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Elko County

Elko County court houseElko County is the second-largest county by area in Nevada, and the fourth-largest in the United States. At 17,203 square miles, such an open space provides Elko citizens and passersby a varied landscape of mountains, hills, valleys, ranch and rangeland. The cold season averages between below zero to 25 F, while the hot season averages 79 F. Midway between Reno and Salt Lake City, and bordering Idaho and Utah, Elko County is seated perfectly for a blend of rural industry, small town life and a not-so-distant city connection. The Shoshone Paiute Tribes of Duck Valley Reservation occupy 289,819 acres, straddling the Nevada-Idaho border.

History tells us that “Sixty years ago Lowell Thomas called Elko ‘the last real Cowtown in the American West,’ and until about 15 years ago that was still a good thumbnail description.” Today agriculture and recreational fishing and hunting is still prevalent in Elko County, although it has decreased in total jobs. Meanwhile, mining and oil/gas extraction, along with even retail trade, have offered an increase in jobs in recent years, as well as billions of dollars in gold and silver mining production alone.

Elko County NEAP

County Engagement
July 17, 2019 Introduction to NEAP Elko
Nov. 7, 2019 Overview of NEAP Elko
Nov. 7, 2019 Elko Community Engagement Elko
Technical Reports
Nevada Economic Assessment Project Socioeconomic Baseline Report Elko County, Nevada
Fact Sheets
Demographic Characteristics for Elko County, Nevada
Economic Characteristics for Elko County, Nevada
Land Use and Fiscal Characteristics for Elko County, Nevada
NAICS Top Performers for Elko County, Nevada
Social Characteristics for Elko County, Nevada
Current Articles
Elko Community Assets Survey
Surveys
Elko County Community Asset Survey  This survey was open from Nov. 15, 2019 to Feb. 23, 2020

Special Thanks

The NEAP team would like to give our thanks to following members of the Lincoln County Community who have assisted us in this process.

  • Elko County Commission
  • Office of the County Manager
  • Residents of Elko County

Learn more about the program contributor(s)

Buddy Borden
Program Leader & Contact
Thomas Harris
Program Leader & Contact
Joseph Lednicky
Program Leader & Contact
Marlene Rebori
Program Leader & Contact

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Demographic Characteristics for Elko County, Nevada
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Economic Characteristics for Elko County, Nevada
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Borden, B., Thomas, L., Lednicky, J., Baker-Tingey, J. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno
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Land Use and Fiscal Characteristics for Elko County, Nevada
The project focuses on providing Nevada’s counties, state and federal agencies, and their partners with quantitative and qualitative baseline data and analyses to better understand the counties’ demographic, social, economic, fiscal, and environmental characteristics, trends, and impacts.
Borden, B., Thomas, L., Lednicky, J., Baker-Tingey, J. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno
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Nevada Economic Assessment Project Socioeconomic Baseline Report Elko County, Nevada
This report will be used by local, state, and federal agencies as a tool for future planning, aiming to assist the communities of Nevada. It will help readers understand their community’s social, demographic, economic, and environmental trends.
B. Borden, J. Lednicky, M. Rebori, L. Thomas, J. Baker-Tingey 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
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North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Top Performers for Elko County, Nevada
The project focuses on providing Nevada’s counties, state and federal agencies, and their partners with quantitative and qualitative baseline data and analyses to better understand the counties’ demographic, social, economic, fiscal, and environmental characteristics, trends, and impacts.
Borden, B., Thomas, L., Lednicky, J., Baker-Tingey, J. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno
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Social Characteristics for Elko County, Nevada
The project focuses on providing Nevada’s counties, state and federal agencies, and their partners with quantitative and qualitative baseline data and analyses to better understand the counties’ demographic, social, economic, fiscal, and environmental characteristics, trends, and impacts.
Borden, B., Thomas, L., Lednicky, J., Baker-Tingey, J. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno