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6 Best Places to Live in Nevada

By: Susan Finch
August 2, 2021

Nevada attracts newcomers for its reasonable cost of living, lack of income tax, and growing economy. The job market is solid and attractive to young professionals and students who call the University of Nevada campuses home.

If you're ready to move but aren't sure where the best places to live in Nevada are, prepare for a challenge. Nevada boasts 24/7 nightlife, dazzling entertainment options, access to natural wonders, and key industries like aerospace and hospitality.

Not sure where to start? We did the work for you and rounded up some of the best places to live in Nevada.

1. Las Vegas

  • Population: 651,319
  • Median 2-Bedroom Apartment Rent: $1,667
  • Median Household Income: $56,354
  • Walk Score: 41
  • Transit Score: 34
  • Bike Score: 46

Las Vegas isn't always known for its all-night entertainment and gambling culture. The city was founded in 1905 after a railroad opened and linked Los Angeles to Salt Lake City. The stopover attracted farmers and newcomers looking for opportunities. Newcomers moving to Las Vegas come from Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Francisco. When people leave Sin City, they're typically relocating to Los Angeles, Phoenix, or Reno.

The area grew with the completion of the Hoover Dam that brought more workers to build new hotels along the Strip. Howard Hughes' arrival in 1996 helped reimagine Las Vegas as a family-friendly tourist center.

Las Vegas' warm weather, job market, and relatively affordable rents make it an attractive city for young professionals, families, and retirees alike. There's also no state tax in Nevada, making it an attractive option for startups looking to move into Las Vegas neighborhoods. Beyond the thriving tourism and hospitality market, Las Vegas is home to aerospace, health, and information technology. College students attending the University of Nevada also call Vegas home.

The world celebrates Las Vegas for its glitzy casinos and Broadway-caliber stage shows, though there's more to see and do beyond the casinos. Kids join the Rainbow Company Youth Theatre, while the City Hall's Grand Gallery features multiple art mediums and Mayor's Gallery on Historic Fifth Street offers a gallery of impressive paintings. Las Vegas is also home to world-class shopping at the unique Downtown Container Park.

Despite the soaring heat in Vegas, you can still enjoy the outdoors with a bit of planning. Locals go out early in the morning for hiking in nearby areas like Red Rock Canyon. The Lake Mead National Recreation Area offers boating, jet skiing, rafting, and other water sports. Unique and quirky attractions like Slotzilla send visitors soaring over the crowds on Fremont Street.

2. Henderson

  • Population: 320,189
  • Median 2-Bedroom Apartment Rent: $1,567
  • Median Household Income: $74,147
  • Walk Score: 29
  • Transit Score: 24
  • Bike Score: 44

Henderson, Nevada, is located 16 miles southeast of downtown Las Vegas. It is the second-largest city in Nevada. Henderson rose to prominence as the leading supplier of magnesium during World War II. After a brief decline, Henderson grew as an industrial town and attracted newcomers to its job opportunities.

Henderson is home to professionals and families looking for a laid-back vibe in close proximity to Las Vegas. Henderson boasts opportunities in education services, medical and biomedical technology, electronics, and senior care. Residents can also commute into Las Vegas to tap into careers in entertainment and hospitality.

You don't have to head into Las Vegas for a gambling fix. M Resort Casino is situated right in Henderson. For an entertaining way to enjoy drinks, The Las Vegas Distillery features the state's first craft distillery and serves up spirits. For a culture fix, the Clark County Heritage Museum sits on 30 acres and is complete with an exhibit hall about southern Nevada from prehistoric to modern times.

Lake Las Vegas is also located in Henderson with 320 acres of lake and 10 miles of shoreline with water activities in a secluded setting. Henderson is home to family-friendly attractions, like the Lion Habitat Ranch. The Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve also gives insights into the lives of waterfowl, raptors, warblers, Great Horned owls, and more.

3. Paradise

  • Population: 223,167
  • Median 2-Bedroom Apartment Rent: $1,252
  • Median Household Income: $48,312
  • Walk Score: 48
  • Transit Score: 38
  • Bike Score: 54

Paradise was once home to a desirable water table that attracted farmers in the early 1900s. Today, Paradise is an unincorporated town outside of Las Vegas that's home to the McCarran International Airport, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a large portion of the Las Vegas Strip.

The demographic around Paradise is similar to the rest of the Las Vegas area. Families are welcome, retirees come for the urban amenities and relative affordability, and young professionals can tap into new opportunities. Locals find work in Accommodation, Food Service, Retail, Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation in Paradise.

Most people won't notice much difference between where attractions start in Paradise. A large section of The Strip is tucked inside Paradise, complete with oversized casinos, stage shows, and 4-star dining. Beyond the casinos, Paradise also offers unique attractions, like the Titanic Artifact Exhibition, which houses authentic artifacts from the doomed vessel. The Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian also offer a gondola ride along with gorgeous plants and flowers.

Even the Paradise and Las Vegas metro area has outdoor reprieves. The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden features seasonally changing flowers, a coffee shop, and a chocolate fountain. The Fountains of Bellagio boasts 200-foot-tall fountains at the Bellagio Hotel that's choreographed to music for stunning performances.

4. Reno

  • Population: 255,601
  • Median 2-Bedroom Apartment Rent: $1,454
  • Median Household Income: $58,790
  • Walk Score: 38
  • Transit Score: 28
  • Bike Score: 52

Reno grew to prominence as a quickie divorce destination during the 1920s. Instead of the typical 6-month wait for a divorce, Reno only required residency for six weeks per the laws at the time. As more people moved in to get divorces, amenities and entertainment grew to accommodate the influx of long-term visitors.

Today, Reno features casinos, tourism, urban amenities, and convenience to outdoor attractions. Newcomers to Reno arrive from Las Vegas, Sacramento, and San Francisco. They're also moving out of Reno to the same areas.

Despite its divorce roots, Reno boasts a large population of families and young professionals looking to settle into their careers. Reno's industry initially thrived around gaming and entertainment before broadening to healthcare, startups, and technology-based business.

Reno has spent over $89 million in arts and culture to enrich the landscape and opportunities in the city. Residents have access to performing arts, galleries, festivals, and historic buildings. The city also serves as a gateway to Burning Man, with over 70,000 people coming through on their way to the Black Rock Desert. Sculptures, public art, and exhibits turn Reno into a vibrant city, attracting creatives at heart.

Reno locals have access to Lake Tahoe Outdoor activities during summer and winter. Snowboarders and skiers head to Mt. Rose Ski Resort for a day outdoors. Hunter Creek Trail offers waterside hiking, and equestrians spend the afternoon riding at the Reno Rodeo Cattle Drive. Downtown Reno also boasts kayaking across multiple drops and elevation changes for a thrilling experience without leaving the city limits.

5. North Las Vegas

  • Population: 251,974
  • Median 2-Bedroom Apartment Rent: $1,318
  • Median Household Income: $59,835
  • Walk Score: 33
  • Transit Score: 32
  • Bike Score: 48

North Las Vegas grew out of a disdain for the rowdy culture in nearby Vegas during the 1860s for those who wanted to take advantage of the agricultural opportunities. A local rancher moved his family to what is now North Las Vegas and founded his own town. During the 1960s, North Las Vegas experienced a growth boom and annexed additional land to create more upscale housing opportunities.

North Las Vegas is welcoming to families, young professionals, and retirees looking to live near Las Vegas. Locals are about 3 miles to Las Vegas for convenient access to job opportunities. North Las Vegas boasts its own industry, with Bigelow Aerospace calling the area home. Manufacturing, industrial, high-tech companies, and green technology are also moving into North Las Vegas. Amazon and Sephora also recently opened fulfillment and distribution centers in the city.

North Las Vegas is a military town and home to the National Atomic Testing Museum that preserves fascinating exhibits and offers limited Nevada National Security Site tours. Nellis Air Force Base does more than house the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center. It's also the home base for the world-famous Thunderbirds that offer aerobatic air demonstrations.

Outdoor enthusiasts have access to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area and the sprawling Desert National Wildlife Refuge. The iconic Dinosaur Park" or the Aliante Nature Discovery Park houses a themed playground and walking paths across 20-acres.

6. Spring Valley

  • Population: 178,395
  • Median 2-Bedroom Apartment Rent: $1,453
  • Median Household Income: $58,388
  • Walk Score: 43
  • Transit Score: 38
  • Bike Score:4 5

The unincorporated town of Spring Valley lies 2 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip. The area was originally home to the Stardust International Raceway. When the land was sold by the Stardust Resort and Casino to a developer, they weren’t interested in keeping the speedway going. It eventually transformed into a master-planned community of Spring Valley, convenient for commuters and families looking to get outside of the bustle of Las Vegas.

Young professionals make up the majority of Spring Valley’s population, along with families with children. The significant industries around Spring Valley include Accommodation and Food Services, Retail Trade, Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation. Locals are also never far from job opportunities in the Downtown Las Vegas area with such a short commute to what the rest of the city has to offer.

Attractions around Spring Valley are all part of the greater Las Vegas area. Spring Valley offers a Spanish Trail Country Club for an afternoon of golf for leisure beyond the casinos and entertainment options around Vegas. Outdoor attractions are also never far away. Locals enjoy exploring Red Rock Canyon National Park and Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area.

Final Thoughts - Where Should I Move to In Nevada?

Nevada offers nonstop entertainment, hospitality, and outdoor adventures. Whether you want to live steps from The Strip or enjoy a quieter reprieve from city living, you can find it around Las Vegas and beyond. Ready to make a move to Nevada? Sign up for Apartment List to find the best places to live in Nevada.

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Susan Finch is a freelance writer and content manager focusing on local experiences, travel, and anything relating to really good food and craft brews. Her work has appeared in travel guidebooks and national magazines and newspapers. Read More
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