Boulder City, Nevada

Best Places to Retire in Nevada


Boulder City (population 15,000) is located about 30 minutes southeast of Las Vegas, and a few miles from Lake Mead and Hoover Dam. It has a small town with wide streets and attractive plantings. The city enjoys a very low crime rate and good municipal services. Its citizens have planned carefully to maintain the city’s family oriented atmosphere.

Boulder City is perhaps the first “planned community” in America. It is best known as the city that was created by the federal government as a home for the more than 4,000 workers who came there to build The Boulder Canyon Project – later known as Hoover Dam. The dam was constructed from 1931 through 1935 and when it was completed many stayed on. Boulder City, which was owned by the federal government, came under the management of the Bureau of Reclamation and its function changed to the headquarters of several agencies involved with the operation of the power-generation facilities and distribution of electricity. In 1958 the government established the municipal government of Boulder City and transferred title to the local citizens. The city charter, which was approved by the residents, prohibits gaming, and makes it the only city in Nevada where gambling is against the law. In 1979 the city passed a controlled growth ordinance to preserve Boulder City as a small town, and since that time it has grown less than 3 percent per year. In 1995, the city purchased 167 square miles of land adjoining the city, making it the largest land area city in the state.

Today a mayor-council form of government governs the city. All five council members (which includes the mayor) are elected at large on a non-partisan basis. The mayor acts as the presiding officer. Boulder City’s charm and its unique history attracts a number of tourists, although it is not a primary destination. There are several private art galleries, and a number of gifts shops and antique/collectibles shops that cater to visitors. The city offers over 20 dining choices. There are many choices of outdoor recreational activities including golf, tennis, water-oriented activities at nearby Lake Mead, rafting on the Colorado River, or hiking, mountain biking or sightseeing in Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The weather helps make all these things possible nearly year round, and there are 320 days of sunshine annually.

Arts & Culture

The city sponsors a number of cultural events, including Art in the Park, the Spring Fine Arts Festival, the Folk Festival, and Chautauqua.

Arts and cultural organizations include: The Red Mountain Choir, The Boulder City Gem Club, Boulder City Art Guild, The Round Table Writers Group.

Cultural facilities include:
ABE Arts Center – The center provides ceramic and glasswork equipment and offers a variety of classes in these mediums, plus drawing, painting, and tile art classes.

Boulder City Hoover Dam Museum – Located in the Boulder Dam Hotel, the museum offers a collection of material and displays that tell the story of Boulder City.

Art Guild Gallery – Displays the work of Art Guild members.

Las Vegas Philharmonic – Founded in 1998, it has added a new cultural dimension to the city. It offers a full series of classical concerts. Performances are at Artemus W. Ham Hall, which is on the UNLV campus.

Las Vegas offers unrivaled nightlife, 24-hour gambling, shows and special events, and night- clubs.  It also offers a continuous lineup of musical entertainment featuring world-class entertainers, mostly at the casino hotels.


The Parks & Recreation Department manages the city’s facilities and services, which include an Art Center, Fitness Center, 11 public parks, a 5 1/2 mile hiking trail, a swimming pool/racquetball complex, ball fields, lighted tennis courts, and a Youth Center.

The city operates two golf courses:
Boulder City Golf Course – a 6,600-yard championship course designed by Billy Casper and David Rainville.

Boulder Creek Golf Club – a Mark Rathert-designed course with six tee boxes ranging from 4,900 to 7,600 yards. It has open fairways and no hidden hazards.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area’s (NRA) waters cater to boaters, swimmers, sunbathers and fishermen, and its desert lands are used by hikers and wildlife photographers. Three of America’s four deserts meet at Lake Mead NRA – the Mojave, the Great Basin, and the Sonoran Deserts.

Lake Mead –
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Valley of Fire State Park – 
Death Valley National Park –
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Mt. Charleston in Toiyabe National Forest offers winter skiing and summer picnicking, hiking, restaurants and camping. It is 90 miles northwest of Boulder City. 702-872-5408


ITT Technical Institute, Henderson, NV, offers Associates degrees and certificates. (702) 558-5404

Computer Learning Centers, Inc., Henderson, NV. (702) 269-7600

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) has a student population of more than 20,000, with over 4,000 graduate students – and is growing much like the city is growing. It offers about 148 undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs.

Community College of Southern Nevada is one of the largest community colleges in the country with 26,000 students at three campus locations.

Senior Programs

The senior center is located in a beautiful 1932 building that was once held the city’s first municipal offices. There are over 900 members.


Boulder City Hospital is a full-service acute care facility.

Nearby Las Vegas has outstanding medical services, said to be the equal of anywhere in the U.S.


Boulder City Municipal Airport offers flight services for both private and commercial aircraft. It has two asphalt runways, 4,800 feet and 3,850 feet.

McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas –


Average temperatures for January are a high of 57 and low of 34 degrees. July averages are a high of 106 and low of 76 degrees. Humidity is typically around 14 percent in the summer months.


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There is no state income tax.

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State Aging Agency


Henderson – 11 miles
Las Vegas – 26 miles
Los Angeles, CA – 278 miles
Death Valley – 3 hours
Grand Canyon, AZ – 5 hours
Bryce Canyon, UT – 6 hours
Zion National Park – 4 hours

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