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Welcome to Virginia City ...

Virginia City is located in Storey County<1> and is the County Seat for Storey County.

Virginia City was established in 1859.

Virginia City is 6,190 feet [1,887 m] above sea level.<2> In other words, the elevation of Virginia City is about 1¼ mile [or ~1¾ km] above sea level.

Time Zone: Virginia City lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

Virginia City is located in the (775) area code.

The ZIP code for Virginia City: 89440<3>

Communities Also Named Virginia City ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 7 communities that are also named Virginia City - they are located in Arizona, Montana, New Mexico, Texas, Virginia (2) and Washington.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Virginia City.

Communities near Virginia City ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Virginia City.

  • Reno
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Reno
    • Reno is located in Washoe County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 259,290 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Reno <4>
  • Sparks
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the north)
  • Carson City
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the southwest)
  • Johntown ‑ Historic
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Johntown have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Johntown
    • Johntown is located in Lyon County
  • Lousetown ‑ Historic
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the north)
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Lousetown. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<6>
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lousetown
    • Lousetown is located in Storey County
  • Sutro ‑ Historic
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sutro
    • Sutro is located in Lyon County
  • Virginia City Highlands
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Virginia City Highlands have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Virginia City Highlands
    • Virginia City Highlands is located in Storey County
  • Carson Rapids City
    (5 miles [8 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Carson Rapids City have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carson Rapids City
    • Carson Rapids City is located in Lyon County
  • Dayton
    (5 miles [8 km] to the southeast)
  • Mound House
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the south)

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Virginia City. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Virginia City.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Virginia City. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Virginia City.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Virginia City. Our list includes 18 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Virginia City.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Virginia City ...

Looking for more information about Virginia City? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Virginia City, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Virginia City.

Adding Virginia City to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Virginia City in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Virginia City was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<7>

From that list, the Virginia City post office opened in 1859.

We also found Virginia City in the book titled List of Post Offices in the United States (1870).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Virginia City.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Virginia City. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Nevada's counties, including Storey, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Virginia City - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<3>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a community (such as Virginia City). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Virginia City or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<4>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<5>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<6>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<7>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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