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Located in the western region of the country, Nevada is called the "Silver State," named thus for the large silver deposits and mining ventures there. It became the 36th state in 1864, and is the seventh-largest state by area. The state's capital is Carson City and its largest city is Las Vegas. The Mojave Desert takes up much of the southern part of the state, and the Great Basin is much of the north, with the Humboldt River crossing the state from east to west across in the northern area. About 86% of the state's land is owned by the federal government, for both civilian and military purposes. Nevada is home to about 2.6 million residents, with more than 85% of the population in the metropolitan areas around Las Vegas and Reno. Most of the state is flat, hot desert areas, where temperatures can peak at 125 degrees. The state has two international airports, in Reno and Las Vegas, with a number of other smaller ones. Tourism is a large industry in the state, with resort areas like Lake Tahoe, popular for skiing in the winter and the water in the summer, and Las Vegas and Reno's casinos and other gambling ventures. The Hoover Dam, just outside Las Vegas near Boulder City, was built in 1932-1935 and also draws a number of visitors annually.
There are 68 designated wilderness areas in Nevada, protecting some 6.6 million acres. The state is a large mineral producer, accounting for almost 10% of the world's gold production in 2004. Other resources mined here include silver, copper, gypsum, diotomite and lithium. Agricultural products in Nevada include cattle, hay, alfalfa, dairy products, onions and potatoes. The state has no personal income tax and no corporate income tax. The state's Nevada System of Higher Education maintains the University of Nevada, Reno; University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Nevada State College; Truckee Meadows Community College; Great Basin College; College of Southern Nevada; and Western Nevada College. Other private schools include Sierra Nevada College, Touro University Nevada and the University of Southern Nevada.