Carson City : Nevada


What It Is Like to Retire in Carson City

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 in the Sierra Nevada foothills at an elevation over 4,700'. The downtown has wide streets and some interesting 19th century buildings going back to the days when the nearby Comstock Lode was booming. The explorer John Fremont was the first European-American to discover the region - he named it after Kit Carson, the famous scout. Photo of highway and mountains courtesy of Wikipedia and 71Demon in the public domain.


Where to Retire in Carson City and Home Prices

According to Zillow, the home value index was $427,357 in mid-2021, a 26.4% rise over the past year. 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 and Lake Tahoe and the outstanding outdoor recreation 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

At the peak of the recession in 2009 foreclosure rates and unemployment were very high. They started to improve in 2013. Nevada is very dry and spread out.


Who Will Like Retirement in Carson City

Those who like hiking, the outdoors, lower housing prices and a short commute retire here.

Local Economy Is Driven by

State government, tourism, casinos.

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.

Valuable Links

Carson City Convention and Visitors Center


What people are saying about Carson City

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.
Posted by Staci on December 14, 2016
Carson City
I've lived in probably 25 or so places and around 30 years ago I lived in Carson City. To this day, it remains one of my favorites. It's a decent size but still has small town charm. Oct 30 is Nevada Day and its great--pancake breakfast at Governor's manasion, huge parade thru town; Lt Gov has a free chili lunch for everyone after the parade, tour the Governor's mansion, beard contest, and so much more. The town is the State Capital but everyone makes you feel like you belong there. Reno is about 45 mins away and airport is about 40 mins. Drive up to Incline Village Tahoe area and you will fall in love with the area. Northshore Tahoe is expensive but more beautiful than Southshore. Keep in mind CA side will have state income tax while Nevada side does not have income tax.
Posted by sunnydays on March 20, 2012

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