The 10 Best Places To Retire In Nevada For 2021


We analyzed over 13 places in Nevada to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best places to retire in Nevada.

Want to know where you can live the retirement dream in Nevada? Read on.

But, first, let's talk about a couple of things before you head down to HomeSnacks' list of the top ten best places to retire in The Silver State for 2021. For one, many people think that Las Vegas and Reno are the only places in Nevada worth your time; and while they may be two of the top ten best places to retire in Nevada for 2021, they are not the best. So, what does it take to make the top ten best places to retire in Nevada? Well, to make HomeSnacks' list, a place had to be affordable, safe, and close to an international airport. And because we know that's not all that keeps the 65 and older crowd happy and entertained, we also looked at amenities and commute times for each and this information can be found under each city's data button.

And, folks, no surprise here: Nevada's best places to retire do not disappoint. The state is after all one of the fastest growing states in America so there has to be something that's drawing the country to this western state. And for many of Nevada's retirees, that takes on the form of great skiing in Carson City's Lake Tahoe and gambling anywhere from Winnemucca to Henderson.

So, want to know the places in Nevada where you where you can experience the best that retirement has to offer? Grab a coffee and follow along.

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Nevada For 2021

  1. Yerington
  2. Mesquite
  3. Lovelock
  4. Henderson
  5. Reno
  6. Winnemucca
  7. Carlin
  8. Sparks
  9. Elko
  10. North Las Vegas

Why did Yerington take the top spot? And where are Henderson and Reno?

HomeSnacks thinks that since you have spent a majority of your life working towards retirement that you should be privy to the best places to retire in each state. And in Nevada's case, we looked at 10 places with at least 1,000 residents to find the best of the best.

So, where is the best place to retire in Nevada? According to the latest Census, that would be Yerington.

To see a list of the rest of Nevada's places to retire, hit that down arrow. And because we don't want you to take a gamble with your golden years, we suggest you take a look at Nevada's worst places before you make any life changing decisions.

For more Nevada state reading:

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Nevada For 2021

Yerington, NV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,137
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $652
Distance to Closest Airport: 47 miles
More on Yerington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mesquite, NV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 18,446
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Rent: $879
Distance to Closest Airport: 76 miles
More on Mesquite: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lovelock, NV

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,959
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Median Rent: $682
Distance to Closest Airport: 82 miles
More on Lovelock: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Henderson, NV

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 300,116
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $1,292
Distance to Closest Airport: 8 miles
More on Henderson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Reno, NV

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 246,500
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Rent: $1,029
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
More on Reno: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Winnemucca, NV

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,762
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Rent: $821
Distance to Closest Airport: 147 miles
More on Winnemucca: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Carlin, NV

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 2,025
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Rent: $1,006
Distance to Closest Airport: 210 miles
More on Carlin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sparks, NV

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 100,589
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $1,138
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
More on Sparks: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Elko, NV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 20,304
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Rent: $1,021
Distance to Closest Airport: 198 miles
More on Elko: Real Estate | Data | Photos

North Las Vegas, NV

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 241,369
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $1,206
Distance to Closest Airport: 14 miles
More on North Las Vegas: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Silver State for 2021

To create our list of the best places in Nevada to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Silver State -- 124 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 1,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 10 places from across the state.

For these 10, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI's Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 10, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Yerington, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.

Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Nevada Yet...

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Nevada goes to Yerington.

If you're not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  1. North Las Vegas
  2. Elko
  3. Sparks

For more Nevada reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Nevada?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Yerington 3,137 $652
2 Mesquite 18,446 $879
3 Lovelock 1,959 $682
4 Henderson 300,116 $1,292
5 Reno 246,500 $1,029
6 Winnemucca 7,762 $821
7 Carlin 2,025 $1,006
8 Sparks 100,589 $1,138
9 Elko 20,304 $1,021
10 North Las Vegas 241,369 $1,206

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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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