Introduction to Winnemucca, Nevada

Winnemucca, Nevada, in Humboldt county, is 145 miles NE of Sparks, Nevada (center to center) and 259 miles NE of Sacramento, California.

Winnemucca History

Winnemucca was formerly named 'French Ford,' by a French trader, who settled on the banks of River Humboldt in 1860. The name was changed to Winnemucca in 1868, by the Railroad authorities, in honor of Chief Winnemucca, a local Paiute Indian. Winnemucca was home to a large Chinese community towards the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. Many Chinese left after the Central Pacific Railroad was connected with the Union Pacific Railroad in 1869. Winnemucca was designated as the county seat of Humboldt County, in 1873.

Winnemucca and Nearby Attractions

  • Winnemucca Sand Dunes
  • Hinkey Summit
  • Humboldt County Museum
  • America’s Car Collection - Flying A Garage
  • Humboldt Museum
  • Vesco City Park

Things To Do In Winnemucca

Winnemucca has numerous places to explore, including the rugged Nevada outback, adventure trails, and abandoned ghost towns. Some of the abandoned towns near the city are Camp Winfield Scott, Willow Point, Camp McGarry, and Rochester. Boating and fishing opportunities are available at Rye Patch Reservoir, which also has facilities for water skiing, picnicking, and camping. Golfers may enjoy a game at Winnemucca Golf Course. Local festivals include Tri-County Fair celebrated in August and the Basque Festival in June. A number of parks such as Highland Park, Riverview Park, Veteran’s Park, and Pioneer Park are also in Winnemucca.

Winnemucca Transportation

Air transportation is available from Reno/ Tahoe International Airport.

Winnemucca Higher Education

Colleges nearby include Truckee Meadows Community College, Boise State University, and University of Nevada-Reno.


Total Population 7,810
Male Share of the Population 51.9%
Female Share of the Population 48.1%
Senior Citizens 8.5%
Employed Population 16+ 4,167
Age of the Population 33


% of people married 52%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.4%
Median Earnings25+ $45,640
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $34,032
Median Earnings With High School Degree $48,480


Median Family Income $83,528
% Above Poverty Level 93.5%
% Below Poverty Level 6.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 1.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.5%
% Using Public Transportation 16%


People Living Alone 32.1%
Median Gross Rent $803
Median House Value $183,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 41%
US/American 0%
English 10.5%
Irish 11.1%

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

Winnemucca Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 145 miles NE of Sparks, Nevada (center to center)
Nearest Large City 259 miles NE of Sacramento, California
County Humboldt
Standard Zip Codes 89445
P.O. Box Zip Codes 89446
Phone Area Codes 775
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.973
Longitude -117.734

Winnemucca Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 6.1 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 42 F
Apr Temp 31 to 63 F
Jul Temp 52 to 92 F
Oct Temp 30 to 67 F
Annual Precip 8.3 inches
Distance 13.2 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 41 F
Apr Temp 31 to 61 F
Jul Temp 52 to 91 F
Oct Temp 31 to 67 F
Annual Precip 7.6 inches
Station IMLAY
Distance 31.8 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 43 F
Apr Temp 32 to 64 F
Jul Temp 55 to 92 F
Oct Temp 32 to 69 F
Annual Precip 8.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Bottle Creek (89445)

Cosgrave (89445)

Grass Valley (89445)

Jungo (89445)

Paradise Hill (89445)

Sulphur (89445)

Weso (89445)

Winnemucca Colony (89445)

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

Winnemucca Public Libraries

Humboldt County Library
Winnemucca, Nevada
(775) 623-6388

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Winnemucca Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(775) 623-5222
Emergency Service: Yes

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Winnemucca High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

Serves 987 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.3

A Non-traditional School
Serves 16 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8

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