Douglas County

Douglas County is located directly south of Carson City, and about 40 minutes to the south of Reno. To the west lies South Lake Tahoe and Markleeville, both cities landing on the California Genoa Bar, Nevada's Oldest Barside of the border. In this same area, at the base of the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains, lies a beautiful view of Carson Valley, home to Gardnerville, Genoa, Minden and Topaz Lake. The county seat sits in Minden, where it has for over 100 years. At approximately 738 square miles, Douglas is home to rich history, outdoor recreation, and a community of 47,632 individuals (DETR, 2017). The US-50 takes you up the scenic western border of the county, while the US-395 takes you north and south from Gardnerville Ranchos up to Indian Hills.

Douglas was one of the nine original counties as part of the first Nevada Territorial Legislature. Its county seat then, Genoa, is the oldest permanent settlement in Nevada. It was settled in 1851, first known as Mormon Station, and as a part of a number of communities established as trading posts and centers for ranching and farming (see Parks and Recreation History of Douglas County). Genoa was also a popular stop for supplies and goods for those traveling west during the historic gold rush.

For a more in-depth look at what makes Douglas County a community, you can find the full read the full Douglas County Cultural Overview.

Douglas 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.

Douglas County NEAP

County Engagement
Dec. 9, 2020 Introduction to NEAP Minden, NV
Technical Reports
Socioeconomic Baseline Report: Douglas County, Nevada
Fact Sheets
Demographic Characteristics for Douglas County, Nevada
Economic Characteristics for Douglas County, Nevada
Land Use and Fiscal Characteristics for Douglas County, Nevada
Industry Top Performers for Douglas County, Nevada
Social Characteristics for Douglas County, Nevada
Current Articles
Douglas County Community Asset Survey

Special Thanks

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

  • Douglas County Commission
  • Office of the County Manager
  • Residents of Douglas County
  • Office of Economic Development and Vitality

Meet the NEAP team

Buddy Borden
Program Leader & Contact
Thomas Harris
Program Leader & Contact
Joseph Lednicky
Program Leader & Contact
Marlene Rebori
Program Leader & Contact
Mike Bindrup
Program Contact
Alec Bowman
Program Contact
Lindsay Chichester
Program Contact

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