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A Guide to Las Vegas, Sin City

The city of Las Vegas, and the wider metropolitan area which goes by the same name, is so much more than just a tourist destination. It might be notorious for its nicknames and its slogans, but the city offers residents a lot more than just marketing gimmicks.

What to Know Before Moving to Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas is a city of around 650,000 people, and offers a great deal for individuals and families. In addition to its famous casinos, it is home to two military bases and a large research university (University of Nevada-Las Vegas). As befits a place that considers itself to be the Entertainment Capital of the World, large theatrical performances happen here nightly. Its proximity to national parks and centers for rock climbing and mountain climbing also make the region a place that outdoor enthusiasts will love. Before you move to Las Vegas, check out our guide:

What is Great About Las Vegas?

Las Vegas is a big city in a metropolitan area of more than 2 million residents and it has connections to destinations across the United States and the wider world. Its desert climate offers plentiful outdoor activities, and it has an economy with increasing numbers of well-paying jobs.

Things to Do

The temperature in this pocket of the country averages 80F. The dry climate supports lots of activities outside (although the summer can be very hot). Rock climbing at Red Canyon is one such popular activity, while the mountain biking at Bootleg Canyon is world-class. And in the winter the skiing at Lee Canyon (known locally as Mt. Charleston), less than 30 minutes away, is not to be missed.

Regional Economy

The Leisure and Hospitality sector accounts for a third of the region’s jobs, which lines up with the area’s reputation as a legendary tourist destination. Financial services is the fastest growing sector of the economy, however, and in the last five years it has added more than 10,000 jobs. The sectors that come next in the list of employment providers are trade, transportation, utilities, education and health services, and government.


Like many Sun Belt cities, Las Vegas was designed to accommodate the automobile, and the average commute is less than 25 minutes. The area is not particularly well-known for its public transit, but bus services run every 15 minutes from Downtown to Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas High School, the airport, and Summerlin. McCarron International Airport connects the area with cities near and far. Los Angeles is the top destination, but the airport has flights to places as far away as London and Seoul, South Korea.

What is Las Vegas Famous for?

Las Vegas is known as Sin City, famous for what’s on the Strip, a 4-mile stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard which is lined with neon signs, casinos and hotels. It also has 24-hour wedding chapels, concerts by famous musicians, and many different types of live entertainment such as Cirque du Soleil. The city is close to popular places like Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam, and the Grand Canyon is not far away, offering a break from the city for residents and tourists alike.

Why Move to Las Vegas, Nevada?

People continue to move to Las Vegas, drawn by its climate, regional economic outlook, and affordability. Nevada is one of the few states without an income tax. The median household income is around $60,000, about equal with the national average, and the city’s unemployment rate matches the national average as well. For anyone looking to move, the economic conditions here are positive.

What Does the Moving Process to Las Vegas, Nevada Involve?

About a third of the region’s residents live in the city of Las Vegas. With several close-in suburbs that feel like a natural extension of the city, there are plenty of places you can choose to live in, depending on your needs. The average rent is $1,111 – well below the national average. This monthly payment is increasing, however, by 7% in the last year alone.

Some neighborhoods are more affordable than others. The Arts District, which is in Downtown, has an average rent of $910 and yet is a hub of activity. Known as 18b, the Arts District offers a different vibe compared to the nearby Strip, with monthly events, galleries, and restaurants. Renting in Summerlin, another popular area west of Downtown, is more expensive. You can expect to pay about $1,250 here, but you are likely to rent a bigger place – perfect for families.

What are the Costs of Moving to Las Vegas, Nevada?

Nearly 75,000 people have moved to the city in the last nine years – that’s about 160 people a week! Los Angeles — including its eastern suburbs — and San Diego are losing people to Las Vegas. If you are one of the thousands leaving Southern California for desert environs, there are a variety of ways to move your belongings. If you are a younger millennial moving to Las Vegas for an entry-level finance job, you will probably want to live in a studio or a one-bedroom apartment. You can rent a 5x8 cargo trailer, attach it to the hitch on your car, and move your belongings yourself. This is an affordable option, about $300 with taxes and gas for a one-way move from Los Angeles.

The area is also a draw for retirees. If you are one of the dozens of people aged 55 and older moving to the Las Vegas region each week, it is likely you need a pod or U-box container to move all your things. Expect this moving option to cost about $2,000, which includes movers at both ends of the journey and enough container space for a 3-bedroom house.

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