Community Profile

Picture of the Nevada State Capitol DomeCarson City is a great place to live, work and play!

We are Nevada’s state capital and the center to all the Sierra region has to offer. According to “The Rating Guide to Life in America’s Small Cities,” we are ranked at the 19th best “micropolitan” area in the U.S. The city encompasses over 146 square miles (371.8 kilometers) with 31.9 square kilometers of surface water. We sit at 4,687 feet above sea level, 39.14 degrees north of the equator, and 119.74 degrees west of the prime meridian.

Carson City is located in a protected valley surrounded on all sides by mountains featuring the dramatic peaks of the Sierra Nevada to the west and south. The city is located 30 minutes east of Lake Tahoe, 30 minutes south of Reno, 20 minutes west of Virginia City and 25 minutes north of Minden and Gardnerville in Carson Valley, truly the center of it all!

Carson City continues to enjoy dynamic growth, yet has managed to maintain its unique personality by blending the new with the old. Our community is rich in history, economics, culture, tourism, the arts and educational resources. 


Vital Statistics

Carson City Population: 58,130 (April 1, 2022 Census) 

As our population continues to grow, we find more ethnicity among our residents.

Currently, the ethnic mix in Carson City is as follows:

White (alone): 64.9 percent

Hispanic: 24.9 percent

Black: 2.0 percent

Median Age: 42.3 years

Median Income: $62,217

Persons under 18: 20.6 percent

Persons over 65: 20.2 percent

The figures from the 2022 Census provide the Quick Facts on our community:

For an in-depth look at Carson City:


Community Resource Guide for Older Adults Link

Nevada Senior Resource Guide