The town is also referenced in the North American version of the song "I've Been Everywhere", originally recorded by Hank Snow, and more recently covered by Johnny Cash. The song opens with the narrator walking "the dusty Winnemucca road" and accepting a ride to Winnemucca. However, we never do find out if he actually makes it to Winnemucca, as he spends the rest of the song listing the dozens and dozens (91 in total) of other places he's been.
Winnemucca is featured prominently in the novel Revoltingly Young by C.D. Payne, and is also a setting in More Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin, where one character finds employment as a receptionist in a local brothel. It gives its name to the 2002 album by Richmond Fontaine, the alt-country band from Portland, Oregon.
According to a billboard spotted along State Route 140 (the "Winnemucca To the Sea Highway"), Winnemucca styles itself "The City by Battle Mountain" (the song referenced above talks about the hitchhiker walking along "the dusty Winnemucca road").
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As of 2000 Winnemucca was the place in the United States with the highest percentage of Basques with 4.2% of its population reporting Basque ancestry.
There are 2,736 households out of which 37.8% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.9% are married couples living together, 8.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 33.3% are non-families. 27.1% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.7% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.60 and the average family size is 3.21.
In the city the population is spread out with 30.2% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 9.0% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 105.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 104.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $46,699, and the median income for a family is $53,681. Males have a median income of $47,917 versus $26,682 for females. The per capita income for the city is $21,441. 9.5% of the population and 7.5% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 10.8% of those under the age of 18 and 8.1% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
Amtrak, the national passenger rail system, provides service to Winnemucca. The Winnemucca passenger rail station, at 209 West Railroad Street, is unstaffed and on-site ticket sales are not available.
Historically, Winnemucca was a station on the Transcontinental Railroad.
Three K-4 elementary schools, Grass Valley, Sonoma Heights, and Winnemucca Grammar School, serve sections of Winnemucca. All of Winnemucca is zoned to French Ford Middle School (5-6), Winnemucca Junior High School (7-8), and Albert M. Lowry High School (9-12).