The 10 Best Places To Live In Nevada For 2019


These are the cream of the crop for places to live in the Silver State.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best places to live in Nevada.

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Where are the best places in the state of Nevada?

To the untrained eye they are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places in Silver State where people have the best jobs, residents are all above average, and the sun shines the most.

However, here at HomeSnacks, we don’t trust the untrained eye and instead look to data to understand the best places to call home in Nevada.

There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against.

After analyzing 17 places in Nevada, we came up with this list of the best places.

Well, it looks like you should check out Henderson if you’re thinking of moving to Nevada — it’s the best the Silver State has to offer according to the data.

Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in Nevada.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

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The 10 Best Places To Live In Nevada For 2019

Henderson, NV

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 277,872
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $237,800 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 8.6% (8th best)
More on Henderson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

When you look at the numbers, Henderson is far and away, the best place in Nevada. The crime rate is very low, and so are the unemployment numbers. Only 8th of Henderson residents are without a job, which is very low.

Plus, the children in Henderson schools receive a ton of support, financially. And when you feel so cozy in your backyard, you’re never out of things to do. It’s basically a little gem tucked away in Nevada.

Review Of Henderson by HomeSnacks User

I love visiting Henderson with my family. There are so many choices for shopping and dining. It is near the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas, but since it is on the outskirts, it is chill.

Favorite Henderson places for lunch include The Cheesecake Factory at Green Valley and In-N-Out burger on Eastern. Pick up designer cupcakes at The Cupcakery also on Eastern. Grab your healthy food choices at Trader Joes on Eastern. For clothing, teens love Rapsodielle on Stephanie Street across from the old Toys R Us.

Sparks, NV

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 94,718
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $208,700 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 9.1% (10th best)
More on Sparks: Real Estate | Data | Photos

If you don’t have a job in Sparks, you’re most likely not trying very hard. The unemployment rate here is almost as low as you can get — 9.1%. In fact, there are probably enough butler and landscaping jobs available here to put every single unemployed resident to work, what with a median income of $54,196.

That’s actually not a bad idea…

Mesquite, NV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,953
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $193,200 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 8.9% (9th best)
More on Mesquite: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mesquite ranks 3rd on our list of best places to live in Nevada thanks to its low unemployment and high adjusted median income.

Additionally, its crime rate ranks in the lowest 10% of all places in Nevada that we examined.

People have been flocking to Mesquite over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.

Winnemucca, NV

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7
/10

Population: 7,881
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $185,100 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.6% (3rd best)
More on Winnemucca: Real Estate | Data | Photos

If you want to live in Nevada, you can’t go wrong if you decide to make the Winnemucca area your home. However, everyone and their mother wants to live here.

Can you blame them? It’s a beautiful place with really low crime, where a majority of residents are wealthy (a $73,106 median income will do that).

Plus, the residents are really involved with helping to make Winnemucca as great as possible. You can’t get it much better than in Winnemucca.

Elko, NV

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 20,078
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $215,100 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (2nd best)
More on Elko: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Elko has a strong showing in our best places to live in Nevada analysis, coming it at 5th best.

It ranks highly like many others in the top ten for a low unemployment rate and high adjusted median income. It scored extra points relative to the top ten for its size and things to do.

If you’re thinking of moving to Nevada, Elko is a great option.

Carlin, NV

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 2,337
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $105,000 (15th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.7% (6th best)
More on Carlin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

In Carlin, everyone loves to call Carlin home! The median home value is the 15th highest in Nevada.

Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 6th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Silver State.

Caliente, NV

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,129
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $129,700 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 9.5% (11th best)
More on Caliente: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Caliente is another great city in Nevada with a low unemployment rate and where residents earn high salaries.

Said one reviewer on City-Data.com: ” We feel incredibly safe in Caliente. The houses and neighborhoods are beautiful, the people are friendly, and it’s wonderful to have such good neighbors. People watch out for each other here, they teach their children to be respectful of others and things.”

Enough said.

Fernley, NV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 19,228
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $150,400 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 11.6% (15th best)
More on Fernley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The crime rate is much lower here than in the rest of Nevada, as there were only 12 violent crimes in the city limits last year. The unemployment rate is the 15th lowest in Nevada (11.6%), and the public schools are ranked 3rd in the state in terms of spending per student.

Additionally, homes are the 9th most expensive in Fernley ($150,400), meaning a lot of people want to live there.

Plus, the residents earn a really great salary: $51,826 a year.

Reno, NV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 237,121
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $235,800 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.6% (5th best)
More on Reno: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Reno is another gem in Silver State. The unemployment rate here is 5th lowest in the entire state at 7.6%. Other factors that make Reno so desirable is the solid education and home prices.

Homes are valued at $235,800, and parents earn a combined $48,815 a year

There’s nothing like the American dream.

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.

Wells, NV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,377
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $118,200 (14th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.1% (1st best)
More on Wells: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Let’s take a look at why Wells is a great place to call home for 2019.

There’s low crime in Wells, and the residents here are gainfully employed (3.1% unemployment rate).

You can make Wells your home for only $118,200 which won’t be too hard on a $51,618 household salary.

Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in Nevada

The Pressing Question: Size

Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit cities with populations over 100,000 against places with a population of 18?

We firmly decided no, that just isn’t fair.

So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:

  • Cities — Populations over 1,000
  • Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 1,000
  • Small Towns — Populations below 1,000

This left us with 17 cities, 32 towns, and 32 small towns.

We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best places have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 1,000 people to truly be ‘the best’.

Now we also realize that city living might not be your cup of tea, so we ran the following analysis on towns and then again for small towns.

You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.

How We Calculated The Best Cities To Live In Nevada

Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.

We ranked each place in Nevada across a number of criteria from one to 17, with one being the best.

We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place To Live In Nevada”.

The criteria we looked at were:

  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Population Density (Higher better)
  • Unemployment Rate
  • Commute Time
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data.

After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in Nevada? That would be Henderson.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in Nevada.

Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Henderson at the end of the cul-de-sac.

Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living In Nevada

If you’re looking at areas in Nevada with the best economic situations, where there’s lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

Henderson made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for the best place to live in Nevada for 2019.

Best Towns To Live In Nevada

  1. Mogul (Pop. 1,683)
  2. East Valley (Pop. 1,467)
  3. Ruhenstroth (Pop. 1,163)
  4. Golden Valley (Pop. 1,805)
  5. Kingsbury (Pop. 2,242)
  6. Washoe Valley (Pop. 2,950)
  7. Verdi (Pop. 1,399)
  8. Panaca (Pop. 1,170)
  9. Battle Mountain (Pop. 3,227)
  10. Minden (Pop. 3,359)

Best Small Towns To Live In Nevada

  1. Crystal Bay (Pop. 155)
  2. Glenbrook (Pop. 151)
  3. Lakeridge (Pop. 258)
  4. Skyland (Pop. 262)
  5. Genoa (Pop. 983)
  6. Silver Peak (Pop. 66)
  7. Round Hill Village (Pop. 811)
  8. Crescent Valley (Pop. 386)
  9. Fish Springs (Pop. 747)
  10. Virginia City (Pop. 711)

If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Nevada according to the data:

  1. Las Vegas (Pop. 613,295)
  2. Yerington (Pop. 3,096)
  3. Lovelock (Pop. 1,854)

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Where Are The The Best Places To Live In Nevada?

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Henderson 277,872 8.6% $237,800
2 Sparks 94,718 9.1% $208,700
3 Mesquite 16,953 8.9% $193,200
4 Winnemucca 7,881 5.6% $185,100
5 Elko 20,078 5.3% $215,100
6 Carlin 2,337 7.7% $105,000
7 Caliente 1,129 9.5% $129,700
8 Fernley 19,228 11.6% $150,400
9 Reno 237,121 7.6% $235,800
10 Wells 1,377 3.1% $118,200

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