Dmitri N. Shalin

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The Social Health of Nevada: Leading Indicators and Quality of Life in the Silver State


UNLV: Center for Democratic Culture Publications

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In a few decades, non-Hispanic whites will constitute a majority in the United States. If current demographic trends continue, the Hispanic/Latino population will double or even triple in size by 2050, the Asian population will double, and the African-American population will grow at a faster pace than non-Hispanic whites. The last group is expected to start declining by 2025. These developments promise to bring profound changes to the country’s ethnic and racial landscape.

Nowhere in the U.S. are national population trends more evident than in the state of Nevada. Within the last decade, Nevada has experienced the largest population increase of any other state in the country. As a consequence, Nevada is one of the most demographically diverse and geographically concentrated states in the nation. With forty-seven percent of Nevadans classified as non-white, and Hispanic/Latinos accounting for 27.5 percent of the total state population, within five years Nevada is projected to become a state with a majority minority population.

The present report seeks to provide an overview of immigration and ethnicity in Nevada. After a brief historical overview, the discussion follows the 2010 U.S Census data and utilizes other more recent data sources that shed light on the situation in Nevada. Since more research has been conducted on immigration and ethnicity in Clark County than in the rest of the state, the main focus of the report will be on the current trends in the Las Vegas Valley.


Population increase; Immigration in Nevada


Community-Based Research | Demography, Population, and Ecology

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Howard, TIffiany and Roman Lewis. 2017. “Immigration and Ethnic Diversity in Nevada.” In The Social Health of Nevada: Leading Indicators and Quality of Life in the Silver State, edited by Dmitri N. Shalin. Las Vegas, NV: UNLV Center for Democratic Culture, http://cdclv.unlv.edu