Lander County


Located in north central Nevada, Lander County encompasses 5,621 square miles. Over 85 percent of the County is currently public land managed by federal agencies. Interstate 80 traverses the County in an east-west fashion on the northern end, as does Highway 50 on the southern end. State Highway 305, which runs north and south, bisects the center of Lander County. This highway links the cities of Battle Mountain and Austin. The town of Kingston is located in the southern part of Lander County on Highway 376.

In recent years Lander County's economy has been dominated by mining. Agriculture also plays a significant role in the local economy. High quality alfalfa and alfalfa seed is produced. Although the mining industry has declined in Lander County in recent years, it is still the dominant sector of the local economy.

Lander County claims fame to celebrations and events which include Austin Gridley Days, the Claim Jumpers Bike Festival, the Pony Express Open Road Rally, the Human Powered Race, Kingston Chukar Day, the Covered Wagon Days Trail Ride, the annual Basque Dinner and Picnic, the Performing Arts Crab Feed, the Community Christmas Celebration, the 4th of July Festival, the Lander County Fair and it's newest event, the Chukar Tournament and Feed.

Business Advantages

The incentives of doing business in Nevada are expansive. Nevada boasts one of the most liberal tax structures in the nation and from a tax-planning perspective, the return on investment in the form of tax saving dollars can be enormous.


Sales Tax Rate

In Lander County, the sales tax rate is 7.100.

Property Tax Rate

In Lander County, the 2009-10 average county wide tax rate is 3.3651.

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

For more information, please see 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 5,891
2007 5,747
2006 5,655
2005 5,509
2004 5,357

Source: Nevada State Demographer

Gender Composition

Year Est Population Male Female
# % # %
2008 5,139 2,636 51.3 2,503 48.7
2007 4,871 2,470 50.7 2,401 49.3
2006 4,827 2,462 51.0 2,365 49.0
2005 4,682 2,400 51.3 2,282 48.7

Source: Applied Geographic Solutions



Year Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment 
Rate (Local)
2009 3,587 3,430 254 6.8
2008 3,600 3,435 164 4.6
2007 3,092 2,971 121 3.9
2006 2,870 2,741 129 4.5
2005 2,414 2,302 112 4.7

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