Douglas County


Douglas County lies in the green valley at the bottom of the eastern slope of the Sierras. The county has a population of approximately 47,000. Combining small town charm with productive farmland, low crime rate, world class skiing and continued growth, Douglas County offers an extraordinary quality of life. Additionally, the county has one of the best school districts in the state, with scores well above the national standard.


Genoa is the oldest permanent settlement in Nevada and one of the most attractive communities anywhere in the American West. Mormon Station, the original name of the settlement, was established as a trading post in 1851 to serve the wagon trains as a resting and reprovisioning place between the deserts of the Great Basin and the granite barricade of the Sierra Nevada. The town that grew up around the old Mormon stockade was named the seat of Carson County, Utah Territory, in 1854 and of Douglas County, Nevada Territory, in 1861. Mormon Station was Nevada's first town and its first boomtown, not because of mining, but because of agriculture.


Gardnerville is the elder of these two sibling towns founded to serve the agricultural population of Carson Valley. The area is one of the earliest-settled, richest and most productive of the state's agricultural regions. That is why Gardnerville is known as "Nevada's Garden Spot." While Minden is located north of Gardnerville, the two towns have fused together to form one larger community. After the turn of the century, the county seat was moved from Genoa to Minden.


The Stateline/Kingsbury area makes up a large portion of the Douglas County population and provides a majority of the county's room tax revenue. The casinos and ski resorts of Lake Tahoe's south shore are famous for their breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada.

Business Advantages


Sales Tax Rate

In Douglas County, the sales tax rate is 7.100.

Property Tax Rate

In Douglas County, the 2009-10 average county wide tax rate is3.0762.

Calculating Real Property Taxes

The formula for calculating real property tax is as follows:

  • Taxable Value x .35 = Assessed Value
  • Assessed Value x Tax Rate = Total Real Property Tax

How Property Taxes are Calculated

Calculating Personal Property Taxes

Using the Cost Conversion Factor tables in the Personal Property Manual, use the following formula to calculate the assessed value.

The assessed value is the value on which taxes are calculated.

  • Actual Cost x Cost Index (for appropriate year) = Cost of Replacement
  • Cost of Replacement x Percent Good = Taxable Value
  • Taxable Value x .35 = Assessed Value
  • Assessed Value x Tax Rate = Total Personal Property Tax



Year Population
2008 52,131
2007 52,386
2006 51,770
2005 50,108
2004 47,803

Source: Nevada State Demographer

Population within the Unincorporated Towns of Douglas County

City Year Population City Year Population
Gardnerville 2008 5,412 Genoa 2008 255
2007 5,394 2007 252
2006 5,550 2006 252
2005 5,165 2005 248
2004 5,067 2004 244
City Year Population
Minden 2008 3,261
2007 3,239
2006 3,234
2005 2,983
2004 2,945

Source: State of Nevada Demographer

Gender Composition

Year Est Population Male Female
# % # %
2008 47,455 24,043 50.7 23,412 49.3
2007 47,999 24,178 50.4 23,821 49.6
2006 48,586 24,448 50.3 24,138 49.7
2005 45,940 23,023 50.1 22,917 49.9

Source: Applied Geographic Solutions



Year Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment 
Rate (Local)
2009 22,958 21,279 2,785 11.7
2008 24,087 22,330 1,757 7.3
2007 22,968 21,724 1,244 5.4
2006 22,424 21,391 1,033 4.6
2005 22,183 21,224 959 4.3

Source: Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR).