These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Nevada For 2019


We used science and data to determine which small towns in Nevada are the best of the best.

This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Data updated for 2019.

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You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in Nevada, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Silver State and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Nevada based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Nevada ranked the based–you know, based on science.

Before we get to the top 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Nevada for 2019:

  1. Mogul (Homes)
  2. East Valley (Homes)
  3. Golden Valley (Homes)
  4. Ruhenstroth (Homes)
  5. Washoe Valley (Homes)
  6. Verdi (Homes)
  7. Kingsbury (Homes)
  8. Panaca (Homes)
  9. Minden (Homes)
  10. Caliente (Photos | Homes)

If you live in one of these small towns like Mogul, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list.

For more reading on the Silver State check out:

How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Nevada

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 32 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 32, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Nevada. Top of that list — Mogul.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in Nevada.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,884
Median Income: $100,372 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $356,100 (4th Best)
More on Mogul: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,391
Median Income: $103,224 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $613,400 (1st Best)
More on East Valley: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,541
Median Income: $92,591 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $284,500 (8th Best)
More on Golden Valley: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,212
Median Income: $76,118 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $381,900 (3rd Best)
More on Ruhenstroth: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,628
Median Income: $83,194 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $273,800 (9th Best)
More on Washoe Valley: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,450
Median Income: $67,727 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $335,600 (5th Best)
More on Verdi: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,303
Median Income: $58,913 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $432,100 (2nd Best)
More on Kingsbury: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,174
Median Income: $53,295 (18th Best)
Median Home Value: $105,300 (20th Best)
More on Panaca: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,185
Median Income: $54,770 (16th Best)
Median Home Value: $294,000 (7th Best)
More on Minden: Data | Homes For Sale

Caliente, NV

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,124
Median Income: $60,455 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $126,700 (18th Best)
More on Caliente: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,113
Median Income: $83,456 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $138,000 (17th Best)
More on Battle Mountain: Data | Homes For Sale

West Wendover, NV

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 4,371
Median Income: $48,615 (21st Best)
Median Home Value: $155,200 (14th Best)
More on West Wendover: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,564
Median Income: $77,222 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $306,900 (6th Best)
More on Smith Valley: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,318
Median Income: $54,929 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $82,300 (29th Best)
More on Mcgill: Data | Homes For Sale

Wells, NV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,421
Median Income: $54,500 (17th Best)
Median Home Value: $140,600 (16th Best)
More on Wells: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Ely, NV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,124
Median Income: $56,813 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $126,300 (19th Best)
More on Ely: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,248
Median Income: $44,145 (23rd Best)
Median Home Value: $51,000 (31st Best)
More on Nellis Afb: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,689
Median Income: $42,250 (24th Best)
Median Home Value: $99,700 (23rd Best)
More on Hawthorne: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,277
Median Income: $66,167 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $183,200 (10th Best)
More on Bunkerville: Data | Homes For Sale

Carlin, NV

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 2,361
Median Income: $74,148 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $104,400 (21st Best)
More on Carlin: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 20 small towns in Nevada are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in Nevada:

  1. Schurz
  2. Silver Springs
  3. Owyhee

For more Nevada reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Nevada

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Mogul 1,884 $100,372.0 $356,100.0
2 East Valley 1,391 $103,224.0 $613,400.0
3 Golden Valley 1,541 $92,591.0 $284,500.0
4 Ruhenstroth 1,212 $76,118.0 $381,900.0
5 Washoe Valley 2,628 $83,194.0 $273,800.0
6 Verdi 1,450 $67,727.0 $335,600.0
7 Kingsbury 2,303 $58,913.0 $432,100.0
8 Panaca 1,174 $53,295.0 $105,300.0
9 Minden 3,185 $54,770.0 $294,000.0
10 Caliente 1,124 $60,455.0 $126,700.0
11 Battle Mountain 3,113 $83,456.0 $138,000.0
12 West Wendover 4,371 $48,615.0 $155,200.0
13 Smith Valley 1,564 $77,222.0 $306,900.0
14 Mcgill 1,318 $54,929.0 $82,300.0
15 Wells 1,421 $54,500.0 $140,600.0
16 Ely 4,124 $56,813.0 $126,300.0
17 Nellis Afb 3,248 $44,145.0 $51,000.0
18 Hawthorne 2,689 $42,250.0 $99,700.0
19 Bunkerville 1,277 $66,167.0 $183,200.0
20 Carlin 2,361 $74,148.0 $104,400.0
21 Lovelock 1,773 $40,458.0 $86,000.0
22 Pioche 1,276 $32,639.0 $169,500.0
23 Lemmon Valley 4,975 $51,695.0 $171,600.0
24 Moapa Town 1,169 $61,813.0 $155,900.0
25 Tonopah 2,355 $37,771.0 $66,300.0
26 Stagecoach 1,950 $53,047.0 $99,300.0
27 Yerington 3,077 $37,297.0 $92,100.0
28 Topaz Ranch Estates 1,610 $41,685.0 $147,100.0
29 Sandy Valley 1,228 $47,612.0 $102,400.0
30 Owyhee 1,104 $39,265.0 $83,800.0
31 Silver Springs 4,786 $37,412.0 $89,700.0
32 Schurz 1,048 $26,111.0 $44,100.0

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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