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By Natalie Todoroff
Updated on May 26, 2022
Reviewed by Melanie Reiff, Staff Editor.
“Home Means Nevada” is more than just a catchy state song. For more than three million Americans, it’s a mantra. If you’re looking to join the chorus and permanently put down some roots in the Silver State, you’ve come to the right place.
Jerry, the first of its kind super app for home and auto insurance, has rounded up this list of the best places to live in Nevada if you’ve got a family, if you’re on a budget, or if you’re looking to buy a home. Ready to learn more about life out west? Read on!
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What makes a good place to live?
When you add it all up, Nevada is made up of 19 cities, 16 counties, and 137 special districts. With numbers like these, how on earth are you supposed to pick just one place to settle down?
In lieu of drawing a name of out a hat, we took a look at the metrics listed below to help you narrow down your choices:
- Median household income
- Median home price
- Cost of living
- Quality of schools
- Crime rates
- Average commute times
By carefully looking at these stats, we’ve found the top choices for those looking for somewhere family-friendly, somewhere affordable, or somewhere to buy a home.
The best places for families to live in Nevada
We paid special attention to the quality of schools, crime rates, and community life to choose these three Nevada towns that are best for families.
Location: Douglas County
Median household income: $62,296
Median home price: $520,800
If small-town life is what you’re after, you won’t do much smaller than Kingsbury. This suburb outside of Reno is a mere stone’s throw away from the glittering Lake Tahoe, offering plenty of outdoor activities for you and your family to enjoy.
Crime rates in Kingsbury are miles below the US average, making it a relaxing and worry-free place to raise a family. You’ll feel at ease letting the kids walk to one of Kingsbury’s five top-rated public schools: each received an A- rating from Niche.com.
Green Valley Ranch
Location: Clark County
Median household income: $97,256
Median home price: $367,782
If tiny towns aren’t your family’s speed, check out Green Valley Ranch. This neighborhood in Henderson, Nevada is ranked the best place to raise a family and overall best neighborhood to live in the broader city.
Although the city of Henderson does see some higher crime rates, you won’t find many crimes in Green Valley Ranch. In fact, there are so few crimes in Green Valley Ranch, we had a hard time even finding any statistics!
When the kids are out from one of Green Valley Ranch’s above-average public schools, take the family to enjoy some fresh air in Paseo Verde, Discovery, Strawberry Hill, or one of the many other parks. Feel free to bring your four-legged babies as well: Green Valley Ranch has many dog parks as well!
The most affordable places to live in Nevada
To find Nevada’s most affordable towns, we based their affordability based on the average cost of living and commute time (which impacts fuel costs).
Location: Lincoln County
Median household income: $60,455
Median home price: $126,700
Caliente stands out on our list for two reasons: it’s the smallest town in our roundup and, with an income to rent ratio of 105 and a home to income ratio of just above two, is the cheapest place to live in Nevada.
Caliente residents enjoy a lower cost of living, around 9.7% below the national average. Only 6% of workers work from home in Caliente, but the remaining 94% of workers don’t have long commutes either. The average commute in Caliente clocks in at just under 6 minutes, about 20 minutes shorter than the national average.
Location: White Pine County
Median household income: $60,048
Median home price: $134,800
With an average cost of living an astonishing 15.1% lower than the national average, eastern Nevada’s Ely is also a great place for those who want a less expensive way of life. It’s a popular choice among retirees and residents looking for a more sparse, spread-out suburban vibe.
A car is a must-have in Ely. Public transportation options are few and far between in this small town, so workers rely on their own set of wheels to get them to and from the office. Commutes in Ely are longer than those in Caliente at just under 14 minutes, but they’re still below the national average of 26.4 minutes.
Median household income: $57,368
Median home price: $169,000
Living in Sun Valley is a great option for those who wish to be close to the buzzing city of Reno but without the 12% higher cost of living.
Residents are just a 12-minute drive from Reno, without traffic. An office commute takes a little longer though, on average around 24.5 minutes, which squeaks in at just under the national average.
Best places to buy a house in Nevada
When thinking about which Nevada towns were the best for purchasing a home, we considered their respective housing markets.
Location: Washoe County
Median household income:
Median home price: $335,000
Reno, the “Biggest Little City in the World,” is first up on our group of best places to buy a home in Nevada. Homes in this city near the mountains are in higher-than-ever demand, with median home values growing by 8.5% last year and on track to increase by 6.2% this year.
Because of this high demand, new homes in Reno are popping up left and right: new construction applications in Reno were 38% above the US average. As the numbers show, a home in Reno is a worthwhile investment!
Location: Clark County
Median household income: $318,800
Median home price: $500,000
Next up for potential homebuyers is Henderson. A part of the broader Las Vegas metro area, Henderson has the title of the second-most populous city in the state of Nevada. Henderson is an excellent option for homeowners who want to be near the sparkling strip of Las Vegas without being smack bang in the middle of all of the hustle and bustle.
The median home value in Henderson jumped 9.2% last year and is expected to grow to 6.3% in the coming year. Best get into the Henderson housing market while it’s still hot!
Location: Clark County
Median household income: $62,107
Median home price: $258,600
What better way to round out our list of the best places to live in Nevada than with Las Vegas? The city of Sin is not just for gambling and all-you-can-eat buffets; it’s also great for homeowners. Las Vegas homes have seen the greatest increase in value out of the three cities on our list at an astounding 10.9% added to their value.
When you look past its glamorous veneer, Las Vegas is really not so unlike any other desert town with a booming economy. For those looking to invest in a home and sell it for a profit, a home in Las Vegas is your winning ticket.
How to find affordable home and car insurance in Nevada
No matter where in Nevada you choose to call home, downloading Jerry can help you save time and money on your home and auto insurance policies.
Jerry, a licensed insurance broker, takes the guesswork out of finding an awesome deal. The best part? It’s easy, too!
Just download the app, take less than a minute to answer some basic questions, and watch as the Jerry app pulls quotes across dozens of insurance companies to find you a great deal.
The average Jerry saves over $800 a year when they shop for car insurance alone, and Jerry can help you save even more when you bundle your policies.
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