Las Vegas gets hot. Over 115 degrees hot. Yes, it’s a dry heat and yes, air conditioning is ubiquitous, but the heat will still affect your day-to-day life if you move to Las Vegas. You’ll probably start planning errands and get-together’s with friends around the heat, and giving preference to air-conditioned activities and locations on the hottest days of the year.
The heat is lethal. In 2017, Las Vegas valley had over 12 heat-related deaths, mostly in June. If you drive, it’s important to keep some emergency water in your car. It’s also good to wear sunscreen daily and to keep some extra sunscreen in your bag and your car.
Las Vegas is home to doctors, accountants, lawyers, plumbers, manufacturing plants, a medical school and even a professional hockey team! Not everyone lives or works in a hotel or a casino.
The city has its share of traffic snarls and seedy neighborhoods. The DMV is always crowded and they will charge you anywhere from $250-500 to register your car each year.
If you like to save your money, you’ll love moving to Las Vegas because Nevada has no state income tax. The state earns the money it needs from tourism, casino resort fees and from its high sales tax rate of 8.25 percent.
Since Nevada has no state income tax, it’s also a great place for entrepreneurs. If you have a great business idea, you’ll never find a better place than Las Vegas for putting that idea in motion.
Since Las Vegas has no shortage of space — and plenty of money flowing in from the tourism industry — living in Las Vegas is surprisingly affordable compared to what you’d experience in other major cities.
As we’ve already mentioned, home prices are low — and there’s no state income tax. What we haven’t mentioned is that the cost of electricity in Las Vegas is well below the national average.
Property taxes are also reasonable. When you consider job offers before moving to Las Vegas, take the low cost of living into account. While the average wages in Las Vegas tend to be lower than in some other areas of the country, you’ll also have a lot of that money still in your pocket after you’ve paid your bills.
If you’ve visited Las Vegas before, you already know that the City of Sin is a great place for catching a show or losing your shirt at the blackjack tables.
If you actually want to live in Las Vegas, though, you’ll probably tire of the neon pretty quickly. Despite what you may have experienced as a tourist, Las Vegas actually boasts plenty of activities that can expose you to culture or help you get in touch with nature.
For a major city, everything from groceries to rent prices (the current median rent for a one bedroom apartment is $910) is surprisingly affordable, comparatively. Not only does it have the aforementioned ‘no income tax’, it also has the lowest taxes in the nation. Basically, the 40 million tourists visiting Sin City annually fund most of the state’s needs, from roads to schools.
Whatever your vice is—whether it’s shopping, food, gambling—Vegas will be a welcome paradise. Otherwise, it’s a mostly normal (heck, underrated) town with incredible food, entertainment, and outdoor recreation.
My wife and I just moved here and we're trying out renting a manufactured home. It's about the same price as an apartment, but you're not connected to anyone. We're liking much more than an apartment so far.
I second the notion that Vegas doesn’t really have a “downtown” and the arts district isn’t exactly what it is sold as.
If you’re looking for walkable areas, I recommend Henderson, Summerlin or the north side of Las Vegas. I live in northern LV and love it. Lots of dog parks, restaurants and close enough to the rest of Vegas to be nice when people come to visit.
You can live in North Las Vegas rent a house out for around $850 pretty big houses (4bedrooms or so).
The city of North Las Vegas is actually bad in the southern part. If you live north of Craig road, it's fine. The Aliante casino area is actually very nice.
Nw Las Vegas is good. Centennial and aliante area. Northeast isn’t so great. Summerlin is good but overpriced compared to other areas
In terms of both income and ethnicity, Las Vegas is a diverse place. The city’s population is around 32% Hispanic or Latino, 13% Black and 6% Asian, according to latest estimates by the Census Bureau.
The Las Vegas hotel ads you see on TV may feature wealthy, white revelers, but the real Las Vegas is much more mixed than the glossy ads would have you believe. That’s one of the things that makes Las Vegas a great place to live.
Since Las Vegas is a city full of temporary residents, you may find that locals are slow to accept you. It may be a while before people realize that you aren’t going anywhere and finally begin to open up to you.
On the other hand, living in a tourist area has plenty of benefits. If you want to interact with a wide variety of interesting people from around the world, Las Vegas may be the best city in America in which to do so.
People of all types visit Las Vegas, and you never know who you might meet. You’ll definitely learn to expect the unexpected.
I live on the border of summerlin in an area called Peccole Ranch. Lots of great apartments around here and a lot of trees and greenbelts. Great shopping Not sure of the rent but I see a lot of them advertise that dogs are allowed. I moved here 5 years ago and found the locals extremely friendly. Many work in the hospitality field, and are just friendly by nature. Good luck with your move and let me be the first to welcome you both to Las Vegas!
Moved to Vegas 13 months ago from across the country. One of the best decisions I've ever made.