Nevada (US State) – The Best Guide, Must Knows & Fun Facts

Petr Novák

Nevada is located in the western United States, most of the state is covered by the Mojave Desert, and so residents live mostly in cities. The largest is Las Vegas, nicknamed Sin City, which is the center of Nevada’s tourism industry. Gold production plays an important role, with Nevada being the world’s fourth largest gold processor.

Nevada (US State) – The Best Guide, Must Knows & Fun Facts

Map of Nevada / Where is Nevada?

Table of Contents
  1. Basic Information about Nevada
  2. What to See in the State of Nevada
  3. Fun Facts about Nevada
  4. Nevada Weather
  5. Largest Cities in Nevada
  6. Food Prices in Nevada
  7. State Symbols of Nevada

Basic Information about Nevada

  • State Name: Nevada
  • State Abbreviation: NV
  • Capital: Carson City
  • Largest City: Las Vegas
  • Area: 286,367 km2 (7th largest U.S. state)
  • Population: 3,080,156 (33rd highest in the U.S.)
  • Time Zone: PST (UTC-8), PDT (UTC-7) in the summer, with the city of West Wendover always an hour ahead of the rest of the state
  • More Information: Speed Limits in Nevada, Current Time in Nevada, Minimum Wage in Nevada

Fun Facts about Nevada

Date of Nevada’s entry into the Union

October 31, 1864 (36th in order)

State of Nevada nickname

Silver State

Nevada’s tallest mountain

Boundary Peak (4,007 metres)

Rivers in Nevada

  1. Colorado River (2,330 km)
  2. Owyhee River (557 km)
  3. Humboldt River (530 km)
  4. Amargosa River (298 km)
  5. Reese River (291 km)

Airports in Nevada

  1. Las Vegas McCarran International Airport
  2. Reno/Tahoe International Airport
  3. Boulder City Munincipal Airport
  4. North Las Vegas Airport
  5. Elko Regional Airport

Nevada Sports Teams

  • NFL (American football): Las Vegas Raiders
  • MLB (baseball): no team
  • MLS (football): no team
  • NHL (ice hockey): Vegas Golden Knights
  • NBA (basketball): no team

Universities in Nevada

  • University of Nevada
  • Touro University Nevada

ZIP Codes


Weather in Nevada | Average Temperatures in Nevada | Average Precipitation in Nevada

Nevada Weather

Nevada is the driest state in the US due to its desert coverage, with daily temperatures rarely ever exceeding 50°C. At night, on the other hand, it drops tens of degrees below freezing.

Winters in the north of the state tend to be long and cold, while southern Nevada experiences relatively short and mild winters.

Current Forecasts:

Largest Cities in Nevada

# City Population Map
1 Las Vegas 583,756 Show on Map
2 Henderson 257,729 Show on Map
3 Reno 225,221 Show on Map
4 Paradise 223,167 Show on Map
5 North Las Vegas 216,961 Show on Map
6 Sunrise Manor 189,372 Show on Map
7 Spring Valley 178,395 Show on Map
8 Enterprise 108,481 Show on Map
9 Sparks 90,264 Show on Map
10 Carson City 55,274 Show on Map

Food Prices in Nevada

  • McDonalds Restaurant McMeal prices: $8.00
  • Restaurant draft beer (0.5L): $6.00
  • Cappuccino in restaurant: $4.47
  • Coca-Cola in restaurant (0.33 l): $1.89
  • Milk (1 l): $0.82
  • Bread (500 g): $2.63
  • Rice (1 kg): $3.04
  • Egg (12 pcs): $1.95
  • Cheese (1 kg): $11.08
  • Boneless chicken breast (1 kg): $5.86
  • Beef Loin (1 kg): $13.08
  • Apples (1 kg): $3.48
  • Bananas (1 kg): $1.55
  • Oranges (1 kg): $2.71
  • Tomatoes (1 kg): $3.47
  • Potatoes (1 kg): $2.29
  • Water (1.5 l bottle): $1.41
  • Bottle beer (0.5 l bottle): $1.87
  • Pack of Marlboro cigarettes: $7.99

Food prices in Las Vegas effective January 2021. Take these as a guide, prices vary widely from store to store. Tax is included in the price.

Nevada Flag | Nevada State Emblem

State Symbols of Nevada

  • Stone: Sandstone
  • Flower: clover
  • Mineral: silver
  • Plasma: desert tortoise
  • Bird: Mountain Sandpiper
  • Fish: Clark’s salmon
  • Tree: pine tree
  • Animal: fat-tailed sheep

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