These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Nevada


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

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Where are the best places in the state of Nevada? They are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places where people have the best jobs, and where residents are happily married, where the sun shines the most.

And certainly, since crime is really low, every one wants to be there. It’s, literally, all sunshine and rainbows.

We looked at the 44 most populated cities in the Silver State for this study. The cities at the top are places where things are going swimmingly right now, at least according to data, which measures the good things that people say they want in a Nevada city.

There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against. We had more than 10 million people read our worst cities in a state series, which was featured in hundreds of media outlets, including an NPR feature.

So we know what we’re talking about.

Here are the 10 best places to live in Nevada:

  1. Spring Creek
  2. Winnemucca
  3. Battle Mountain
  4. Johnson Lane
  5. Spanish Springs
  6. Washoe Valley
  7. Elko
  8. Carlin
  9. Cold Springs
  10. Lemmon Valley

We understand there’s a lot of good in every place. However, according to data (which doesn’t measure things like beauty, ‘friendly people’ and community involvement), these are the best options in Nevada for making a place home.

The worst city to live in Nevada? Laughlin. More on that later.

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How do you decide if a place is amazeballs or not?

In order to rank Nevada’s best cities, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, good weather, things to do and a stable economy.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we crunched the numbers for Nevada

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the government census, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Sperling’s Best Places, this is the criteria we used:

  • Strong schools
  • Low unemployment rates
  • High incomes
  • High home prices
  • Lots of sunny days a year
  • Low crime
  • Low cost of living

If you’d like to see the complete list of cities in Nevada, scroll to the bottom of this post to see a link to the entire data set.

Note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. This list is based on data, and is entirely unbiased. The cost of living numbers below are based on a national average of 100. Anything lower than 100 is more affordable.

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1. Spring Creek

Best Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,295
Crime Index: 42
Cost Of Living Index: 110

According to the data, Spring Creek, an area outside of Elko, is the best place to live in the state of Nevada.

2. Winnemucca

Best Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,409
Crime Index: 65
Cost Of Living Index: 102

This is a great place to live, but you’re going to be very isolated in this part of the state.

3. Battle Mountain

Best Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,560
Crime Index: 95
Cost Of Living Index: 99

This tiny, unincorporated community is in the northern part of the state, where you get a decent amount of snow in the winter.

4. Johnson Lane

Best Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,626
Crime Index: 37
Cost Of Living Index: 123

Little Johnson Lane is expensive, but safe. It’s a great option for people in the greater Lake Tahoe/Reno area.

5. Spanish Springs

Best Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,436
Crime Index: 46
Cost Of Living Index: 117

It’s really safe in Spanish Springs, which is on the north side of Reno.

6. Washoe Valley

Best Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,417
Crime Index: 39
Cost Of Living Index: 103

It’s definitely wide open spaces in this part of Nevada, smack dab between Reno and Carson City.

7. Elko

Best Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,438
Crime Index: 113
Cost Of Living Index: 113

Crime is higher, as is the cost of living in this fairly large city (for Nevada) in the mountainous, northern region of the state.

8. Carlin

Best Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,646
Crime Index: 91
Cost Of Living Index: 91

This teeny place is on the western side of Elko.

9. Cold Springs

Best Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,530
Crime Index: 47
Cost Of Living Index: 96

Right off of Route 395 near the Reno area is Cold Spring, a very safe and affordable place to live in the state.

10. Lemmon Valley

Best Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,217
Crime Index: 53
Cost Of Living Index: 96

Lemmon Valley has a lot of positive qualities, and is a great place to live in the greater Reno area.

h2>There You Have It

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Spring Creek is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Nevada residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.

Other notable cities:
3rd Worst: Paradise
2nd Worst: Sunrise Manor
Worst: Laughlin

We also wrote about the 10 worst places to live in Nevada if you’re interested.

Detailed List Of Best Places To Live In Nevada

City Rank Population Crime Index Cost Of Living Index
Spring Creek 1 13,295 42 110
Winnemucca 2 7,409 65 102
Battle Mountain 3 3,560 95 99
Johnson Lane 4 6,626 37 123
Spanish Springs 5 15,436 46 117
Washoe Valley 6 3,417 39 103
Elko 7 18,438 113 113
Carlin 8 2,646 91 91
Cold Springs 9 8,530 47 96
Lemmon Valley 10 5,217 53 96
Summerlin South 11 24,061 84 126
Fallon 12 8,555 106 95
Henderson 13 258,270 81 108
Ely 14 4,236 96 92
Minden 15 3,381 81 124
Boulder City 16 15,194 47 110
Indian Hills 17 5,928 88 100
Gardnerville Ranchos 18 11,785 90 104
Moapa Valley 19 6,668 61 112
Enterprise 20 113,150 108 108
Dayton 21 9,128 82 95
Incline Village 22 7,963 107 178
Carson City 23 55,184 101 101
Sparks 24 90,099 103 103
Sun Valley 25 18,514 76 95
Fernley 26 19,074 90 94
Lovelock 27 2,220 131 90
Gardnerville 28 5,972 124 109
Reno 29 226,305 112 102
Mesquite 30 15,391 66 102
Silver Springs 31 5,995 64 90
West Wendover 32 4,441 132 89
Spring Valley 33 178,673 120 98
Pahrump 34 35,821 84 89
Tonopah 35 2,757 151 84
Hawthorne 36 3,450 93 86
North Las Vegas 37 215,762 109 97
Las Vegas 38 587,699 124 99
Winchester 39 27,260 136 113
Yerington 40 3,086 115 89
Whitney 41 37,977 119 88
Paradise 42 220,202 136 93
Sunrise Manor 43 190,931 122 86
Laughlin 44 6,855 126 90

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