These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Nevada For 2018


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

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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 2018:

  1. Mogul (Homes For Sale)
  2. East Valley (Homes For Sale)
  3. Golden Valley (Homes For Sale)
  4. Kingsbury (Homes For Sale)
  5. Ruhenstroth (Homes For Sale)
  6. Washoe Valley (Homes For Sale)
  7. Verdi (Homes For Sale)
  8. Panaca (Homes For Sale)
  9. Battle Mountain (Homes For Sale)
  10. Minden (Homes For Sale)

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:

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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.

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1. Mogul


Population: 1,683
Median Income: $97,286 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $323,900 (3rd Best)
More on Mogul: Data| Homes For Sale

2. East Valley


Population: 1,467
Median Income: $104,157 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $569,000 (1st Best)
More on East Valley: Data| Homes For Sale

3. Golden Valley


Population: 1,805
Median Income: $83,750 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $272,200 (8th Best)
More on Golden Valley: Data| Homes For Sale

4. Kingsbury


Population: 2,242
Median Income: $63,314 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $437,000 (2nd Best)
More on Kingsbury: Data| Homes For Sale

5. Ruhenstroth


Population: 1,163
Median Income: $77,679 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $319,200 (4th Best)
More on Ruhenstroth: Data| Homes For Sale

6. Washoe Valley


Population: 2,950
Median Income: $78,565 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $252,000 (9th Best)
More on Washoe Valley: Data| Homes For Sale

7. Verdi


Population: 1,399
Median Income: $71,397 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $279,900 (6th Best)
More on Verdi: Data| Homes For Sale

8. Panaca


Population: 1,170
Median Income: $48,981 (19th Best)
Median Home Value: $111,200 (21st Best)
More on Panaca: Data| Homes For Sale

9. Battle Mountain


Population: 3,227
Median Income: $87,565 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $120,300 (18th Best)
More on Battle Mountain: Data| Homes For Sale

10. Minden


Population: 3,359
Median Income: $51,682 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $273,000 (7th Best)
More on Minden: Data| Homes For Sale

11. Stateline


Population: 1,083
Median Income: $40,000 (24th Best)
Median Home Value: $187,500 (10th Best)
More on Stateline: Data| Homes For Sale

12. Mcgill


Population: 1,168
Median Income: $53,417 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $82,000 (28th Best)
More on Mcgill: Data| Homes For Sale

13. Smith Valley


Population: 1,481
Median Income: $71,510 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $285,400 (5th Best)
More on Smith Valley: Data| Homes For Sale

14. Caliente

Caliente, NV

Source: Public domain

Population: 1,129
Median Income: $54,250 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $129,700 (14th Best)
More on Caliente: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

15. Nellis Afb


Population: 3,252
Median Income: $45,000 (21st Best)
Median Home Value: $51,800 (31st Best)
More on Nellis Afb: Data| Homes For Sale

16. Wells

Wells, NV

Population: 1,377
Median Income: $51,618 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $118,200 (19th Best)
More on Wells: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

17. Hawthorne


Population: 2,812
Median Income: $35,179 (29th Best)
Median Home Value: $95,400 (25th Best)
More on Hawthorne: Data| Homes For Sale

18. Ely

Ely, NV

Population: 4,169
Median Income: $50,361 (17th Best)
Median Home Value: $125,000 (16th Best)
More on Ely: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

19. West Wendover

West Wendover, NV

Population: 4,390
Median Income: $45,714 (20th Best)
Median Home Value: $128,400 (15th Best)
More on West Wendover: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

20. Carlin

Carlin, NV

Population: 2,337
Median Income: $76,250 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $105,000 (22nd 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. Silver Springs
  2. Owyhee
  3. Yerington

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Nevada

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Mogul 1,683 $97,286 $323,900
2 East Valley 1,467 $104,157 $569,000
3 Golden Valley 1,805 $83,750 $272,200
4 Kingsbury 2,242 $63,314 $437,000
5 Ruhenstroth 1,163 $77,679 $319,200
6 Washoe Valley 2,950 $78,565 $252,000
7 Verdi 1,399 $71,397 $279,900
8 Panaca 1,170 $48,981 $111,200
9 Battle Mountain 3,227 $87,565 $120,300
10 Minden 3,359 $51,682 $273,000
11 Stateline 1,083 $40,000 $187,500
12 Mcgill 1,168 $53,417 $82,000
13 Smith Valley 1,481 $71,510 $285,400
14 Caliente 1,129 $54,250 $129,700
15 Nellis Afb 3,252 $45,000 $51,800
16 Wells 1,377 $51,618 $118,200
17 Hawthorne 2,812 $35,179 $95,400
18 Ely 4,169 $50,361 $125,000
19 West Wendover 4,390 $45,714 $128,400
20 Carlin 2,337 $76,250 $105,000
21 Pioche 1,246 $33,705 $165,600
22 Bunkerville 1,423 $42,708 $139,700
23 Lovelock 1,854 $33,636 $94,400
24 Tonopah 2,440 $38,600 $80,100
25 Sandy Valley 1,331 $49,563 $114,700
26 Stagecoach 1,703 $51,094 $98,600
27 Moapa Town 1,249 $69,375 $122,900
28 Topaz Ranch Estates 1,680 $42,500 $131,500
29 Jackpot 1,535 $26,458 $11,900
30 Yerington 3,096 $39,489 $102,000
31 Owyhee 1,203 $40,000 $76,400
32 Silver Springs 4,984 $36,184 $84,700

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