The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Nevada For 2022


We used science and data to determine which cities in Nevada that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the most expensive places to live in Nevada.

Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Nevada does this very well. Families love the Silver State's beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state -- and that's how we're going to help you.

These are the places in Nevada that cost a pretty penny -- the most expensive cities in the state.

After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Nevada for 2022.

So where is the most expensive place to live in Nevada? That would be Reno.
the 2016-2020 American Community Survey for the 18 places in Nevada with more than 1,000 people.

Here are the 10 most expensive places to live in Nevada for 2022:

  1. Reno
  2. Sparks
  3. Las Vegas
  4. Henderson
  5. Boulder City
  6. North Las Vegas
  7. Carson City
  8. Wells
  9. Fallon
  10. Mesquite

What's the most expensive place to live in Nevada? Well, HomeSnacks crunched the numbers and discovered that Reno is the most expensive place to live in Nevada.

So hopefully Carlin (the cheapest place to live in Nevada) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out some more reading about Nevada and the most expensive cities in the country:

The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Nevada For 2022

1. Reno

Reno, NV

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 250,903
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.8x (most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 55.9x (8th most expensive)
More on Reno: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Reno comes in at $61,860 and the median home value is $361,100 for 2022.

2. Sparks

Sparks, NV

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 102,895
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.8x (4th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 54.0x (6th most expensive)
More on Sparks: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Sparks comes in at $67,187 and the median home value is $324,000 for 2022.

3. Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 644,594
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.8x (5th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 50.6x (4th most expensive)
More on Las Vegas: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Las Vegas comes in at $58,377 and the median home value is $279,700 for 2022.

4. Henderson

Henderson, NV

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 309,955
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.5x (7th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 55.5x (7th most expensive)
More on Henderson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Henderson comes in at $75,430 and the median home value is $341,100 for 2022.

5. Boulder City

Boulder City, NV

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 16,048
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.9x (3rd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 58.6x (10th most expensive)
More on Boulder City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Boulder City comes in at $62,792 and the median home value is $304,600 for 2022.

6. North Las Vegas

North Las Vegas, NV

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 247,248
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.3x (10th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 48.7x (most expensive)
More on North Las Vegas: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in North Las Vegas comes in at $60,972 and the median home value is $260,100 for 2022.

7. Carson City

Carson City, NV

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 55,244
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.1x (2nd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 59.4x (11th most expensive)
More on Carson City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Carson City comes in at $58,305 and the median home value is $299,900 for 2022.

8. Wells

Wells, NV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,091
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 6)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.6x (6th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 48.7x (2nd most expensive)
More on Wells: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Wells comes in at $33,906 and the median home value is $155,000 for 2022.

9. Fallon

Fallon, NV

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,540
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.1x (11th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 49.5x (3rd most expensive)
More on Fallon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Fallon comes in at $45,593 and the median home value is $186,300 for 2022.

10. Mesquite

Mesquite, NV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 19,087
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.3x (8th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 63.7x (12th most expensive)
More on Mesquite: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Mesquite comes in at $59,206 and the median home value is $257,100 for 2022.

Methodology: How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Silver State For 2022

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Nevada
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:

  1. How much do money do I make?
  2. How much do I have spend to live there?

You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.

For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it's actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.

With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2016-2020 around incomes and costs. They are:

  • Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
  • Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
  • Median Home Price

We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).

You can then compare these metrics in each of the places in Nevada to figure out which is the most expensive.

What you are left with is a "Cost of Living Index" by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 18 places in Nevada that have more than 1,000 people.

The place with the highest cost of living in Nevada according to the data is Reno. You can download the data here.

Summary: Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck In Nevada For 2022

Well there you have it, the places in Nevada that have the highest cost of living, with Reno ranking as the most expensive city in the Silver State.

Here's a look at the most affordable cities in Nevada according to the data:

  1. Carlin
  2. Ely
  3. Lovelock

For more Nevada reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Nevada

Rank City ExpensiveScore Population Home/Income Ratio Income/Rent Ratio
1 Reno 3.33 250,903 5.8x 55.9x
2 Sparks 4.33 102,895 4.8x 54.0x
3 Las Vegas 5.0 644,594 4.8x 50.6x
4 Henderson 5.33 309,955 4.5x 55.5x
5 Boulder City 5.67 16,048 4.9x 58.6x
6 North Las Vegas 6.0 247,248 4.3x 48.7x
7 Carson City 6.0 55,244 5.1x 59.4x
8 Wells 7.67 1,091 4.6x 48.7x
9 Fallon 8.67 8,540 4.1x 49.5x
10 Mesquite 9.33 19,087 4.3x 63.7x
11 Fernley 10.0 20,616 3.9x 56.3x
12 Yerington 10.33 3,190 4.3x 52.7x
13 Elko 13.33 20,396 3.0x 74.7x
14 Winnemucca 13.67 7,752 3.5x 89.6x
15 West Wendover 14.67 4,271 3.2x 86.4x
16 Lovelock 15.67 1,736 2.7x 73.6x
17 Ely 15.67 3,993 2.6x 77.3x
18 Carlin 16.33 1,885 2.2x 76.9x

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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.

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