10 Richest Cities In Nevada For 2019


We analyzed 16 places in Nevada to determine where the 1% live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the richest cities in Nevada.

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Winnemucca, Henderson, Elko: These cities aren’t just some of the best places to live in Nevada. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Silver State.

Winnemucca in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $69,562 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 10.2%.

If you’re thinking of moving to one of these towns, you’ll probably need to start saving. The richest places in Nevada share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

How did we come up with these mega wealthy cities? We analyzed Census data from the 2013-2017 American Community Survey for the 16 places in Nevada with more than 2,000 people.

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list of the richest cities in Nevada.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Nevada:

The 10 Richest Cities In Nevada For 2019

Winnemucca, NV

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,870
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $69,562
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%
Poverty Rate: 10.2%
More on Winnemucca: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Henderson, NV

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 284,817
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Income: $66,939
Unemployment Rate: 7.2%
Poverty Rate: 9.1%
More on Henderson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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).

Review Of Henderson by HomeSnacks User

I lived in Las Vegas and moved to Henderson first week our cars were broken into. Lived there 2 1/2 yrs had things stolen 3x. Moved back to Vegas we’re we never had a problem.

Elko, NV

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 20,225
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Median Income: $75,652
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Poverty Rate: 14.4%
More on Elko: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Sparks, NV

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 96,786
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $58,120
Unemployment Rate: 7.2%
Poverty Rate: 11.1%
More on Sparks: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Carlin, NV

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 2,361
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Income: $74,148
Unemployment Rate: 11.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.7%
More on Carlin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Boulder City, NV

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 15,648
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $57,843
Unemployment Rate: 10.6%
Poverty Rate: 11.1%
More on Boulder City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Review Of Boulder City by HomeSnacks User

Boulder City is a town that will remind you of where you grew up. Because it still has that small town atmosphere. Crime is the lowest in the state and the community support is there for the schools and downtown dining. There are lots of quaint vintage and antiques shops, and old fashioned ice cream & candy shop, museums, outdoor activities and a great guide to finding what interests you in The Country Register of Southern Nevada.

Favorite places are The Coffee Cup Caf, Grandma Daisies, Back in Thyme Antiques

West Wendover, NV

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 4,371
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Income: $48,615
Unemployment Rate: 1.3%
Poverty Rate: 15.5%
More on West Wendover: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fernley, NV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 19,261
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $57,292
Unemployment Rate: 9.5%
Poverty Rate: 11.2%
More on Fernley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Carson City, NV

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 54,219
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Median Income: $49,341
Unemployment Rate: 7.7%
Poverty Rate: 14.7%
More on Carson City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Reno, NV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 239,732
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $52,106
Unemployment Rate: 6.7%
Poverty Rate: 16.2%
More on Reno: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Review Of Reno by HomeSnacks User

Loads of schools both public and private, with more in the works. Big events year-round, averaging one biggie per month, ranging from hot air balloon races, rodeo, air races, food fests, nearby Burning Man, parades for numerous reasons, a growing art scene,….there’s just so much going on lately. Plus the casinos. All this and a decent sized river coursing downtown that hosts kayak contests. A construction boom is in progress.

Watch out for the poorly maintained roads, impatient tail riding drivers, and extreme temperatures; summer is very hot and winter is bone chilling cold with a lot of snow possible. Rain, hail, high winds, drought, avalanches flooding, wildfires, it has it all.

The sheer number of special events and stuff to do in a city this size is pretty amazing.

How We Determined The Richest Places In Nevada For 2019

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Nevada
The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2013-2017 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 16 places with more than 2,000 people in Nevada, we ranked each place from 1 to 16 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Winnemucca, crowned the “Richest City In Nevada For 2019”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 16 places.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Nevada For 2019

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Nevada, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Nevada.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Nevada, according to data:

Poorest: Yerington
2nd Poorest: Fallon
3rd Poorest: Las Vegas

For more Nevada reading, check out:

How Is The Area In ?

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Nevada

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Winnemucca 3.0 $69,562
2 Henderson 3.83 $66,939
3 Elko 4.0 $75,652
4 Sparks 5.0 $58,120
5 Carlin 6.0 $74,148
6 Boulder City 8.17 $57,843
7 West Wendover 8.67 $48,615
8 Fernley 8.67 $57,292
9 Carson City 9.67 $49,341
10 Reno 9.83 $52,106
11 Mesquite 10.0 $47,642
12 Ely 10.33 $56,813
13 North Las Vegas 10.67 $55,828
14 Las Vegas 11.83 $53,159
15 Fallon 13.0 $39,866
16 Yerington 13.33 $37,297

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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2 thoughts on “10 Richest Cities In Nevada For 2019

  1. I live in Winnemucca, and I would qualify as one of those “rich” people you erroneously describe. You’re way off the mark. The richest people live in Minden, Tahoe, Gardnerville, and Truckee. Winnemucca is full of divorced miners that shell out jaw dropping amounts of child support and alimony to their ex-wives that remarry, you guessed it, another miner. Do an article on the highest child support awards paid by joint custodian dads in Nevada, possibly the country, and you’ll see where the money is going. Humboldt County (Winnemucca) is especially notorious for child support, it easily beats Elmo, which is insanely high itself. Half the town lives in double-wide trailers. The schools are also poor, I’d look at the public schools in an area before looking at income, it’s far more accurate of a measure than Census income data. Everything I said applies to Carlin and Elko as well. Miners work 12 hour rotating shifts, with a 1 hour drive to work minimum each way, some miners drive 2 hours each way. The costs associated with this type os work add up quickly and negate the perceived benefits you assume when looking at income. When you get home, finally, you’re not eating in, you go and pay someone to cook for you because you’re too bloody tired to do it for yourself. A lot of your income goes to simply feeding yourself. If you have kids the costs add up even more. You have to drive at least 2 hours to get to a town where a sizeable amount of other people live. Traveling sports teams etc… This place is okay, don’t get me wrong, but the richest city in Nevada? Lol, not even close brother.

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