Nevada had the Third Fastest Growing Population in 2015

Jul 13, 2016

According to the most recent state and county population data from the U.S. Census Bureau, as shown in Chart 1, Nevada had the third fastest growing population in 2015 (excluding Washington D.C.). Nevada’s population grew by 1.9 percent (52,564 people) between 2014 and 2015.


 Chart 1 Nevada Percent Change in Population 2014 to 2015.jpg


Nevada’s booming population growth is due to both a high net natural population rate (births minus deaths) and net migration rate (domestic and international).




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As shown in Chart 2, Nevada’s net natural population rate, as a percent of total population, was 0.47 percent in 2015—the 18th highest rate in the country. This high percentage of natural population growth is predominately due to a low death rate (0.77 percent, 11th lowest) as their birth rate is middle-of-the-road (1.25 percent, 23rd highest)).


 Chart 2 Nevada Net Natural Population Change as a Percent of Population 2015.jpg


More significantly, as shown in Chart 3, Nevada’s net migration rate, as a percent of total population, was 1.28 percent—the 3rd highest rate in the country. Much of this migration originates within the U.S. with domestic migration rate at 0.97 percent—the 4th highest rate in the country. At the same time, Nevada’s international migration rate was 0.32 percent which ranks as the 14th highest.


 Chart 3 Nevada Net Migration as a Percent of Population 2015.jpg


Of course, the population change within Nevada is not distributed equally. Nevada only has 17 counties as shown below ranked in order of the highest rate of population change between 2014 and 2015 include:



  • Clark County, NV (2.2 percent)
  • Storey County, NV (2 percent)
  • Lyon County, NV (1.6 percent
  • Washoe County, NV (1.5 percent)
  • Eureka County, NV (1.4 percent)
  • Nye County, NV (0.6 percent)
  • Churchill County, NV (0.6 percent)
  • Esmeralda County, NV (0.5 percent)
  • Douglas County, NV (0.4 percent)
  • Carson City, NV (0.1 percent
  • Mineral County, NV (-0.6 percent)
  • Pershing County, NV (-0.9 percent)
  • Humbolt County, NV (-1.2 percent
  • Lander County, NV (-1.4 percent)
  • Elko County, NV (-1.5 percent)
  • Lincoln County, NV (-1.6 percent)
  • White Pine County, NV (-1.7 percent)


Click here to view our full demographic data app with details by state, by county, type of growth (natural [births minus deaths] and migrant [domestic and international]), and over time.


 Nevada Percent Change in Population by County 2014 to 2015.jpg

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J. Scott Moody

Scott has nearly 20 years of experience as a public policy economist. He is the author, co-author and editor of over 180 studies and books. His professional experience also includes positions at the American Conservative Union Foundation, Granite Institute, Federalism In Action, Maine Heritage Policy Center, Tax Foundation, and Heritage Foundation.

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