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Living a College Town Lifestyle in Henderson, Nevada

Henderson, the second largest city in Nevada, is also one of America's fastest-growing communities. In fact, the population increased 44% from 2000 to 2008 (to 252,000). Henderson is home to Touro University Nevada and Nevada State College.There are several reasons why Henderson is an appealing college-town community. For one, the colorful desert landscapes and the snowcapped peaks of nearby mountain ranges provide a dramatic backdrop for this city near Lake Mead. For another, active individuals will like that Henderson has the highest ratio of parks and recreation facilities per inhabitant than any other city in Nevada. The city has a diversified economy featuring high-tech industries along with a booming service sector.  And lastly, the city prides itself on its master-planned residential areas, transportation projects, and outstanding recreational opportunities.

Henderson began as a magnesium procession center in the 1940’s. Now it has been discovered as a great place to live with a moderate winter climate. Outdoor activities are plentiful in the area, including the scenic mountains. Henderson is located in Clark County. The city of Las Vegas is just 5 miles away. Photo of "Black Mountain" courtesy of Wikipedia and Spitwater.

Where to Retire in Henderson and Home Prices

You can live in one of the many developments, some of which are active adult and many of which are open to all ages. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) the median selling price in the Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise area was $441,300 in the 4th quarter of 2022.

What Is Special about Henderson

Plenty of employment possibilities. Fastest growing large city in the U.S. and in 2022, Henderson was ranked third safest large city by MoneyGeek,(with populations over 100,000). The city is home to the Henderson Pavilion, Henderson Events Plaza, Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden, Acacia Demonstration Gardens, and several casinos.

What Is Not Special about Henderson

It's hot in the summer, and you have to like living in the desert and in a very fast growing town. Other than Las Vegas, you are a long way from anywhere.

Climate and Physical Environment

Henderson is located on the southern edge of the Las Vegas Valley at 1904 feet above seal level. It is just a few miles from Las Vegas and fairly near the Hoover Dam. It gets 4.5 inches of rain per year. The McCullough Mountains run through the area. Summers are extremely hot, winters are mild. The average July high is 107 degrees, and the average January low is 37 degrees.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There are several casinos in town that provide entertainment possibilities. The Henderson Events Plaza provides cultural events such as the Water Street District Arts Festival. Needless to say, there is plenty going on in nearby Las Vegas.


The crime rate in Henderson is about half the national average.

Medical Facilities

There are 3 hospitals in Henderson.


McCarran International Airport is 4 miles away in Las Vegas. There is a bus station in nearby Las Vegas. Henderson is below average in walkability when compared to other cities.

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