This article is based on the corresponding article in another wiki. For Familypedia purposes, it requires significantly more historical detail on phases of this location's development. The ideal article for a place will give the reader a feel for what it was like to live at that location at the time their relatives were alive there. Also desirable are links to organizations that may be repositories of genealogical information..
Please help to improve this page yourself if you can.

Storey County, Nevada
Map of Nevada highlighting Storey County
Location in the state of Nevada
Map of the U.S. highlighting Nevada
Nevada's location in the U.S.
Founded 1861
Seat Virginia City
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

264 sq mi (684 km²)
263 sq mi (681 km²)
0 sq mi (0 km²), 0.13%
 - (2006)
 - Density

34/sq mi (13/km²)

Storey County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nevada. As of the 2000 census, the population is 3,399, which was estimated to have risen to 4,110 in 2006. Its county seat is Virginia City6.


Storey County was created in 1861 and named for Captain Edward Farris Storey, who was killed in 1860 in the Pyramid Lake Indian War. It is the smallest county in the state; despite its small size, it was the most populous in Nevada when it was created in 1861. Virginia City has always been its county seat. It was originally to be named McClellan County after General McClellan who later ran against Lincoln for President and lost. Today, Storey County is noted for its legal prostitution. In the 2006 election, Storey became the only county to vote in support of Question 7, a statewide ballot initiative to tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol, sponsored by the Marijuana Policy Project.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 683 km² (264 sq mi). 682 km² (263 sq mi) of it is land and 1 km² (0 sq mi) of it (0.13%) is water.

Adjacent Counties[]


As of the census2 of 2000, there were 3,399 people, 1,462 households, and 969 families residing in the county. The population density was 5/km² (13/sq mi). There were 1,596 housing units at an average density of 2/km² (6/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 93.00% White, 0.29% Black or African American, 1.44% Native American, 1.00% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 1.68% from other races, and 2.44% from two or more races. 5.12% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,462 households out of which 21.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.60% were married couples living together, 7.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.70% were non-families. 25.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.74.

In the county, the population was spread out with 19.70% under the age of 18, 4.70% from 18 to 24, 26.80% from 25 to 44, 35.70% from 45 to 64, and 13.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 107.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $45,490, and the median income for a family was $57,095. Males had a median income of $40,123 versus $26,417 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,642. 5.80% of the population and 2.50% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 4.20% are under the age of 18 and 4.80% are 65 or older.

Cities and towns[]

Coordinates: 39°27′N 119°32′W / 39.45, -119.53

This page uses content from the English language Wikipedia. The original content was at Storey County, Nevada. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with this Familypedia wiki, the content of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons License.