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Best Places to Live in Nevada

Quality of life hotspots include Sparks, Elko, Summerlin South

By Kevin Litwin on February 3, 2016


Beautiful scenery and a good quality of life highlight The Silver State, and some of the excellent communities to both work and play are as follows:

Carson City

Named for mountain man Kit Carson, Carson City is the capital of Nevada and has conveniences like Western Nevada College and Carson Tahoe Health. The community hosts a handful of casinos along with a parks system led by popular and spacious Mills Park, and Carson Airport serves the entire region.


Just east of Reno is Sparks, which features a Victorian Square that hosts a variety of outdoor concerts and events like an annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off. Attractions are led by Nugget Casino Resort, and I-80 and the Union Pacific Railroad are part of a good transportation network.


Known as “The Biggest Little City in the World,” Reno is at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and famous for casinos and winter skiing opportunities. Students can attend the University of Nevada, Reno, and residents have access to two top hospitals as well as scenic waterways and golf courses.


Ranked among America’s safest cities, Henderson is also a top walking city with 37 miles of trails. The community continues to grow with major shopping malls, movie theater complexes and restaurants, and several casinos are thriving. Good healthcare is in place, and students can attend Nevada State College.


Straddling the Humboldt River is Elko, which houses a National Weather Service forecast office that serves central and northern Nevada. The city’s economy is based largely on gold mining, ranching and tourism, and downtown Elko is a vibrant developing district. Higher education options include Great Basin College.


The unincorporated town of Paradise is adjacent to Las Vegas, with most of the Las Vegas Strip located in the community. Also within the town limits is McCarran International Airport and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and residents have access to a high-ranking Clark County School District.


Home to Naval Air Station Fallon, the city of Fallon is largely an agricultural community where the principal crop is alfalfa for livestock feed. Western Nevada College has a campus in the city, and headquartered in Fallon is the Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of the Fallon Reservation and Colony.

Boulder City

One of only two cities in Nevada that prohibits gambling, Boulder City is near the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. Students can attend a satellite campus of the College of Southern Nevada, and community luxuries include three golf courses, many mountain biking trails and Boulder City Municipal Airport.

Summerlin South

An affluent master-planned community, Summerlin South has 150 parks and is near the Spring Mountains and Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. The average household income is $150,000, and bicycle lanes are on all major roads. Summerlin South houses the College of Southern Nevada and several shopping plazas.

Spring Valley

Two miles west of the Las Vegas Strip is Spring Valley, a community with good shopping opportunities and a large Chinatown area. Residents can enjoy all the attractions of Las Vegas while living in a suburban setting, and amenities in Spring Valley include a popular Desert Breeze Park gathering spot.

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