Gerlach-Empire, Nevada

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Gerlach-Empire is a census-designated place (CDP) in Washoe County, Nevada, United States. The combined population was 499 at the 2000 census. It is part of the RenoSparks Metropolitan Statistical Area. Most of the population live in the two tiny settlements of Gerlach and Empire; the rest live on outlying rural ranching properties.

In December 2010 the Gypsum Plant in Empire announced that it will be closing its doors on January 31, 2011. Residents with children will be allowed to continue inhabiting their houses through June 20, the end of the school year. After that date, Empire will be a ghost town, inhabited only by sage and the occasional coyote. Roughly 95 full time jobs are being eliminated. The future of the Gerlach K-12 School is unknown, as it is estimated that after the Gypsum plant closes only 7-15 children will remain in Gerlach.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 94.1 square miles (243.6 km2), all of it land.

Its elevation is 3946 ft.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 499 people, 234 households, and 146 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 5.3 people per square mile (2.0/km2). There were 297 housing units at an average density of 3.2/sq mi (1.2/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 91.18% White, 2.81% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 4.61% from other races, and 1.20% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.02% of the population.

There were 234 households out of which 26.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.3% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.2% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.71.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 22.6% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 29.5% from 45 to 64, and 9.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 116.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 120.6 males.

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