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And lucky for you, HomeSnacks has taken the guessing out of the gambling and calculated a list of the top ten best places to live in the Silver State for 2019.
How'd we do this?
Using scientific data, of course. We looked at Nevada places with 5,000 or more residents. We took into account home prices, household income, education, and safety. Our conclusion, Nevada has some pretty sweet deals on real estate in some super safe, super nice places.
For instance, Nevada has hip millennial cities like Winchester, fun college cities like Henderson, and crazy gamnbling cities like Reno. These are not only some of the Sagebrush State's fastest growing cities, but they also lead the charge in making Nevada the sixth fastest growing state in the country. So, how do you get your 'hot hands' on one of the best places to live in Nevada?
Well, you're going to have to get a good job. And the top Nevada jobs that are going to land you in one of the best places are in the medical field, engineering, and marketing.
But, if you want to find out the top ten best places to live in Nevada, you're going to have to keep reading.
Here are the 10 best places to live in Nevada for 2019:
- Henderson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Sparks (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Mesquite (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Winnemucca (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Elko (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Carlin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Caliente (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Fernley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Reno (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Wells (Photos | Homes For Sale)
Where is the best place to live in Nevada for 2019? According to the most recent FBI and Census data, that would be Henderson.
At first glance, Henderson might give off that middle of nowhere Nevada vibe. We suggest, however, that you take a second look. Henderson has great people, affordable homes, and safety is a priority.
To see Nevada's other best of the best places, take a look below. And if you don't find it there, head to the bottom.
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The 10 Best Places To Live In Nevada For 2019
Henderson isn't just the nicest place to live in Nevada - it's also the one of the fastest growing places in the state. And with good reason.
It's got the 8th lowest unemployment rate, the 4th highest adjusted income, and rates above most places in education.
When you're looking at science and data, Henderson definitely deserves a spot on the list for 2019.
We think the motto in Sparks should be "Everything is greater in Sparks," and that seems to be pretty close to the truth.
Sparks has some of the highest home values in Nevada, and they're going up fast. Additionally, Sparks only has 1230.0% of its residents living in poverty.
Crime is also well below the state average, making Sparks a solid option for people who value safety. At least those who can afford it.
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 has a strong showing in our best places to live in Nevada analysis, coming it at 4th 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, Winnemucca is a great option.
Elko is just about as close to a perfect area as you can get. Residents here are gainfully employed, and the schools are some of the best in the state. It's safe, and residents get to enjoy the benefits of quality at home living.
It's quite a gem tucked away in Nevada.
Carlin makes a case for being one of the best places to live in Nevada mainly because of a low crime rate and a higher than average household income level.
And when school spending is higher than the national average and only 7.7% of folks are jobless, you can bet Carlin residents are glad to live where they do.
Caliente comes in 7th in our best places to live in Nevada analysis.
Ranking highly for its exceptionally low unemployment rate (11th overall) and crime rate (10th overall), Caliente is the exact kind of place you'd want to live with a family.
Several large companies call the surrounding area home which should keep Caliente in our lists for years to come.
It's obvious why Fernley ranks 8th in the state for best places to live: they have the 15th lowest unemployment rate and the 9th highest home values.
Plus, they're known for their quality education and relatively low crime, making Fernley a great place to live.
Who wouldn't want to live in a place where there's low crime and everyone is rich? That's the case with Reno.
Things are looking peachy keen here. The unemployment rate is the 5th lowest in Nevada and the median income comes in at $48,815.
This is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.
In Wells, everyone loves to call Wells home! The median home value is the 14th highest in Nevada.
Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 1st lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Silver State.
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'.
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
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
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
- Mogul (Pop. 1,683)
- East Valley (Pop. 1,467)
- Ruhenstroth (Pop. 1,163)
- Golden Valley (Pop. 1,805)
- Kingsbury (Pop. 2,242)
- Washoe Valley (Pop. 2,950)
- Verdi (Pop. 1,399)
- Panaca (Pop. 1,170)
- Battle Mountain (Pop. 3,227)
- Minden (Pop. 3,359)
Best Small Towns To Live In Nevada
- Crystal Bay (Pop. 155)
- Glenbrook (Pop. 151)
- Lakeridge (Pop. 258)
- Skyland (Pop. 262)
- Genoa (Pop. 983)
- Silver Peak (Pop. 66)
- Round Hill Village (Pop. 811)
- Crescent Valley (Pop. 386)
- Fish Springs (Pop. 747)
- Virginia City (Pop. 711)
If you're curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Nevada according to the data:
- Las Vegas (Pop. 613,295)
- Yerington (Pop. 3,096)
- Lovelock (Pop. 1,854)
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