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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,881
Male Share of the Population48.9%
Female Share of the Population51.1%
Senior Citizens8.6%
Employed Population 16+4,019
Age of the Population30

Families

% of people married50.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher17.4%
Median Earnings25+$41,838
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$32,143
Median Earnings With High School Degree$48,147

Wealth

Median Family Income$83,804
% Above Poverty Level90.9%
% Below Poverty Level9.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time28 minutes
% Working from Home3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.6%
% Using Public Transportation14.4%

Housing

People Living Alone31.2%
Median Gross Rent$803
Median House Value$185,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)47%
German12.2%
Irish9.8%
English7.5%
Italian4.7%
Polish3.1%
Basque2.2%
Swedish1.6%
French Except Basque1.6%
Swiss1.4%
Norwegian1.4%
Dutch1.3%
Welsh1.1%
Canadian1%
Romanian0.8%
Scottish0.7%
Danishn0.6%
Russian0.4%
Portuguese0.3%
Finnish0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
Greek0.1%
Arab0.1%
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Winnemucca Almanac

CategoryValue
County Humboldt County
Standard Zip Codes89445
P.O. Box Zip Codes89446
Phone Area Codes775
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude41.12
Approximate Longitude-118.05

Winnemucca Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationWINNEMUCCA MUNICIPAL AP
Distance6.1 miles
Jan Temp19 to 42 F
Apr Temp31 to 63 F
Jul Temp52 to 92 F
Oct Temp30 to 67 F
Annual Precip8.3 inches
StationGOLCONDA
Distance13.2 miles
Jan Temp18 to 41 F
Apr Temp31 to 61 F
Jul Temp52 to 91 F
Oct Temp31 to 67 F
Annual Precip7.6 inches
StationIMLAY
Distance31.8 miles
Jan Temp18 to 43 F
Apr Temp32 to 64 F
Jul Temp55 to 92 F
Oct Temp32 to 69 F
Annual Precip8.3 inches

Winnemucca Public Libraries

Humboldt County Library
85 EAST 5TH STREET
Winnemucca, Nevada
(775) 623-6388

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Winnemucca Hospitals

Humboldt General Hospital
(Government - District/authority)
118 East Haskell Street
(775) 623-5222

Winnemucca Public Schools

Albert M Lowry High School
5375 Kluncy Canyon Road
ZIP: 89445
(775) 623-8130
High
Total Enrollment 926
French Ford Middle School
5495 Palisade Drive
ZIP: 89445
(775) 623-8200
Middle
Total Enrollment 483
Grass Valley Elementary School
6465 Grass Valley Road
ZIP: 89445
(775) 623-8150
Primary
Total Enrollment 438
Humboldt Adult Ed Correctional
705 E 4th Street
ZIP: 89445
(775) 623-6218
Other
Leighton Hall (dentention Center)
737 Fairgrounds Road
ZIP: 89445
(775) 623-6382
Other
Total Enrollment 12
Sonoma Heights Elementary School
1500 Melarkey Street
ZIP: 89445
(775) 623-8165
Primary
Total Enrollment 523
Winnemucca Grammar School
522 Lay Street
ZIP: 89445
(775) 623-8160
Primary
Total Enrollment 365
Winnemucca Junior High School
451 Reinhart Street
ZIP: 89445
(775) 623-8120
Middle
Total Enrollment 495
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