is an unincorporated town under Nevada Statutes, located 33 miles east of the metropolitan area of Reno, and 280 miles east of the San Francisco Bay Area of California. I-80 connects the Bay Area east through Reno, Fernley, Winnemucca, Elko, and into Utah and other points east. Salt Lake City, Utah lies 365 miles northeast of the Fernley community.
Fernley was basically a small farming community until the 1980's at which time housing shortages developed in the Reno area and numerous residential subdivisions were developed in Fernley to meet the metropolitan area's housing needs. At the last census, the Fernley population was reported at 7,200. Current estimates are above 9,000 residents.
Although unincorporated, Fernley has its own domestic water, utility and waste water systems, independent fire and sheriffs departments, under a county and Judicial System jurisdiction.
With water developed from wells, available appropriations are 7,500 acre feet per year with 1,500, acre feet currently utilized. Municipal water is available with sufficient capacity to handle .6 MGD at present. The expansion potential is good.
Electricity is served to the community by Sierra Pacific Power Company and is more than adequate to meet the needs of the community. Natural gas is supplied by Southwest Gas for both residential and industrial service with good expansion potential. Nevada Bell provides the telephone service and TCI of Nevada supplies cable television service.
The community does not have a hospital. However, year around multi-laned Interstate 80 provides immediate transport to the metropolitan Reno area. The community is currently reported to have an adequate number of physicians, dentists, attorneys and savings institutions as well as numerous other service and supply agencies and facilities. Tiger Field, 3+ miles from the center of Fernley is the small local airport. It is a single 4,285' long, 60' wide airstrip at an elevation of 4,300'.
Trucking and freight is supplied the community by most major carriers which utilizes 1?80 for transit. Nevada Cement, Cyprus Dialomite, and Olinghouse are the major mining company employers in the area.
Elementary, intermediate and high school facilities are adequately available in the community. Courses are available in Fernley for Western Nevada Community College. In addition to four schools, there are two pre-schools and various churches in the community.
Agriculture is a substantial contributor to the economy of Fernley and Lyon County, with 80,000+ acres under cultivation, primarily in alfalfa hay.
The Southern Pacific main line and Western Pacific railroads provide commercial and industrial service to the city, no passenger service is available.
In addition to Interstate 80 (east-west) through the community, U.S. 95 to Fallon and Las Vegas then into Southern California, and U.S. 50A provides federal highway eastbound access into central Utah.
Available information indicates an ample work force of labor, administration and clerical with 50% of residents commuting to the metropolitan Reno area.
East of the city is a large industrial subdivision which is currently developing and presently includes a major insulation company, Mission Linen, ETICAM, Hydro-Tech and a large janitorial-chemical supply development. An existing freeport law allows tax free warehousing advantages.
The community has most small town commercial shopping, restaurants, service stations, garages and other essential services.
At an elevation of 4,300', the community has not, to date, experienced air quality problems. The average rainfall is 5", winters are generally mild. Average January low is 28° with the average July high at 92°. Average wind speed is 5+ MPH.
The five Lyon County Commissioners are elected every four years are the administrative government for the Fernley community. Fernley has a Town Board of five members.
Basically, this is an economically sound, growing community with good agricultural and local commercial and industrial activity. Most employment for residents is in Reno, requiring a 33 mile commute.
The community is steadily growing, commercially, industrially and residentially. All future economic projections, based on current and recent past activities, relate well to a growing population and economy for the community.