A look at Nevada, home of the Feb. 4 GOP caucus

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Posted: Feb 04, 2012 3:45 AM
A look at Nevada, home of the Feb. 4 GOP caucus

A profile of Nevada, site of the Republican caucus on Feb. 4:


Population: 2,700,551


Median age: 36.3

Percentage of population 65 and over: 12 percent


66.2 percent white, 26.5 percent Hispanic or Latino origin, 8.1 percent black, 7.2 percent Asian


Language other than English spoken at home: 28.6 percent


High school graduate or higher: 84.7 percent

Bachelor's degree or higher: 21.7 percent


Median household income: $51,001

Families below poverty level: 11.1 percent

Housing units occupied by owners: 57.2 percent

Housing units occupied by renters: 42.8 percent


Barack Obama, 55.2 percent; John McCain, 42.7 percent


Republican, 471,292

Democratic, 566,360

Undeclared, 222,179


_ Nevada has no state income tax. Roughly one-third of the state's general fund budget comes from taxes on gambling revenues. As of July, there were 256 casinos statewide that had $1 million or more in annual gross gambling revenue.

_ About two-thirds of the Silver State's population live in or around Las Vegas.

_ Nearly 90 percent of all land in Nevada is federally controlled.

_ Roughly two dozen brothels legally operate in Nevada. Prostitution is legal in 10 Nevada counties, illegal in five and neither allowed nor disallowed in two. It's illegal in the counties that include Las Vegas and Reno, the state's population centers.

_ Nevada has the most mountain ranges of any state.

_ Nevada leads the nation in gold production.

_ The second syllable in Nevada rhymes with add, not odd.


Sources: 2010 U.S. Census data; January 2012; 2011-2012 Guide to the Nevada Legislature.