We are Nevada’s state capital and the center to all the Sierra region has to offer. According to “The Rating Guide to Life in America’s Small Cities,” we are ranked at the 19th best “micropolitan” area in the U.S. The city encompasses over 146 square miles (371.8 kilometers) with 31.9 square kilometers of surface water. We sit at 4,687 feet above sea level, 39.14 degrees north of the equator, and 119.74 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Carson City is located in a protected valley surrounded on all sides by mountains featuring the dramatic peaks of the Sierra Nevada to the west and south. The city is located 30 minutes east of Lake Tahoe, 30 minutes south of Reno, 20 minutes west of Virginia City and 25 minutes north of Minden and Gardnerville in Carson Valley, truly the center of it all!
Carson City continues to enjoy dynamic growth, yet has managed to maintain its unique personality by blending the new with the old. Our community is rich in history, economics, culture, tourism, the arts and educational resources.
A Mild, Four-Season Climate
Carson City enjoys four mild seasons. The sun shines an average of 266 days per year. Our beautiful clear skies always provide continual drama offering wind swept clouds and dramatic sunrises and sunsets. The winters may bring an average of 22.2 inches of snow, much of it melting almost immediately. If it’s more snow you want, Lake Tahoe is but 30 minutes away. Our summers are dry and generally breezy, making even the hottest temperatures bearable. The spring is always beautiful and the fall is ablaze in beautiful hues of yellow as aspens and cottonwoods prepare for the winter. Ours is a high desert climate. For those who have pets, our climate and elevation is not conducive to fleas.
Average annual snowfall 22.2 inches
Average annual rainfall 11.8 inches
Average high temperature (summer) 89 degrees F
Average low temperature (winter) 19 degrees F
Average growing season 123 days
Average yearly days of sunshine 266 days
As our population continues to grow, we find more ethnicity among our residents. Currently, the ethnic mix in Carson City is as follows:
White 68 percent
Hispanic 16 percent
Black 2 percent
Asian 2 percent
Other 12 percent
Median Age: 40.2 years (26 percent of the population is between the ages of 25-44.)
Median Income: $45,608