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 cities and 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.
So where is the cheapest place to live in Nevada? That would be Caliente.
So listen up Reno (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 some more reading about Nevada and the cheapest places in the country:
How We Determined The Most Affordable Places To Live In The Silver State For 2019
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:
- How much do money do I make?
- How much do I have spend to live there?
You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.
For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it’s actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.
With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2013-2017 around incomes and costs. They are:
- Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
- Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
- Median Home Price
We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).
You can then compare these metrics 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” by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.
So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 19 places in Nevada that have more than 1,000 people.
The place with the lowest cost of living in Nevada according to the data is Caliente.
The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Nevada For 2019
The median income in Caliente comes in at $60,455 and the median home value is $126,700 for 2019.
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”.
The median income in Carlin comes in at $74,148 and the median home value is $104,400 for 2019.
The median income in Ely comes in at $56,813 and the median home value is $126,300 for 2019.
The median income in Lovelock comes in at $40,458 and the median home value is $86,000 for 2019.
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.
The median income in Yerington comes in at $37,297 and the median home value is $92,100 for 2019.
The median income in Wells comes in at $54,500 and the median home value is $140,600 for 2019.
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.
The median income in Winnemucca comes in at $69,562 and the median home value is $190,800 for 2019.
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.
The median income in West Wendover comes in at $48,615 and the median home value is $155,200 for 2019.
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.
The median income in Elko comes in at $75,652 and the median home value is $218,100 for 2019.
Coordinates: 393555N 1191254W 39.59861; -119.21500 Fernley is a city in Lyon County, Nevada, United States, east of the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area. The city incorporated in 2001; prior to that it was a census-designated place. The population of the city was 19,368 at the 2010 census. Fernley is home to the Reno-Fernley Raceway.
The median income in Fernley comes in at $57,292 and the median home value is $165,200 for 2019.
There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Nevada Cheapskate
If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in Nevada, this is an accurate list of the most affordable places to live in nevada for 2019.
Here’s a look at the most expensive cities in Nevada according to the data:
- Carson City
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