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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.
Here are the 10 best places to live in Nevada for 2019:
- Henderson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Sparks (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Mesquite (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Winnemucca (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Elko (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Carlin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Caliente (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Fernley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Reno (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Wells (Photos | Homes For Sale)
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.
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The 10 Best Places To Live In Nevada For 2019
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...
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.
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 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.
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.
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'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.
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 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?
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'.
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
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
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
- Mogul (Pop. 1,683)
- East Valley (Pop. 1,467)
- Ruhenstroth (Pop. 1,163)
- Golden Valley (Pop. 1,805)
- Kingsbury (Pop. 2,242)
- Washoe Valley (Pop. 2,950)
- Verdi (Pop. 1,399)
- Panaca (Pop. 1,170)
- Battle Mountain (Pop. 3,227)
- Minden (Pop. 3,359)
Best Small Towns To Live In Nevada
- Crystal Bay (Pop. 155)
- Glenbrook (Pop. 151)
- Lakeridge (Pop. 258)
- Skyland (Pop. 262)
- Genoa (Pop. 983)
- Silver Peak (Pop. 66)
- Round Hill Village (Pop. 811)
- Crescent Valley (Pop. 386)
- Fish Springs (Pop. 747)
- Virginia City (Pop. 711)
If you're curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Nevada according to the data:
- Las Vegas (Pop. 613,295)
- Yerington (Pop. 3,096)
- Lovelock (Pop. 1,854)
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