When most people think of Nevada they think of Las Vegas, gambling, a fair amount of debauchery, Area 51 and more UFO sightings than you can shake a stick at.
While here at Bellhops we are certainly not experts on poker nor extraterrestrial life, we feel pretty confident when we say there is certainly more to the great state of Nevada than what is advertised.
In this article, we will be uncovering a few myths about Nevada, while unveiling a beautiful state that presents an incredible opportunity for folks looking to move out west without having to pay an arm and a leg in Los Angeles or San Francisco.
We will be exploring all kinds of wonderful aspects about Nevada in this piece… the economy, the job opportunities, the cost of living and some amazing cities to call home. But, before we delve into the nitty-gritty, we first need to help you determine if the state itself is the right fit for you…
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Nevada’s biggest city, Las Vegas, boasts over 300 days of sunshine every single year. If you want to break that down, that means eight out of every ten days is filled with the big beautiful sun gleaming in the sky. If you’re one who isn’t as fond of the sun as others but want to be surrounded by the great outdoors, check out our write-ups on Washington and Oregon.
The state of Nevada boasts one of the most beautifully diverse landscapes in the United States. The Red Rock Canyon, just under 20 miles from downtown Las Vegas, offers residents and visitors a delicious slice of the Mojave Desert. If you’re a climber, you will have an absolute blast scaling its 3,000 different cliffs.
Then, of course, we can’t forget about Lake Tahoe one of America’s finest gems. Not only is it one of the deepest lakes in the world but it’s also one of the purest… nearly as pure as a bottle of water you’d purchase at a store.
Red Rock Canyon and Lake Tahoe is just a small portion of the amazing features you gain access to living in Nevada and combined they offer endless outdoor activities ranging from hiking, swimming, fishing, mountain biking, rock climbing and skiing.
Plain and simple, if you are an outdoor enthusiast… moving to Nevada might be the right decision for you.
Thus far, it’s pretty clear that Nevada has plenty to offer from both a weather and outdoor standpoint. But, like every other state, it has some not so great things about it, too. What do you want to hear first? The good news or the bad news? We will start with the bad news and end on a more positive note, shall we? Here are a few things to keep in mind before packing your bags for Nevada.
While it’s not necessarily true for the state of Nevada as a whole, Las Vegas certainly has a party-centric and very touristy atmosphere and culture. Like any city, you can easily avoid the more touristy parts of Las Vegas, like The Strip.
But, by choosing to live there, you are choosing to live in a city that over 42 million people visit each year. It’s a tourist hotspot that certainly has a lot to offer residents. But, living there does come with a cost.
In addition to this, it’s important to remember that Las Vegas is certainly not the city for folks who struggle with addictions. Alcohol and gambling is available in Las Vegas 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In other words, you will have to exhibit some self-control.
Fortunately, the reasons to move to Nevada far outweigh the reasons not to. We mentioned this earlier but at 300+ days of sunshine, there will be no need to pack your umbrella. The sun will be out before you can even get it over your head. In addition, Nevada has plenty of housing to go around because it’s a massive state with a very small number of residents compared to how large it is. And, finally, there is no state income tax… something you will adore come next year’s tax season.
Okay, so at this point, you’ve probably determined that Nevada is a pretty good state to call home. Heck, you might even be considering moving there. But, there’s also a lingering question in the back of your mind… can I afford it? The short answer is yes. For the long answer, keep reading.
In Nevada, you can enjoy a reasonably low cost of living. While the average price of a home is $275,000, a great deal more than the average home price in the United States as a whole, it’s very reasonable when compared to other states out west like Utah, for example, at $338,000. And, if you aren’t looking to buy a home, you’re in luck because apartment rent there is extremely reasonable. A one bedroom in Nevada comes in at $783. To give you an idea of how cheap this is… the average rent in the United States as a whole is $930.
There are some very exciting opportunities in Nevada from a business, tech and startup standpoint. For one, Elon Musk is building Tesla’s Gigafactory right outside of Reno, which is planned to be the largest building in the world. And, ever since Zappos decided to make Las Vegas it’s home sweet home, startup culture there has been thriving too.
In addition to this, Reno (Nevada’s third largest city) is following suit. It was reported in the summer of last year that five Reno startups will be bringing 125 new jobs to the city (and millions of dollars in investments).
If you are looking for an in-depth review of the best places to live in the state of Nevada, take a look at the write-up we did here. But, if you don’t have all the time in the world… we recommend Las Vegas, Henderson and Reno. These are Nevada’s three largest cities in order. We have added a few more thoughts on Las Vegas down below…
Las Vegas is a sight to behold. Especially at night. Whether you’re flying over it or driving to it, Las Vegas lights up like the Fourth of July… maybe even brighter than the Fourth of July. The Strip in Las Vegas alone has over 75,000 miles of neon lights. That’s a lot when you consider it’s only 4.2 miles long. And… don’t worry, we already did the math for you. The Las Vegas Strip’s neon lights are 17,857 times longer than the actual strip itself. With that said, besides being filled with tons of lights, fun, debauchery, tom-foolery and mischief… it offers so much more.
At over 300 days of sunshine and warmth, you will have to get used to pool parties on Halloween (and maybe even Thanksgiving). And, you will find yourself taking full advantage of the wonderful weather as you explore some of the best hiking in the United States. Climb up the tallest mountain in Las Vegas, Frenchman Mountain. Or, go on the Calico Tanks Hike where you can cool off in some lovely pristine waters at the end of it.
And, as an added bonus, rent in Las Vegas isn’t nearly as high as what you might expect. The average rent for a one bedroom apartment is a little over $1,000 a month. Not bad when you compare it to places like Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City.
The bottom line is that Nevada is one excellent state. No, it’s not for everyone, obviously. But, if you’re looking for year-round sunshine, some of the most beautiful landscape on planet Earth, a very reasonable cost of living and the chance to be a part of an ever-growing startup scene… then Nevada is 100% the right state for you.
If this article has gotten you in the moving spirit, be sure to give us a call so we can make your moving experience easy and breezy. We coordinate local and long-distance moving services in Nevada and we would love to help!
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