2019 Carson City Relocation Guide | NVGemme Real Estate Real Estate
Home Means Nevada
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Bird: Mountain Bluebird
Tree: Bristlecone Pine
Mammal: Desert Bighorn Sheep
Capital: Carson City
Entered the Union: October 31, 1864 (36th)
Origin of Name: Spanish for “snow-covered”
State Motto: All for Our Country
State Nicknames: Sagebrush State • Silver State • Battle Born State
State Song: “Home Means Nevada”
National Forests: 2 • State Parks: 23
Famous for: Gambling, Lake Tahoe, Reno, Las Vegas, Gold & Silver Mining, Wild Mustangs, Outdoor Recreation
- Nevada was made famous by the 1859 discovery of the Comstock Lode, the richest known U.S. silver deposit.
- Nevada is the largest gold-producing state in the nation. It is second in the world behind South Africa.
- Nevada is the gambling and entertainment capital of the United States.
- Las Vegas has more hotel rooms than any other place on earth.
- Most of the state is desert, but the Sierra Nevada mountain range near Reno and the Ruby Mountains near Elko have
snow for half the year.
- Nevada has more mountain ranges than any other state, with its highest point at the 13,145 foot top of
Boundary Peak near the west-central border.
- About 150 couples get married in Las Vegas each day.
- In 1899 Charles Fey invented the slot machine named the Liberty Bell. In 1999 Nevada had 205,726 slot machines, one for
every ten residents.
History of Carson City
Carson City was founded in 1858 by pioneer Abraham “Abe” Curry and took its name from the nearby
Carson River; named for early frontiersman Kit Carson. Following the organization of Nevada
Territory in 1861, Carson City was designated as the territorial capital and the county seat of Ormsby County.
In 1864 President Abraham Lincoln granted statehood to Nevada, and Carson City was selected as the state
capital. Founder Abe Curry saw the capital building erected on the site he had set aside for that purpose 13 years
earlier. The capitol was built at the cost of approximately $168,000. The limestone walls were quarried at the nearby
state prison, and the building was estimated to weigh over 18 million pounds. The Capitol is open to the public, and a free history exhibit about the construction is on the second floor.
Carson City became the seat of local, territorial, and state government, as well as growing into a thriving
center of commerce and industry following the discovery of silver at Virginia City. In 1870, the Virginia &
Truckee Short Line Railroad was completed from Virginia City to Carson City and transported rich silver ore
from the mines. Two years later the line was extended to Reno, where it connected with the
transcontinental Central Pacific Railway. The Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson houses many
restored trains of the famous V&T Railroad.
In 1879 a branch of the United States Mint was established in Carson City to strike coins from the
Comstock Lode silver. Abraham Curry served as the mint’s first superintendent. The mint building now stands as
the Nevada State Museum.
Welcome to Carson City, the capital of Nevada. While approaching the 55,000 population mark, Carson City
still has a look and feel of a real hometown. This is a community where neighbors know neighbors, and
where the bleachers are full at the Friday night high school football games.
While enjoying dynamic growth, Carson City has managed to maintain it’s unique personality by blending the
new with the old. Carson City is a community rich in economics, culture, tourism, and educational
resources, and offers a blend of further development with tradition and history. A pleasant climate, growing
employment, a myriad of recreational opportunities, Nevada-style entertainment and a quality community
lifestyle all combine to make Carson City a great place to live, work and play!
Current Population Carson City: 54,742 (2016)
Median Home Price: $415,000
Median Home Rental: $1,500/mo
Business and Gaming
When people think of Nevada, they think of gambling. However,
over the last couple of decades, Reno and Sparks have become
much more than just gaming cities. With many prominent
corporations residing in the area, INC Magazine rated Reno and the
sixth best spot to do business for a mid-sized city.
Nevada Tax Structure
Nevada’s tax structure continues to be one of the least burdensome
in the country, allowing both business and employees to flourish.
Regions largest non-gaming employers:
1. Washoe County School District
2. University of Nevada, Reno
3. Washoe County
4. Renown Medical
5. International Game Technology
Reno-Sparks Largest Industry Sectors:
1. Wholesale Trade, Transportation & Utilities
2. Leisure & Hospitality
3. Accommodation and Food Service
5. Professional & Business Services
6. Educational and Health Services
7. Retail Trade
8. Goods Producing
9. Local Government
10. Casino Hotels
Additional Advantages of Doing Business in
Stockholders, directors, and officers need not live or hold
meetings in Nevada
Directors need not be stockholders
Officers and directors of a Nevada Corporation can be protected
from personal liability for lawful acts of the corporation
Nevada corporation may purchase, hold, sell or transfer shares of
US Best States for Doing Business:
The state of Nevada ranked #9 Chief Executives’ annual survey asked
over 600 CEOS to grade each state on the following criteria:
Taxation & Regulation
Courtesy of EDAWN
City of Carson City – www.carson.org
Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce – www.carsonvalleynv.org
Carson City Convention & Visitor’s Bureau – www.visitcarsoncity.com
Carson Tahoe Regional Healthcare – www.carsontahoe.com
Northern Nevada Development Authority – www.nnda.org
Essential Health Benefits – www.nevadahealthlink.com
Department of Taxation – http://tax.nv.gov
State of Nevada – http://nv.gov
Job Opportunities in Nevada – www.join.org
Nevada Association of Employers – www.nae-online.org
Nevada Secretary of State – www.nvsos.gov
City of Reno – www.reno.gov
City of Sparks – www.cityofsparks.us
CC School District:
The Carson City School District’s long history has opened many doors to academic achievement for our community’s
young people. The district serves 3,890 kindergartens through fifth-grade students at six neighborhood elementary schools.
Two middle schools for grades six through eight serve 2,180 students. These schools provide increased learning for all
children through the standards-based curriculum and integrated technology systems.
Carson High School is a comprehensive four-year school with a population of 2,574 students, and a faculty and staff of 208.
The high school offers many programs to allow students to extend themselves beyond the general curriculum. The school
has one of the most beautiful culinary arts and audio/visual programs around.
The Jim Reynolds High Tech Center at the high school is used in conjunction with Western Nevada Community College
and houses 250 state of the art personal computers. The facility was designed for high school and college level use
and enabled the schools to offer extensive computer training classes to bring relevance to in-course offerings.
How To Register:
medical information for their child before the start of the new school year. Our school sites need the most up to date family, address,
phone, medical information, and permission from parents for students so that they can participate in field trips, have
photographs of them participating in school functions published, and participate in other school functions.
Carson City is located at the intersection of two major highway corridors. US Highway 395 and Highway 50
provide easy access to major western markets. While there is no rail service in Carson City; Southern Pacific,
Union Pacific and Amtrak services are available in the Reno/Sparks area.
Carson City Airport is located 1.5 miles north of the city’s central business district.
The airport is a public facility serving the general aviation needs of the area. The airport has a 5,900-foot runway,
complemented by a full parallel taxiway. Hanger space, tie-down, fuel, and other services are available. Carson City
The airport is not a major passenger plane facility, accessible mostly by small aircraft. However, the Reno-Tahoe
International Airport is only 30 miles away in Reno. Greyhound offers regional bus service through Carson City
and the Pride bus system offers daily commuter services between Reno, Carson City, and other rural communities.
JAC, Just Around Carson, also offers local bus service. Truck freight, taxi services, and rental car
service are also available locally.
Things To Do
Carson City sits in the center of one of the most scenic and historic areas in the country, making it the perfect
starting point for sightseeing. Carson City ranks among the smallest in the United States, but you wouldn’t know it
from all the action around town.
Rich historic offerings, endlessly entertaining casinos and world-class golf, draw visitors from around the globe, as
does Carson City’s prominent position on Nevada’s map. Carson City serves as the hub of the wagon wheel for
site-seers and adventure-seekers. From the Capitol building at the center of downtown, visitors are just a stone’s
throw away from Lake Tahoe to the west, Virginia City to the east, Reno to the north and Genoa to the south.
Skiers and snowboarders come to Carson City to stay warm but are within a few minutes drive of several ski
resorts. History buffs can take a break from the museums and working locomotives in Carson City and make
their way to Virginia City to step back in time to a frontier mining mecca captured in its pristine state.
In addition to in-town fun, Carson City is the hub of the wagon wheel for day trips. Take in the beauty of Lake
Tahoe, the hustle and bustle of Reno and the old west flavor of Virginia City each within a 35-minute drive!
You’ll find some habits are hard to break in the Old West. Horseback riding remains a popular activity for visitors
and it’s easy to understand why. Guided tours through the Mt. Rose Wilderness take riders through aspen groves,
meadows and pine forests complete with picturesque views of Mt. Rose.
Some say that the best views of Carson City are from the air. Hang gliding and hot air balloon rides are available
throughout the year, weather permitting. Many of the hot air balloon tours include a complete champagne brunch
after the flight.
Mild spring temperatures offer the option of skiing one of Lake Tahoe’s premier ski resorts in the morning and
hitting the golf course in the afternoon. Conveniently located 35-60 minutes from world-class skiing, Lake Tahoe
boasts 15 alpine and nine cross-country resorts. Heavenly, Mt Rose, Diamond Peak, and Kirkwood are all within a
short driving distance from Carson City.
In addition to exploring the fringes of Carson City, visitors can enjoy the town’s numerous parks and picnic
grounds. Many of the parks have lighted tennis courts, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, athletic fields and
Wilderness enthusiasts will find plenty of outdoors activities at nearby Spooner Lake and Washoe Lake State Park.
Spooner Lake is located approximately 15 miles from Carson City on U.S. Highway 28 and is recognized as one of
the most diverse ecosystems in the area. A 1.75-mile dirt path encircles the lake and is marked by interpretive signs
that explain the animal and plant life found at Spooner Lake. An occasional sighting of bald eagles and osprey
make the area popular with birdwatchers. Spooner Lake is also Nevada’s only catch and release fishery.
Nevada Day is a grand celebration commemorating our admission to statehood on October 31, 1864. Carson City
embraces the rich history with a variety of events suited for the entire family, including food, fireworks, and music.
Ghost Walk– Spring/Fall
The city’s historic past comes to life during the Ghost Walk which is held every spring/fall. The guided walking
tour along Kit Carson Trail features 1800s Victorian-style homes and costumed docents. Some of the stops in the
tour include Ferris Mansion, Orion Clemens House, Rinckel Mansion and Lee House.
This is a living history weekend which includes activities such as Native American Village, Civil War Encampment,
TNT Stage lines, Nevada Gunfighters Show and much more!
Silver Dollar Car Classic
The Silver Dollar classic is hosted at Mills Park in Carson City in July. The park will handle around 400 vehicles
and there will be many other exciting activities which include great food, entertainment, and a poker run!
Polar Express Carson City
A ride with Santa aboard the historic Virginia & Truckee Railroad equipment will help get the holiday off on the
right track. Come dressed in your pajamas and get ready for a ride to the North Pole where Santa will be waiting!
Nevada State Parks
Camping, fishing, hiking, swimming, nature study, star-gazing—not your thing? How about mountain biking, horseback riding,
boating, water skiing, snowshoeing, ice-skating? Choose your favorite outdoor activity and Nevada State Parks will provide a
place for it. Nevada’s 23 state parks, recreation areas, and historic sites are stretched across terrains as diverse as alpine forests and
bone-dry deserts. Among them are natural lakes and man-made reservoirs, such as world-famous, 22 miles long Lake Tahoe or the
much smaller Echo Canyon and its 35-acre reservoir.
Other parks provide glimpses into the past. Valley of Fire is one of the state’s oldest, with 3,000-year-old petroglyphs carved in
sandstone and breathtaking views of the maroon-colored rock formations created during the age of the dinosaurs. Mormon station in Genoa and the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort feature replicas of 19th-century fortifications and visitor centers explaining
Many campgrounds and RV facilities are open all year, depending on the weather – you can even stay in a yurt at Cave Lake State
Park near Ely. Trailheads are well marked, and facilities at many parks include RV dump stations, showers and day use facilities for
groups. For more information on Off-highway Vehicles (OHV) registration, go to the Department of Motor Vehicles at dmvnv.com.
- Beaver Dam State Park
- Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park
- Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area
- Cathedral Gorge State Park
- Cave Lake State Park
- Dayton State Park
- Echo Canyon State Park
- Elgin Schoolhouse State Historic Site
- Fort Churchill State Historic Site
- Fort Churchill State Historic Park
- Kershaw-Ryan State Park
- Lahontan State Recreation Area
- Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park
- Mormon Station State Historic Park
- Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park
- Rye Patch State Recreation Area
- South Fork State Recreation Area
- Spring Mountain Ranch State Park
- Spring Valley State Park
- Valley of Fire State Park
- Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park
- Washoe Lake State Park
- Wild Horse State Recreation Park
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