Counties with the most seniors in Nevada

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August 30, 2022
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Counties with the most seniors in Nevada

Seniors will comprise more than 20% of U.S. residents in 2030, up from 15% in 2020. By 2034, older adults will outnumber children, according to Census Bureau projections.

Across the U.S., 52 million Americans are 65 years or older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and a quarter of them live in just three states: California, Florida, and Texas. By comparison, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wyoming, and Alaska each have fewer than 150,000 senior residents. The size of a state's senior population means a lot in terms of demand for resources like health care, affordable housing, assisted living, in-home and nursing care, and support services, and the quality and availability of those resources help determine where seniors migrate.

With baby boomers moving into old age, fewer babies being born, and longer life expectancies, the senior population of America is on a spectacular rise. The lengthening of the U.S. life expectancy has been particularly dramatic, rising to nearly 79 years from 68 years in 1950.

Stacker compiled a list of counties with the most seniors in Nevada using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the highest percentage of residents 65 years or older according to 2020 5-year estimates.

Keep reading to find out which counties have the most seniors in Nevada.

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#17. Elko County

- Population aged 65 or older: 11.7%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 26.9%
- Median age: 34.7 years old
--- Median age of males: 34.9 years old
--- Median age of females: 34.5 years old
- Total population: 52,537 people
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#16. Lander County

- Population aged 65 or older: 13.4%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 27.0%
- Median age: 37.6 years old
--- Median age of males: 35.7 years old
--- Median age of females: 41.3 years old
- Total population: 5,565 people
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#15. Clark County

- Population aged 65 or older: 14.8%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.2%
- Median age: 37.5 years old
--- Median age of males: 36.8 years old
--- Median age of females: 38.2 years old
- Total population: 2,228,866 people
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#14. Humboldt County

- Population aged 65 or older: 15.7%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 26.5%
- Median age: 37.1 years old
--- Median age of males: 37.7 years old
--- Median age of females: 36.2 years old
- Total population: 16,834 people
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#13. Pershing County

- Population aged 65 or older: 16.1%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 16.7%
- Median age: 42.6 years old
--- Median age of males: 43.4 years old
--- Median age of females: 38.4 years old
- Total population: 6,591 people

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#12. Washoe County

- Population aged 65 or older: 16.4%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 21.6%
- Median age: 38.5 years old
--- Median age of males: 37.6 years old
--- Median age of females: 39.4 years old
- Total population: 464,182 people
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#11. White Pine County

- Population aged 65 or older: 18.2%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 19.1%
- Median age: 40.8 years old
--- Median age of males: 39 years old
--- Median age of females: 44.4 years old
- Total population: 9,570 people
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#10. Eureka County

- Population aged 65 or older: 18.4%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 27.8%
- Median age: 42.5 years old
--- Median age of males: 42.4 years old
--- Median age of females: 42.6 years old
- Total population: 1,839 people
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#9. Churchill County

- Population aged 65 or older: 19.3%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 22.7%
- Median age: 40.5 years old
--- Median age of males: 38.3 years old
--- Median age of females: 43.8 years old
- Total population: 24,606 people
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#8. Carson City

- Population aged 65 or older: 20.3%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 20.4%
- Median age: 42.2 years old
--- Median age of males: 40.9 years old
--- Median age of females: 44.4 years old
- Total population: 55,244 people

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#7. Lyon County

- Population aged 65 or older: 21.2%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 21.2%
- Median age: 43.9 years old
--- Median age of males: 43.7 years old
--- Median age of females: 44.1 years old
- Total population: 55,667 people
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#6. Lincoln County

- Population aged 65 or older: 22.3%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 19.0%
- Median age: 43.7 years old
--- Median age of males: 39 years old
--- Median age of females: 46.5 years old
- Total population: 5,177 people
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#5. Esmeralda County

- Population aged 65 or older: 25.4%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 13.4%
- Median age: 54.6 years old
--- Median age of males: 61.9 years old
--- Median age of females: 51 years old
- Total population: 1,030 people
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#4. Douglas County

- Population aged 65 or older: 28.5%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 16.5%
- Median age: 52.9 years old
--- Median age of males: 51.6 years old
--- Median age of females: 53.8 years old
- Total population: 48,486 people
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#3. Nye County

- Population aged 65 or older: 30%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 17.0%
- Median age: 53.1 years old
--- Median age of males: 52.2 years old
--- Median age of females: 53.7 years old
- Total population: 45,514 people

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#2. Mineral County

- Population aged 65 or older: 30%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 15.6%
- Median age: 53.3 years old
--- Median age of males: 55.9 years old
--- Median age of females: 46.5 years old
- Total population: 4,487 people
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#1. Storey County

- Population aged 65 or older: 31.6%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 16.6%
- Median age: 53 years old
--- Median age of males: 53.5 years old
--- Median age of females: 50.8 years old
- Total population: 4,086 people

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