt 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 Humboldt County Community who have assisted us in this process.

  • Humboldt County Commission
  • Office of the County Manager
  • Residents of Humboldt County
  • Humboldt Development Authority