Las Vegas, Nevada

Best Places to Retire in Nevada


Las Vegas (population 1.4 million) is located at the southern tip of Nevada on the high desert (2,174 feet above sea level), between the Sierra Nevada and Wasatch mountain ranges. Best known for its It luxury casino-hotels, nighttime entertainment, and “24-7 lifestyle,” it has also been the fastest growing metropolitan area in America in the last decade. Current estimates are that 5,000 new residents arrive every month, and approximately 50% of its total population has lived there 10 years or less. The fastest growing segment of Las Vegas Valley’s population is the senior citizen community. Los Vegas also draws an estimated 35 million visitors annually from all over the world.

The Las Vegas Valley has been home to Native Americans for hundreds, or even thousands of years. Spanish explorers were attracted to the area because of the natural springs and meadows, and first called it Las Vegas, which is Spanish for “the meadows.” In 1855 Mormon missionaries established the first settlement, which became a stopping place for weary travelers and those seeking gold and silver. Permanent settlers moved into the area in 1865, and in 1905, when the Union Pacific Railroad (a rail line connecting Los Angeles and Salt Lake City) came through the area, Las Vegas burst into a frontier town. It officially became a city in 1911.

The state legislature legalized casino gambling in 1931 as a means of raising tax revenues, setting a course for what is today’s “Gaming Capital of the World.” The modern gaming industry began in the period following World War II and has grown steadily ever since. The local economy has remained very strong and there have even been periods when the demand for construction workers has outstripped the supply. Some have referred to the local economy as “recession-proof.”

Although it is touted as a party town, there is a great deal more to the city and the area than just “The Strip” (Las Vegas Blvd). There are tree-lined streets and beautiful, quiet neighborhoods, parks, and all the attributes of other similar metropolitan areas. Its wide-open spaces offer outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities, including great golf, hiking, swimming, fishing, whitewater rafting, picnicking, or even rock climbing in one of the nearby parks. In the winter season there is also snow skiing at Lee Canyon. With 320 days of sunshine and only 4.19 inches of rainfall, outdoor sporting activities can be enjoyed almost anytime. An added benefit is that residents are free of annoying insects, because of the altitude and very low humidity.

Health care facilities in the area are said to be second to none anywhere, with 11 hospitals serving the Las Vegas Valley region. Another important consideration for retirees is the fact that Nevada has no state income tax and has relatively low property taxes. For those who would consider seeking some type of employment, Las Vegas has a very robust economy and typically has low unemployment.

With continued rapid growth in the area, there are many choices for new residents. There are existing homes, and numerous master-planned communities, each with its own style and amenities on the outer edges of the city or in neighboring communities. The most noted master-planned community is enormous Summerlin, which has been adding thousands of homes each year.

Arts & Culture

The Cultural Affairs Division of the Department of Leisure Services administers a very active program of art, music, theater and dance in the city’s cultural centers, outdoor theaters and parks.

Las Vegas Philharmonic, born in 1998, has added a new cultural dimension to the city and 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 hr. gambling, shows and special events, and night- clubs.

There is a continual lineup of musical entertainment featuring world-class entertainers, mostly at the casino hotels.


The Department of Leisure Services manages the parks, recreation, and cultural programs for the City. There are more than 50 parks and 40 facilities that include community centers, cultural centers, aquatics centers, senior centers, athletics and fitness facilities, and more.

The area has 320 days of sunshine and offers an outstanding range of options for outdoor recreation and sightseeing activities. One choice is Lake mead, with 550 miles of shorelines, offering boating, water skiing, swimming, and fishing. There is whitewater rafting on the Colorado River. For hiking, rock climbing, sightseeing, and photography there is Red Rock Canyon or Mt. Charleston. You can choose a day trip to the Valley of Fire, Death Valley, the Grand Canyon, or the massive Hoover Dam.

Lake Mead –
Red Rock Canyon – 
Valley of Fire State Park –
Death Valley National Park –
Grand Canyon National Park –
Hoover Dam –

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.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a 1,600 acre layout in the northeast portion of Las Vegas, offering more than a dozen different racing venues, including go-karts to NASCAR Nextel Cup races, and IRL open wheel racing at the 1.5-mile super speedway. Other events include road courses, motocross and big-time drag racing and more.

There are many outstanding golf courses in the area, including at least one by each of most of the best-known course designers. There is everything for the golfer, from championship layouts to resort-type courses, or par 3 courses. The following Web site offers a list of nearly 30 courses that are members of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce.

The Las Vegas 51s (formerly the Stars) are the city’s AAA baseball team. Home games are at Cashman Field, which seats 9,500.

The UNLV Rebels (University of Nevada) offer big-time college athletic events for the sports enthusiasts.


The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) has a student population of over 20,000, with over 4,000 graduate students – and is growing much like the city is growing. It offers more than 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 Las Vegas Senior Guide is designed as a resource to help seniors find all they need – a place to live, senior centers, and any services they may need. The guide also features a very comprehensive Senior Services Directory.

The senior citizen community is the fastest growing segment of the Las Vegas Valley’s population. To serve this community there are an ever increasing variety of programs and activities.


Las Vegas is served by 11 hospitals with dozens of satellite offices, medical centers, and quick-care facilities. The medical care available is believed to be at the same gold standard as offered by the most prestigious clinics and hospitals in the nation.

Boulder City Hospital, Boulder City, NV – Desert Springs Hospital –
Lake Mead hospital and Medical Center –
Mike O’Callaghan Federal Hospital, Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, NV – (702) 384-9069 Mountain View Hospital –
St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, Henderson, NV –
Summerlin Hospital Medical Center –
Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center –
University Medical Center is affiliated with the University of Nevada School of Medicine, – the premier teaching hospital in the state. –
Valley Hospital Medical Center –


McCarran International Airport –


The average temperature in July is 91 degrees, and temperatures in triple digits are not uncommon. However, average humidity is a very low 14 percent. The average temperature in January is 47 degrees with an average low temperature of 36, and average high of 57 degrees. Average humidity in January is 54 percent.


Las Vegas SUN (online) –
Las Vegas Review-Journal –

Property Taxes

Tax Assessor, Las Vegas (click here)

State Taxes

Nevada Department of Taxation –
There is no state income tax.

Chamber of Commerce

State Aging Agency


Los Angeles, CA – 270 miles
Grand Canyon, AZ – 271 miles
San Diego, CA – 332 miles
Phoenix, AZ – 391 miles
Salt Lake City, UT – 420 miles
Reno, NV – 447 miles

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