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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 30, 2009

State demographer releases today’s population estimates

Nevada sees decline in growth for first time in many years

RENO, Nev.— The Nevada State Demographer’s Office, located on the University of Nevada, Reno campus, released its preliminary 2009 population estimates for the State of Nevada and the counties, cities and unincorporated towns today. Overall, Nevada lost an estimated 27,677 persons or 1 percent since July 2008. That compares with a 20,396 or 0.8 percent gain from July 2007 to July 2008 and a 95,287 or 3.6 increase percent from July 2006 to July 2007.

“The important thing to keep in mind is that these are estimates and with the 2010 Census being conducted in the spring we will have a better sense of where we stand. So it is important that people respond to the Census and accurately report their information,” said Jeff Hardcastle, the state demographer. “Separate estimates released last week by the Census Bureau showed that Nevada grew by 27,313 or 1 percent. However, we estimate a larger population, 67,971 higher than the Census Bureau estimates. Again, we need a complete Census count to best gauge what is happening within Nevada.”

The estimates are an average of two independent estimates for the counties. One is based on housing units and the other on indicators of population change such as labor force and school enrollment. The two estimates are averaged together for the county total.

The estimates are prepared for July of each year and used for a variety of purposes including revenue distribution between the cities and towns. The State Demographer’s Office is part of the Nevada Small Business Development Center at the University’s College of Business, and is funded by the Nevada Department of Taxation. In Nevada, local governments can provide information regarding their estimates and there is a formal appeal process as well. Estimates released today are preliminary with concerns by the City of Fernley and Churchill County needing to be resolved before the data is finalized.

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