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A state in the western, mountain west, and southwestern regions of the United States

  • Nevada is the 35th most populous, and the 9th least densely populated of United States.
  • It is the seventh largest state with 110,540 square miles, 85% of them federally owned including the secret Area 51 near the little town of Rachel.
  • Over two-thirds of Nevada's people live in the Las Vegas metropolitan area, which contains its three largest incorporated cities.
  • Its capital is the Carson City.
  • It is largely desert and semiarid, with much of it located within the Great Basin.
  • The name Nevada is derived from the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains, which means "snow-capped mountain range" in Spanish.
  • The tourism industry is Nevada's largest employer.
  • Nevada is the largest gold-producing state in the nation. It is second in the world behind South Africa.
  • It is officially known as the "Silver State" due to the importance of silver to its history and economy.
  • It is also known as the "Battle Born State" because it achieved statehood during the Civil War and the "Sagebrush State" for the native eponymous plant.
  • Nevada and California have by far the longest diagonal line (in respect to the cardinal directions) as a state boundary at just over 400 miles (640 km).
  • It is the driest state in the US.
  • Several United States Navy ships have been named USS Nevada in honor of the state.
  • There were 16,067 slot machines in Nevada in 1960. In 1999 Nevada had 205,726 slot, one for every 10 residents.
  • The ichthyosaur is the official state fossil.
  • Nevada's smallest incorporated city is Gabbs located about 140 miles southeast of Reno. However, it was disincorporated on May 8, 2001.
  • Nevada is the only state with an entire museum devoted to the life and time of entertainer Liberace.
  • The only Nevada lake with an outlet to the sea is man made Lake Mead.
  • Virginia City is the home of the Nevada Gambling Museum.
  • Sagebrush is the state flower.
  • It is the only state to possess a complete skeleton -- approximately 55 feet long -- of an ichthyosaur, an extinct marine reptile.
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