Best Places To Retire In Nevada For 2020

We analyzed over 13 places in Nevada to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best places to retire in Nevada.

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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.

Why did Lovelock take the top spot? And where are Las Vegas and Henderson?

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.

For more Nevada state reading:

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Nevada For 2020

Lovelock, NV

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Population: 1,806
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $659
Distance to Closest Airport: 82 miles
More on Lovelock: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mesquite, NV

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Population: 17,904
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $849
Distance to Closest Airport: 76 miles
More on Mesquite: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, NV

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Population: 291,346
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $1,226
Distance to Closest Airport: 8 miles
More on Henderson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Review Of Henderson by HomeSnacks User

I love visiting Henderson with my family. There are so many choices for shopping and dining. It is near the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas, but since it is on the outskirts, it is chill.

Favorite Henderson places for lunch include The Cheesecake Factory at Green Valley and In-N-Out burger on Eastern. Pick up designer cupcakes at The Cupcakery also on Eastern. Grab your healthy food choices at Trader Joes on Eastern. For clothing, teens love Rapsodielle on Stephanie Street across from the old Toys R Us.

Winnemucca, NV

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Population: 7,798
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4)
Median Rent: $748
Distance to Closest Airport: 147 miles
More on Winnemucca: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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: 242,633
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Rent: $967
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
More on Reno: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Review Of Reno by HomeSnacks User

Loads of schools both public and private, with more in the works. Big events year-round, averaging one biggie per month, ranging from hot air balloon races, rodeo, air races, food fests, nearby Burning Man, parades for numerous reasons, a growing art scene,....there's just so much going on lately. Plus the casinos. All this and a decent sized river coursing downtown that hosts kayak contests. A construction boom is in progress.

Watch out for the poorly maintained roads, impatient tail riding drivers, and extreme temperatures; summer is very hot and winter is bone chilling cold with a lot of snow possible. Rain, hail, high winds, drought, avalanches flooding, wildfires, it has it all.

The sheer number of special events and stuff to do in a city this size is pretty amazing.

Elko, NV

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Population: 20,247
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Median Rent: $1,022
Distance to Closest Airport: 198 miles
More on Elko: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, NV

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Population: 98,524
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $1,057
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
More on Sparks: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, NV

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Population: 626,637
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Median Rent: $1,057
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
More on Las Vegas: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Review Of Las Vegas by HomeSnacks User

While crime is a bit higher here, but I love all the shopping, food, and energy. I love the faster lifestyle and the weather is amazing! It's a wonderful dry heat and it's warm pretty much year round. There are endless possibilities in Sin City.

My favorite place is on the strip! I love people watching and being able to walk around with a drink in my hand everywhere I go. One thing to watch out for is the sales tax. The city of Las Vegas gets double taxed by Clark County and something else so it's pretty high compared to other states.

West Wendover, NV

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Population: 4,320
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Median Rent: $734
Distance to Closest Airport: 109 miles
More on West Wendover: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, NV

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Population: 2,023
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Rent: $1,053
Distance to Closest Airport: 210 miles
More on Carlin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

For these 11, 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 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:

  1. North Las Vegas
  2. Carlin
  3. West Wendover

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Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Nevada?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Lovelock 1,806 $659
2 Mesquite 17,904 $849
3 Henderson 291,346 $1,226
4 Winnemucca 7,798 $748
5 Reno 242,633 $967
6 Elko 20,247 $1,022
7 Sparks 98,524 $1,057
8 Las Vegas 626,637 $1,057
9 West Wendover 4,320 $734
10 Carlin 2,023 $1,053

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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