Henderson, 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). There are several reasons why Henderson is an appealing retirement 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 adults 55 plus 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 features high-tech industries along with a booming service sector. Henderson is home to Touro University Nevada and Nevada State College. 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. Henderson is located in Clark County. The city of Las Vegas is just 5 miles away. Here is more information about what it is like to retire in Nevada. Photo of "Black Mountain" courtesy of Wikipedia and Spitwater; Aerial view of Lake Las Vegas courtesy of Wikipedia and Carol M. Highsmith (public domain)..
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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. In 2010 the Las Vegas real estate is one of the 3 worst markets in the nation. Foreclosures were depressing prices in this area. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) the Las Vegas Metro median selling price in late 2012 was about $146,300. But by the 4th quarter of 2019, it reported the median selling price in the Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise area to be $309,300. Zillow reports the median home value to be $341,697 in early 2020.
What is special about Henderson
Plenty of employment possibilities; Fastest growing large city in the U.S.; Named by Money Magazine as a 2006 winner for America's Best Places to Live; Henderson Pavilion; Henderson Events Plaza; Several casinos; Ethel M Botanical Cactus Gardens; Acacia Demonstration Gardens
What is not special about Henderson
It's hot in the summer; You have to like living in the desert; You must like living in a very fast growing town; Other than Las Vegas, you are a long way from anywhere
Who will like retirement in Henderson
Henderson attracts a community of who would like to live in a fast growing town in the desert
Local economy is driven by
Services, hospitality, High tech businesses, construction.
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 and the average January low is 37.
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.
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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