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Lander County, Nevada


Lander County, Nevada

Lander County, Nevada
Lander County Courthouse in Battle Mountain
Map of Nevada highlighting Lander County
Location in the state of Nevada
Map of the United States highlighting Nevada
Nevada's location in the U.S.
Founded 1861
Named for Frederick W. Lander
Seat Battle Mountain
Largest community Battle Mountain
 • Total 5,519 sq mi (14,294 km2)
 • Land 5,490 sq mi (14,219 km2)
 • Water 29 sq mi (75 km2), 0.5%
 • (2010) 5,775
 • Density 1.1/sq mi (0/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Website .org.landercountywww

Lander County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nevada. As of the 2010 census, the population was 5,775.[1] Its county seat is Battle Mountain.[2]


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Major highways 2.1
    • Adjacent counties 2.2
    • National protected area 2.3
  • Demographics 3
  • Communities 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • Further reading 7
  • External links 8


Lander County was one of the original nine counties created in 1861. It was named for Frederick W. Lander,[3] chief engineer of a federal wagon route through the area in 1857. He later served as Special Indian Agent in the area, and died during the Civil War in Virginia in 1862 at the rank of brigadier general. Created in 1861, Lander County sprang forth as the result of a mining boom on the Reese River, along the old pony express line; taking a considerable portion of Churchill and Humboldt counties with it. Eventually, Lander County would be known as the "mother of counties" since three other counties in Nevada were formed from it: Elko, White Pine, and Eureka. Its first county seat was Jacobsville in 1862 which was soon after moved to Austin in 1863 and finally Battle Mountain in 1979.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 5,519 square miles (14,290 km2), of which 5,490 square miles (14,200 km2) is land and 29 square miles (75 km2) (0.5%) is water.[4]

The 11,477 ft (3498 m) summit of Bunker Hill, located in the Toiyabe Range near the Nye County border, is the highest point in the county[5] while the county's most topographically prominent peak is Mount Lewis.

Major highways

Adjacent counties

National protected area


As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 5,794 people, 2,093 households, and 1,523 families residing in the county. The population density was 1 people per square mile (~2.5/km²). There were 2,780 housing units at an average density of 0 per square mile (0/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 84.41% White, 0.21% Black or African American, 3.99% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 8.66% from other races, and 2.35% from two or more races. 18.52% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,093 households out of which 39.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.70% were married couples living together, 8.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.20% were non-families. 22.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the county the population was spread out with 32.20% under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 29.00% from 25 to 44, 25.00% from 45 to 64, and 7.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 105.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $46,067, and the median income for a family was $51,538. Males had a median income of $45,375 versus $22,197 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,998. About 8.60% of families and 12.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.50% of those under age 18 and 12.90% of those age 65 or over.


Lander County has no incorporated communities. The following places are located in Lander County:

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States.  
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Bunker Hill, Nevada". Retrieved 2014-10-12. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder".  

Further reading

  • Theodore, T.G. and G.M. Jones. (1992). Geochemistry and geology of gold in jasperoid, Elephant Head area, Lander County, Nevada [U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 2009]. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey.

External links

  • Lander County website
  • Battle Mountain Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
  • Austin Branch Library
  • Battle Mountain Branch Library
  • Nevada Central Narrow Gauge

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