Cities in Nevada

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This page contains a list of cities in Nevada, and other information about local governments.

Nevada allows municipal charter cities. There are 16 total counties in Nevada. All 16 are subject to General law.[1]

There are 19 total municipalities in Nevada. Of those 19, 7 of them are General law municipalities while the remaining 12 are Charter/Home rule cities.[1]

Types of local government

Local government in Nevada consists of:

  • 16 county governments
  • 19 incorporated city governments.

There are also 138 special districts and 17 independent school districts.[2]

In addition, there are many unincorporated towns. While unincorporated towns may have a local board, most services and governance are provided by the respective county.

City classifications:

Incorporated cities in Nevada may be classified as:

  • Charter city: of which there are 12 (Boulder, Caliente, Carlin, Carson City, Elko, Henderson, Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Reno, Sparks, Wells, and Yerington)[3]
  • General law city: of which there are 7 (Ely, Fallon, Fernley, Lovelock, Mesquite, West Wendover, and Winnemucca)

Initiative process availability

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Nevada

The local units of government in Nevada that make the initiative process available are:

  • General law cities, all 7 of which have a state mandated initiative and referendum process for ordinances.
  • Charter cities, all 12 of which have a state mandated initiative and referendum process for charter amendment. All 12 charter cities also defer to the state law requirements for initiative for ordinances as well.
  • General law counties, all 16 of which have a state mandated initiative and referendum process for ordinances.[4]

10 most populated cities

List of Most Populated Cities in Nevada
City[5] Population City Type Next election
Las Vegas 589,317 Charter 2015
Henderson 260,068 Charter 2015
Reno 227,511 Charter 11/4/2014[6]
North Las Vegas 219,020 Charter 2015
Sparks 91,195 Charter N/A
Carson City 55,439 Charter 11/4/2014[7]
Fernley 19,327 General law 11/4/2014[8]
Elko 18,546 Charter N/A
Mesquite 15,423 General law N/A
Boulder City 15,166 Charter N/A

Full List of Cities

A guide to local ballot initiatives
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As of the 2010 Census, there are 19 incorporated cities and towns in Nevada. Population figures below are based on the updated estimates as of July 1, 2011.[9]

See also

References