Introduction to Carson City, Nevada

Carson City is the capital of Nevada. Carson City is located in west central Nevada, not far from Lake Tahoe, and forty minutes south of Reno, Nevada. Carson City also has the honor of being the smallest of the 361 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) designated by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Carson City was founded in the boom days of silver mining during the 1860s. It is named after the explorer Kit Carson.

Carson City's climate is characterized by four relatively mild seasons with low humidity. Summers are hot with an average daily temperature of 88 degrees Fahrenheit in July, and many days over 90. Snow is possible in the winter, but winters are typically mild. The coldest month of the year is January with an average daily temperature of 46 degrees Fahrenheit.

Carson City Arts and Entertainment

For a small city, Carson City provides a nice assortment of arts and entertainment attractions. Some of the more notable arts and entertainment offerings include:

  • The Brewery Arts Center
  • The Carson City Symphony
  • Circus Circus in nearby Reno
  • The National Automobile Museum in nearby Reno
  • The Nevada Museum of Art in nearby Reno
  • The Nevada State Museum, which was home to the U.S. Mint in Carson City in the late 1800's
  • The Nevada State Railroad Museum
  • The Northern Nevada Children's Museum

Carson City is located only 35 to 60 minutes from Lake Tahoe's world-class skiing, which includes 15 alpine and nine cross-country resorts. Carson City is also home to the Champion Motor Speedway.


Total Population
Male Share of the Population
Female Share of the Population
Senior Citizens
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population


% of people married
Average household size

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher
Median Earnings25+
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification
Median Earnings With High School Degree


Median Family Income
% Above Poverty Level
% Below Poverty Level

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time
% Working from Home
% Walking and Biking to Work
% Using Public Transportation


People Living Alone
Median Gross Rent
Median House Value


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Carson City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 101 miles E of Sacramento, California
County Carson City
Standard Zip Codes 89701, 89703, 89704, 89705, 89706
P.O. Box Zip Codes 89702, 89721
Company Zip Codes 89711, 89712, 89713, 89714
Phone Area Codes 775
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.14
Longitude -119.75

Carson City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1.1 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 46 F
Apr Temp 33 to 63 F
Jul Temp 51 to 89 F
Oct Temp 33 to 69 F
Annual Precip 10.3 inches
Distance 13.3 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 40 F
Apr Temp 34 to 54 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 40 to 61 F
Annual Precip 14.2 inches
Distance 21.5 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 41 F
Apr Temp 28 to 51 F
Jul Temp 45 to 78 F
Oct Temp 32 to 60 F
Annual Precip 32.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Carson City, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Carson City Mall (89701)

Carson Colony (89701)

Carson Meadows (89701)

Clear Creek (89701)

Jacks Valley (89701)

Lakeview (89701)

Mound House (89706)

New Empire (89701)

New Washoe City (89701)

Stewart (89701)

Washoe (89701)

Washoe Valley (89701, 89704)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Carson City Public Libraries

Carson City Library
Carson City, Nevada
(775) 887-2244

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Carson City Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(775) 882-1361
Emergency Service: Yes

(775) 883-1700
Emergency Service: No

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Carson City High Schools

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Serves 2,574 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.9

225 E. PARK ST.
A Non-traditional School
Serves 107 students.

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