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:
- Spring Creek
- Battle Mountain
- Johnson Lane
- Spanish Springs
- Washoe Valley
- Cold Springs
- 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.
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.
1. Spring Creek
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Crime Index: 91
Cost Of Living Index: 91
This teeny place is on the western side of Elko.
9. Cold Springs
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
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
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
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