There are sixteen counties and one independent city in the state of Nevada. On November 25,
1861, the first Nevada Territorial Legislature established nine counties. Nevada was admitted to the Union on
October 31, 1864 with eleven counties. In 1969, Ormsby County and Carson City were consolidated into a single
municipal government known as Carson City.
Washoe County is a county located in the state of Nevada. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 421,407, making it the second-most
populous county in Nevada. Its county seat is Reno.
Washoe County is included in the Reno, NV Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Etymology - Origin of Washoe County Name
Named after a small Indian tribe known as the Wassou Indians, which means tall bunch grass or rye grass. It is also reported to be the ethnic name of the small Hokan-speaking tribe that inhabited the area, the Washoe from Washiu, meaning "person".
November 25, 1861 - Washoe County was created in 1861 as one of the original nine counties of the Nevada Territory.
It is named after the Washoe people who originally inhabited the area. It was consolidated with Roop County in 1864. Washoe City was the first
county seat in 1861 and was replaced by Reno in 1871. May 9th, 1868 Mexican War veterans requested the railroad officials to name the town for General Jesse Lee Reno, a Union soldier killed in action at South Mountain, near Pennsylvania and western Maryland, Sept. 14th, 1862.
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 6,551 square miles (16,968 km2), of which,
6,342 square miles (16,426 km2) of it is land and 209 square miles (541 km2) of it is water. The total area is 3.19%