Las Vegas : Nevada


What It Is Like to Retire in Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada 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, including retirees in active adult communities. 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. People who want to stay busy will find plenty to do in Las Vegas, including the opportunity for a part-time job in the tourist industry.

Las Vegas was one of the hardest-hit real estate markets in the U.S. from the post 2007 housing crash. Overbuilding and speculation created an enormous oversupply of homes, many of which were foreclosed.  By 2013 there was a sharp recovery in the housing market. Photo of Golden Nugget by Edward N. Edstrom in the public domain. Photo of fountain by Jeff Russell.


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. The region was one of the hardest hit financially by the 2007 recession, when home prices and many developments collapsed. However,  average home prices in Las Vegas have dramatically risen in the last several years. According to the National Association of Realtors, the median home price in the 4th quarter of 2021 was $428,400, up over 24% from a year earlier. 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.


Who Will Like Retirement in Las Vegas

People who like living in the desert. Being a gambler or entertainment junkie would help too.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Tourism and gambling are the major industries, although there are others.

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.


Valuable Links

Las Vegas

Las Vegas Travel Guide

Las Vegas News


What people are saying about Las Vegas

LA retirement
LOL rferrazz those drivers must be from Philadelphia PA. (I can say that I am from the area) Planning on coming out to look at Sun City Summerlin in March. I have a friend who moved there 2 years ago and loves it. In my mind I am already there. Not sure I am really on board with a retirement community even though I am 66 and hubby will be 70 soon. Maybe it is just denial. Are you in a Retirement community? and if so do you like it. I know you haven't been there that long but how is the resale of homes there. I guess I am thinking in terms of if we move there and in 5 years we want to move. I see a lot of houses on the market and that concerns me a little. All of your pluses are right up our alley. Especially one of them LOL.
Posted by MarianneL on January 23, 2018
Las Vegas Retirement
Wife and I moved here spring 2016 to live closer to children, one in CA and one in CO. Love the weather. Hottest months are June and July but bearable if you limit outdoor activity to mornings and spend afternoons in air conditioned casinos. Prevalent sunshine nearly every day of year along with mild to warm temperatures (except as noted above) and lack of rain/snow/ice/cold are awesome. Other pluses are no state income tax, great scenery, proximity to national parks, legal cannabis, new expansion winning hockey team and reasonable cost of living, especially compared to CA. One minus newcomers should be aware of is the prevalence of distracted/negligent/discourteous/ speeding drivers. Running of red lights and cutting into lanes w/o signaling is quite common.
Posted by rferrazz on January 22, 2018

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