| Data is for Fallon Experiment Station, Nevada
As of the census
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of 2000, there were 7,536 people, 3,004 households, and 1,877 families residing in the city. The population density
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was 2,474.1 people per square mile (954.0/km²). There were 3,336 housing units at an average density of 1,095.2 per square mile (422.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 76.50% White, 2.00% African American, 3.00% Native American, 4.70% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 0.3% from other races
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, and 3.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.9% of the population.
There were 3,004 households out of which 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.7% were married couples
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living together, 15.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.5% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.06.
In the city the population was spread out with 28.4% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 29.7% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $35,935, and the median income for a family was $41,433. Males had a median income of $35,356 versus $22,818 for females. The per capita income
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for the city was $16,919. About 9.5% of families and 12.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.6% of those under age 18 and 10.3% of those age 65 or over.
The Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of the Fallon Reservation and Colony
The Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of the Fallon Reservation and Colony is a federally recognized tribe of Northern Paiute and Western Shoshone Indians in Churchill County, Nevada. Their autonym is Toi Ticutta meaning "Cattail Eaters."-Reservation:...
is headquartered in Fallon.
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was born in Fallon.
Nuclear Weapons Testing
Los Alamos National Laboratory, in conjunction with the Department of Defense, conducted an underground nuclear test 28 miles southeast of Fallon, at 5 p.m. on October 26, 1963.
Named Project Shoal
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, the 12.5 kiloton detonation was part of the Vela Uniform
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program. The device exploded at a depth of 1,205 feet below ground surface. The site is located in Gote Flat in the Sand Springs Range
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Access to the Project Shoal Area is unrestricted. Access to the area is by Highway 50, Nevada Highway 839, then to an improved gravel road to the site.
Seven miles east of Fallon, adjacent to Highway 50, is the Grimes Point Petroglyph Trail. The Trail features rocks with carvings as much as eight thousand years old, created by native peoples who were drawn to the shores of ancient Lake Lahontan
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. The Trail is approximately one-half mile long on a level path. Free brochures explaining the native art are available. There is also a cave where bats dwell. Has also been known to be a popular local party destination. The path begins to rise as it goes from the now level lake bottom to the once higher bank where inhabited with caves.
In popular culture
- According to the Home Improvement episode "A Sew Sew Evening", Al was stationed in Fallon when he served in the Navy, which was a disappointment to him since he wanted to see the world. Interestingly, he used the native pronunciation of "Nevada", which is unusual for an outsider, especially someone in the midwest
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- Films such as Top Gun
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and Kerosene Cowboys
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have been shot there and at Naval Air Station Fallon
Naval Air Station Fallon or NAS Fallon is the United States Navy's premier air-to-air and air-to-ground training facility. It is located southeast of the city of Fallon in western Nevada in the United States. Since 1996, it has been home to the Naval Fighter Weapons School , and the surrounding...
- The Wizard
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, starring Fred Savage
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and Beau Bridges
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, was shot in and around Fallon as well.
- The Go-Getter
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, starring Zooey Deschanel
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and Jena Malone
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, mentions Fallon many times and even brings up Fallon's annual Heart 'O Gold Cantaloupe Festival. Malone's character lives in Fallon and parts of the movie were filmed in and around Fallon.