10 Best Places To Retire In Nevada For 2019


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 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best places to retire in Nevada.

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When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.

But not 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.

Where exactly in Nevada is the best place to retire? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data — which returns Yerington as the best place to hang up your cleats.

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.

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

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.

For Nevada state reading:

Yerington, NV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,096
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Rent: $561
Distance to Closest Airport: 47 miles
More on Yerington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Mesquite, NV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,953
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 13)
Median Rent: $805
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

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 277,872
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 14)
Median Rent: $1,151
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.

Lovelock, NV

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 1,854
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Rent: $537
Distance to Closest Airport: 82 miles
More on Lovelock: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sparks, NV

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 94,718
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 10)
Median Rent: $971
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.

Reno, NV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 237,121
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4)
Median Rent: $872
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.

Fallon, NV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,410
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $832
Distance to Closest Airport: 52 miles
More on Fallon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Winnemucca, NV

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,881
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 8)
Median Rent: $803
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.

Las Vegas, NV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 613,295
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 7)
Median Rent: $985
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

Awesome place to visit. Fabulous shows, celebrity chef-owned restaurants, glitzy casinos, swanky shops, people-watching–so much to see and do!

There’s so much wonderful art to see for free by just visiting various casinos. There’s observatories at the Bellagio and the Wynn, there’s wonderful architecture, art installations at the Venetian, the Aria…I feel like each time we visit, I find a new hidden gem.

Elko, NV

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 20,078
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Rent: $974
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.

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Silver State for 2019

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.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire In Nevada 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:

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

For more Nevada reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Nevada?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Yerington 3,096 $561
2 Mesquite 16,953 $805
3 Henderson 277,872 $1,151
4 Lovelock 1,854 $537
5 Sparks 94,718 $971
6 Reno 237,121 $872
7 Fallon 8,410 $832
8 Winnemucca 7,881 $803
9 Las Vegas 613,295 $985
10 Elko 20,078 $974

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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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