Silver Peak, Nevada

Silver Peak (unincorporated) is the site of a small silver strike back in the early 1900's when this area of Nevada was crawling with prospectors looking to strike it rich. The site is near a dry lake bed that is rich with many minerals, including lithium. Today, this area is one of the bigger suppliers of lithium (for lithium-ion batteries) in the US.

Silver Peak was almost unheard of until newspaper reports tied a major Califonia power outage to events in Silver Peak on March 29, 1999. On that day, Enron energy traders rerouted a massive amount (2,900 MW) of California-bound electricity through Silver Peak. What caused the power outage was the line from Silver Peak to California could only carry about 0.5% of that electricity. When investigators discovered the initial cause of that power outage, they fined Enron $25,000. However, that single action made Enron about $7,000,000 in revenue, so the company figured with those numbers, this was a viable way to do business and make a lot of money.

Fast Facts about Silver Peak, Nevada
Silver Peak, Esmeralda County, NV 89047
Elevation: 4,321'
Latitude: 37.7549°N
Longitude: 117.6348°W
Resident Racial Breakdown:
White Non-Hispanic: 72.3%
Hispanic: 14.3%
Native American: 7.3%
Other: 0.2%
Two or More Races: 5.8%
High School or Higher: 72.8%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 9.0%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 1.2%
2009 Estimates:
Population: 376
Males: 209
Females: 167
Median Resident Age: 41.7 Years
Median Household Income: $42,640
Estimated Median Home Value: $51,100
2011 Cost of Living Index for Silver Peak: 86.8
Major Industries:
Mining, Construction, Government, Agriculture, Educational Services, Lodging & Food Services, Utilities, Repair & Maintenance, Retail Services
Unemployed: 8.5% logo
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