THE 10 BEST Places To Live In Nevada For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best places to live in Nevada.

Area 51, a weekend of gambling in Las Vegas, the Hoover Dam, and Burning Man, have nothing on the BEST places to live in Nevada for 2020.

And lucky for you, HomeSnacks has taken the guessing out of the gambling and calculated a list of the top ten best places to live in the Silver State for 2020.

How'd we do this?

Using scientific data, of course. We looked at Nevada places with 1,000 or more residents. We took into account home prices, household income, education, and safety. Our conclusion, Nevada has some pretty sweet deals on real estate in some super safe, super nice places.

For instance, Nevada has hip millennial cities like Winchester, fun college cities like Henderson, and crazy gambling cities like Reno. These are not only some of the Sagebrush State's fastest growing cities, but they also lead the charge in making Nevada the sixth fastest growing state in the country. So, how do you get your 'hot hands' on one of the best places to live in Nevada?

Well, you're going to have to get a good job. And the top Nevada jobs that are going to land you in one of the best places are in the medical field, engineering, and marketing.

But, if you want to find out the top ten best places to live in Nevada, you're going to have to keep reading.

Where is the best place to live in Nevada for 2020? According to the most recent FBI and Census data, that would be Henderson.

At first glance, Henderson might give off that middle of nowhere Nevada vibe. We suggest, however, that you take a second look. Henderson has great people, affordable homes, and safety is a priority.

To see Nevada's other best of the best places, take a look below. And if you don't find it there, head to the bottom.

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 10 Best Places To Live In Nevada For 2020

Henderson, NV

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 291,346
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $293,500 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.3% (8th best)
More on Henderson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The crime is the 2nd lowest in the state in Henderson, and there were only 583 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 Henderson earn $69,940 a year.

Sparks, NV

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 98,524
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $275,100 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.6% (6th best)
More on Sparks: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sparks takes 2nd place on our list of best places in Nevada for 2020 thanks to a strong showing in unemployment rate (6th overall) and things to do.

Sparks 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 $275,100 at the median.

Mesquite, NV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 17,904
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $216,000 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.6% (11th best)
More on Mesquite: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Say what you want about cheap living. The fact is, homes are priced by demand, and there's A LOT of demand to live in Mesquite.

Mesquite ranked impressively high for its crime rate (1st overall) and its short commute times (5th).

We think that's worth the price of admission.

Winnemucca, NV

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,798
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $195,300 (8th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.8% (3rd best)
More on Winnemucca: Real Estate | Data | Photos

If you live in Winnemucca, you probably know how great it is already.

Winnemucca has a stable economy where residents earn a large salary ($71,518). And the crime is really, really low (3rd lowest in Nevada).

If we could afford to move here, we probably would.

Reno, NV

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 242,633
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $299,700 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.9% (7th best)
More on Reno: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Known for its low unemployment rates and great education, Reno is a wonderful place to live in this state.

The relatively stable household incomes and below average crime rates don't hurt either!

While it may not be as great as some other places on this list, Reno still holds its own in in Nevada.

Elko, NV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 20,247
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $228,900 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.5% (5th best)
More on Elko: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Elko has a long and illustrious history and its ranking in the top ten of our best places to live is just another notch in its belt.\n\Elko had the 2nd highest household median income adjusted for cost of living at $77,011.

Not to mention that its residents have plenty to do on the weekends.

Carlin, NV

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 2,023
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $118,100 (15th best)
Unemployment Rate: 9.0% (14th best)
More on Carlin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Carlin isn't just the nicest place to live in Nevada - it's also the one of the fastest growing places in the state. And with good reason.

It's got the 14th lowest unemployment rate, the highest adjusted income, and rates above most places in education.

When you're looking at science and data, Carlin definitely deserves a spot on the list for 2020.

West Wendover, NV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,320
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $135,500 (13th best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.4% (1st best)
More on West Wendover: Real Estate | Data | Photos

West Wendover offers an impressive amount to do while maintaining a small town's charm.

The unemployment rate sits as the lowest in Nevada and incomes are the 10th highest.

When you come into town be sure to check out the parks as they are a good time for people of all ages.

Ely, NV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,063
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $139,100 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.9% (4th best)
More on Ely: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ely 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 4th overall for its low unemployment rate and the 7th highest median income of any place in our analysis.

However, it only has the 3rd shortest average commute time of any place in Nevada.

Wells, NV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,150
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $140,700 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.5% (2nd best)
More on Wells: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Let's take a look at why Wells is a great place to call home for 2020.

There's low crime in Wells, and the residents here are gainfully employed (2.5% unemployment rate).

You can make Wells your home for only $140,700 which won't be too hard on a $54,545 household salary.

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 cities to live in Nevada 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. You can download the data here.

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.

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 2020.

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. 626,637)
  2. Lovelock (Pop. 1,806)
  3. Yerington (Pop. 3,103)

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Where Are The Best Places To Live In Nevada?

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Henderson 291,346 6.3% $293,500
2 Sparks 98,524 5.6% $275,100
3 Mesquite 17,904 7.6% $216,000
4 Winnemucca 7,798 4.8% $195,300
5 Reno 242,633 5.9% $299,700
6 Elko 20,247 5.5% $228,900
7 Carlin 2,023 9.0% $118,100
8 West Wendover 4,320 1.4% $135,500
9 Ely 4,063 4.9% $139,100
10 Wells 1,150 2.5% $140,700

How Is Your Town In ?

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

4 thoughts on “THE 10 BEST Places To Live In Nevada For 2020

  1. How can a city be on both the best and worst list? Makes me wonder if you know what you’re talking about. For example: Elko, Nevada is on both lists. What gives?

  2. Besides Las Vegas, Reno, and Lake Tahoe, there aren’t many cities worth speaking of in Nevada. With such a small selection I imagine it would be easy to have the same city on both lists. The bigger the city, the faster it’s growing, the more there is to do… you become a sought after city, but you attract the “riff raff” as well, so it’s a good place and a bad place. Then it just becomes a matter of what you’re comfortable with. If you are completely appalled when kids don’t call you sir or ma’am maybe you shouldn’t live here. If you understand a growing population will include rudeness and crime but it won’t completely paralyze your every day, then this could be a great place!
    I’m from Tacoma, WA.
    People from here think it’s the greatest city in the world. Outsiders typically don’t want to step foot in here because of a bad rep.
    But Washington has a lot of great cities to choose from.
    Nevada isn6there yet, so t hff e same city will end up on two different lists.
    It’s just the way it is.

  3. My fingers got away from me there at the end, holy crap.

    “isn’t” and “the” are the two words that have baffled my smart phone.

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