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.

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.

For more Nevada reading, check out:

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.

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

With the unemployment rate being the 8th lowest in Nevada and very stable household median incomes, it’s easy to see why someone would want to live in Henderson.

Plus, the crime rate is the 5th lowest in the state!

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

The crime is the 8th lowest in the state in Sparks, and there were only 435 violent crimes in the entire city last year. We think it’s even safer here than the numbers indicate.

The schools are some of the best in Nevada, and residents live in very expensive homes. They also earn more than most every other city in the state. Residents in Sparks earn $54,196 a year.

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 comes in 3rd in our best places to live in Nevada analysis.

Ranking highly for its exceptionally low unemployment rate (9th overall) and crime rate (4th overall), Mesquite 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 Mesquite in our lists for years to come.

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

Who wouldn’t want to live in a place where there’s low crime and everyone is rich? That’s the case with Winnemucca.

Things are looking peachy keen here. The unemployment rate is the 3rd lowest in Nevada and the median income comes in at $73,106.

This is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.

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 comes in at a close 5th. They have the 2nd lowest unemployment rate in the state and the 1st highest median income as well, which means the people in Elko are working and getting paid well.

Additionally, the median home value is the 3rd best in the state.

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

The Town of Carlin consistently ranks as one of the best places to live. There aren’t any surprises here. Which probably adds credibility to our data, right?

Let’s see why Carlin ranks so high. First of all, the homes in Carlin are the 15th most expensive in the state of Nevada, with the average home worth a whopping $105,000. We’re not elitists, nor are we saying that big homes means a better place to live. But price reflects demand, and simply put, a lot of people want to live in Carlin if they can afford it.

Other numbers that stand out: Carlin residents have the 2nd highest income in the state, and the 3rd lowest crime numbers in Nevada.

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 a cute little city where crime is far below the state average, and where it’s affordable. The schools are also solidly rated.

Home prices clock in at $129,700 and households earn a median salary of $54,250. One could get used to that.

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 takes 8th place on our list of best places in Nevada for 2019 thanks to a strong showing in unemployment rate (15th overall) and things to do.

Fernley 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 $150,400 at the median.

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 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 5th overall for its low unemployment rate and the 12th highest median income of any place in our analysis.

However, it only has the 8th shortest average commute time of any place in Nevada.

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.

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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