Living Here

Quality of Life

 Steeped in history and western lore, Fernley is a great place to live, work, and play. Fernley offers an attractive friendly, small-town lifestyle with many new housing developments, new markets, numerous churches and civic groups and limitless outdoor adventures such as fishing, hunting, boating, camping, mountain biking, and rock climbing.

Located just 13 minutes from the new Tesla site and 30 minutes from the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area several Fortune 500 companies have discovered Fernley's affordable industrial parks, large land parcels with access o transportation systems serving the major West Coast markets

Population & Demographics

The residential population of Fernley is currently 19,368 (2010 Census) and projected to grow to 30,000 by 2021. Culturally and demographically diverse, the City holds firmly to its blue-collar and agriculture roots while embracing some of the most dynamic and visionary management and planning initiatives within any local government.

The City warmly welcomes new industrial and retail business ventures responding to increasing demand from our residential housing market and industrial, commercial and retail space.

The median age for residents in Fernley, NV is 34.8 (this is younger than average age in the U.S).

High school graduate or higher,% of persons age 25+ (2009-2013) 86.1%

Bachelor Bachelor's degree or higher,% of persons age 25+, 2009-2013 17.7%

Families (non-single residences) represent 75.1% of the population, giving Fernley a higher than average concentration of families (2000 U.S Census data).

Median household income (2009-2013): Fernley: $53,044 Nevada:$52,800

Housing units (2010): 7,975

Homeownership rate: 80%

Median value of owner-occupied housing units (2009-2013): $142K

Median List Price: $152K

Source: U.S Census Bureau, 2010 Census Interactive Population Search and
Realtor's Property Resource, LLC


  • Average Summer Temperature: 69.5 F
  • Average Winter Temperature: 39.5 F
  • Average Annual Rainfall: 6.0"
  • Average Wind Speed: 5 mph
  • Average Annual Solar Days: 251
  • Elevation: 4,145 ft 

Major Employers

Opportunities for Thriving Industries & Major Industries

Businesses within the City range from multi-national companies to micro and home based businesses. Transport, storage, and distribution are the largest industry employer. The City is set to be the distribution epicenter for the state and will continue to grow in importance with volumes of freight increasing over the next 30 years.

Manufacturing is the second largest employer. The City has a varied manufacturing base from paint to the largest production category of fabricated decking.

Find Out Why these Major Industries Call Fernley Home:

  • Agru America, Inc.
  • Nevada Cement Company
  • Allied Signal, Inc.
  • Sherwin-Williams Company
  • Feldmeier Equipment, Inc.
  • Trex Company, Inc.
  • Johns Manville
  • UPS Worldwide Logistics, Inc.
  • Lowe's Companies, Inc.
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
  • MSC Industrial Supply Company
  • World Color (USA) Corp.

Things to Do

Fernley is an easy 30 minute drive to the historic Fort Churchill, the Buckland Station (currently being restored), and a Pony Express station. Fernley is just an hour's drive to historic Native American Petroglyphs (east of Fallon) and Virginia City (to the southwest). Historic ghost towns and mine sites are all within a day’s drive of Fernley. Fernley is close to outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing, including Lake Tahoe, Lahontan Reservoir, Pyramid Lake, and Walker Lake. The Fernley Wildlife Management area joins Fernley on the east with the Truckee River canal on the west.

Fernley has ten community parks that include tennis courts, basketball courts, a skate park, lighted baseball and softball fields, and rodeo grounds. Off-road adventures include a professional ATV racetrack, the Fernley Raceway, and a paint ball gaming facility. The 18-hole Desert Lakes Golf Course provides recreational opportunities and full services in the clubhouse.