Eureka County

Eureka County, located in central Nevada, is a high desert, mining and agricultural community surrounded by mountain ranges, farmland and natural resources including clean air, wildlife, gold, silver and several other base minerals, oil and gas.

Eureka Diamond Mountains in Eureka, NevadaA growing county, Eureka is home to citizens actively engaged in community involvement. Between the highly ranked school district, the libraries, the senior centers, the historic Opera House and the participation in community organizations including the Eureka Lions Club, Eureka County 4-H and FFA, Eureka finds itself a county of self-reliance and interconnectivity. In addition to rural stability, the county maintains a transparent online presence. Eureka employment opportunities are routinely posted online, alongside updates from the County Commission newsletter "Plain Talk." A huge tell in transparency came during the COVID-19 pandemic, when relevant community resources continued to be relayed throughout 2020 on the county’s website.

All together, Eureka, with its three towns, exemplifies rural life. Population may be sparse and spread out, but pride, reliance and a shared history unite the county. Energy is produced near Beowawe along Highway 80. The town of Eureka is the largest population area and is also the county seat. It is located on Highway 50 at the southern edge of the county. Here, decisions are made, and out in central Nevada, it would be hard to top such a town’s nickname: “The Friendliest Town on the Loneliest Road in America.”

Every year, the town of Eureka hosts the Eureka County Fair. There’s a Ranch Hand rodeo, exhibit halls, 4-H livestock and project exhibits, family games and good food with lots of family and community fun. Additionally, the Eureka Opera House hosts regular evening shows exhibiting a variety of western singers and artists, an annual fiddlers contest and a paranormal event drawn to the unique historical events above and below ground in the and around the town of Eureka. There are also many major community events, including Basque picnics, chili cook-offs, and Cowboy Poetry gatherings in nearby Elko or White Pine counties. Rural Nevadans are used to driving hundreds of miles for groceries, supplies and recreation, so once acclimated to the lifestyle, the sense of community expands beyond the town and county boundaries. Based on the county activity it is evident that Eureka is a community of solidarity: the involved school district, the involved Sheriff’s Office, the love for outdoor recreation and the many testimonials from citizens who have lived there for two, five, ten, thirty-plus years.

Eureka County Community Assets Survey

This survey is one component of the broader Nevada Economic Assessment Project. The project compiles socioeconomic baseline data for every county in Nevada for the purpose of assisting local governments in land-use project planning, grant-writing and policy assessment. Data is compiled from sources such as U.S. Census Data and the Bureau of Economic Analysis to show economic trends and opportunities. However, we also need information gathered from community residents themselves. This survey is designed to gather your valuable input about what are the strengths (i.e., assets) in your community.

Eureka County NEAP

County Engagement
Dec. 7, 2020 Introduction to NEAP Eureka
Technical Reports
Socioeconomic Baseline Report: Eureka County, Nevada
Fact Sheets
Demographic Characteristics for Eureka County, Nevada
Economic Characteristics for Eureka County, Nevada
Land Use and Fiscal Characteristics for Eureka County, Nevada
NAICS Top Performers for Eureka County, Nevada
Social Characteristics for Eureka County, Nevada
Current Articles
Eureka County Community Assets Survey

Special Thanks

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

  • Eureka County Commission
  • Eureka County Staff
  • Eureka Sentinel Museum
  • Eureka Business Network
  • Residents of Eureka County

Meet the NEAP team

Buddy Borden
Program Leader & Contact
Thomas Harris
Program Leader & Contact
Joseph Lednicky
Program Leader & Contact
Marlene Rebori
Program Leader & Contact
Gary McCuin
Program Contact

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