Storey County, Nevada

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Storey County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nevada. As of the 2000 census, the population was 3,399, which was estimated to have risen to 4,110 in 2006. Its county seat is Virginia City[1].

Storey County is part of the RenoSparks Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Storey County was created in 1861 and named for Captain Edward Farris Storey, who was killed in 1860 in the Pyramid Lake War. It is the smallest county in the state; despite its small size, it was the most populous in Nevada when it was created in 1861. Virginia City has always been its county seat. It was originally to be named McClellan County after General McClellan who later ran against Lincoln for President and lost. Today, Storey County is noted for its legal prostitution. In the 2006 election, Storey became the only county to vote in support of Question 7, a statewide ballot initiative to tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol, sponsored by the Marijuana Policy Project.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 264 square miles (683 km²), of which 263 square miles (682 km²) is land and 0 square miles (1 km²) (0.13%) is water.

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As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,399 people, 1,462 households, and 969 families residing in the county. The population density was 13 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 1,596 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.00% White, 0.29% Black or African American, 1.44% Native American, 1.00% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 1.68% from other races, and 2.44% from two or more races. 5.12% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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