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Eureka County

Eureka County, Nevada
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Nevada's location in the U.S.
Founded 1873
Seat Eureka
 • Total 4,180 sq mi (10,826 km2)
 • Land 4,176 sq mi (10,816 km2)
 • Water 4 sq mi (10 km2), 0.10%
 • (2010) 1,987
 • Density 0.47/sq mi (0.18/km²)
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Eureka County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nevada. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,987.[1] Its county seat is Eureka[2].

Eureka County is part of the Elko Micropolitan Statistical Area.


Eureka County was established in 1873 and formed from Lander County after silver was discovered more than 100 miles (160 km) east of Austin. The residents of the new mining camp complained that Austin was too far to go for county business and a new county was created. It was named for the ancient Greek term, Eureka, meaning, "I have found it." This term was used earlier in California and other locations. Eureka has always been the county seat.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,180 square miles (10,826 km2), of which 4,176 square miles (10,816 km2) is land and 4 square miles (10 km2) (0.10%) is water.[3]

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Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20122,0010.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 1,651 people, 666 households, and 440 families residing in the county. The population density was 0.39 people per square mile (0.15/km²). There were 1,025 housing units at an average density of 0.25 per square mile (0.09/km²).

There were 666 households out of which 33.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.50% were married couples living together, 5.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.90% were non-families. 29.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.80% under the age of 18, 5.20% from 18 to 24, 28.60% from 25 to 44, 25.90% from 45 to 64, and 12.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 106.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 113.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,417, and the median income for a family was $49,438. Males had a median income of $45,167 versus $25,000 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,629. 12.60% of the population and 8.90% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 11.70% are under the age of 18 and 16.40% are 65 or older.


See also


External links

  • Eureka County website
  • Eureka Branch Library

Coordinates: 39°59′N 116°16′W / 39.98°N 116.27°W / 39.98; -116.27

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