A low cost of living and abundant recreational opportunities in Churchill County contribute to a high quality of life not often found in larger metropolitan areas. In 2017, more than 24,000 people called Churchill County home, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates. Population density is low — only five people per square mile.
Naval Air Station Fallon has approximately 5,000 active-duty personnel, civilian employees, Department of Defense contractors and family members. Many live off base in the surrounding community. Additionally, about 3,100 veterans live in the area, according to the census.
Fallon, the county seat, give newcomers plenty of choices when selecting a home. Enlist the help of a reputable real estate agent to help you sort through the area’s home options. The Nevada Association of Realtors is a central source of local real estate information and assistance. Those interested in purchasing a new home can find the expertise and professional services they need at www.nvar.org.
Churchill County lies in a broad valley in the high desert of Nevada that was once covered by prehistoric Lake Lahontan. Churchill County was created by the Nevada State Legislature in 1864 after Nevada was admitted as a state. Population was sparse; to many people, the area’s 40-mile desert didn’t feel much like a place they wanted to be, though a mammoth irrigation project in later decades made the wastelands bloom, and many settlers came with the water. Comprising approximately 4,930 square miles, Churchill County lies in central northern Nevada, bounded on the east by Lander County, on the south by Mineral County, on the west by Lyon and Washoe counties and on the north by Pershing County.
Fallon is the lone city in Churchill County in close proximity to NAS Fallon, although there are other unincorporated places nearby. For more information on Fallon, check out the Fallon Chamber of Commerce website at www.fallonchamber.com.
Fallon is the county seat of Churchill County. Originally a ranch store at a “dusty crossroads,” Fallon is experiencing growth and expanding to the north and west. Fallon’s 3.6 square miles is home to many NAS Fallon personnel.
The town lies just 70 miles east of the 24-hour excitement of Reno and less than a two-hour drive to the sportsman’s paradise of the Sierra Nevada.
A state-of-the-art county hospital serves the Fallon community, including the naval air station. The Churchill County parks and recreation department offers recreation programs, and numerous clubs and organizations provide opportunities for social, recreational and community service activities. Many youth sports and organizations are also available.
Situated in the Lahontan Valley, Fallon’s high desert scenery and rugged mountains draw many people to the area. The Cantaloupe Festival & Country Fair, racing events and rodeos attract thousands of visitors annually.
The median gross rent in the city was $832 per month, according to the census, and the median selected monthly owner costs of housing units with a mortgage was $1,115. Mean travel time to work for those living in Fallon is about 17 minutes.