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.

Carson City Almanac

CountyCarson City, Douglas County, Washoe County
Standard Zip Codes89701, 89703, 89705, 89706, 89704
P.O. Box Zip Codes89721, 89702
Company Zip Codes89714, 89711, 89713, 89712
Phone Area Codes775
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude39.13
Approximate Longitude-119.66

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)

Distance1.1 miles
Jan Temp22 to 46 F
Apr Temp33 to 63 F
Jul Temp51 to 89 F
Oct Temp33 to 69 F
Annual Precip10.3 inches
Distance13.3 miles
Jan Temp23 to 40 F
Apr Temp34 to 54 F
Jul Temp58 to 82 F
Oct Temp40 to 61 F
Annual Precip14.2 inches
Distance21.5 miles
Jan Temp20 to 41 F
Apr Temp28 to 51 F
Jul Temp45 to 78 F
Oct Temp32 to 60 F
Annual Precip32.6 inches

Carson City Public Libraries

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

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Carson City Hospitals

Sierra Surgery Hospital
1400 Medical Pkwy, Carson City
(775) 883-1700
Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center
1600 Medical Pkwy
(775) 445-8000
Carson Tahoe Specialty Medical Center
775 Fleischmann Way
Carson Tahoe Continuing Care Hospital
775 Fleischmann Way
(775) 445-7786

Carson City Public Schools

Carson High School
1111 North Saliman
ZIP: 89701
(775) 283-1600
Total Enrollment 2157
Carson Middle School
1140 West King Street
ZIP: 89701
(775) 283-2800
Total Enrollment 1061
Edith West Fritsch Elementary School
504 Bath Street
ZIP: 89701
(775) 283-1400
Total Enrollment 544
J C Fremont Elementary School
1511 Firebox Road
ZIP: 89701
(775) 283-1200
Total Enrollment 496
Murphy/bernardini Juvenile Detention
1545 W 5th Street
ZIP: 89701
(775) 123-1234
Pioneer (alternative) High School
225 E. Park Street
ZIP: 89701
(775) 283-1300
Total Enrollment 175
Silver State High School
788 Fairview Drive
ZIP: 89701
(775) 883-7900
Total Enrollment 412
Eagle Valley Middle School
4151 East 5th Street
ZIP: 89703
(775) 283-2600
Total Enrollment 659
Empire Elementary School
1260 Monte Rosa
ZIP: 89703
(775) 283-1100
Total Enrollment 566
Grace Bordewich Mildred Bray Elementary
110 Thompson Street
ZIP: 89703
(775) 283-2400
Total Enrollment 650
Mark Twain Elementary School
2111 Carriage Crest Drive
ZIP: 89703
(775) 283-1000
Total Enrollment 627
Martha F Gleason Special Services Center 45-15
710 West 4th Street
ZIP: 89703
(775) 283-2350
Total Enrollment 60
Jacks Valley Elementary School
701 Jacks Valley Road
ZIP: 89705
(775) 267-3267
Total Enrollment 427
Al Seeliger Elementary School
2800 South Saliman Road
ZIP: 89706
(775) 283-2200
Total Enrollment 591
Carson Adult Education Corrections
301 E. Corbett Street
ZIP: 89706
(775) 283-1350
Carson City Montessori Charter School
2263 Mouton Drive
ZIP: 89706
(775) 887-9500
Total Enrollment 244
Prison Education (old Corbett Facility)
300 E. Corbett Street
ZIP: 89706
(775) 283-1375

Carson City Private Schools

Capital Christian School
1600 Snyder Ave
ZIP: 89701
Total Enrollment 65
Bethlehem Lutheran School
1845 Mountain St
ZIP: 89703
Total Enrollment 171
St Teresa Elementary School
567 S Richmond Ave
ZIP: 89703
Total Enrollment 161
Sierra Lutheran High School
3601 Romans Rd
ZIP: 89705
Total Enrollment 84
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