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Minden is an unincorporated town in Douglas County, Nevada, United States. The population was 3,001 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Douglas County and is adjacent to the town of Gardnerville. It was founded in 1906 by Heinrich Friedrich Dangberg Jr., who named it after the town of Minden, in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which was near his father's birthplace. A large share of the first settlers were Germans. Minden was founded on company land of the Dangberg Home Ranch and Dangberg commissioned most of the town's early buildings. Minden has had a post office since 1906.
U.S. Highway 395 runs through Minden. It is also the terminus of State Route 88, which becomes California State Route 88 on the west side of the state line.
The Douglas campus of the Western Nevada College is located in Minden.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the census-designated place (CDP) of Minden has a total area of 4.3 square miles (11 km2), of which 4.3 square miles (11 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.47%) is water.
The Carson Valley and Minden are considered one of the top gliding spots in the world. Flights of over 990 miles (1,600 km) have been made on sailplanes from this location. Its location, east of the Sierra Nevada range, favors lee wave formation. East of the Pine Nuts mountains is the Nevada desert, one of the best thermal generators in the world.
Minden has a cool semi-arid climate (Köppen BSk) with huge diurnal temperature variations during all seasons. Summers are hot to very hot during the day, with 45.3 afternoons topping 90 °F or 32.2 °C and 2.4 afternoons getting over 100 °F or 37.8 °C; however, mornings even in summer are very cool to cold and between June and August two mornings will fall on average to under freezing. Rainfall is very rare during the summer as the monsoon practically never reaches this far west: in July more than four years in ten record no measurable precipitation and only one in twenty expects 1 inch or 25.4 millimetres. Winter afternoons are cool and frequently sunny, but mornings are freezing to frigid. Temperatures of 0 °F (−17.8 °C) or below can be expected on four mornings each winter, although all but seven afternoons each year can be expected to top freezing, whilst during the three winter months 41 afternoons will typically top 50 °F or 10 °C. The hottest temperature on record is 109 °F (42.8 °C) on July 6, 2007 and the coldest is −24 °F or −31.1 °C, which occurred on January 21, 1916, January 26, 1949 and February 7, 1989. The coldest afternoon was on January 9, 1937 when the temperature did not top 4 °F (−15.6 °C) and the hottest minimum 67 °F or 19.4 °C on August 28 and 29, 1906, June 25, 1927 and August 20, 1931.
The majority of precipitation occurs from winter Pacific storm systems, although the Sierra Nevada rain shadow limits the precipitation they produce in Nevada. The wettest “rain year” has been from July 1937 to June 1938 with 17.18 inches (436.4 mm) and the driest from July 1959 to June 1960 with 3.31 inches (84.1 mm). The wettest days on record has been December 30, 2002 with 3.90 inches or 99.1 millimetres, whilst with at least 8.30 inches or 210.8 millimetres, December 2002 was also the wettest single month on record. Winter afternoons are warm enough in Minden that most precipitation occurs as rain, although the mean snowfall is 20.9 inches or 0.53 metres and the median 8.4 inches or 0.21 metres. The cold, wet month of January 1916, however, saw as much as 52.0 inches (1.32 m) of snow and the season from July 1908 to June 1909, 70 inches (1.78 m); however, no measurable snow fell between July 1962 and June 1963.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,836 people, 1,166 households, and 839 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 664.2 people per square mile (256.4/km2). There were 1,231 housing units at an average density of 288.3 per square mile (111.3/km2). The racial makeup of the 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.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $56,795, and the median income for a family was $64,375. Males had a median income of $40,833 versus $34,700 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $30,405. About 3.7% of families and 5.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.2% of those under age 18 and 1.5% of those age 65 or over.
Scenes from the films Chicken Every Sunday (1949), The Wizard (1989 film) (1989) and Charley Varrick (1973), were shot in Minden. Scenes for The Wizard (1989 film) (1989) were filmed in the historic Minden Inn, which was disguised as a bus depot during the filming, and on Esmeralda Avenue, which can be seen when Beau Bridges throws a shovel into the street while chasing a car.
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