When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.
But not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Nevada.
But where exactly in Nevada? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.
To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Nevada that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.
What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in Yerington don’t mind us spreading the word.
Here are our top ten places in the Silver State to retire for 2018:
- Yerington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Mesquite (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Henderson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Lovelock (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Sparks (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Reno (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Fallon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Winnemucca (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Las Vegas (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Elko (Photos | Homes For Sale)
How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Silver State
To create our list of the best places in Nevada to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Silver State — 124 cities and towns.
We then narrowed it down to places with at least 1,000 people that weren’t townships. This left us with 13 places from across the state.
For these 13, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:
- Low cost of living as measured by rent
- Low crime
- Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
- Nice weather
- Distance to the closest international airport
- Other retirees (High median age)
We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 13, with the lowest number being the best.
Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Yerington, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.
Population: 16,953Median Rent: $805
Distance to Closest Airport: 76 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,111
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Mesquite was settled by Mormon pioneers in 1880, who called it Mesquite Flat. The community was finally established on the third attempt after having been flooded out from the waters of the Virgin River. The name was later shortened to Mesquite, and the city was incorporated by Thelma Davis in May 1984. Mesquite, like nearby Bunkerville, had its origins in farming. The Peppermill Mesquite casino, which opened in the 1970s, drove Mesquite’s diversified economy. The city incorporated in 1984 and established a master development plan during the early 1990s. In the mid-1990s, more casinos opened. By 2006, Mesquite was one of the fastest-growing small towns in the United States, though the late-2000s recession led to the closure of both the Mesquite Star and Oasis (formerly The Peppermill) casinos.
Population: 277,872Median Rent: $1,151
Distance to Closest Airport: 8 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,195
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The township of Henderson first emerged in the 1940s during World War II with the building of the Basic Magnesium Plant. Henderson quickly became a main supplier of magnesium in the United States, which was called the “miracle metal” of World War II. The plant supplied the US War Department with magnesium for incendiary munition casings and airplane engines, frames, and other parts. A quarter of all US wartime magnesium came from the Henderson Plant to strengthen aluminum, using 25% of Hoover Dam’s power to separate the metal from its ore by electrolysis. Mayor Jim Gibson’s grandfather, Fred D. Gibson, was one of the original engineers sent to Great Britain to learn the secret of creating the “miracle metal” which would eventually help the United States and its allies win the war. The British liaison officer sent to Henderson, Major Charles Ball, had a street named after him. There was some concern that “Ball St,” would sound improper, so the street was named “Major Avenue”.
Although “born in America’s defense”, Henderson’s future after World War II was uncertain. In 1947, magnesium production was no longer necessary for defense, and the majority of the 14,000 BMI employees moved away. Enrollment in the school system was reduced by two thirds, and well over half the townsite houses, built to house plant workers, became vacant. In 1947, the United States War Asset Administration had offered Henderson for sale as war surplus property.
Population: 94,718Median Rent: $971
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,045
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The area that is now Sparks was first inhabited by the Washoe people. Euro-American settlement began in the early 1850s, and the population density remained very low until 1904 when the Southern Pacific Railroad built a switch yard and maintenance sheds there. As the population increased a city was established, first called Harriman, after E. H. Harriman, president of the Southern Pacific, and then renamed Sparks, after John Sparks, then Governor of Nevada.
Sparks remained a small town until the 1950s, when economic growth in Reno triggered a housing boom north of the railroad in the area of Sparks. During the 1970s, the area south of the railroad started to fill up with warehouses and light industry. In 1984, the tower for the Nugget Casino Resort was finished, giving Sparks its first, and currently only, high-rise casino. In 1996, the redevelopment effort of the B Street business district across from the Nugget that started in the early 1980s took a step forward with the opening of a multi-screen movie complex and the construction of a plaza area. This area, now known as Victorian Square, is a pedestrian-friendly district that hosts many open-air events.
Population: 237,121Median Rent: $872
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,069
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Archaeological finds place the eastern border for the prehistoric Martis people in the Reno area.
As early as the mid 1850s a few pioneers settled in the Truckee Meadows, a relatively fertile valley through which the Truckee River made its way from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake. In addition to subsistence farming, these early residents could pick up business from travelers along the California Trail, which followed the Truckee westward, before branching off towards Donner Lake, where the formidable obstacle of the Sierra Nevada began.
9. Las Vegas
Population: 613,295Median Rent: $985
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 9,704
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Perhaps the earliest visitors to the Las Vegas area were nomadic Paleo-Indians, who traveled there 10,000 years ago, leaving behind petroglyphs. Anasazi and Paiute tribes followed at least 2,000 years ago.
A young Mexican scout named Rafael Rivera is credited as the first non-Native American to encounter the valley, in 1829. Trader Antonio Armijo led a 60-man party along the Spanish Trail to Los Angeles, California in 1829. The area was named Las Vegas, which is Spanish for “the meadows,” as it featured abundant wild grasses, as well as the desert spring waters needed by westward travelers. The year 1844 marked the arrival of John C. Frémont, whose writings helped lure pioneers to the area. Downtown Las Vegas’s Fremont Street is named after him.
Population: 20,078Median Rent: $974
Distance to Closest Airport: 198 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,476
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Though Elko lies along the route of the historic California Trail, it was first inhabited only in 1868, when it was at the east end of the railroad tracks built by the Central Pacific Railroad (the portion of the First Transcontinental Railroad built from California to Utah). When the railroad crews moved on, Elko remained, serving as a center for ranching, mining, rail freight and general supplies.
Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…
So there you have it, the best place to retire in Nevada goes to Yerington.
If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:
- West Wendover
- North Las Vegas
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