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Living a Mountain Lifestyle in Carson City, Nevada

Carson City is the capital city of the State of Nevada. The population is about 55,000.  The city is in a dry desert valley at an elevation over 4,700'. The explorer John Fremont was the first European-American to discover the region - he named it after Kit Carson, the famous scout.

Where to Retire in Carson City and Home Prices

According to Zillow, the home value index was $479,356 in early 2023. There is an active adult community in Carson City, see link at left.

What Is Special about Carson City

Carson City is near the Sierra Nevada, Lake Tahoe and the outstanding outdoor recreation that they offer. It is also the capital of the state. Nevada does not have a state income tax. John Wayne was filmed in "The Shootist" in Carson City.

What Is Not Special about Carson City

Nevada is very dry and spread out.

Climate and Physical Environment

Carson City is in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in the northwest portion of the state. Temperatures range from around twenty degrees in the winter to around 90 degrees in summer.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Carson City is home to the Nevada State Museum, the Carson City Mint Building, the Carson City Senior Center. The Western Nevada Musical Theater provides entertainment options.  The casinos offer dining options as well as the more predictable entertainment.


The crime rate is a bit higher than the national average.

Medical Facilities

Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center serves the region.


Interstate 80 runs near Carson City. Thanks to Staci for adding this information: Route 395 runs through Carson City from LA north to Reno and beyond. There is bus service throughout Carson City and the neighboring communities including Lake Tahoe. There is also transportation north to Reno.

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