Mineral County


Mineral County, Nevada was created in 1911 and is located in West-Central Nevada with the rugged Wassuk Range serving as a boundary dividing Mineral County from Mono County, California and Lyon County, Nevada. The Wassuk Range averages 9,000 feet elevation with Mt. Grant extending up to 11,245 feet.Mineral County is generally mountainous, with canyons and large arid plateaus rising upward from the Walker Lake Basin.

Mineral County's primary industry is the U. S. Ammunition Depot which is the worlds largest facility of its kind.

Tourism plays an important part in the county's economy as the outdoor enthusiast can find adventure in hiking, horseback riding, motorcycling, fishing, hunting, swimming, water skiing, rock, bottle and artifact hunting, and ghost town exploring.

Mineral County's unique combination of modern industry, deserted mining towns, abundant recreation and western hospitality make it an area in the State of Nevada for the visitor to enjoy.*

Hawthorne is located in west central Nevada. 132 miles southeast of Reno/Sparks and 311 miles northwest of Las Vegas at the intersection of U.S. Highway 95 and State Highway 359. At an elevation of 4,255 feet, Hawthorne is situated in the high desert, approximately five miles southeast of Walker Lake. Hawthorne's central location and easy accessibility provides excellent transportation advantages to business and industry.

*Source: Mineral County Chamber of Commerce


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 Mineral County, the sales tax rate is 6.850.

Property Tax Rate

In Mineral County, the 2009-10 average county wide tax rate is 3.6600.

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.



Year Population
2008 4,401
2007 4,377
2006 4,399
2005 4,629
2004 4,673

Source: Nevada State Demographer

Gender Composition

Year Est Population Male Female
# % # %
2008 4,827 2,396 49.6 2,431 50.4
2007 4,920 2,440 49.6 2,480 50.4
2006 4,925 2,493 50.6 2,432 49.4
2005 4,638 2,303 49.7 2,335 50.3

Source: Applied Geographic Solutions



Year Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment
Rate (Local)
2009 2,354 2,173 219 9.3
2008 2,386 2,196 190 8.0
2007 2,036 1,880 156 7.7
2006 2,121 1,975 146 6.9
2005 2,004 1,884 119 6.0

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