Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Nevada does this very well. Families love the Silver State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.
But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.
These are the places in Nevada that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state.
After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Nevada for 2018:
- Carson City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Henderson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Boulder City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Reno (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Sparks (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Las Vegas (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- North Las Vegas (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Fernley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Winnemucca (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Fallon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
So hopefully Caliente (the cheapest place to live in Nevada) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.
How We Determined The Most Expensive 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:
- Health Insurance
You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Nevada to figure out which is the most 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.
San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.
1. Carson City
Population: 55,184 Services: 115
Health Care: 120
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Carson City, officially the Consolidated Municipality of Carson City, is an independent city and the capital of the US state of Nevada, named after the mountain man Kit Carson. As of the 2010 census, the population was 55,274. The majority of the population of the town lives in Eagle Valley, on the eastern edge of the Carson Range, a branch of the Sierra Nevada, about 30 miles (50 km) south of Reno. The town originated as a stopover for California bound emigrants, but developed into a city with the Comstock Lode, a silver strike in the mountains to the northeast. The city has served as the capital of Nevada since statehood in 1864 and for much of its history was a hub for the Virginia and Truckee Railroad, although the tracks were removed in the 1950s. Prior to 1969, Carson City was the county seat of Ormsby County. In 1969, the county was abolished, and its territory merged with Carson City to form the Consolidated Municipality of Carson City. With the consolidation, the city limits today extend west across the Sierra Nevada to the California state line in the middle of Lake Tahoe. Like other independent cities in the United States, it is treated as a county-equivalent for census purposes.
Population: 258,270 Services: 108
Health Care: 106
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Henderson, officially the City of Henderson, is a city in Clark County, Nevada, United States, about 16 miles southeast of Las Vegas. It is the second-largest city in Nevada, after Las Vegas, with an estimated population of 292,969 in 2016. The city is part of the Las Vegas metropolitan area, which spans the entire Las Vegas Valley. Henderson occupies the southeastern end of the valley, at an elevation of approximately 1,330 feet (410 m).
3. Boulder City
Population: 15,194 Services: 108
Health Care: 106
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Boulder City is a city in Clark County, Nevada. It is approximately 26 miles (42 km) southeast of Las Vegas. As of the 2010 census, the population of Boulder City was 15,023.
Population: 226,305 Services: 112
Health Care: 101
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Reno is a city in the U.S. state of Nevada. It is in Northern Nevada, approximately 22 miles (35 km) from Lake Tahoe. Known as ‘The Biggest Little City in the World’, Reno is famous for its hotels and casinos and as the birthplace of Harrah’s Entertainment (now known as Caesars Entertainment Corporation). It is the county seat of Washoe County, in the northwestern part of the state. The city sits in a high desert at the foot of the Sierra Nevada and its downtown area (along with Sparks) occupies a valley informally known as the Truckee Meadows. It is named after Jesse L. Reno.
Population: 90,099 Services: 112
Health Care: 101
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Sparks is a city in Washoe County, Nevada, United States. It was founded in 1904 and incorporated on March 15, 1905, and is located just east of Reno. The 2010 U.S. Census Bureau population count was 90,264. It is the fifth most populous city in Nevada. It is named after the late Nevada Governor John Sparks, a member of the Silver Party.
6. Las Vegas
Population: 587,699 Services: 108
Health Care: 106
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Las Vegas (/ls ves/, Spanish for ‘The Meadows’), officially the City of Las Vegas and often known simply as Vegas, is the 28th-most populated city in the United States, the most populated city in the state of Nevada, and the county seat of Clark County. The city anchors the Las Vegas Valley metropolitan area and is the largest city within the greater Mojave Desert. Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city, known primarily for its gambling, shopping, fine dining, entertainment, and nightlife. The Las Vegas Valley as a whole serves as the leading financial, commercial, and cultural center for Nevada.
7. North Las Vegas
Population: 19,074 Services: 112
Health Care: 101
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Coordinates: 39°3555N 119°1254W / 39.59861°N 119.21500°W / 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 (CDP). The population of the city was 19,368 at the 2010 census. Fernley is home to the Reno-Fernley Raceway.
Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck
Well there you have it, the places in Nevada that have the highest cost of living, with Carson City ranking as the most expensive city in the Silver State.
If you’re curious, here are the least expensive cities in Nevada:
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