Nevada is a state located in the western United States , best known for its widespread legalization of gambling and gaming industry.
Nevada 's nickname is "The Silver State" or "The Sagebrush State", and the state's motto is "All for Our Country".
Nevada has borders with Oregon and Idaho to the north; California to the west; Arizona to the southeast; and Utah to the east. The border with Arizona includes the Colorado River and Hoover Dam .
It is in a mountainous region that includes semiarid grasslands, lush alpine forests, and sandy deserts, and is the most arid state in the nation. The northern and central portions of Nevada are mostly within the Great Basin Desert , while portions of the southern tip are within the Mojave Desert .
Mining shaped Nevada 's economy for many years. In the late 19th century , the Comstock Lode played out, and Nevada went into a tailspin. There was even talk of stripping away statehood, the only time in American history such an action was discussed in Congress. However, the rich silver strike at Tonopah in 1900 helped save the state. This was soon followed by strikes in Goldfield and Rhyolite in the following years. These strikes lasted well into the 1910s and made Nevada a dominant player in mining once again.
Over 87% of the land is owned by the Federal Government. The primary reason for this is that homesteads were not permitted in large enough sizes to be viable in the arid conditions that prevail throughout Nevada . Instead, early settlers would homestead land surrounding a water source, and then graze livestock on the adjacent public land, which is useless for agriculture without access to water (this pattern of ranching still prevails). The deficiencies in the Homestead Act as applied to Nevada were probably due to a lack of understanding of the Nevada environment, although some firebrands (so-called "Sagebrush Rebels") maintain that it was due to pressure from mining interests to keep land out of the hands of common folk.
According to the Census Bureau, as of 2005, Nevada has an estimated population of 2,414,807, which is an increase of 81,909, or 3.5%, from the prior year and an increase of 416,550, or 20.8%, since the year 2000. This includes a natural increase since the last census of 81,661 people (that is 170,451 births minus 88,790 deaths) and an increase due to net migration of 337,043 people into the state. Immigration from outside the United States resulted in a net increase of 66,098 people, and migration within the country produced a net increase of 270,945 people.
Nevada is the fastest growing state in the country. Many people from California are now getting interested in investing in acreage in Nevada . Large property in the country is getting harder to find reasonable prices all the time. This is a great investment. Northern Nevada is a beautiful and increasingly desired place to live. As population rises and cities become increasingly crowded, people are moving to safer and cleaner places to live and to raise families. In the future, land will be seen as a very precious resource. Land p roperty in Nevada is a great investment considering not low price offered at the market.