These Are 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:

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

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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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.

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

Henderson is by far one of the best places to live in Nevada: the math proves it! This city has the 8th lowest unemployment rate and the 4th highest median income in all of Nevada.

Plus, the median home values are the 1st highest in the state. And if all of that isn’t enough to convince you, then check this out: their crime rate is the 5th lowest in the state, making Henderson a safe and great place to live.

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

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, 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

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

There’s low crime in Mesquite, and the residents here are gainfully employed (8.9% unemployment rate).

You can make Mesquite your home for only $193,200 which won’t be too hard on a $44,498 household salary.

Winnemucca, NV

Overall SnackAbility

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

Winnemucca is feeling the love as it ranks as the 4th best city to live in Nevada for 2019.

It ranked highly because of its high incomes (3rd overall) and low crime (6th overall and one of the best in the top ten).

We think the city should probably change its motto at this point to something like “The Place To Be In Nevada”.

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

At an unemployment rate of 5.3%, everyone who wants a job can get one in Elko. And the residents command high salaries ($76,826 a year combined income), and live in big fancy homes ($215,100 each).

We’re not saying money is why these cities are the ‘best’ in Nevada. What we’re implying is that money means safety and peace of mind. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

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

There’s two types of people who live in Carlin. Either the old hold outs who have lived there forever and are watching their home values skyrocket, or those d who can afford to buy a $105,000 home there.

Either way, you’re set. Your kids go to great schools, there’s a ton of things to do, and you earn a great salary. Carlin is exactly what you hoped for when you played that board game, LIFE as a kid.

Caliente, NV

Source: Public domain
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 gem in Silver State. The unemployment rate here is 11th lowest in the entire state at 9.5%. Other factors that make Caliente so desirable is the solid education and home prices.

Homes are valued at $129,700, and parents earn a combined $54,250 a year

There’s nothing like the American dream.

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

Fernley has a really low crime rate (2nd lowest) and only 11.6% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($51,826). And that goes a long way.

The population is growing at a steady clip, and the cost of living is lower than it should be. So people have an extra incentive to live in Fernley.

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

You might be surprised to see the Town of Reno so high on the list. Unless you live in Reno.

The unemployment rate here is really low, and at 7.6%, Reno residents are some of the hardest working in the state of Nevada. When you factor in high home prices, high incomes and low crime, Reno is doing quite well.

Let’s be honest — Reno is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.

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

Wells 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.

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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Detailed List Of 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
11 Fallon 8,410 12.6% $133,500
12 Ely 4,169 10.7% $125,000
13 West Wendover 4,390 6.5% $128,400
14 North Las Vegas 230,436 9.6% $161,500
15 Las Vegas 613,295 10.6% $184,900
16 Yerington 3,096 17.2% $102,000
17 Lovelock 1,854 8.3% $94,400

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