Nevada became the 36th state admitted to the Union in 1864. Nevada is a Western state between California to the west and Utah and Arizona to the east.
Large cities include Las Vegas, Henderson, Paradise, Reno and Sunrise Manor. Carson City is the capital.
Despite the common notion of a widespread desert, Nevada is one of the most mountainous states in the nation. The state is covered in numerous isolated mountain ranges that are separated by arid plateau areas, or desert. The extensive desert regions are in the south and northwest.
Nevada's climate is dry with hot summers and cold winters. Most of the state gets less than 10 inches of precipitation per year. Some small areas of higher elevation get more than 30 inches.
Leading sectors in Nevada's economy are tourism, cattle ranching and gold mining. Nevada ranks as a low tax state.
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