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Renter's Guide to Henderson
When John F. Kennedy described Henderson NV as a “city of destiny” 50 years ago, he probably did not foresee the growth that would follow. Incorporated in 1953 after years of fighting for survival as a post WWII manufacturing center, Henderson has exploded from 7,410 residents at date of incorporation to become the second largest city in Nevada. Characterized as a city with small town values and big city efficiencies, Henderson NV’s motto, “Henderson: A Place to Call Home” is appropriate.
As the second biggest city in Nevada, Henderson boasts a population of more than 270,000, only surpassed by neighbor Las Vegas. The city has grown from a meager 13 square miles at incorporation to an expansive 103 square miles today. Henderson NV has an elevation of 1,330 feet and occupies the southeastern area of Las Vegas Valley.
Residents of Henderson enjoy the benefits of Las Vegas without calling the Entertainment Capital of the World home. Las Vegas is 15.8 miles from Henderson NV. Tucson AZ is 391 miles from Henderson while LA is just 268 miles from the city. NYC is 2,539.1 miles from Henderson which is serviced by two airports: McCarran International Airport and Henderson executive Airport, which is owned by Clark County and gives testimony to Henderson’s rapid-fire growth.
Henderson averages about 5 inches of rain and 1 inch of snow per year. July highs average about 104 degrees. January lows touch 31 degrees. Only 19 days per year receive any measurable precipitation. Henderson’s climate is described as dessert weather.
Henderson, NV Demographics
- Total Population284,817
Female 139,753Male 145,064
- Median Age42.2
Cost of Living in Henderson, NV
The cost of living in Henderson NV is about 8% above the national average with the cost of Henderson housing 22% above the national average.
The cost of public transportation is about 2% above the national average. A one-way bus ticket costs $2.00. Reduced residential passes are available at Strip & Downtown Express and Deuce on the Strip. A 3-day pass presently costs $20.00 while a 24-hour pass runs $8.00.
Meal prices in Henderson are reasonable. A meal for one at an inexpensive Henderson restaurant costs $13.00. A full 3-course dinner for two at a mid-range Henderson restaurant costs $60.00. A domestic pint draught beer costs $4.00 while a cup of regular Cappuccino runs $4.29.
Utilities in Henderson NV cost about 10% less than the state average. Electricity, heat, water and trash removal for a 915-square-foot apartment in Henderson costs $152.66 per month. The cost of basic Internet service runs $51.62 per month.
Average Rent in Henderson, NV
- Henderson, NV Average Rental Price, December 2019 $1,317 /mo
Henderson, NV Apartment Rent Ranges
- > $2,0002%
Henderson, NV Rent Trends
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Average rent is projected to grow by 7% in 2019 compared to 2018.
Please note that projected rent growth is calculated at city level.
Living in Henderson
Henderson is regarded as the gateway to Southern Nevada and is one of the fastest growing communities in the US. The Hoover Dam, the famed Las Vegas strip, and gorgeous Lake Mead are near Henderson.
The median age of Henderson residents is 40.4 years, 3.2 years greater than the US average. Henderson’s female population is 51.26% of the overall population.
Average commute time is 23 minutes in Henderson. Only 1% of the population uses mass transit to get to work. 82% of residents drive their own cars to work. 4% of workers in Henderson work at home.
The challenge for some of Henderson’s residents is the dessert climate but once adjusted to the weather, natives have plenty to see, do, and enjoy. The lifestyle is active and healthy. And then, there is always Las Vegas for excitement.
Things to do in Henderson
As Henderson has grown, so have the attractions, shopping malls and amenities. Points of interest in Henderson include the Acacia Demonstration Gardens, a dynamic presentation of water conservation and creative landscaping strategies.
From the active Farmers Market to a number of museums, galleries and events, Henderson is culturally bigger than the small town image it projects. The Old Town Art Gallery deserves attention for its intriguing collection of sculptures, jewelry, and glass exhibits. In the bustling Water Street Arts District, Nature’s Palette Photography is attracting many tourists and repeat visitors.
The 30-acre renowned Clark County Museum offers visitors a collection of mining displays and historic homes that replicate the history of the region. Meanwhile, the Lights Art Gallery provides visual arts, exhibits, art classes, workshops and special shows to visitors and subscribers.
If you like sports in open spaces, try Heritage Park replete with walking paths for dogs, an aquatic center and fabulous fields for organized sports or pickup games. Anthem Hills Park is dedicated to Henderson’s strong Youth Soccer program. Football players and fans are familiar with Football High School where SkillsUSA teaches future stars everything they need to know about their sport.
Henderson’s eateries cover the full spectrum of culinary opportunities. Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ, Studio B Buffet, Napoli Pizza and Settebello Pizzerias are distinguished by generous portions and quality preparation. Fine food awaits diners at Hank’s Fine Steaks & Martinis and Mexican food favorite Lindo Michoacan.
Pizza Hut, Olive Garden, and Buffalo Wild Wings are examples of some of the chain restaurants in Henderson. Diversity is presented by such popular restaurants as China A Go Go, I Love Sushi, and sumptuous beef specials at Outback Steakhouse.
It’s not Vegas, but Henderson has its own collection of fabulous nightclubs and bars. The fiesta arcade at Fiesta-Henderson Hotel Casino is terrific as is the hospitality at Barley’s Casino and Brewing Company. Hi Scores Arcade has the games and Hammer’s Grill and Bar offers a pleasant mix of locals and visitors. The Auld Dubliner Irish bar and restaurant has craft beers galore while Remedy’s Tavern is a round the clock meeting place.
Walmart, Walgreens, Cotsco, Big Lots, and Home Depot are staples of the city. Best Buy is busy and popular with the tech culture in Henderson. Vons offers everything from pharmacy services to pastry. The dynamic Galleria shopping mall has endless possibilities for eager shoppers while the heart of is the Water Street District where art and fabulous buys are on display. For a unique shopping, dining experience, the District at Green Valley Ranch is truly one of a kind. Cobblestone walkways set the tone!
Nothing like air-conditioning and a good movie at any of Henderson’s terrific movie theaters! Galaxy Theatre offers great seating and the best movies.
Not far from the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Death Valley, or Red Rock Canyon, land, air and water adventures rank high on wish lists of Henderson residents and guests. Callville Bay Marina, horseback riding at Bonnie Springs or Mt. Charleston, and camping and climbing at any of the national parks is exhilarating.
Visiting the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve or experiencing the water park thrills at Cowabunga Bay Water Park or touring Las Vegas Distillery provides excitement. Most visitors describe Lake Las Vegas as an oasis in the dessert! If you are thinking about hitting the road, try Camping World, the largest supplier of RV parts, RV Rentals, and supplies in the region.
Henderson has a strong and popular golf culture. Black Mountain Golf and Country Club and Tuscany Golf Club are two landmarks of the area. Henderson is also home to the World Series of Fighting. Fitness and wellness rule the day (and night) at The Stage Professional Dance and Fitness Studio on Anthem Drive.
The arts are supported in Henderson with many annual events, including The Heritage Parade & Festival which honors the city’s incorporation day. The 3-day parade and festivities surrounding St. Patrick’s Day is a “must see” event. Lighten Up Henderson and the prolific Ho'olaule'a Pacific Islands Festival are always fun. Shakespeare in the Park celebrated 20 years in 2015.
Employment and Economy in Henderson NV
Henderson is a gripping story of growth but has struggled to improve the employment ranks since the recession of 2008. Currently, unemployment is 7.0%. Since demand for magnesium waned after WWII, the economy has diversified. Communication technology, metal production and industrial chemical production rank high on the list of active sectors in Henderson. Education, biomedical technology, and medical tech as well as computer and electronic transfer sectors have shown remarkable growth over the past 20 years. Job growth in Henderson is projected at 1.88% in the near term and 36.8% long term.
Companies like Aldec, Inc. a software developer, Amica Financial Services, Barclaycard, Berry Plastics and Bluepoint Solutions offer a solid cross section of some of the major employers in Henderson. Cashman Equipment, Dignity Health, Ethel M. Chocolates, and FedEx Ground are other major employers in Henderson NV. Levi Strauss & Company, Good Humor Breyers and Ocean Spray Cranberries are headquartered in Henderson.
Henderson, NV Households
- Total Number of Households110,569
Family 71,311Non-family 39,258
Children 30,735No Children 79,834
- Average People Per Household2.56
- Median Household Income$66,939
- Median Housing Costs Per Month$1,230
Education in Henderson, Nevada
The Clark County School District is fortunate to have many top rated elementary, middle and high schools. John Dooley Elementary School, John Vanderburg Elementary School (795 students) and Glen C. Taylor Elementary with 882 students are among the top rated school in the state. Highly regarded middle schools in the district include: Bob Miller Middle School and Jack & Terry Mannion Middle School. Top rated high schools in Henderson include: Nevada State High School, Coronado High School, Green Valley High School, and College of South NV High School.
Along with neighboring Las Vegas, the area is loaded with college and university opportunities. Henderson Nevada State College has 4,700+ students while The Art Institute of Las Vegas in Henderson has a student body of more than 1,500 students. Touro University and ITT Technical Institute graduates find many opportunities after graduation in the tech-happy area. Devry University also has a presence in Henderson.
Henderson, NV Education Statistics
- No High School2%
- Some High School31%
- Some College31%
- Associate Degree8%
- Bachelor Degree18%
- Graduate Degree10%
Tips for Renting in Henderson
According to NRS 118A.300, short term rental charges for rentals of 1 month, can be increased by the landlord with 15 day notice in advance of the first rental payment. Prospective tenants should also be familiar with Security Deposit regulations as stated in NRS 118A.242.
Landlords in Henderson must disclose and explain any and all non-refundable fees, such as cleaning, in the lease agreement. The deadline for landlords to return security deposits to tenants is 30 days after the lease expires. The maximum security deposit in Henderson cannot exceed three month’s rent. If there are charges against the security deposit, the landlord must provide a written list of all charges.
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