Schurz, Nevada

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Schurz is a census-designated place (CDP) in Mineral County, Nevada, United States. The population was 721 at the 2000 census. It is located on the Walker River Indian Reservation. It is the burial place of Wovoka, the Paiute messiah who originated the Ghost Dance movement. The town was named after Secretary of the Interior Carl Schurz.[1]



Schurz is located at 38°57′56″N 118°49′37″W / 38.96556°N 118.82694°W / 38.96556; -118.82694 (38.965596, -118.826916)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 60.5 square miles (156.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 721 people, 281 households, and 180 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 11.9 people per square mile (4.6/km²). There were 312 housing units at an average density of 5.2/sq mi (2.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 9.99% White, 0.69% African American, 83.63% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 1.66% from other races, and 3.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.57% of the population.

There were 281 households out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.4% were married couples living together, 20.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.6% were non-families. 28.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 32.9% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 95.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.3 males.

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