10 Best Places To Live In Nevada For 2019

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

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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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 2019.

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 2019.

How'd we do this?

Using scientific data, of course. We looked at Nevada places with 5,000 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 2019? 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 2019

Henderson, NV

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Population: 277,872
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $237,800 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 8.6% (8th best)
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If you don't have a job in Henderson, you're most likely not trying very hard. The unemployment rate here is almost as low as you can get -- 8.6%. In fact, there are probably enough butler and landscaping jobs available here to put every single unemployed resident to work, what with a median income of $64,277.

That's actually not a bad idea...

Review Of Henderson by HomeSnacks User

I love visiting Henderson with my family. There are so many choices for shopping and dining. It is near the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas, but since it is on the outskirts, it is chill.

Favorite Henderson places for lunch include The Cheesecake Factory at Green Valley and In-N-Out burger on Eastern. Pick up designer cupcakes at The Cupcakery also on Eastern. Grab your healthy food choices at Trader Joes on Eastern. For clothing, teens love Rapsodielle on Stephanie Street across from the old Toys R Us.

Sparks, NV

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Population: 94,718
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $208,700 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 9.1% (10th best)
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Sparks ranks 2nd on our list of best places to live in Nevada thanks to its low unemployment and high adjusted median income.

Additionally, its crime rate ranks in the lowest 10% of all places in Nevada that we examined.

People have been flocking to Sparks over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.

Mesquite, NV

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Population: 16,953
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $193,200 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 8.9% (9th best)
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We think the motto in Mesquite should be "Everything is greater in Mesquite," and that seems to be pretty close to the truth.

Mesquite has some of the highest home values in Nevada, and they're going up fast. Additionally, Mesquite only has 1400.0% of its residents living in poverty.

Crime is also well below the state average, making Mesquite a solid option for people who value safety. At least those who can afford it.

Winnemucca, NV

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Population: 7,881
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $185,100 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.6% (3rd best)
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Winnemucca has a strong showing in our best places to live in Nevada analysis, coming it at 4th best.

It ranks highly like many others in the top ten for a low unemployment rate and high adjusted median income. It scored extra points relative to the top ten for its size and things to do.

If you're thinking of moving to Nevada, Winnemucca is a great option.

Elko, NV

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Population: 20,078
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $215,100 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (2nd best)
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Taking its place as the 5th best place in Nevada is Elko. Residents here earn a really high salary each year, and crime is fairly low, in comparison to the rest of Nevada.

It's considered a cultural community, as it boasts an arts scene, and many ethnic restaurants, too. Which means you can't be bored here.

An unemployment rate of only 5.3% helps thing too.

Carlin, NV

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Population: 2,337
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $105,000 (15th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.7% (6th best)
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With the unemployment rate being the 6th lowest in Nevada and very stable household median incomes, it's easy to see why someone would want to live in Carlin.

Plus, the crime rate is the 3rd lowest in the state!

Caliente, NV

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Population: 1,129
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $129,700 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 9.5% (11th best)
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Caliente's unemployment rates are some of the lowest in the state and the median income is the 5th highest, making Caliente a great place to work and settle down if you're look for a stable job with a stable income.

Additionally, Caliente has above average education and low crime, making this place a safe place to live.

Fernley, NV

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Population: 19,228
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $150,400 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 11.6% (15th best)
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Perhaps what makes Fernley so amazing is the high emphasis they put on quality education: they have one of the highest rate of education at attainment for adults.

However, quality education isn't all that makes Fernley great. They also have the 8th highest median income and the 16th shortest commute time.

Reno, NV

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Population: 237,121
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $235,800 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.6% (5th best)
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Reno has been called one of the best small towns in America. If you live here, you're most likely already aware of how great it is to live there.

Just about everyone who wants a job in Reno has one; the unemployment rate is hovering at about 7.6% and lowering. And the Reno police department is doing a solid job, as crime is the 15th lowest in the state here.

Who wouldn't want to live in a place like this?

Review Of Reno by HomeSnacks User

Loads of schools both public and private, with more in the works. Big events year-round, averaging one biggie per month, ranging from hot air balloon races, rodeo, air races, food fests, nearby Burning Man, parades for numerous reasons, a growing art scene,....there's just so much going on lately. Plus the casinos. All this and a decent sized river coursing downtown that hosts kayak contests. A construction boom is in progress.

Watch out for the poorly maintained roads, impatient tail riding drivers, and extreme temperatures; summer is very hot and winter is bone chilling cold with a lot of snow possible. Rain, hail, high winds, drought, avalanches flooding, wildfires, it has it all.

The sheer number of special events and stuff to do in a city this size is pretty amazing.

Wells, NV

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Population: 1,377
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $118,200 (14th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.1% (1st best)
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If you live in Wells, you probably know how great it is already.

Wells has a stable economy where residents earn a large salary ($51,618). And the crime is really, really low (13th lowest in Nevada).

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

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.

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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Where Are 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

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 “10 Best Places To Live In Nevada For 2019

  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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