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Minden, established in 1905, and the county seat for Douglas County is at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and has an elevation of 4,700 feet above sea level. Life in Minden offers the conveniences of small town living with all of the facilities of Lake Tahoe (20-25 minute drive) or Reno (45-50 minute drive) within easy reach. Minden is named after a small town in Germany - "Minden, Germany". The towns of Minden, Gardnerville, and Genoa make up the "Carson Valley" which offers great mountain views, four seasons, and plenty of sunshine. To learn more about Minden, review the information on this page.

Minden Nevada Weather

Minden residents enjoy four distinct seasons and over 300 days of sunshine each year. When combined with Minden's elevation and high-desert climate, we enjoy winters that are much milder than midwest and northeast US areas and summers that are much milder than southern Nevada, Arizona, and many inland areas of Northern and Southern California. We do get light snow (generally 2" - 5" several times a year) that typically melts away in a few hours to a day or two. As you can see, our summer months are warm with cool evening temperatures.

The table below shows the historical average temperature (farenheit) and precipitation (inches) by month. Average annual precipitation equals 8.3 inches.


  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 45 50 55 62 71 81 89 88 80 69 55 46
Low 16 20 24 29 36 43 47 45 38 29 23 17
Precipitation 1.3 1.1 0.9 0.4 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.4 0.4 0.5 1.0 1.1

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Population (Area of Minden/Gardnerville)

Population: (2006) 28,047
Land Area: 165.4 Square Miles
Population Density: 170 People/Sq. Mi.

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Minden Nevada Income

Median: $54,361
Average: (households w/children) $59,543

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Minden Nevada Taxes

Minden is in Douglas County which has a sales tax rate of 6.75%.

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Minden area Shopping

Minden, Gardnerville, and Genoa all offer equal access to local shopping amenities. The towns are served by local chain grocery stores with ample surrounding retail for fast food, movie rental, movie theaters, etc. Major "big box" stores including Costco, Home Depot, PetCo, WalMart, Target, Best Buy, Border Books, Trader Joe's and more are located at the north end of Douglas County - about a 10 minute drive from Minden. For department store and mall shopping, you would likely drive to Reno which has two regional malls (Meadowood MallLink Opens New Window.  If new window does not open, press and hold CTRL key and click. and Sierra SummitLink Opens New Window.  If new window does not open, press and hold CTRL key and click.) that offer finer department store options such as Macy's or Dillard's as well as a wide range of specialty stores.

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Driving Distances to Minden, NV

Major Western US Cities

City Miles
Sacramento, CA 126
San Francisco, CA 212
Los Angeles, CA 428
San Diego, CA 515
Portland, OR 619
Seattle, WA 792
Bend, OR 448
Boise, ID 454
Salt Lake City, UT 549
Las Vegas, NV 432
Phoenix, AZ 626

Local Area (From Minden, NV)

City/Town Miles
Incline Village (Lake Tahoe) 36
Truckee, CA 53
Sparks 49
Fernley 65
Lovelock 126
Carson City 16
Dayton 27
Stagecoach 43
Silver Springs 50
Fallon 77
Reno 45
Stateline (Lake Tahoe) 16
Topaz Lake 22
Wellington (Smith Valley) 32
Yerington 56
Hawthorne 94

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