Pahrump, Nevada

Pahrump, Nevada
Pahrump Town Office

Pahrump Valley has quite a few artesian wells, that's how the place got its name: Pah-Rimpi, Shoshone for "Water Rock." The first European settlers arrived in the late 1800's and most set up on large ranch holdings of 1,000 acres and more, raising cattle, alfalfa and cotton. Until the late 1960's, there were no paved roads and no telephone service in the valley. In 1974, Pahrump built its first high school. There were about 2,000 residents in Pahrump in 1980. By 2000, there were almost 25,000. Among those residents are people like Art Bell (of paranormal talk radio fame) and former singer/pop star Michael Jackson (who bought a home here in 2008 where he built his own in-home studio and home schooled his 3 children). The Pahrump area is also home to the famous Chicken Ranch and Sheri's Ranch.

Pahrump Valley, Nevada
Pahrump Valley with the Spring Mountains and Mt. Charleston in the upper right
Fast Facts about Pahrump, Nevada
Pahrump, Nye County, NV 89041, 89048
Elevation: 2,697'
Latitude: 36.2087°N
Longitude: 116.0121°W
Resident Racial Breakdown:
White Non-Hispanic: 81.2%
Hispanic: 11.9%
African-American: 2.4%
Native American: 1.6%
Other: 1.0%
Two or More Races: 2.0%
High School or Higher: 78.5%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 10.0%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 3.2%
2009 Estimates:
Population: 32,979
Males: 16,684
Females: 16,295
Median Resident Age: 45.1 Years
Estimated Median Household Income: $39,370
Estimated Median Home Value: $133,400
2011 Cost of Living Index for Pahrump: 86.3
Major Industries:
Entertainment & Recreation, Construction, Government, Lodging & Food Services, Educational Services, Health Care, Finance & Insurance Services, Waste Management Services, Professional Services
Unemployed: 17.1% logo
Photo of Pahrump Town Office courtesy of Satori Son, CCA ShareAlike 3.0 License.
Aerial view of Pahrump Valley courtesy of Stan Shebs, CCA ShareAlike 3.0 License.
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