Nevada Education and State Information

Silver's importance to Nevada's history and economy earned it the nickname 'Silver State'. Nevada has approximately a dozen colleges and universities, including the University of Nevada and Touro University Nevada.

Information about Nevada

Much of Nevada is desert, including parts of the famed Mojave Desert, which is located in the southern part of the state. Almost 75 percent of Nevada's residents live in Clark County, which includes the cities of Las Vegas, Paradise and Henderson, among others. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the state's population at almost 2.9 million in 2015, a seven percent increase over its 2010 census numbers.

Nevada has a thriving tourist industry, based in part on the casinos of Las Vegas and Reno. Additionally, Lake Tahoe, located along the California-Nevada border, hosts numerous ski resorts. Water sports, including boating, parasailing and SCUBA diving, are the dominant outdoor activities from spring to fall. Hiking and biking also are popular activities in the Lake Tahoe area.

Nevada Educational Opportunities

The College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas is the largest nonprofit postsecondary school in the state, with nearly 36,000 students as of Fall 2014. This public college has bachelor's degree programs in dental hygiene, clinical laboratory science and medical laboratory science, but it primarily awards certificates and associate's degrees. Other public schools in the state include the University of Nevada's Las Vegas and Reno campuses, as well as Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno and Western Nevada College in Carson City.

Private nonprofit schools in Nevada include Roseman University of Health Sciences in Henderson, Touro University Nevada in Henderson and Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village.

Nevada Economy

Major industries in Nevada include tourism, mining, manufacturing, and logistics. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of March 2016, the industry with the second-most employment was trade, transportation, and utilities, with about 245,000 jobs. The number one area was leisure and hospitality, with nearly 344,000 jobs. The unemployment rate for the entire state was 5.8%.

Some of the largest employers in the state include MGM Resorts, Caesars, Station Casinos, and Wynn Resorts. Also, the Valley Health System held approximately 5,300 employees, while St. Rose Dominican Hospitals housed nearly 3,350 employees.


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