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 (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Ely (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Carlin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Mesquite (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Wells (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. West Wendover (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Elko (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Lovelock (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Yerington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Fallon (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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.

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

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In nevada
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.

1. Caliente

Caliente, Nevada

Source: Public domain

Population: 1,204
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 92
Housing: 67
Transportation: 99
Utilities: 88
More on Caliente: Homes For Sale | Data

2. Ely

Ely, Nevada

Population: 4,236
Services: 93
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 85
Housing: 73
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 87
More on Ely: Homes For Sale | Data

3. Carlin

Carlin, Nevada

Population: 2,646
Services: 93
Groceries: 93
Health Care: 98
Housing: 76
Transportation: 99
Utilities: 94
More on Carlin: Homes For Sale | Data
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”.

4. Mesquite

Mesquite, Nevada

Population: 15,391
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 92
Housing: 107
Transportation: 99
Utilities: 88
More on Mesquite: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

5. Wells

Wells, Nevada

Population: 1,363
Services: 93
Groceries: 93
Health Care: 98
Housing: 77
Transportation: 99
Utilities: 94
More on Wells: Homes For Sale | Data

6. West Wendover

West Wendover, Nevada

Population: 4,441
Services: 101
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 91
Housing: 62
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 94
More on West Wendover: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

7. Elko

Elko, Nevada

Population: 18,438
Services: 93
Groceries: 93
Health Care: 98
Housing: 109
Transportation: 99
Utilities: 94
More on Elko: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

8. Lovelock

Lovelock, Nevada

Population: 2,220
Services: 112
Groceries: 110
Health Care: 101
Housing: 66
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 96
More on Lovelock: Homes For Sale | Data

9. Yerington

Yerington, Nevada

Population: 3,086
Services: 112
Groceries: 110
Health Care: 101
Housing: 71
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 96
More on Yerington: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

10. Fallon

Fallon, Nevada

Population: 8,555
Services: 112
Groceries: 110
Health Care: 101
Housing: 82
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 96
More on Fallon: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

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

Rank City CheapScore Population Services Groceries Health Care
1 Caliente 3.42 1,204 93 95 92
2 Ely 3.92 4,236 93 97 85
3 Carlin 5.0 2,646 93 93 98
4 Mesquite 5.08 15,391 93 95 92
5 Wells 5.17 1,363 93 93 98
6 West Wendover 5.83 4,441 101 95 91
7 Elko 6.42 18,438 93 93 98
8 Lovelock 10.75 2,220 112 110 101
9 Yerington 11.08 3,086 112 110 101
10 Fallon 11.75 8,555 112 110 101
11 Winnemucca 11.92 7,409 112 110 101
12 Fernley 12.08 19,074 112 110 101
13 North Las Vegas 12.58 215,762 108 113 106
14 Las Vegas 12.75 587,699 108 113 106
15 Sparks 12.83 90,099 112 110 101
16 Reno 13.17 226,305 112 110 101
17 Boulder City 13.75 15,194 108 113 106
18 Henderson 13.92 258,270 108 113 106
19 Carson City 18.58 55,184 115 133 120

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