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Want to know where you can live the retirement dream in Nevada? Read on.
But, first, let's talk about a couple of things before you head down to HomeSnacks' list of the top ten best places to retire in The Silver State for 2020. For one, many people think that Las Vegas and Reno are the only places in Nevada worth your time; and while they may be two of the top ten best places to retire in Nevada for 2020, they are not the best. So, what does it take to make the top ten best places to retire in Nevada? Well, to make HomeSnacks' list, a place had to be affordable, safe, and close to an international airport. And because we know that's not all that keeps the 65 and older crowd happy and entertained, we also looked at amenities and commute times for each and this information can be found under each city's data button.
And, folks, no surprise here: Nevada's best places to retire do not disappoint. The state is after all one of the fastest growing states in America so there has to be something that's drawing the country to this western state. And for many of Nevada's retirees, that takes on the form of great skiing in Carson City's Lake Tahoe and gambling anywhere from Winnemucca to Henderson.
So, want to know the places in Nevada where you where you can experience the best that retirement has to offer? Grab a coffee and follow along.
HomeSnacks thinks that since you have spent a majority of your life working towards retirement that you should be privy to the best places to retire in each state. And in Nevada's case, we looked at 11 places with at least 1,000 residents to find the best of the best.
So, where is the best place to retire in Nevada? According to the latest Census, that would be Lovelock.
To see a list of the rest of Nevada's places to retire, hit that down arrow. And because we don't want you to take a gamble with your golden years, we suggest you take a look at Nevada's worst places before you make any life changing decisions.
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The 10 Best Places To Retire In Nevada For 2020
Mesquite is a U.S. city in Clark County, Nevada, adjacent to the Arizona state line and 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas on Interstate 15. As of 2015, the United States Census estimates that the city had a population of 17,496. The city is located in the Virgin River valley adjacent to the Virgin Mountains in the northeastern part of the Mojave Desert. It is home to a growing retirement community, as well as several casino resorts and golf courses.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
West Wendover is a small city in Elko County, Nevada, United States. The population was 4,410 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Elko micropolitan area. West Wendover is located on the eastern border of Nevada and the western edge of the Great Salt Lake Desert and is contiguous with Wendover, Utah, with which it is sometimes confused. Interstate 80 runs just north of the cities, while Interstate 80 Business runs through the two cities.
Carlin is a small city located near the western border of Elko County in northeast Nevada, 23 miles west of the city of Elko. It is part of the Elko Micropolitan Statistical Area. Carlin sits along Interstate 80 at an elevation of approximately 4,900 feet. As of the 2010 census, its population was 2,368, up from 2,161 at the 2000 census. The city was named for Civil War general William Passmore Carlin. Its slogan is "Where the Train Stops...And the Gold Rush Begins".
How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Silver State for 2020
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 11 places from across the state.
- 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 11, with the lowest number being the best.
Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Lovelock, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.
Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Nevada Yet...
So there you have it, the best place to retire in Nevada goes to Lovelock.
If you're not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:
- North Las Vegas
- West Wendover
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