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 game 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 gamnbling 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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8.5
/10

Population: 277,872
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $237,800 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 8.6% (8th best)
More on Henderson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Henderson had the 8th lowest unemployment of any place in our research (8.6%) and the 5th lowest crime rate. However, the relative lack of population density and long commute times held it back from being higher on our list.

Henderson is home to an exceptional Volunteer Fire Department that represents so much about what it's like to live there.

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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7
/10

Population: 94,718
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $208,700 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 9.1% (10th best)
More on Sparks: Real Estate | Data | Photos

In Sparks, everyone loves to call Sparks home! The median home value is the 4th highest in Nevada.

Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 10th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Silver State.

Mesquite, NV

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6
/10

Population: 16,953
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $193,200 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 8.9% (9th best)
More on Mesquite: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mesquite's unemployment rates are some of the lowest in the state and the median income is the 14th highest, making Mesquite a great place to work and settle down if you're look for a stable job with a stable income.

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

Winnemucca, NV

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7
/10

Population: 7,881
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $185,100 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.6% (3rd best)
More on Winnemucca: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Winnemucca 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 3rd overall for its low unemployment rate and the 3rd highest median income of any place in our analysis.

However, it only has the 14th shortest average commute time of any place in Nevada.

Elko, NV

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7
/10

Population: 20,078
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $215,100 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (2nd best)
More on Elko: Real Estate | Data | Photos

We wouldn't be surprised to see CNN call Elko one of the best places to live in the United States. Not only do the residents all make great livings, there's essentially no crime in the entire city. And the residents are very involved in the community.

They can't build homes fast enough here as it seems everyone wants a piece of Elko.

Carlin, NV

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 2,337
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $105,000 (15th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.7% (6th best)
More on Carlin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Let's take a look at why Carlin is a great place to call home for 2019.

There's low crime in Carlin, and the residents here are gainfully employed (7.7% unemployment rate).

You can make Carlin your home for only $105,000 which won't be too hard on a $76,250 household salary.

Caliente, NV

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,129
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $129,700 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 9.5% (11th best)
More on Caliente: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Caliente 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 Caliente has one; the unemployment rate is hovering at about 9.5% and lowering. And the Caliente police department is doing a solid job, as crime is the 10th lowest in the state here.

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

Fernley, NV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 19,228
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $150,400 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 11.6% (15th best)
More on Fernley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Crime is something that doesn't happen very often in Fernley. Statistically the 2nd safest place in the state, there were only 12 violent crimes in the entire city last year.

It's really beautiful in Fernley, and new homes continue to replace older homes. Resident earn $51,826 a year, and homes are valued at more than $150,400.

What else could you possibly want if you're someone who likes the good things in life?

Reno, NV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 237,121
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $235,800 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.6% (5th best)
More on Reno: Real Estate | Data | Photos

With the unemployment rate being the 5th lowest in Nevada and very stable household median incomes, it's easy to see why someone would want to live in Reno.

Plus, the crime rate is the 15th lowest in the state!

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

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,377
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $118,200 (14th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.1% (1st best)
More on Wells: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Wells is feeling the love as it ranks as the 10th best city to live in Nevada for 2019.

It ranked highly because of its high incomes (9th overall) and low crime (13th overall and one of the best in the top ten).

We think the city should probably change its motto at this point to something like "The Place To Be In Nevada".

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.

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