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Carson City Area
Community Profile

 

 

Welcome to Carson City, the capital of Nevada and the state’s sixth largest city. While approaching the 60,000 population mark, Carson City still has the look and feel of a real hometown. This is a community where neighbors know neighbors, and where the bleachers are full at the Friday night high school football game.



 

While enjoying dynamic growth, Carson City has managed to maintain its unique personality by blending the new with the old. Carson City is a community rich in economics, culture, tourism and educational resources, and offers a blend of new development with tradition and history. A pleasant climate, growing employment opportunities, a myriad of recreational opportunities, Nevada-style entertainment, and a quality community lifestyle all combine to make Carson City a great place to live, work and play!

 

HISTORY

 

Carson City was founded in 1858 by pioneer Abraham Curry and takes its name from the nearby Carson River, which was named for early frontiersman Kit Carson. Following organization of the Nevada Territory in 1861, Carson City was designated as the territorial capital and the county seat of Ormsby County.



In 1864 President Abraham Lincoln granted statehood to Nevada, and Carson City was selected as the state capital. Founder Abe Curry saw the capitol building erected on the site he had set aside for that purpose,



The Capitol is open to the public and there is a free history exhibit about the building on the second floor.



Carson City became the seat of local, territorial and state government, as well as growing into a thriving center of commerce and industry following the discovery of silver at Virginia City.



In 1870 the Virginia & Truckee short-line railroad was completed from Virginia City to Carson City and transported the rich silver ore from the mines. The Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City houses many restored trains of the famous Virginia & Truckee Railroad.



In 1879 a branch of the United States Mint was established in Carson City to strike coins from the Comstock Lode silver. Abraham Curry served as the mint’s first superintendent. The mint building now stands as the Nevada State Museum.


HOUSING

 

Carson City offers a wide-ranging diversity of homes. More than half of the 21,000+ housing units are single-family homes, 60 percent of which are owner-occupied. Multi-family units account for 30 percent of the total, and manufactured housing makes up the remaining 14 percent.



 

Only five percent of housing in Carson City is vacant. Almost 80 percent of the city’s current housing units have been constructed since 1970. Some acreage and undeveloped land is also available in Carson City and the surrounding region.

 

TRANSPORTATION


Carson City’s strategic location at the intersection of two major highway corridors provides convenient access for businesses and residents to major markets throughout the west. Highway 50 extends east and west across the nation, and Highway 395 runs from Canada to Mexico.



The Carson City Airport is 1.5 miles north of the city’s central business district and is adjacent to the Airport Industrial Park..

 

EDUCATION

 

KINDERGARTEN & PRESCHOOL

 

Adventure Land Christian Pre-School & Center

1501 S Sutro Terr 882-8866

 

Capital Christian Preschool

1600 Snyder 883-3009

 

Carson Learning Center & Preschool

1809 N Edmonds 884-2273

 

Educare Academy

2210 Lone Mountain Dr 882-3011

 

Kinderland Nursery School

1002 N Curry 882-2850

 

Methodist Church-Small Blessings Pre-School

212 N Division 884-1600

 

Sierra Vista Chrldren’s Academy

503 E Telegraph 883-5248

 

Stewart Headstart Washoe Tribe

465 Clear Creek Ave 884-1355

 

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

 

Bethlehem Lutheran Church & School

1837 Mountain 882-5252

 

Bordewich-Bray

110 Thompson 283-2400

 

Capital Christian School

1600 Snyder 883-3009

 

Carson Middle School

1140 W King 283-2800

 

Carson Montessori School

2210 Lon Mountain De 283-2000

 

Empire School

1260 Monte Rosa Dr 283-1100

 

Eagle Valley Middle School

4151 E 5th St 283-2600

 

John C Fremont

1511 Fire Box Rd 283-1200

 

Edith W Friysch

504 Bath 283-1400

 

Al Seeliger

2800 S Saliman Rd 283-2200

 

St Teresa Of Avila Catholic Community

567 S Richamond Ave 882-2079

 

Seventh-Day Adventist School

405 E College Pkwy 882-5599

 

HIGH SCHOOL

 

Carson High School

1111 N Saliman 283-1600

 

ADULT


Carson Adult Education

300 E Corbett St Bldg #5 283-1350

 

Western Nevada
College
(WNC)

 

Western Nevada College is a comprehensive community college which serves more than 6,000 students each semester within an 18,000-square-mile service area. One of four community colleges within the Nevada System of Higher Education, it is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and of Colleges and Universities.

 

2201 W College Pkwy 445-3000

 

ECONOMY

 

The discovery of silver in Virginia City brought the first economic boom to Carson City in 1859. Today’s economy is fueled by lower taxes, less regulation, less traffic, crime and pollution, and a high quality of life.

 

Carson City has one of the most diversified economies in Nevada.

  • Services
  • Government industry
  • Retail trade
  • Manufacturing industry

There is a wide selection of well-situated land for industrial and commercial development. A variety of buildings for manufacturing and office use are also available in the Carson City area.


The Carson Airpark, located near the general aviation airport, is zoned for light industrial purposes and is the primary industrial area.

 

Retail and commercial trade has flourished, with several national retailers building or expanding their current facilities in the area.


A favorable tax structure, an open-for-business attitude, a proactive approach to business development, combined with a prime location, are a few of the reasons that Carson City will continue to attract businesses looking to grow and prosper.

 

TAXES

 

Nevada’s tax structure is considered to be conservative and less burdensome than that of many other states. There is no state personal income tax; and Nevada does not levy franchise, unitary, inventory, inheritance or corporate profit taxes.

 

Real and personal property are currently taxed at 35 percent of their assessed valuation. Carson City’s current property tax rate is $2.95 per $100 of assessed valuation, capped at 35 percent


A sales and use tax of seven percent is imposed on the retail sales of tangible personal property. Most services, utilities, food for home consumption, and prescription drugs and medical supplies are exempt from this sales tax.

  

HEALTH CARE

 

Regional Medical Center Main Number: 775-445-8000

 

Centralized Scheduling: 775-445-5500

 

Human Resources Job Hotline: 775-445-8010 and 775-445-8011

 

Medical Records (Release of Information): 775-445-8568

 

Ombudsman: 775-445-8008

 

Outpatient Education: 775-885-4122

 

Physician Referral: 800-752-8882

 

Volunteer Services: 775-445-8002

 

Billing Information: 775-885-4727

     444 W. Washington Street

     Carson City, NV 89703

 

Carson Tahoe Cancer Resource Center: 775-885-4281

     990 N. Minnesota Street

    Carson City, NV 89703

 

Carson Tahoe Therapy: 775-885-6686

     Physical - Speech - Occupational

     755 N. Roop Street, Suite 107

     Carson City, NV 89701

 

Outpatient Services (Carson Tahoe Specialty Medical Center)

     Imaging: 775-885-4430

     Lab: 775-885-4430

     Wound Care Clinic: 775-885-4430

    775 Fleischmann Way, Carson City, NV 89703

 

CARSON TAHOE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

1600 Medical Parkway

Carson City, NV 89703

 

RECREATION AND ATTRACTIONS

 

Carson City and the surrounding area offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities and welcome visitors with close to 2,000 sleeping rooms at more than 30 hotels/motels.

 

Parks

 

There are over 600 acres of parkland within the city, offering lighted tennis courts, an aquatic center with indoor and outdoor pools, handball courts, soccer and baseball fields, an equestrian arena, a covered pavilion, a community center and gymnasium, a miniature railroad, rifle, pistol and archery ranges, RC model fields, and many other facilities. Year-round recreation programs are offered for all age groups from preschool to seniors.

 

Arts and Culture

 

On almost any given day, you can find a live music, theater or dance performance. Award-winning local theater and music groups perform at the Brewery Arts Center or the Community Theater.

 

Historical Attractions

 

Visitors and residents can step back in time in Carson City and explore museums and landmarks that bring the Old West back to life. The Nevada State Museum originally operated as a U.S. Mint from 1870 to 1895, striking the famous “CC” silver dollars. The Nevada State Railroad Museum houses steam locomotives and restored coaches from the Virginia & Truckee, America’s richest short-line railroad. The Nevada State Capitol was completed in 1871 and is an easily recognized landmark in the center of downtown with its silver-colored cupola dome. The Roberts House Museum, the Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada, and the state’s largest historical home district are all located in Carson City.

 

Sports

 

Carson City’s northern Nevada location offers easy access to year-round sporting and recreational opportunities. America’s greatest concentration of world-class ski resorts is located within an easy 30- to 90-minute drive, and offers a variety of alpine and cross-country terrain for the beginner and expert alike. Every golfer will enjoy the challenging and affordable play offered at nine courses in the area.

 

Events

 

In June, the Carson Rendezvous celebrates the coming of spring with a mountain man jamboree and Indian pow-wow. The Nevada Day celebration and parade in October commemorates the state’s admission into the Union. The Silver Dollar Car Classic and the Run-What-Cha-Brung offer classic car shows combined with rock and roll and fun for the entire family. Surrounding area events include Hot August Nights, Hot Air Balloon Races, Virginia City Camel Races, Reno Air Races, and the Genoa Candy Dance.

 

Outdoor Recreation

 

Nevada is a hunting and fishing paradise. Bird hunting is open and plentiful, and big-game hunting includes elk, antelope, deer and bighorn sheep. Alpine lakes and fresh-water streams provide excellent fishing opportunities, and nearby lakes and parks offer areas for camping, hiking, boating and biking.

 

Casinos

 

Nevada’s unique style of gaming entertainment is available in non-stop casino action throughout Carson City.

 

Shopping and Restaurants

 

Shoppers can find treasures while browsing through the eclectic mix of specialty shops, antique stores and places to eat and drink in the historical downtown district, or visit the wide selection of retail shopping centers in the area offering major department stores, retail chains, and dining establishments.

Carson City restaurant fare offers a wide range of tasty cuisine from Thai to Mexican to Italian, and delicious western steaks and barbecue.

Unbeatable hospitality, fun activities for all ages, great weather, and a convenient location make Carson City a great place to visit or live

 

GOVERNMENT

 

Carson City government recognizes the importance of a healthy business community to a healthy residential community, and strives to create an environment where the two can flourish in harmony.

In 1969, Ormsby County and the City of Carson consolidated to form the present combined municipality of Carson City. The city is governed by a mayor and four-member Board of Supervisors, all elected to overlapping four-year terms. An appointed City Manager performs administrative functions and oversees city staff and departments. The Board of Supervisors solicits community representation and involvement through various city advisory boards, commissions, and committees.

 

Carson City Assessor's mission is to provide our citizens innovation and excellence in property appraisal and property tax administration through professional development, education, research, and technology. The Assessor's Office is located at:

City Hall, 201 North Carson Street, Suite 6, Carson City, Nevada.

For information please call (775) 887-2130.

 

Carson City Treasurer's mission is to perform the duties required by the Nevada Revised Statutes and Carson City Municipal Code The Treasurer's Office is located at:

City Hall, 201 North Carson Street, Suite 5, Carson City, Nevada.

For information please call (775) 887-2092.

 

Carson City Manager's Office mission is to achieve excellence in service to the community and organization by providing leadership, guiding and managing functions of city/county government, and implementing policies and procedures set by the Board of Supervisors. The City Manager's Office is located at:

City Hall, 201 North Carson Street, Suite 2, Carson City, Nevada.

For information please call (775)887-2100

 

CARSON CITY COURT HOUSES

 

The Carson City Clerk-Recorder's mission is multi-faceted. The Recorder's Office is responsible for recording documents, providing access to those documents, and collecting real property transfer tax.

The Clerk-Recorder is located at:

,885 East Musser Street, Suite 1028, Carson City, Nevada.

For information please call (775) 887-2260.

 

The District Attorney's mission is to fulfill our duties set forth by statute, ordinance, City Charter and past practice.

The District Attorney is located at:

885 Musser Street, Suite 2030, Carson City, Nevada.

For information please call (775) 887-2070.

 

The First Judicial District Court, in and for Carson City and Storey County, provides for the protection of the rights of individuals through the judicial process

The First Judicial District Court is located at:

885 Musser Street, Suite 3061, Carson City, Nevada.

For information please call (775) 887-2082.

 

Carson City Fire Department's mission is to provide premium emergency services for the protection of life, property, and the environmental of the citizens and visitors of Carson City, Nevada. Administrative headquarters is located at Fire Station 1, 777 South Stewart Street, Carson City, Nevada.

For information please call (775)887-2210.

 

The Carson City Environmental Health Department protects and promotes the health, safety and well being of the citizens of Carson City.

The Environmental Health Department is located at 3303 Butti Way, Building No. 1, Carson City, Nevada.

For information please call (775) 887-2190.

 

FACTS ABOUT NEVADA

 

Admission to Statehood: October 31, 1864

Capital City: Carson City

Area: 110,567 square miles

(Land 109,806 sq miles; Water 761 sq. miles)

Highest Point: Boundary Peak 13, 143 ft.

Lowest Point: Colorado River 470 ft.

Population: 1,998.257 – 36th in the Nation

State Motto: “All for our Country”

State Nickname: The Silver State/Sagebrush State/Battle Born State

State Song: "Home Means Nevada”

Nevada’s Economy for Agriculture: Cattle, hay, dairy products, potatoes

Nevada’s Economy for Industry: Gaming, tourism, mining, machinery, printing and

publishing, food processing, electric equipment;

Nevada’s Top Manufactured Products: Gaming devices, chemicals, aerospace products,

stone, clay and glass products;

Nevada’s Top Minerals: Gold, silver, mercury, barite, petroleum

 

State Flower: Sagebrush

State Bird: Mountain Bluebird

State Animal: Desert Bighorn

 

GLOSSARY OF TERMS APPLYING TO PROPERTY

Assessed Value: The property value determined by the Assessor and used by the Treasurer to calculate a tax amount. The assessed value ratio is 35% of the taxable value of the property.

Assessment: The valuation of property for tax purposes.

Assessor: The elected official whose legal responsibility it is to discover, list and value all property in his jurisdiction.

Improvements: All buildings, structures, pools, fences, etc., fixed to the land.

Personal Property: All property not defined as real property (mobile homes, businesses, and airplanes, to name a few)..

Real Estate: Land and improvements to the land.

Real Property: Possession, claim to, or ownership of real estate.

Secured Property: Property on which the taxes are a lien against the real estate, such as land and building improvements.

Special Assessments: Direct charges, which are against the property but not included in the Assessor's valuation.

Tax Base: Total assessed value in a given tax district.

Tax Rate: Rate in dollars which when applied to each $100 of assessed value will give the tax amount.

Tax Year or Fiscal Year: Most governments operate on a fiscal basis. Nevada's fiscal year begins July 1 of each year and ends on June 30 of the following calendar year. Taxes are paid in advance.

Totally Tax Exempt Parcels: Nevada tax law (NRS 361) exempts all property owned by federal, state and local governments from taxation. This includes property for schools, parks, libraries, government buildings, roads, airports, military installations and other public areas. The law also exempts churches and some other charitable organizations.

Unsecured Property: Taxable property which does not attach to the real estate, such as business equipment and fixtures, mobile/manufactured homes and airplanes.

 

USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT ESCROW

Escrow Process

The escrow is a depository for all monies, instructions and documents necessary for the purchase of your new home. This includes your funds for the down payment and your lender’s funds and documents for the new loan. The Stewart Title escrow officer can hold inspection reports, bills for work performed, hazard insurance, title insurance and the grant deed from the seller to you. Escrow is completed when the requirements have been satisfied, and all parties have been signed escrow documents.

Opening an Escrow

Your real estate agent will open the escrow for you here at Stewart Title. As soon as you carry out your purchase agreement, your agent will place your deposit into an escrow account at Stewart Title of Carson City.

Deposit Money

Your funds will be deposited in your escrow and processed through your local bank

Required Information

Information such as date of birth, SSN and a copy of your diver’s license used for identification is kept confidential.

Length of Escrow

The average time for escrow is 30 to 45 days, but could vary from a few days to several months depending on the complexity of the property or terms of the purchase agreement.

Signing Escrow Instructions and Loan Documents

At your signing appointment, you will sign your escrow instructions (all the conditions that must occur before the transaction can be finalized) and loan papers. Your Stewart Title escrow officer will also tell you the amount of money (in addition to the loan funds) you will need to complete your purchase. Providing a cashier’s check for this amount prevents delays.

After all instruction and document papers have been signed, the escrow officer will return them to the lender for a final review. Upon completion, the loan funds are sent directly to the Stewart Title escrow officer. Technical and financial details are taken care of by the escrow officer.

Escrow Closing

The Grant Deed and Deed of Trust are recorded within one working day of the receipt of funds. This is the culmination of the transaction and signifies legal transfer of title from seller to buyer. The original deed will be returned to you by mail.