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There’s a reason Nevada has one of the fastest growing populations in the United States: more and more firms from the tech sector are moving into the state and bringing job opportunities with them. Along with increased employment opportunity, the SIlver State has plenty more to offer residents, including national parks and forests, lax vice laws, and legal gaming in glitzy Las Vegas. Check out our picks for Nevada’s five best cities to live in.
1. Carson City
Nevada’s most liveable city is Carson City, the state’s capital. Located just east of the Carson Mountain Range, Carson City boasts a strong economy driven by health services and state government. The city is in close proximity to numerous ski lodges if you’re looking for a weekend getaway.
Sparks is Nevada’s second-best city to live in. Home to Sparks Marina Park, the city of over 100,000 has plenty of spots for outdoor recreation as well as for gaming.
3. Las Vegas
We arrive at #3 Las Vegas, certainly the most notorious city list on the list. While everyone is familiar with The Strip and Fremont Street, “The Entertainment Capital of the World” has also become a great place to raise a family with the development of new residential areas and planned communities.
Henderson is part of the Las Vegas metropolitan area, and like its neighbor, is home to many casinos that employ thousands of the city’s residents. Henderson is also a great destination for nature lovers, laying claim to over 37 miles of hiking trails.
Reno, another gaming mecca in the northwestern corner of the state, rounds out the list at #5. Tesla recently opened its Gigafactory in the city, the largest building in the world, greatly increasing employment opportunities in the city.
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We ranked a total of 2,509 qualified cities (those with populations above 25,000 and enough data for analysis) by five factors: employment (number of establishments, median earnings); housing (owner-occupied housing with a mortgage, monthly housing costs); quality of life (work commute, poverty levels); education (percentage with a bachelor’s degree or higher); and health (obesity ratios).