These Are The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Nevada For 2018


We used data and science to determine which places in Nevada go easy on your wallet.

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A wise sage once said:

‘She works hard for the money…’

And these places in Nevada definitely treat her right.

You see, these are the places in Nevada where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Silver State, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.

So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 19 largest places in Nevada, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.

Here are the 10 cheapest places to live in Nevada for 2018:

  1. Caliente
  2. Ely
  3. Carlin
  4. Mesquite (Photos)
  5. Wells
  6. West Wendover
  7. Elko (Photos)
  8. Lovelock
  9. Yerington
  10. Fallon (Photos)

So listen up Carson City (the most expensive place in Nevada) as we explain how we created this ranking. You could learn some things from the rest of the state.

And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out the best places to live in Nevada or the most expensive.

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How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The Silver State For 2018

There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Nevada to figure out which is the least expensive.

What you are left with is a ‘Cost of Living Index’ that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 19 places in Nevada that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

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1. Caliente

Caliente, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,204
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 92
Housing: 67
Transportation: 99
Utilities: 88

2. Ely

Ely, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,236
Services: 93
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 85
Housing: 73
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 87

3. Carlin

Carlin, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,646
Services: 93
Groceries: 93
Health Care: 98
Housing: 76
Transportation: 99
Utilities: 94

4. Mesquite

Mesquite, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,391
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 92
Housing: 107
Transportation: 99
Utilities: 88
Mesquite is a U.S. city in Clark County, Nevada, adjacent to the Arizona state line and 80 miles (130 km) 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.

5. Wells

Wells, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,363
Services: 93
Groceries: 93
Health Care: 98
Housing: 77
Transportation: 99
Utilities: 94

6. West Wendover

West Wendover, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,441
Services: 101
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 91
Housing: 62
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 94

7. Elko

Elko, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,438
Services: 93
Groceries: 93
Health Care: 98
Housing: 109
Transportation: 99
Utilities: 94
Coordinates: 40°50N 115°46W / 40.833°N 115.767°W / 40.833; -115.767 Elko (Shoshoni: Natakkoa, ‘Rocks Piled on One Another’) 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.

8. Lovelock

Lovelock, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,220
Services: 112
Groceries: 110
Health Care: 101
Housing: 66
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 96

9. Yerington

Yerington, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,086
Services: 112
Groceries: 110
Health Care: 101
Housing: 71
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 96

10. Fallon

Fallon, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,555
Services: 112
Groceries: 110
Health Care: 101
Housing: 82
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 96

There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Cheapskate

If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in Nevada, this is an accurate list of the cheapest places to call home.

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Nevada

City Rank Population Services Groceries Health Care
Caliente 1 1,204 93 95 92
Ely 2 4,236 93 97 85
Carlin 3 2,646 93 93 98
Mesquite 4 15,391 93 95 92
Wells 5 1,363 93 93 98
West Wendover 6 4,441 101 95 91
Elko 7 18,438 93 93 98
Lovelock 8 2,220 112 110 101
Yerington 9 3,086 112 110 101
Fallon 10 8,555 112 110 101
Winnemucca 11 7,409 112 110 101
Fernley 12 19,074 112 110 101
North Las Vegas 13 215,762 108 113 106
Las Vegas 14 587,699 108 113 106
Sparks 15 90,099 112 110 101
Reno 16 226,305 112 110 101
Boulder City 17 15,194 108 113 106
Henderson 18 258,270 108 113 106
Carson City 19 55,184 115 133 120

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