Douglas County Snapshot On Nevada’s western border, framed by the Carson Range of the Sierra Nevada and Pinenut Mountains, Douglas County unfolds. Broad and green, nourished by the Carson River and its tributaries, Douglas County appeared as an oasis for early western settlers drawn by the California Gold Rush of the 1840’s. Centrally located just 15 minutes south of Nevada’s state capital and bordering the trulyone-of-a-kind Lake Tahoe with all its summer and winter activities, Douglas County is recognized as the gem of Northern Nevada - a hidden jewel. Here you can still find miles of open space, expansive ranches and farms, many historical sites and displays, along with a wealth of outdoor recreation activities. Douglas County is a diverse community which includes the three unincorporated towns of Minden, Gardnerville, and Genoa; each governed by their own separate elected advisory boards. Minden, the County seat, has a population of almost 3,000 people. With over 8,000 in population, the Minden/Gardnerville town core is reminiscent of Rockwell’s Americana.
The major employers are in the fields of gaming and tourism, research and manufacturing, government, and services; including General Electric Energy, a Starbucks roasting facility, North Sails, and Harrah’s and Harvey’s Casinos up at Lake Tahoe. Douglas County offers the facilities and amenities of a metropolitan area, yet remains pleasantly rural with easy access to all services. Douglas County is the fourth most populated county in Nevada with approximately 48,000 residents and seasonal populations that can exceed 65,000 due to its proximity to Reno, Carson City (state capital) and northern California.
Douglas County has a strong commitment to quality of life and environmental issues, and its location within the state and being home to a portion of Lake Tahoe, provides high visibility for business and tourism. The area provides an excellent environment for cultural, recreational, and outdoor activities, including, skiing, snowshoeing, hunting, horseback riding, cycling, mountain biking, hiking, off highway vehicle recreation, camping, and other similar outdoor activities, as well as breathtaking scenic wonders such as Lake Tahoe. Douglas County covers an approximate area of 751 square miles and has elevations ranging from a low of 4,625 feet on the valley floor to a high of 9,500 feet at East Peak. The proximity of the County to the Sierra Nevada Mountains creates one of the most comfortable daily temperature ranges in the continental United States. Generally, the climate is arid, with warm summers, moderate winters, and cool evening temperatures year-round.