The Las Vegas area is unlike any other part of the country. We have constant entertainment, a lot of dramatic natural landscapes, and some of the best dining, shopping, and culture that you can find. It’s a popular place to visit. Recently, it’s become a popular place to live.
We love living and working in Las Vegas because the energy is constant. This is a city that’s dramatic, vast, and capable of providing a unique quality of life that’s nearly impossible to find anywhere else.
The people who move to Las Vegas want to be here. And if you’re considering a move, we can’t wait to welcome you to the area.
Here’s why we think you should move to Las Vegas, and what you can look forward to when you do.
Casinos: We Have a Few
There’s a lot more to Las Vegas than the sprawling resorts and the billion-dollar casinos, but let’s get the obvious out of the way. Yes, we have casinos. Whether you love them or loathe them, moving to Las Vegas will mean making your peace with them.
According to the Las Vegas Gaming Commission, there are 60 casinos in the city of Las Vegas. The average casino earns nearly $2 million a day. There’s a lot of money invested here, and that brings in a lot of jobs, a lot of tourists, and a lot of people who need housing.
Whether you love to gamble, hate to gamble, or find yourself curious about it, you’ll have a hard time living in Las Vegas without accepting that casinos drive the economy. You don’t have to participate. If you choose to, there’s plenty to keep you busy and the casinos provide a great way to entertain your visitors from out of town.
Learning to Love Las Vegas Geography and Weather
Las Vegas is in the Mojave Desert, surrounded by mountains. It’s dry and hot.
Except when it isn’t.
Nevada is the driest state in the country and Las Vegas is the driest city.
Las Vegas is hot and dry for most of the year. The average daily temperature is 68 °F, with the average high resting at 80 °F and the average low being 56 °F. But, it can get cold. January is the coldest month, with average daily temperatures ranging from 57 °F to 37 °F. There’s rarely any freezing temperatures, unless you get outside the city and into the surrounding foothills. July is almost always the hottest month, with average daily highs and lows of 104 °F and 78 °F. Warmer winters are a huge plus if you’re considering a new life in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas is about 100 miles east of Death Valley, and the average annual precipitation is around four inches. Rain is rare, but when it does fall, it can be torrential and sudden, triggering terrible flash floods.
The Most Basic Reasons You’ll Love Living Here
We’re going to spend some time telling you about the economy and the job opportunities and the ease with which you’ll be able to find great housing, but first let’s take a look at some of the simple reasons that moving to Las Vegas makes so much sense:
- Travel Is Easy
When you move to Las Vegas, you’ll have an easy time coming and going. You can drive to Los Angeles in about four-and-a-half hours. You can also fly to any domestic or international city you choose. The Harry Reid International Airport serves major and minor airlines and has over four million people passing through it every month.
- Restaurants and More Restaurants
Celebrity chefs, local sandwich shops, and everything from pizza to sushi can be found in Las Vegas. The city is consistently ranked on the top 10 lists of food magazines, blogs, and culinary influencers. Eat in a swanky restaurant on the strip or in a cozy hideaway downtown. If you don’t want to stay at home and cook, you will never have to.
- Escape State Income Tax
Keep more of your money. When you live here, you’ll pay your federal income taxes, but there’s no state income tax, which leaves you with a little more.
- We Have Sports, Finally
Las Vegas has football. Cheer on the Las Vegas Raiders. There’s also the Vegas Golden Knights hockey team and the Las Vegas Aces WNBA team. The Las Vegas Aviators, the AAA minor league team of the Oakland A’s, play in Las Vegas.
- We’re Working on Our Water
While you may have heard about the dangers around the alarmingly dry Colorado River, these challenges are being aggressively addressed in Las Vegas. We’re leading the way in water conservation and we recycle nearly 100 percent of indoor water used.
- Healthcare and Education
Las Vegas has excellent healthcare facilities, meaning that you can easily access preventative and emergency care when needed. This is important to many people who want to ensure a certain quality of life for years to come. Additionally, Nevada has recently expanded its Medicaid program, meaning that more people are able to access the care they need. With Las Vegas growing more and more popular among retirees, there’s been a special emphasis on care for people who are aging.
The University of Las Vegas (UNLV) is a great place to start a degree program, take some continuing education classes, or learn a new skill. Other institutions in Las Vegas include Nevada State College and College of Southern Nevada.
- Cost of Living
The cost of living in Las Vegas is comparatively low, especially when looking at other areas on the west coast. You’ll pay less for housing, food, groceries, and fuel here than you would in the larger cities across the west coast like Los Angeles or San Francisco.
Las Vegas Economy and Population
Las Vegas has experienced a growth in population over the last few decades.
The numbers are finally beginning to stabilize, but since 1990, there has been a steady increase in new residents.
The economy thrives on tourism, gambling, and entertainment. We also have a growing number of agriculture companies as well as technology companies working on solar, wind, and geothermal energy. Water technology is also growing. Major employers in the area include:
- MGM Resorts International.
- Clark County School District
- Cox Holdings, Inc.
- Caesars Entertainment.
- Las Vegas Sands.
- Johnson Electric.
- Wynn Resorts.
- MGM Hospitality.
- Boyd Gaming.
The unemployment rate is at about 5.4 percent, and while it’s slightly higher than the national average, job growth over the next 10 years is projected to be robust.
What to Do in Las Vegas?
Wondering how you’ll spend your time in Las Vegas? What will you do once you’re living here?
The answer is this: almost anything you want.
Entertainment and recreation opportunities abound. Here are some of the favorite things for locals to do with their downtime:
- Outdoor Recreation is Abundant
The Las Vegas area provides visitors and residents with a number of outdoor environments to explore. You can enjoy hikes, picnics, walks, and bike rides. Red Rock Canyon is only a few miles outside of the city, providing an opportunity for hikes, bird watching, bike riding, and camping. Golf courses are abundant. Tennis is available. Lake Mead is great for sport fishing, boating, and water skiing. You can visit the Hoover Dam. Spend some days exploring Mount Charleston, Valley of Fire and the Colorado River. If national parks are your thing, be sure to visit Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Park.
- Entertain Yourself
Interested in seeing a show? Pace yourself. The lineup of entertainers in Las Vegas is world famous. You can listen to a concert, attend a magic show, or see live theater. There’s stand-up comedy and family-friendly shows as well as adult-themed entertainment. You won’t run out of things to do, and if you enjoy getting out for nightlife, there are a number of bars, clubs, and live music venues that aren’t as flashy as what you’ll find on the Strip or in a resort.
Las Vegas Real Estate
Where will you live? Where will you set up a business that you may be thinking about starting in Las Vegas?
Luckily, you have a lot of options. Construction has been keeping up with demand over the last 10 or 20 years, and the real estate market in many Las Vegas neighborhoods are strong and accessible to both buyers and renters. If you’re thinking of investing in Las Vegas, you’ll be pleased with the recurring rental income you can receive as well as the long term returns.
Las Vegas has a lot to offer new residents in terms of housing and commercial spaces. As an entire region, it’s large and easy to enter.
Moving to Las Vegas is a great idea, especially if you find you enjoy the climate, the culture, and the nonstop energy. When you decide to make the move, be sure to work closely with a company like ours. We’ll help you find your home.