State of the State | Nevada
The state’s name comes from the Spanish word “nevada,” meaning “snow-covered.”
Nevada has more hotel rooms per capita than any other state, a total of nearly 190,000 rooms in 584 hotels with 15 rooms or more.
Nevada has no state, personal, or corporate income tax. The state sales tax ranges from 6.85 to 8.1 percent depending on various local-tax options.
The Oakland Raiders of the NFL will become the Las Vegas Raiders in 2020 when the team moves to the $1.8 billion domed stadium now under construction in Paradise. The Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League already skate at the nearby T-Mobile Arena, while the Las Vegas Aces of the WNBA play at the Mandalay Bay Civic Center.
Nevada has more mountains than any other state except Alaska.
Nevada’s early development was spurred by the discovery of silver at the Comstock Lode in 1859. Nicknamed “The Silver State” after admission to the Union in 1864, it remains today the nation’s largest producer of that precious ore. Nevada is also America’s largest gold-producing state and ranks fourth in the entire world.
The U.S. government owns about 85% of Nevada’s 110,540 square miles, including the famous Area 51 top-secret military zone.
Nevada Governor Fred Balzar signed the bill legalizing gambling in March 1931. The Pair-O-Dice Club opened soon thereafter as the first casino on Highway 91, better known today as the Las Vegas Strip. More than 40 million people now visit the city every year, and Clark County around Las Vegas is home to two of every three Nevadans.
Blue jeans were invented by Jacob Davis, a tailor in Reno.
The border between Nevada and neighboring California includes two noteworthy natural features: Boundary Peak, the state’s highest point at 13,145 feet above sea level, and Lake Tahoe, North America’s highest alpine lake.
Famous native-born Nevadans include tennis star Andre Agassi, race car drivers Kurt and Kyle Busch, First Lady Pat Nixon, actor Nicolas Cage, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, writer Cecelia Holland, boxer Floyd Mayweather, and baseball stars Greg Maddux, Bryce Harper, and Kris Bryant.
Reno is Nevada’s 2nd-largest city and annually hosts The Great Reno Balloon Race, the National Championship Air Races, and the Hot August Nights car convention.
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