These Are The 10 Most Affordable Places In Nevada


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 34 largest places in Nevada, we were left with this set of the best value for your money:

  1. Laughlin
  2. Silver Springs
  3. Sunrise Manor
  4. Mesquite
  5. Sun Valley
  6. Winchester
  7. Elko
  8. Fallon
  9. Whitney
  10. Pahrump

So listen up Incline Village as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Most Affordable Places To Live In The Silver State

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 34 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. Laughlin


Population: 6,855
Services: 99
Groceries: 94
Healthcare: 100
Housing: 86
Transportation: 93
Utiltiies: 76

2. Silver Springs

Silver Springs, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,995
Services: 112
Groceries: 110
Healthcare: 101
Housing: 67
Transportation: 106
Utiltiies: 96

3. Sunrise Manor


Population: 190,931
Services: 108
Groceries: 113
Healthcare: 106
Housing: 76
Transportation: 116
Utiltiies: 92

4. Mesquite

Mesquite, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,391
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Healthcare: 92
Housing: 107
Transportation: 99
Utiltiies: 88

5. Sun Valley


Population: 18,514
Services: 112
Groceries: 110
Healthcare: 101
Housing: 78
Transportation: 106
Utiltiies: 96

6. Winchester


Population: 27,260
Services: 108
Groceries: 113
Healthcare: 106
Housing: 79
Transportation: 116
Utiltiies: 92

7. Elko

Elko, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,438
Services: 93
Groceries: 93
Healthcare: 98
Housing: 109
Transportation: 99
Utiltiies: 94

8. Fallon

Fallon, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,555
Services: 112
Groceries: 110
Healthcare: 101
Housing: 82
Transportation: 106
Utiltiies: 96

9. Whitney


Population: 37,977
Services: 108
Groceries: 113
Healthcare: 106
Housing: 82
Transportation: 116
Utiltiies: 92

10. Pahrump

Pahrump, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,821
Services: 108
Groceries: 113
Healthcare: 106
Housing: 85
Transportation: 116
Utiltiies: 92

Detailed List Of Affordable Places In Nevada

City Rank Population Services Grociers Healthcare
Laughlin 1 6,855 99 94 100
Silver Springs 2 5,995 112 110 101
Sunrise Manor 3 190,931 108 113 106
Mesquite 4 15,391 93 95 92
Sun Valley 5 18,514 112 110 101
Winchester 6 27,260 108 113 106
Elko 7 18,438 93 93 98
Fallon 8 8,555 112 110 101
Whitney 9 37,977 108 113 106
Pahrump 10 35,821 108 113 106
Winnemucca 11 7,409 112 110 101
Spring Creek 12 13,295 93 93 98
Fernley 13 19,074 112 110 101
Dayton 14 9,128 112 110 101
Cold Springs 15 8,530 112 110 101
Paradise 16 220,202 108 113 106
Lemmon Valley 17 5,217 112 110 101
North Las Vegas 18 215,762 108 113 106
Las Vegas 19 587,699 108 113 106
Sparks 20 90,099 112 110 101
Spring Valley 21 178,673 108 113 106
Moapa Valley 22 6,668 108 113 106
Reno 23 226,305 112 110 101
Boulder City 24 15,194 108 113 106
Henderson 25 258,270 108 113 106
Enterprise 26 113,150 108 113 106
Carson City 27 55,184 115 133 120
Gardnerville 28 5,972 115 133 120
Spanish Springs 29 15,436 112 110 101
Gardnerville Ranchos 30 11,785 115 133 120
Indian Hills 31 5,928 115 133 120
Summerlin South 32 24,061 108 113 106
Johnson Lane 33 6,626 115 133 120
Incline Village 34 7,963 115 133 120

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