My Mom moved to North Las Vegas in a new developement five years ago. There are some bad areas with a lot of gang violence. So you will have to know your way around so you do not end up in these neighborhoods. The housing market… well they have had a boom, and real estate has risen tremendously. Since North Las Vegas is the newest area, all of the schools are new! However affordability may be a factor. You will definately need a vehicle , unless you lived closer to the Strip, but then there is no way I take a bus in the neighborhoods near the strip.
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I would definitely look at areas outside of Vegas. Boulder City for instance…but do some checking online for cities around Nevada to find what you are looking for. Do you have a preferred location there already? A job lined up? There are some great advantages to living on the Boulder City side…no one pays for electricity in those areas around the Dam. It is free because of an agreement made many years ago. I don’t know all about it..but I do know their is no electric bill! Find out what type of area you like…do you want the city life or the desert plains?
Yah…you need a car in Nevada..public transportatin is not great.
I personally would not want to raise kids on the Vegas area. There is just too much exposure to sex and drinking, etc.
I was born and raised in northern Nevada and moved to the Vegas area 5 years ago. Like all states and all towns, there are “good” and “bad” places to live. Of course, I prefer small, rural towns, but am guessing that if you are concerned about raising kids, you and/or your partner are at the still working age and will have to work which means unless you are ranchers or farmers, you will require at least a medium sized town to find gainful employment. Vegas/Henderson are in Clark county and the next “large” area is Reno/Sparks which is in Washoe county. Both school districts have web sites that should list statistic such as student crime, violence, gpa, and placement in national testing standards. And although Leahloca68 has a point – there is an openess to sex and drinking in Vegas- I have also lived in small towns where all there was for teens to do on a Friday night was race out to the lake, drink a few beers and make out…
Any particular reason you want to move to Nevada, out of curiosity? (Otherwise, a lot of good advice above)
Well I’m orginally from St. Louis and my guy is from Sacramento, but we’ve been living in Honolulu for the past 5 years and neither of wants to move back to our home town. So Nevada just seemed like a neutral place were we could easier travel around. I never wanted to live on the east coast or move back midwest or south. So we picked Vegas plus UNLV was his 1st choice to finish up his Masters degree.
Have you considered San Diego or Salt lake city instead? LA and vegas are very high crime, and it gets really, really, hot there. and these people have said some good things too.
No I haven’t considered either of those places, as you know all states and cities have their bad and good parts, that’s why I was asking which cities were safer. Utah seems boring to me and I’m coming from Honolulu and the Waikiki area is similar to the strip in Vegas, lots of strange people…
I lived in Nevada for six years. I was stationed in Fallon at the Naval Air Station for four years, and then moved to Reno afterward. I lived in Reno for two years. I really enjoyed Reno very much! I’ve been to Vegas, and personally, I liked Reno a lot better. I liked that it was smaller, but it had all of the same amenities. I really liked that it’s in the mountains, and close to Lake Tahoe and Northern California. I think it has a better atmosphere.
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I agree with blueberrygirl66 that Reno would probably be the better choice. The weather is nicer (already in Vegas it’s been getting up to 100, and summer is still a month away), it’s smaller and less hectic, it’s closer to places you’d want to travel to… Vegas is almost an oasis in the desert; there’s not much around here unless you drive for 3-5 hours either way. Lake Mead isn’t all that great, and, although Mt. Charleston is extremely nice, it’s nothing in comparison to the Lake Tahoe area. I’ve heard Carson City is nice as well, and I doubt the crime is as bad. I live in a nice area, but not too far away are low-income apartments where gunshots are heard weekly and sirens are heard almost daily. Conclusion: Vegas really isn’t the place to be. Try cities up north, or even disregard Nevada altogether. In my opinion, and I’ve been here my whole life, Nevada is one of the worst states to live in, even if it’s the best concerning natural disasters.
thank you for your response actually Reno was a city we were considering like 2 years ago. Will think about that one
Carson City may be nice to live in, on a personal basis — but, just IMHO, it’s one of the least attractive cities I’ve visited in the U.S., and I’ve pretty much made the rounds in this country on road trips. Even the snow couldn’t make Carson City look pleasant.
I realize this sounds superficial, and it is to some degree, but it is a factor about choosing a city if one can’t be bothered to find some sort of beauty in one’s own city — and I haven’t talked to anyone who has been entranced with Carson City as opposed to Reno/Sparks just a half-hour north.
Again, I’d love to be proven wrong.
I grew up just outside of Genoa. Around that area, it’s kind of rural and boring, but Gardnerville/Minden is booming and Reno is growing even moreso. Reno is a pretty large area and not too pleasant in my opinion (coming from a rural background) but Minden and Gardnerville are nice places to live. I’ve heard that expenses are pretty high down here though. Either way, there’s plenty of activities to do around here. Carson City has a lot of art stuff to do.
So, you’re basically looking for a place that’s not boring, is mostly safe, and neither Sacramento nor St. Louis, and has a decent college.
Do you have to live within close proximity or between each of the two cities of Sacramento or St. Louis?
I ask because, if not, you have a large variety of options available to you. Any preference in career? Weather? Hobbies?
If you do want to be somewhat in between Sacto and STL, then your options are limited but not non-existent. (Off the top of my head, while not the most exciting cities in the U.S. but interesting enough perhaps: Denver, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Tucson, Reno)
Granted, your key limitation is your boyfriend’s first choice for school being UNLV. ;)
none, don’t move their. you are better off in hawaii.
hookers, drugs, gambling. yay. if you’re a scum bag.
Thanks for you comment but every city has hookers and drugs..even Oahu
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