Minden, Nevada

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Minden is a census-designated place (CDP) in Douglas County, Nevada, United States. The population was 2,836 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Douglas County[1] and is adjacent to the city of Gardnerville. It is named after the town of Minden, in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It has possessed a post office since 1906.[2]

US Highway 395 runs through Minden. It is also the terminus of State Route 88, which becomes California State Route 88 on the west side of the state line.

The Douglas campus of the Western Nevada College is located in Minden.

The Minden area is considered one of the premier locations for soaring in the United States.



Minden is located at 38°57′22″N 119°46′9″W / 38.95611°N 119.76917°W / 38.95611; -119.76917 (38.956025, -119.769288)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 4.3 square miles (11.1 km²), of which, 4.3 square miles (11.1 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.47%) is water.

The Carson Valley and Minden are considered one of the top gliding spots in the world. Flights of over 1600 km (1000 miles) have been made on sailplanes from this location. Its location, east of the Sierra Nevada range, favors wave formation. East of the Pine Nuts mountains is the Nevada desert, one of the best thermal generators in the world.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 2,836 people, 1,166 households, and 839 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 664.2 people per square mile (256.4/km²). There were 1,231 housing units at an average density of 288.3/sq mi (111.3/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 94.04% White, 0.07% African American, 0.71% Native American, 1.13% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 2.08% from other races, and 1.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.59% of the population.

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