The 10 Best Places To Live In Nevada For 2024

The best places to live in Nevada for 2024 are Henderson, Fallon, and Ely. Find out where your city or town ranks.

Area 51, a weekend of gambling in Las Vegas, the Hoover Dam, and Burning Man, have nothing on the best places to live in Nevada for 2024.

Nevada has some pretty sweet deals on real estate in some super safe, lovely places. For instance, Nevada has hip millennial cities like Winchester, fun college cities like Henderson, and crazy gambling cities like Reno.

How’d we find the best places to live in Nevada? We used Saturday Night Science to analyze Census, FBI, and Zillow data on the 16 Nevada places with 1,000 or more residents. We considered factors like home prices, household income, education, and safety.

Here’s where you’re bound to hit it big in Nevada.

Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Table | Map | Methodology | Summary

The 10 Best Places To Live In Nevada For 2024

  1. Henderson
  2. Fallon
  3. Ely
  4. Sparks
  5. Fernley
  6. Mesquite
  7. Carlin
  8. Elko
  9. West Wendover
  10. Reno

Where is the best place to live in Nevada for 2024? The best place to live in Nevada is Henderson according to the most recent FBI and Census data.

To see Nevada’s other best of the best places, take a look below. Or head to the bottom for a complete chart of Nevada cities.

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The 10 Best Places To Live In Nevada For 2024

Best Places To Live In Nevada Map

Henderson, NV

Source: Wikipedia User John Phelan | CC BY-SA 3.0
Stat Henderson Nevada
Population 318,063 3,104,817
Rank Last Year 2
Median Home Value $461,416 $418,963
Median Income $85,311 $71,646
Unemployment Rate 7.0% 7.0%
Crime Per Capita 0.0227 0.0241

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We’ve been ranking Nevada’s best cities for awhile now, and Henderson just keeps topping the list. Located just southeast of Las Vegas, Henderson has all the action of Sin City plus a little extra quality of life. There’s The M Resort for those looking to gamble, the Lion Habitat Ranch for animal-enthusiasts, Sloan Canyon for the outdoorsmen and women, and Cowabunga Bay Water Park for the kids and kids at heart.

Speaking of kids, Henderson has an excellent public school system, with GreatSchools awarding over 15 schools a 9/10 rating or higher. Henderson’s high school dropout rate is the lowest in Nevada. The crime rate in Henderson is the 7th lowest statewide, and the poverty rate is the 2nd lowest. All these factors contribute to Henderson being one of the best places to retire in Nevada. The cost of living in Henderson is moderate, and the median household income here is $85,311/year. Henderson’s grown by more than 15% in the last decade, with property values increasing by around 9% in the last year alone. Just make sure you don’t move to one of Henderson’s worst neighborhoods and everything should be peachy.

Fallon, NV

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Stat Fallon Nevada
Population 9,243 3,104,817
Rank Last Year 1
Median Home Value $350,672 $418,963
Median Income $63,490 $71,646
Unemployment Rate 4.4% 7.0%
Crime Per Capita 0.0163 0.0241

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Billing itself as “The Oasis of Nevada,” Fallon ranks as the 2nd nicest spot to live statewide. Don’t take our word for it when we say Fallon has excellent public schools — the data proves it with the 3rd lowest high school dropout rate in Nevada.

Additionally, Fallon has safe streets, likely a result of an economic situation that works for everyone. That’s because Fallon has the 4th lowest unemployment rate in Nevada. And you won’t be huffing and puffing in traffic on your way to work, either — Fallon also has the 9th shortest average commute time statewide.

If you’re looking for action in Fallon, there’s the ever-present casino scene (it is Nevada, after all) at Stockman’s Casino. Whiskey-lovers will be thrilled to have the local Frey Ranch Distillery in their neighborhood.

But if you’re not into all that jazz, there’s still Grimes Point for lovers of nature and ancient history alike. And the whole community gets involved in the annual Fallon Cantaloupe Festival & Country Fair. In other words, you’ll have to actively avoid fun if you want to be bored in Fallon.

Ely, NV

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Stat Ely Nevada
Population 3,957 3,104,817
Rank Last Year 4
Median Home Value $191,661 $418,963
Median Income $77,076 $71,646
Unemployment Rate 3.9% 7.0%
Crime Per Capita 0.0304 0.0241

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At the eastern end of U.S. Highway 50 you’ll find the bustling town of Ely, the 3rd best place in Nevada. Ely’s history as a stagecoach station, mining town, and key railroad stop is documented in an impressive series of murals throughout the town. If you want to see how things looked back in the day, a visit to Ely’s Renaissance Village is just the thing. Those who prefer their history with a side of picnicking or hiking might prefer to spend time at Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park.

Homes in Ely are fairly cheap at around $191,661 and you won’t find cheaper rent on this list than Ely’s median rental price of $982/month, less than half the average rent in Nevada. Ely’s unemployment is the 3rd lowest in the state and workers enjoy the 1st shortest average commute time in Nevada.

Sparks, NV

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Stat Sparks Nevada
Population 108,025 3,104,817
Rank Last Year 5
Median Home Value $489,899 $418,963
Median Income $82,938 $71,646
Unemployment Rate 6.1% 7.0%
Crime Per Capita 0.0248 0.0241

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Located just east of Reno near the California border, Sparks comes in as the 4th best place to live in Nevada. With a population of 108,025, Sparks is big enough to have all the amenities necessary for a high standard of living while retaining a sense of community. Marina Park is a favorite for locals looking to get out of the house, while ample outlet shopping will keep even the most ravenous of shopaholics satisfied. Sparks also hosts the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off, an annual event that’s topped lists of the best BBQ festivals in the country.

Sparks has been growing at a rapid pace; not just the population, but employees, wages, and property values have all risen by a lot in recent years. Sparks has the 11th lowest levels of unemployment and poverty in Nevada, so you know everyone gets their fair share here. Sparks residents also enjoy the 4th highest median household income in Nevada at $82,938/year.

Fernley, NV

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Stat Fernley Nevada
Population 23,035 3,104,817
Rank Last Year 3
Median Home Value $368,372 $418,963
Median Income $84,025 $71,646
Unemployment Rate 4.6% 7.0%
Crime Per Capita 0.0006 0.0241

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Coming in as Nevada’s 5th best place to call home is Fernley, a city of 23,035 situated a half-hour west of Reno. Fernley was already featured on our list of the most affordable places in Nevada thanks to its low home price to income ratio, so finding out that it’s also among the best places to live statewide is just icing on the cake.

The cost of living in Fernley is just about on par with the national average, so you don’t have to break the bank for essentials here. Fernley also has the 8th highest rate of health-insured residents, so unexpected medical issues are a bit less overwhelming here.

Fernley also has the 6th lowest poverty and 7th lowest unemployment rate statewide, so everyone gets a slice of the pie. Fernley residents enjoy the 3rd highest median household income in Nevada at $84,025, and your typical Fernley home sells for around $368,372.

Now, if you’re living in Fernley, you can turn to Reno’s Riverwalk District for a bit of fun. But there’s no need to make the drive to get your entertainment if you’re trying to gamble because there are plenty of local spots, like the Silverado Casino, to get your fix.

Mesquite, NV

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Stat Mesquite Nevada
Population 20,659 3,104,817
Rank Last Year 6
Median Home Value $372,319 $418,963
Median Income $69,146 $71,646
Unemployment Rate 7.6% 7.0%
Crime Per Capita 0.0153 0.0241

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Located on the Arizona border 80 miles northeast of Vegas in the Virgin River Valley, Mesquite is a desert paradise that combines the best of small-town life with big-city attractions. Majestic mountains for a stunning backdrop for eye-popping sunsets, top-quality golf courses and casinos abound, and there are museums dedicated both to local history and local artistry. And, of course, plenty of outdoor hotspots nearby to make staying active a treat instead of a chore.

Mesquite is the oldest city on our list by a wide margin, with a median age of 62, thanks to a growing retirement community. The crime rate here is about 30% below the national average, making Mesquite one of Nevada’s safest cities. The median household income in Mesquite is $69,146/year, the 10th highest statewide. All these awesome features help explain why Mesquite is Nevada’s fastest growing city, with a population increase of over 20% since 2010.

7. Carlin

Carlin, NV

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Stat Carlin Nevada
Population 2,366 3,104,817
Rank Last Year 12
Median Home Value $173,694 $418,963
Median Income $68,207 $71,646
Unemployment Rate 5.0% 7.0%
Crime Per Capita 0.0131 0.0241

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Carlin is a small city of 2,366 located 25 miles west of Elko along I-80. Known as the place “where the train stops and the Gold Rush begins,” Carlin remains true to its gold mining past even to this day. The Carlin Trend, just northwest of the city, is one of the most productive gold mining areas in the country. Just outside of town, there’s plenty of natural splendor to explore, even if you’re not after a nugget of gold.

All that gold seems to be keeping Carlin quiet flush because residents here enjoy the 11th highest median household income in Nevada at $68,207/year. Carlin also has great public schools that have achieved the 4th lowest high school dropout rate in Nevada. As a bonus, Carlin’s a place where unwelcome medical surprises are a little less scary since the city has the 6th highest rate of residents with health insurance statewide.

Elko, NV

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Stat Elko Nevada
Population 20,513 3,104,817
Rank Last Year 11
Median Home Value $327,254 $418,963
Median Income $85,000 $71,646
Unemployment Rate 4.5% 7.0%
Crime Per Capita 0.0241 0.0241

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Located in the heart of northeastern Nevada beside the snow-capped Ruby Mountans, Elko ranks as the 8th best place to live in the state. ATVing, rock-climbing, biking, hunting and more are all available in and around Elko, so you won’t have to wonder what to do with yourself on the weekend. Humboldt National Forest is a short day-trip away and the Northeastern Nevada Museum is in town if you’re itching for a slice of culture. All these features make it easy to see why Elko topped our list of the best cities for families in Nevada.

Crime in Elko ranks as the 10th crime lowest in Nevada, so you don’t have to worry about the cowboy culture causing any dust-ups here. Elko also rates among Nevada’s most affordable cities, with a cost of living about 5% lower than the statewide average. While Elko has the 9th most expensive median home price in the state at $327,254, having the 2nd highest median household income at $85,000/year offsets that cost and then some.

West Wendover, NV

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Stat West Wendover Nevada
Population 4,513 3,104,817
Rank Last Year 7
Median Home Value $263,406 $418,963
Median Income $80,342 $71,646
Unemployment Rate 3.0% 7.0%
Crime Per Capita 0.0275 0.0241

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Located on the Utah border in northeastern Nevada, West Wendover ranks as the state’s 9th best place. You’re sure to spot Wendover Will, a 50-foot-tall neon cowboy that welcomes you to the city, as you rip through the Cowboy Corridor (I-80). Five casinos, a concert hall that regularly pulls big-name acts, and countless events make West Wendover an exciting place to live. With a median age of 33, it’s also the youngest city to make this list.

The unemployment rate in West Wendover ranks as the 2nd lowest in Nevada at a measly 3.0%. And if you’re part of the mega-majority of employed residents, you get the added perk of having the 2nd shortest commute time in the state at just 17 minutes. You also don’t have to worry about getting carjacked on the way to work, because West Wendover has the 12th lowest crime rate in Nevada.

Reno, NV

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Stat Reno Nevada
Population 265,196 3,104,817
Rank Last Year 8
Median Home Value $526,202 $418,963
Median Income $73,073 $71,646
Unemployment Rate 5.0% 7.0%
Crime Per Capita 0.0323 0.0241

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Reno, with its incredible Riverwalk District, dizzying array of events, and downtown whitewater kayak park, comes in as the 10th best place to call home in Nevada. Previously filled with nothing but casinos and kitschy shops, Reno’s downtown has undergone a renaissance recently. The casinos are still prevalent, but now it’s nicely rounded out by a thriving Arts District and top-notch museums. No wonder Reno featured big on our list of the best places for singles in Nevada.

Here’s the rub: Reno is also Nevada’s most expensive city, so it’s best to come here with some savings or a lucrative job lined up. Reno’s homes are the most expensive in the state at around $526,202 and the cost of living is higher than the statewide average. We think Reno’s locals would argue that good schools, low poverty and unemployment, and a rollicking good time are worth every penny, though. Having a population that’s grown by nearly 10% in the last decade means even outsiders tend to agree.

Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in Nevada

Best Places To Live In Nevada Size Requirement

Before we even started to collect data on the best places to live in Nevada, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit cities with populations over 100,000 against places with a population of 18?

We firmly decided no, that just isn’t fair.

So, to create our ranking, we broke the best places to live into three tiers:

  • Cities — Populations over 1,000
  • Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 1,000
  • Small Towns — Populations below 1,000

This filter left 16 cities, 32 towns, and 32 small towns.

We then decided no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best cities to live in Nevada have more of everything, and therefore, you need over 1,000 people to truly be ‘the best.’

Methodology: How We Calculated The Best Cities To Live In Nevada

Now that we had our set of the best possible cities, it was time to rank them using Saturday Night Science.

We ranked each place in Nevada across a number of criteria from one to 16, with one being the best.

We then took the average rank across all criteria, crowning the city posting the lowest overall score, the “Best Place To Live In Nevada.”

The criteria we looked to determine the best places were:

  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Unemployment Rate
  • Commute Time
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data, FBI Crime Data, and Zillow. We updated this article for 2024. This report is our tenth time ranking Nevada’s best places to live.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in Nevada. Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Henderson at the end of the cul-de-sac.

Summary: The Best Places In Nevada

If you’re looking at areas in Nevada with the best economic situations, where there’s lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

The best places to live in Nevada are Henderson, Fallon, Ely, Sparks, Fernley, Mesquite, Carlin, Elko, West Wendover, and Reno.

Henderson made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for the best place to live in Nevada for 2024.

If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Nevada according to the data:

  1. Lovelock (Pop. 1,675)
  2. Wells (Pop. 1,057)
  3. North Las Vegas (Pop. 264,022)

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Best Places To Live In Nevada Table

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value Median Income Rent Crime Per Capita
1 Henderson 318,063 7.0% $461,416 $85,311 $1,641 0.0227
2 Fallon 9,243 4.4% $350,672 $63,490 $1,162 0.0163
3 Ely 3,957 3.9% $191,661 $77,076 $982 0.0304
4 Sparks 108,025 6.1% $489,899 $82,938 $1,526 0.0248
5 Fernley 23,035 4.6% $368,372 $84,025 $1,351 0.0006
6 Mesquite 20,659 7.6% $372,319 $69,146 $1,086 0.0153
7 Carlin 2,366 5.0% $173,694 $68,207 $1,174 0.0131
8 Elko 20,513 4.5% $327,254 $85,000 $1,142 0.0241
9 West Wendover 4,513 3.0% $263,406 $80,342 $770 0.0275
10 Reno 265,196 5.0% $526,202 $73,073 $1,360 0.0323
11 Winnemucca 8,354 4.4% $300,990 $78,161 $899 0.0336
12 Las Vegas 644,835 7.4% $399,875 $66,356 $1,356 0.0237
13 Yerington 3,108 5.1% $281,142 $41,600 $736 0.0006
14 Lovelock 1,675 14.2% $209,582 $42,955 $696 0.0149
15 Wells 1,057 0.4% $184,005 $55,917 $965 0.0275
16 North Las Vegas 264,022 8.4% $385,939 $71,774 $1,479 0.0237

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.

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