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RobertL
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Is Las vegas a good place to Live?

 As a Las Vegas Native I always get asked this, and my answer is always a resounding YES! There are many reasons why Las Vegas is a great place to live. Well for starters the weather! As I sit here and write this in the middle of winter on a January morning, our high for today is expected to be sunny and 68 degrees. In fact, we average 294 days of sunshine a year. Then, there is the whole no state income tax thing, that will save you a pretty penny at the end of the year. Then I think about all the recreation the city has to offer, world class hiking, golfcourses, Lake Mead, rock climbing, mountain biking, health clubs, spas, you name it, you can do it here. Then we we have world class restaurants, celebrity chefs, and world class entertainment not far from your doorstep. Another thing I like is really no matter where you live in town, whether it is Henderson, Green valley, Summerlin, Anthem, Silverado Ranch, North Las Vegas, or Boulder City, you are not far from the airport, or the strip compared to other major cities which tend to be more spread out. Oh, I forgot, if you gamble, we got you covered for that as well! Then it brings me to my last point, housing, we are down more than 60% from our peak in 2006, and you may never see a better time to buy a home in Las Vegas with extremely low interest rates, and REO and short sale properties going for in most cases less than replacement cost, and for investment properties, it is not a matter of IF you will cash flow, but how much. So, come out to our fabulous City, and check it out for yourself, and maybe stay a while or make it YOUR home as well.

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uncledave
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Re: Is Las vegas a good place to Live?

Well said Robert, however, your sales pitch fails to mention other outstanding statistics about 'Fabulous Las Vegas'. For all you prospective home buyers planning to relocate to Las Vegas you should also know we have the worst school system in the country. Teachers being low paid and overburdened with extra large classrooms have to buy school supplies with their own money not to mention the rude and disruptive wanna-be gangbanger students. Las Vegas violent crime and property crime is 120% higher than the state and national average. Home invasion, car jacking, yep we got. Top ten in murder and robbery. Hardly a day goes by where our outstanding police department doesn't have to shoot a nut case. In 1993 LVPD was the number one police department in the nation. Today, with the exception of a few gunslingers PD is still the best.  For peace of mind and community awareness you're better off living in Henderson but ask for permission first. At least there's not a bum on every corner and Henderson dumpsters only contain trash and not dead children. Have a nice day.

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RobertL
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Re: Is Las vegas a good place to Live?

Dave, Thanks for sharing your point of view. It is always nice to hear the other side of the story, the positive vs. the negative so to say. I can agree you that our education system here is not the greatest, as we ranked last in high school graduation vs. the national average, because let's face it , we lack a lot of state funding for schools because seniors which make up a huge part of our demographic mostly vote against raising school taxes and a high schooler can drop out and work as a valet parker , dealer or bartender and make 100k a year. I agree you with that our teachers here are grossly underpaid , as I have several family members and close friends here that are teachers. In my opinion they deserve much more. That is not to say a child cannot get a quality education , there are certain areas with better schools, and very good private schools. In addition if the parent takes an active interest in their child's education and the child applies himself he or she can graduate with a great education. In fact the school district has great magnate schools where kids can learn a certain trade. I myself graduated from UNLV , so I am living proof. Of course no major metropolitan area is without crime unfortunately, and although I know it occurs, I think one can limit their vulnerability to It, by the areas they live in, and certain precautions they take, but you hit the nail right on the head, we have an excellent police force in town. One thing I encourage prospective buyers to do is when they consider a certain area and ask me about crime is to look at the LVMPD community incident crime map, it is a really great feature , that allows one to put in an address and see all the reported crimes committed within a certain date range. On top of that there are many sites where one can check the rating of a school in a certain area, that way they are not relying on my " Sales Pitch" to help them make a sound decision . Have a great day!
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bdiez
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Re: Is Las vegas a good place to Live?

Just as a comparison since you were talking about teachers. I graduated from a UC with a Master's in Education. I had many offers, but chose to teach in the Bay Area. I wanted to teach in CCSD except they would not take my credential. Here is the salary difference between the two districts.

 

Starting Salary

Bay Area: 62,000

Las Vegas: 40,000

 

After 9 years

Bay Area: 76,000

Las Vegas: 52,000

 

I'm making about $2000/mo more by staying in California and teaching instead of teaching in Vegas.

 

CCSD used to have fantastic incentives for new teachers coming from other states 5 years ago. Now they can't compete with other districts who offer significantly higher salaries.

 

There are good schools in Las Vegas, but like every city, the schools are a reflection of the residents. Only in the nice areas such as Summerlin (Palo Verde), Henderson (Coronado), and Aliante (Shadow Ridge) do you see good schools. The vast majority of areas have residents who view school as a place to get the kids out of their house and feed them, that's it, which is why the schools are low-performing.

 

A friend of mine made a quote about living in Vegas, telling me that "the city is fundamentally a con job and residents act accordingly. Embrace it or perish." People here do whatever they want because this city is the most laissez-faire of all the American cities. I'm surprised that Henderson doesn't become more of a separate city from Vegas, instead the only town where all the stereotypes don't hold true is Boulder City.

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Re: Is Las vegas a good place to Live?

You may be making more money in the bay area, but the cost of living in California, and the bay area in particular, is dramatically higher than in Vegas and the rest of the country.  If you were to use a cost of living calculator you would probably find you are making less in the bay area, but it's a great place to live so it's probably worth it to you.

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RobertL
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Re: Is Las vegas a good place to Live?

As you stated there are some good schools in town, and many more that you haven't mentioned. Although I agree with you it is a transient town, there are many fine folks who live here and have lived here for a long time who enjoy the low cost of living, and all the amenities in my origional post. JR, you stole the words right out of my mouth about the high cost of living in California, especially in the bay area. In fact a large percentage of my clients are moving here from there for that very reason.
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Re: Is Las vegas a good place to Live?

Robert,

 

For someone who does not live in Las Vegas, I am interested to learn more about the cost of living vs. earning in your town.

 

While there is no such thing as a typical person or family, let's say there is a hypothetical person in her 30's working at an average casino (as an average dealer, say).  Roughtly how much will she be making and what kind of a house she likely will be living - own house, rental, where?

 

 

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uncledave
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Re: Is Las vegas a good place to Live?

Robert, your positive outlook on life in Las Vegas seems to be fortified with success and quasi-affluence and cannot be breached. Let every prospective home buyer know there are certain areas of Las Vegas and Henderson that have lower crime rates than others, these being in gated or guarded communities with high HOA fees. Once you leave those familar circles you are just as vulnerable as everybody else. It is recorded Las Vegas is an adult's playground with the average age being 34 years old. Not a good place to raise a family and hard on married couples because of the many temptations allowed. Because of it Las Vegas has an abnormally high teen pregnacy rate and high divorce rate. Good or bad, prostitution is legal just in the next county. Pimps and prostitutes run for political office, local politicians become corrupt because of the easy lure and temptation of greed, as some who were voted to serve our community are now serving time in prison. What good is there about Las Vegas? Sunshine and blue skies most every day. Opportunity and ease for those with the gumption and wherewithall to start a business. An agreeable tax structure. 24/7 accessibility and great shopping. Nevada is a gun friendly state with monthly gun shows and over 30,000 concealed carry permit holders. Great car shows and auctions, motorcycle events, off-road racing, a world class motor speedway and a lot more cool things to do, just keep your guard up and don't flash your cash.

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uncledave
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Re: Is Las vegas a good place to Live?

You are better off staying in Calif. the quality of life is better, Calif has the best weather, the people are friendlier, the school system is seriously better because of the Lotto funds and doctors are better. I've always told folks if you want a good doctor go to California. Southern Nevada doctors are corrupt, ineffectual and health insurance drunk. Generally speaking of course. But don't take my word for it, find out for yourself, you can always move back.

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Re: Is Las vegas a good place to Live?


uncledave wrote:

You are better off staying in Calif. the quality of life is better, Calif has the best weather, the people are friendlier, the school system is seriously better because of the Lotto funds and doctors are better. I've always told folks if you want a good doctor go to California. Southern Nevada doctors are corrupt, ineffectual and health insurance drunk. Generally speaking of course. But don't take my word for it, find out for yourself, you can always move back.


No place is perfect.  California has earthquakes, potentially huge ones.  Yes, excellent schools are available but you have to pay an arm and a leg (sometimes all of them) to get into such school districts.

 

Nevertheles, quality of life is probably better in CA.  The price tag is much higher, on the other hand.