County Facts

Storey County’s rich, historical beginnings have positioned the area for economic growth and vitality well into the future. Today, the county welcomes new and expanding development, and the local government is a supportive and involved participant. Below are Storey County quick facts, which illustrate how this area has grown to be a fantastic opportunity for business:  
  • Founded in 1859 
  • Heralded as the “Richest Place on Earth” after the discovery of half a billion dollars worth of gold and silver in 1859
  • Trade, transportation, and utilities represent the largest employment segment, employing 31% of the county’s workforce
  • U.S. 395 and U.S. 50 are easily accessible for Storey County businesses
  • Truckload services are provided by over 25 local, regional, and national carriers
  • Next-day shipments are available to 80% of the 11-state western region
  • Reno-Tahoe International Airport is approximately a 40 minute drive from Virginia City
  • County is approximately 262 square miles
  • County is home to roughly 4,000 residents
  • New home of the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center
  • Over 1.6 million visitors flock to historic Virginia City (county seat) each year: Virginia City Convention and Tourism Authority 
  • Virginia City is the county seat of Storey County and the county’s largest community, with 1,200 residents