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White Pine County is a Great Place to Live!

We love living in White Pine County! It is a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire. We have peace and quiet, no traffic jams, beautiful mountains, very little crime, good schools and housing in all price ranges. If you are looking to relocate to the White Pine County area, here is a little about why it would be such a good decision:

Outdoor Recreation | Community Activities | Climate | Demographics | Economic Base | Housing | Social Services | Civic Organizations & Clubs | Ely Area Religions | Government



Come enjoy the duck pond fountain in Ely.

Outdoor Recreation:

Mules packing in Mt. Moriah Wilderness Area.

White Pine County's outdoor recreation is unparalleled.

    There is plenty to choose from. Climb majestic Mount Wheeler that is 13,000 feet in elevation, or visit the  Great Basin National Park on the County's eastern border. Fly fish at Cave Lake State Park (which boasts the state record 27 pound German Brown Trout) fourteen miles southeast of Ely, or ski at the Ward Mountain Recreation Area and Trail System, just six miles from the Ely City limits. 

      Spend an afternoon rock hounding at Garnet Hill. Picnic or camp in one of the area's developed campgrounds. Watch, photograph, or hunt the state's largest elk herd, second largest mule deer herd, and third largest antelope herd. Head for the hills to camp, hike, or fish in any of our streams and you're likely to have an entire mountain to yourself.

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Community Activities:

Enjoying the outdoors
Locals love to picnic in the mountains.
   White Pine County offers activities for all ages and interests. Community recreational facilities include an 18 hole golf course, neighborhood parks, an "ole swimming hole" natural warm springs fed pond in McGill indoor and outdoor archery ranges, shooting sports complex, and groomed cross country ski trails. Young people enjoy Girl Scouts  and Boy Scouts, 4-H Little League baseball, softball, Youth Soccer, Junior Jazz Basketball, and a summer youth recreation program. Adults can participate  in bowling and softball leagues, fitness programs, civic groups, special interest clubs, or volunteer to help run the City's vintage steam locomotive.

    Throughout the year special events include horse shows, the County Fair, Arts In The Park, golf and softball tournaments, car and motorcycle races.

  • Great Basin National Park
  • Bowling Alley
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Softball Complex
  • Shooting Range
  • Archery Range
  • Great Basin Raceway
  • BMX Racetrack
  • McGill Drugstore Museum
  • Tennis Courts – 2
  • Outdoor Ice Skating Ponds
  • Fair Grounds
  • Little Leagues
  • Cross Country Ski Trails
  • Picnicking & Camping

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     White Pine County enjoys a high desert climate characterized by clear sunny days, in low humidity, all year and a wide temperature swing every day. Summertime temperatures are generally in the 80 to 90 degree range during the day and fall to 45 degrees at night. Winter temperatures range from 30 to 50 degrees during the day, and fall below 0 about 10 to 20 times per year.

Beautiful thunderclouds over Steptoe Valley

       Mean Temperatures

Average Temperatures High Low Average
January 28 12 23.9
August 80 65 65.5

      Average Annual Precipitation: 9.27 inches
      Average Annual Snowfall: 49.1 inches
      Average Growing Season: 90 days

      Average Number of Sunny, Clear Days/Year: 114
      Average Number of Partly Cloudy Days/Year: 113
      Average Number of Cloudy Days/Year: 138

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There are about 10,000 people in all of White Pine County. The majority of which, approximately 7,000 people, are in Ely and its surrounding towns.

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Economic Base:

  • Federal, State, County & City Government Services
  • Mining
  • Agriculture
  • Ely State Prison
  • Private Enterprise
  • Tourism & Service Industry
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  White Pine County has a wide range of housing available for new residents. Housing is concentrated in Ely, McGill, and Ruth. Rental housing, as well as property for new homes, is available. New homes are being constructed on the outskirts of Ely. There are housing programs available for first time buyers and low-income families.

   According to local realtors, a three-bedroom home sells for around $70,000 to $90,000. Apartment rentals average from $300 to $500 per month with family homes renting from $400 to $700.

White Pine County Housing Units:

Single Family units           
Multi-Family units            
Mobile Homes                

Household size 




A home on Campton Street with a historic mural.

  Housing Costs:

Average Cost, three bedroom home (2000)

  • Ely,
    existing neighborhoods        $ 45,000 to $ 85,000
    new construction                 $ 109,000
  • County
    existing neighborhoods        $ 28,500
    new construction                 $ 105,000

Average Rental Rate

Apartments,                                $ 250- $450/month
Three Bedroom House                 $ 350- $700/month

    For up-to-date listings of residential property, contact Desert Mountain Realty (info@nevada-dmr.com, 775-289-3038) or Eastern Nevada Realty (775-289-8855 www.easternnevadarealty.com), or ERA Sunbelt Realty - Hilde Horton

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Social Services:

  • Senior Citizen Centers – 3
  • Home Health Service Office – 1
  • Mental Health Center – 1
  • Support Inc. (domestic violence)
  • RSVP (services for shut-ins and handicapped

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Civic Organizations and Clubs

  • Archery Club
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Girl Scouts of America
  • 4-H Club
  • Car Club
  • Elks Lodge
  • Great Basin Service Club
  • Lions Club


  • Masons
  • Motorcycle Club
  • Rebekahs
  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
  • Rotary Club
  • Ultra Lite Fly-In Club
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • White Pine 4-Wheelers


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Ely Area Religions:

Area churches include Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, Assembly of God, Lutheran. Church of the Nazarene,  Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, and Greek Orthodox congregations.

  • Assembly of God – 1
  • Catholic – 2
  • Episcopal – 2
  • Jehovah’s Witness – 1
  • Methodist – 1
  • Nazarene – 1
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints – 7
  • Baptist – 1
  • Christian – 1
  • Foursquare Gospel – 1
  • Lutheran – 1
Calvary Assembly of God
700 Ave M (7th & Ave M -East Ely)
P. O. Box 869
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-9200
Sacred Heart Altar Society
P. O. Box 26
Ely, NV 89301
Lutheran Women's Missionary League
P. O. Box 375
Ely, NV 89301
United Methodist Women of McGill
P. O. Box 848
Ely, NV 89301
Ely Third Ward
Ninth Street & Avenue E.
East Ely, NV
(775) 289-2454
Church of Christ
40 Reno Road
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-8628
St. Michael's Catholic Church
40 2nd Street
McGill, NV 89318
P. O. Box 26
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-2201
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses
1301 Avenue E
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-4646
(775) 289-2384
Methodist Youth Fellowship
P. O. Box 848
Ely, NV 89301
Ely Stake House
(775) 289-2287
First Baptist Church
701 Avenue N
P. O. Box 936,
Ely, NV 89301
Open Door Community Church
2325 Center Street
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-2245
United Methodist Church
750 Lyons Avenue
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-8345
(775) 289-2174, Parsonage
Church of the Nazarene
9th & Avenue M
P.O. Box 458
East Ely, NV
(775) 289-2995
McGill Ward
N 4th
McGill, NV
(775) 235-7522
Grace Four Square Church
1301 Avenue E
P.O. Box 150645
East Ely, NV 89315
(775) 289-4111
St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church
7th Street & Lyons Avenue
P. O. Box 387
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-6208
(775) 289-2176
United Methodist Women of Ely
P. O. Box 848
Ely, NV 89301
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Ely First Ward
Ninth Street & Avenue E.
East Ely, NV
(775) 289-2241
Lund Ward
(775) 238-5207
Sacred Heart Catholic ChurchSacred Heart Catholic Church
501 Murry Street
P. O. Box 26
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-2201
Immanuel Lutheran Church
10th Street & Avenue K
P.O. Box 375
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-6353
United Methodist Church
2nd Street & Avenue J
P. O. Box 726
McGill, NV 89318
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-8345
Ely Second Ward
Ninth Street & Avenue E.
East Ely, NV
(775) 289-3409
School of Natural Order
(New Age)
P. O. Box 150
Baker, NV 89311
(775) 234-7304

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