Eureka County, Nevada

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Eureka County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nevada. As of the 2000 census, the population was 1,651. Its county seat is Eureka[1].

Eureka County is part of the Elko Micropolitan Statistical Area.



Eureka County was created out of eastern Lander County in 1873 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 (10,826.2 km2), of which 4,176 square miles (10,815.8 km2) is land and 4 square miles (10.4 km2) (0.10%) is water.

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As of the census[2] 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.

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