Minden Demographics


Minden, the county seat for Douglas County since 1906, is at the base of the Sierra Nevada range and has an elevation of 4,700 feet above sea level. Life in Minden offers the conveniences of small town living with all of the facilities of Lake Tahoe (20-25 minute drive) or Reno (45-50 minute drive) within easy reach. The towns of Minden, Gardnerville, and Genoa make up the "Carson Valley" which offer great mountain views, four seasons, and plenty of sunshine.


As of the census of 2010, there were 3,408 people, 1,166 households, and 839 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 664.2 people per square mile (256.4 per km²). There were 1,231 housing units at an average density of 288.3 per sq mi (111.3 per km²).


The racial makeup of the Census Designated Place (CDP) was 94.04% White, 0.07% African American, 0.71% Native American, 1.13% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 2.08% from other races, and 1.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.59% of the population.


There were 1,166 households out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.4% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.0% were non-families. 23.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.78.


In the CDP the population was spread out with 21.9% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 22.7% from 25 to 44, 27.5% from 45 to 64, and 23.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 95.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.4 males.

Income & Taxes


Median: $54,361
Average: $59,543 (households with children)


Douglas County sales tax rate: 7.1%


Minden is home to several locally-owned shops and restaurants. We are proud of our local businesses and encourage everyone to shop and eat locally as often as possible. There are also a few fast-food restaurants, a movie theater, and other retail chains to supply your every shopping need.

Driving Distances

Destination Mileage Approximate Drive Time
Gardnerville, NV
1 mile
3-5 minutes
Genoa, Nv
12 miles
12-16 minutes
Carson City, NV
15 miles
20-25 minutes
Lake Tahoe (Stateline), NV
17 miles
25-30 minutes
Topaz Lake, NV
23 miles
30-35 minutes
Reno, NV
45 miles
45-55 minutes
Sacramento, CA
126 miles
2-2.5 hours
Los Angeles, CA
428 miles
8.5-9.5 miles
San Diego, CA
515 miles
10-11 hours
Portland, OR
619 miles
12-13 hours
Seattle, WA
792 miles
15.5-16.5 hours
Bend, OR
448 miles
9-9.5 hours
Boise, ID
454 miles
9-9.5 hours
Salt Lake City, UT
549 miles
11-11.5 hours
Las Vegas, NV
432 miles
8.5-9 hours
Phoenix, AZ
626 miles
12.5-13.5 hours