Interesting facts about Nevada?
Business and society
- Nevada is the largest gold producing state in the nation. It is second in the world behind South Africa;
- Nevada’s economy is overwhelmingly based on tourism, especially the gambling (legalized in 1931) and resort industries centered in Las Vegas;
- In 1870, about half of Nevada’s population consisted of foreign immigrants, among them Chinese, Italians, Swiss, British, Irish, Germans, and French Canadians.
- Nevada although disadvantaged by a lack of water and a shortage of arable land, is however a wealthy state of mineral resources—gold, silver, copper, and other metals;
- Hoover Dam, located on the border of Nevada and Arizona, is the largest public works project ever undertaken in the U.S. and has a greater structural volume than the largest Egyptian pyramid;
- Nevada has more hot springs than any other state in the country, with more than 300 occurring naturally;
- Most of the state is desert but the Sierra Nevada mountain range near Reno and the Ruby Mountains near Elko has snow for half the year.