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Living a College Town Lifestyle in Las Vegas, Nevada

While less known for its colleges than for its famed glamor, Las Vegas is a sparkling city peppered with college presences. The city is one of the fastest-growing communities in the U.S. Legalized gambling in this desert resort city has created an enormous economy and attracted many new residents.The Las Vegas strip is justly famous for its glitz and many attractions. Even if you don't ever bet a single nickel, it is worth it to see the astonishing architecture and excess that are Las Vegas trademarks.

Of the colleges located here, there are The University of Nevada Las Vegas, University of Nevada Medical School, and Apollo College.

Las Vegas is also about the hardest-hit real estate market in the U.S. Overbuilding and speculation have created an enormous oversupply of homes, many of which are now in foreclosure.  It will take years to recover.

Where to Retire in Las Vegas and Home Prices

There is a wide range of excellent active adult communities to choose from in this enormous metro, which extends into North Las Vegas and Henderson. According to the National Association of Realtors, the median home price in the 4th quarter of 2022 was $441,300 in the Las Vegas-Henderson- Paradise area. Prices differ tremendously by zip code.

What Is Special about Las Vegas

An exciting place to live with something for everyone. No state income tax.

What Is Not Special about Las Vegas

In 2010 Las Vegas was the foreclosure capital of the USA, although now it has some of the biggest price increases in the country.  It is a new and artificial town with many  tawdry aspects. Although there are many nice neighborhoods, having to get in your car to get anywhere and future water worries are real concerns.

Climate and Physical Environment

Las Vegas is in the Nevada desert - dry and mountainous. Summers are extremely hot, winters are mild. The average July high is 107 and the average January low is 37. Most rain comes in winter.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Go to the strip for any kind of entertainment and shows;  the city and its casinos have dozens of excellent restaurants; there is a busy local art and music scene; the $485 million Smith Center for the Performing Arts is located downtown in Symphony Park.


As you might expect in a large resort city that is also the gambling capital of the world, the crime rate is quite high vs. the U.S. average.

Medical Facilities

There are several  medical centers in Las Vegas and surrounding area including Centennial Hills Hospital and Medical Center, Desert Springs Hospital, and Mountain View Hospital.


RTC Transport is an extensive public bus system; there are also private carriers in the area. McCarran International Airport provides convenient service to just about anywhere. (plus you can play the slots while waiting for your flight). Amtrak uses its Thruway Motorcoach to connect with the railroad station in California.

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