10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Nevada For 2019

We used science and data to determine which cities in Nevada have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for . This is our second time ranking the best cities for families in Nevada.

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If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for the perfect place for your family. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect.

Is that attainable? Perhaps not, but we’ll get you as close as we can.


According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?

Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.

So, where are the best cities for families in Nevada? We’ve got the answers here.

These are the best cities to raise a family in the Silver State for 2019:

  1. Yerington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Henderson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Elko (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Winnemucca (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Reno (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. North Las Vegas (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Sparks (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Fallon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Las Vegas (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Lovelock (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you’re thinking of making a move to Nevada, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered. And if you already have kids, we’re surprised you made it this far into the article and hope your little ones give you a couple of more minutes of free time.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out some more reading about Nevada and the best places for families in the country:

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How do you determine which place is best for families in Nevada anyways?

To give you the places in Nevada which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s family-friendly and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Silver State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Nevada, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 1,000 people. For Nevada, that meant a total of 13 cities.

Read on to see why Yerington is where all the families are headed, while Carlin is probably a place made for singles.

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Yerington, NV

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Population: 3,077
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 58
Closest Major City: Reno
Households with kids: 28.1%
More on Yerington: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Yerington is a city in Lyon County, Nevada, United States. The population was 3,048 at the 2010 census. It is named after Henry M. Yerington, Superintendent of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad from 1868 to 1910. The city incorporated in 1907. It is the current county seat of Lyon County, the first county seat being established at Dayton on November 29, 1861. After the Dayton Court House burned down in 1909, the seat was moved to Yerington in 1911.

Henderson, NV

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Population: 284,817
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 62
Households with kids: 25.5%
More on Henderson: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Henderson, officially the City of Henderson, is a city in Clark County, Nevada, United States, about 16 miles southeast of Las Vegas. It is the second-largest city in Nevada, after Las Vegas, with an estimated population of 292,969 in 2016. The city is part of the Las Vegas metropolitan area, which spans the entire Las Vegas Valley. Henderson occupies the southeastern end of the valley, at an elevation of approximately 1,330 feet.

Elko, NV

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Population: 20,225
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 47
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 37.6%
More on Elko: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Coordinates: 4050N 11546W 40.833; -115.767 Elko is the largest city and county seat of Elko County, Nevada, United States. The population was 18,297 at the 2010 census. The city straddles the Humboldt River.

Winnemucca, NV

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Population: 7,870
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 59
Closest Major City: Reno
Households with kids: 38.0%
More on Winnemucca: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Winnemucca ) is the only incorporated city in and is the county seat of Humboldt County, Nevada, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 7,396, up 3.1 percent from the 2000 census figure of 7,174. Interstate 80 passes through the city, where it meets U.S. Route 95.

Reno, NV

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Population: 239,732
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 100
Households with kids: 26.0%
More on Reno: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Reno is a city in the U.S. state of Nevada. It is in Northern Nevada, approximately 22 miles from Lake Tahoe. Known as “The Biggest Little City in the World”, Reno is famous for its hotels and casinos and as the birthplace of Harrah’s Entertainment. It is the county seat of Washoe County, in the northwestern part of the state. The city sits in a high desert at the foot of the Sierra Nevada and its downtown area occupies a valley informally known as the Truckee Meadows. It is named after Jesse L. Reno.

North Las Vegas, NV

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Population: 234,389
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 49
Households with kids: 38.2%
More on North Las Vegas: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

North Las Vegas is a city in Clark County, Nevada, United States, in the Las Vegas Valley. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 216,961, with an estimated population of 249,180 in 2017. The city was incorporated on May 16, 1946. It is in the Las Vegas-Paradise, NV MSA and is the fourth largest city in the state of Nevada.

Sparks, NV

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Population: 96,786
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 56
Closest Major City: Reno
Households with kids: 29.9%
More on Sparks: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Sparks is a city in Washoe County, Nevada, United States. It was founded in 1904 and incorporated on March 15, 1905, and is located just east of Reno. The 2010 U.S. Census Bureau population count was 90,264. It is the fifth most populous city in Nevada. It is named after the late Nevada Governor John Sparks, a member of the Silver Party.

Fallon, NV

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Population: 8,325
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 62
Closest Major City: Reno
Households with kids: 21.5%
More on Fallon: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Fallon is a city in Churchill County, Nevada, United States. The population was 8,606 at time of the 2010 census. Fallon is the county seat of Churchill County and is located in the Lahontan Valley.

Fallon and Churchill County are mostly agricultural areas. Although the area is arid, approximately 50,000 acres of its pastureland are irrigated with water from the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District. The principal crop grown is alfalfa for livestock feed. The “Heart O’ Gold” cantaloupes of Churchill County were once distributed across the United States, but are now grown mostly for consumption in Nevada.

Las Vegas, NV

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Population: 621,662
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 100
Households with kids: 28.5%
More on Las Vegas: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Las Vegas, officially the City of Las Vegas and often known simply as Vegas, is the 28th-most populated city in the United States, the most populated city in the state of Nevada, and the county seat of Clark County. The city anchors the Las Vegas Valley metropolitan area and is the largest city within the greater Mojave Desert. Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city, known primarily for its gambling, shopping, fine dining, entertainment, and nightlife. The Las Vegas Valley as a whole serves as the leading financial, commercial, and cultural center for Nevada.

Lovelock, NV

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Population: 1,773
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 57
Closest Major City: Reno
Households with kids: 29.3%
More on Lovelock: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

There You Have It – The Best Places To Raise A Family In Nevada

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in Nevada ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the best cities for singles Nevada according to the data:

  1. Carlin
  2. West Wendover
  3. Mesquite

For more Nevada reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Nevada

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Yerington, NV 3,077 55
2 Henderson, NV 284,817 46
3 Elko, NV 20,225 55
4 Winnemucca, NV 7,870 48
5 Reno, NV 239,732 90
6 North Las Vegas, NV 234,389 63
7 Sparks, NV 96,786 60
8 Fallon, NV 8,325 53
9 Las Vegas, NV 621,662 100
10 Lovelock, NV 1,773 35
11 Mesquite, NV 17,467 36
12 West Wendover, NV 4,371 52
13 Carlin, NV 2,361 53

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