These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Nevada For 2018


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

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out that we updated it for 2018.

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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:

  1. Henderson (Photos)
  2. Sparks (Photos)
  3. Mesquite (Photos)
  4. Winnemucca (Photos)
  5. Elko (Photos)
  6. Carlin
  7. Caliente
  8. Fernley (Photos)
  9. Reno (Photos)
  10. Wells

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 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 1,100
  • Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 1,100
  • Small Towns — Populations below 1,000

This left us with 17 cities, 32 towns, and 66 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 1,100 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.

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How We Calculated The Best Place 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.

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.

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1. Henderson

Henderson, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 277,872
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Values: $237,800 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 8.6% (8th best)
Henderson had the 8th lowest unemployment of any place in our research (8.6%) and the 5th lowest crime rate. However, the relative lack of population density and long commute times held it back from being higher on our list.

Henderson is home to an exceptional Volunteer Fire Department that represents so much about what it’s like to live there.

2. Sparks

Sparks, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 94,718
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Home Values: $208,700 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 9.1% (10th best)
Sparks broke into the top ten best places to live in Nevada on the back of a low unemployment and a quality schools system.

It placed 10th overall for its low unemployment rate and the 6th highest median income of any place in our analysis.

However, it only has the 9th shortest average commute time of any place in Nevada.

3. Mesquite

Mesquite, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,953
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Home Values: $193,200 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 8.9% (9th best)
Mesquite has some of the most employed as well as the highest earning residents in the entire state of Nevada. Factor in a very low crime rate, and this Mesquite is a real gem.

With high incomes comes a high cost of living, which can been seen in the home pricese. Additionally, the commute time for Mesquite residents to work is significantly higher than average.

4. Winnemucca

Winnemucca, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,881
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Home Values: $185,100 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.6% (3rd best)
Taking its place as the 4th best place in Nevada is Winnemucca. Residents here earn a really high salary each year, and crime is fairly low, in comparison to the rest of Nevada.

It’s considered a cultural community, as it boasts an arts scene, and many ethnic restaurants, too. Which means you can’t be bored here.

An unemployment rate of only 5.6% helps thing too.

5. Elko

Elko, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,078
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Home Values: $215,100 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (2nd best)
With the unemployment rate being the 2nd lowest in Nevada and very stable household median incomes, it’s easy to see why someone would want to live in Elko.

Plus, the crime rate is the 12th lowest in the state!

6. Carlin

Carlin, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,337
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Home Values: $105,000 (15th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.7% (6th best)
Carlin is known for having a great education system and has the 17th shortest commute time.

Additionally, the unemployment rate in Carlin is the 6th lowest in Nevada and the median income is the 2nd highest in the state.

7. Caliente


Population: 1,129
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Home Values: $129,700 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 9.5% (11th best)
Well, I guess technically 9.5% of Caliente residents who want to have a job can’t find one, so not everyone has a job, but it’s the 11th closest of any city in Nevada.

You can tell they take business seriously as they have by far the coolest Chamber of Commerce website we came across in our research.

In addition to its incredibly low unemployment rate, Caliente also ranked well for crime (10th) and median income ($54,250).

8. Fernley

Fernley, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,228
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Home Values: $150,400 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 11.6% (15th best)
Well, I guess technically 11.6% of Fernley residents who want to have a job can’t find one, so not everyone has a job, but it’s the 15th closest of any city in Nevada.

You can tell they take business seriously as they have by far the coolest Chamber of Commerce website we came across in our research.

In addition to its incredibly low unemployment rate, Fernley also ranked well for crime (2nd) and median income ($51,826).

9. Reno

Reno, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 237,121
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Home Values: $235,800 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.6% (5th best)
Crime is something that doesn’t happen very often in Reno. Statistically the 15th safest place in the state, there were only 1,717 violent crimes in the entire city last year.

It’s really beautiful in Reno, and new homes continue to replace older homes. Resident earn $48,815 a year, and homes are valued at more than $235,800.

What else could you possibly want if you’re someone who likes the the good things in life?

10. Wells


Population: 1,377
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Home Values: $118,200 (14th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.1% (1st best)
Wells takes 10th place on our list of best places in Nevada for 2018 thanks to a strong showing in unemployment rate (1st overall) and things to do.

Wells is no stranger to top ten lists, being named one of the best places to live in the country by multiple outlets over the past ten years.And that tends to happen when home prices hit $118,200 at the median.

Wrapping Up The Best Of The Best 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 2018.

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. Unionville (Pop. 0)
  4. Lakeridge (Pop. 258)
  5. Skyland (Pop. 262)
  6. Silver Peak (Pop. 66)
  7. Lamoille (Pop. 285)
  8. Mina (Pop. 59)
  9. Genoa (Pop. 983)
  10. Preston (Pop. 22)

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

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

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    Detailed List Of The Best Cities In Nevada

    City Rank Previous Rank Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
    Henderson 1 1 277,872 8.6% $237,800
    Sparks 2 4 94,718 9.1% $208,700
    Mesquite 3 3 16,953 8.9% $193,200
    Winnemucca 4 2 7,881 5.6% $185,100
    Elko 5 6 20,078 5.3% $215,100
    Carlin 6 5 2,337 7.7% $105,000
    Caliente 7 10 1,129 9.5% $129,700
    Fernley 8 7 19,228 11.6% $150,400
    Reno 9 8 237,121 7.6% $235,800
    Wells 10 11 1,377 3.1% $118,200
    Fallon 11 12 8,410 12.6% $133,500
    Ely 12 9 4,169 10.7% $125,000
    West Wendover 13 13 4,390 6.5% $128,400
    North Las Vegas 14 14 230,436 9.6% $161,500
    Las Vegas 15 15 613,295 10.6% $184,900
    Yerington 16 17 3,096 17.2% $102,000
    Lovelock 17 15 1,854 8.3% $94,400

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