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The proportion of whites was 76.2% in 2014, that of blacks 9.1%, Asians 8.3%, others 6.4%. 27.8% are Hispanic. Biggest cities are Las Vegas, Henderson and Reno.
Agriculture is dependent on artificial irrigation and is of little importance (cattle and sheep farming, as well as the cultivation of potatoes and onions). Ore mining is still important (especially for gold, silver, copper, iron, mercury). The industry is essentially limited to ore smelting, the chemical industry and wood processing. Important economic drivers are tourism (Las Vegas, Reno) and gambling (legalized in 1931). Gambling taxes are a major source of income for the state. Other tourist attractions include Ghosttown Virginia City, Lake Mead, and Hoover Dam, both on the Arizona border, and Lake Tahoe and Death Valley, both on the California border. Important Air Force bases with Nellis Air Force Base and the Nevada Test Site. Yucca Mountain is under discussion as a storage facility for nuclear waste.
Nevada, part of New Spain during the colonial period, was ceded by Mexico to the USA by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848 and formed the western part of the Utah Territory since 1850. Only sparsely populated by Mormons since 1851, the area received strong influx from California as a result of rich gold discoveries (especially Comstock Lode). In 1861, Nevada was organized as a territory and on October 31, 1864, it became the 36th state in the Union.
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Department of Public Administration
Address: 4505 Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89154-6026
Phone: (702) 895-4828
Email: [email protected]