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January 17, 2008

Nevada Snapshot

Original Article

Nevada in Focus: Census Bureau Pre-Caucus Snapshot

Nevada’s population of 2.5 million grew 28.4 percent between 2000 and 2007, making it the nation’s fastest-growing state. The U.S. population grew by 7.2 percent during that same time period.

The next stop in the presidential primary season, Nevada has a higher percentage of Hispanics, a higher median household income and a faster-growing population than the nation as a whole, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics.

These and other statistics about Nevada’s population at the state and local levels on topics ranging from language spoken to commute times can be found in the American FactFinder section of the Census Bureau Web site <http://factfinder.census.gov/>.

Highlights include the following:

Selected Characteristics Nevada U.S.
Population change: 2000-2007 28.4% 7.2%
Median age 35.5 36.4
Women 49.2% 50.7%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino 58.9% 66.4%
Black alone 7.9% 12.8%
Hispanic 24.4% 14.8%
Median household income $52,998 $48,451
Foreign born 19.1% 12.5%
Persons below poverty 10.3% 13.3%
Bachelor’s degree or higher (age 25+) 20.8% 27.0%
Median home value $315,200 $185,200

Source: U.S Census Bureau Total Population Estimates (2007), State Population Estimates by Characteristics (2006), American Community Survey (2006).

Nevada’s caucus is Jan. 19. About 59 percent of Nevada’s voting-age citizens cast a ballot in the 2004 general election, one of the lowest percentages in the country. The national figure was 64 percent. More information can be found at Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2004 at <http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/voting.html>.