Nevada Population Continues Growing

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(photo: ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

(photo: ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

(Carson City, NV)  —  Nevada’s population is estimated to grow over the next two decades.

The Silver State’s current population is just over 2.7 million people.  State Demographer Jeff Hardcastle predicts that number will rise to three-million people by 2020, and 3.3 million by 2030.

The growth is expected to come from births, rather than people moving to Nevada from other states.  Hardcastle says over 10,000 people left the state during the past two years, but it was more than offset by nearly 40,000 births.

Clark County should hit the 2 million population mark next year.

Elko County, which houses much of Nevada’s gold mining industry, is expected to be the state’s fastest-growing county.

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