13 Reasons to Live in Las Vegas

Updated on July 1, 2018
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Victoria grew up in Vermont, studied architecture in New Mexico, and currently works as a designer in Las Vegas, Nevada.

There is no denying that a certain stigma surrounds Las Vegas. Pop culture and the media has only furthered the image of Las Vegas as a wild, no-holds-barred, 24 hour party. Beyond the Strip lies an entire city of people working, studying, and recreating as they would in any other city. So why would anyone choose to live in a city with such a strong, sometimes negative, image? Here are 13 reasons why:

1. Outdoor Recreation Year Round

As someone who grew up in an area that received so much snow that some days you couldn’t even open the front door, the option to be outdoors year round has been a welcome one. The Las Vegas Valley is surrounded (literally) with great recreation options. World class climbers can be seen scaling the cliffs at the Red Rock conservation area while a pack of road bikers zip past. Head down the road to blue diamond and you’ll see mountain bikers and runners hitting the trails. To cool off head up to Mount Charleston for a hike or a trip to the ski slope, depending on the season. And if water is more your thing, head east to Lake Las Vegas, Lake Mead, or the Colorado river to enjoy boating, kayaking, and paddle boarding.

Cathedral Rock Trail on Mount Charleston in the fall.
Cathedral Rock Trail on Mount Charleston in the fall. | Source
Mountain biking in northwest Las Vegas in January.
Mountain biking in northwest Las Vegas in January. | Source

2. Proximity to Other Cities (and Attractions)

No matter how much you like where you live it’s always nice to get away once in a while. Fortunately Las Vegas is located within a few hours of many great destinations including:

  • Los Angeles (4 hours)
  • Phoenix (4 hours)
  • Zion National Park (2 hours)
  • Joshua Tree National Park (3.5 hours)
  • Death Valley National Park (2.5 hours)
  • Sedona (4 hours)

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Los Angeles:
Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Phoenix:
Phoenix, AZ, USA

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Zion National Park:
Zion National Park, Utah, USA

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Joshua Tree National Park:
Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA

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Death Valley National Park:
Death Valley National Park, United States

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Sedona:
Sedona, AZ 86336, USA

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3. Cheap Flights/Ease of Flying

If you need to get further out of town, round trip plane tickets leaving from Las Vegas tends to be much cheaper than other nearby cities. Though I'm sure some might disagree, I have never had a bad experience flying in or out of McCarran Airport, and have found it one of the easier airports to navigate.

4. Entertainment

Las Vegas is a dream for anyone who loves concerts or shows. Every year major musicians and tours come through the city, meaning you probably won't have the additional cost of traveling to see your favorite performer.

With the completion of the T-Mobile Arena Las Vegas is now able to host even bigger concerts, and the musicals and plays at the Smith Center are not to be missed.

"Las Vegas looks the way you'd imagine heaven must look at night."

— Chuck Palanhiuk, Invisible Monsters

5. History

History is probably not something that is often associated with Las Vegas, but the city is full of it. Of course the entertainment industry here has deep roots, but there is also the nearby Hoover Dam and Boulder City (aka the town that built the Hoover Dam). Las Vegas is home to the following museums:

  • Mob Museum (National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement)
  • Neon Museum
  • Pinball Hall of Fame
  • DISCOVERY Children's Museum
  • The National Atomic Testing Museum
  • Nevada State Museum & Historical Society

Also be sure to check out the exhibits on the Strip:

  • Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art
  • Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
  • Bodies the Exhibition
  • Madamme Tussauds Wax Museum

6. No State Income Tax

While there are certainly some negatives to living in state with no income tax (such as higher sales tax and car registration fees) most people enjoy seeing a little extra money on each paycheck.

7. Food

Las Vegas is home to some of the best restaurants and dining experiences in the world. From celebrity restaurants and casino buffets to piano bars and local taco shops, you are never far from a good meal. The wide variety also means there is something for every taste and budget.

8. Sports

With the success of the inaugural season of the Las Vegas Golden Knights hockey team and the relocation of the Raiders, the city is finally on people's radar as a sports town. In reality Las Vegas has a lot to offer to a sports fan, including:

  • Hockey (Golden Knights)
  • Soccer (Lights Football Club)
  • Baseball (51s)
  • Auto Racing (NASCAR)
  • Aviation (Red Bull Air Race)
  • Boxing
  • MMA
  • WNBA (Aces)
  • Football (Raiders coming soon)

Of course Vegas is also known for its sports books, so never worry about finding a place to bet on your team.

9. People Come to You

Finding time to visit friends and family is hard. Fortunately (or maybe not, if your family is like mine!), when you live in Las Vegas someone is constantly coming through town. Personally this made my first few months here easier as every few weeks I had a visitor to keep me from getting too lonely. Once you know the city and the best spots it can be very fun to show your friends the lesser seen side of Vegas (like some of the things on this list!).

10. Natural Beauty

Many people, dazzled by the neons and city lights, fail to experience the natural beauty that the Las Vegas Valley and surrounding areas have to offer. Some of my favorite places in and around Las Vegas to enjoy nature are:

  • Clark County Wetlands Park
  • Spring Mountain State Park
  • Springs Preserve
  • Mount Charleston
  • Red Rock National Conservation Area
  • Calico Basin
  • Valley of Fire
  • Lake Mead/Colorado River
  • Gold Butte National Monument

Clark County Wetlands Park.
Clark County Wetlands Park. | Source

11. 24-Hour Convenience

If you grew up in a rural area like me, being able to get gas and groceries past 8am will be a life changer. One thing I love about Las Vegas is the availability to get almost anything, at almost any time.

12. Weather

Yes, Las Vegas is hot! The summer days are typically over 100 with the nights often remaining quite high in the 80s. That might sound awful, but you truly do adapt to the heat and it makes the pools that much more refreshing.

Outside of the summer months the weather in Las Vegas is fabulous and great for outdoor enthusiasts as mentioned above. On average Las Vegas has 294 sunny days (versus the national average of 205), 5 inches of rain (national average is 39), and 0 inches of snow in the city proper (national average is 26).

Keeping these statistics in mind, Las Vegas is better suited for people who are okay with little variation in the weather patterns. Having grown up in a state with four distinct seasons I will admit that sometimes I actually get tired of the sunny days and wish for a few constant days of rain. As I mentioned above, I try to appreciate the weather here and that it allows me so much time outdoors.

Las Vegas Weather Averages

 
 
 
Month
High/Low (F)
Rain
January
60/39
2 days
February
64/42
2 days
March
73/49
2 days
April
80/54
1 day
May
90/64
0 days
June
101/73
0 days
July
105/79
1 day
August
103/77
1 day
September
96/70
0 days
October
82/58
1 day
November
69/46
1 day
December
58/38
1 day
Source: NOAA

13. The People

When I first visited Las Vegas to interview for jobs and arrange for my move, I was honestly struck by how friendly everyone I encountered was. The locals are kind and helpful and eager to show you their city.

I love that in Las Vegas you can feel free to be yourself without the fear of being judged. This city has already seen every wild thing imaginable and, in my experience, they are very open and accepting of everyone.

Las Vegas - A Place to Call Home

I honestly never thought I would be living in Las Vegas. I admit that I also had a negative view of the city but in the three years I have lived here I have grown to love it for the reasons in this article and would encourage others to reconsiderate it as well.

What is your favorite part of living (or visiting) Las Vegas?

Would you ever consider living here?

“If you know how to live in Vegas you can have the best time.”

— Tony Curtis

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        Karen S Falcon 

        4 months ago from Las Vegas, NV

        I like your post. I moved to Las Vegas eight years ago and like yourself, I had no idea that I would ever be living here, but I love Las Vegas. Currently I am a taxi driver in this beautiful, crazy town, going on four years driving taxi.

        Not sure when you moved here, but in my eight years experience, I just wanted to mention that Jan/Feb often gets down to the 30s/20s, but this past winter was unusually mild. It can even snow on the Las Vegas strip, but it usually doesn't stick. Most people think or assume Vegas is always hot, but being geographically in the middle of the desert, you get the extremes of very cold or very hot. Much of the rest of the year is quite mild and enjoyable. I love Springtime in Vegas. And when you mentioned that Vegas can stay in the 80s at night, that was when I was wondering how long you've lived here, because in the summer we WISH it was only 80s at night. July and August are typically minimum 112-120 during the day and still 100 at night (with variations from year to year of course)

        Also, being a huge fan of our growing sports here in Vegas, especially since sports, namely the Vegas Golden Knights, were the community's focus after the shooting, I'd ask you to please edit and put the proper names above. It is the Vegas Golden Knights, not simply Golden Knights and our Soccer is the Las Vegas Lights. Just food for thought, not trying to be a j**k to ya. xo

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        Peggy Woods 

        4 months ago from Houston, Texas

        You have given many good reasons to enjoy living in Las Vegas. While I have only passed through it twice and enjoyed it for a night or two I certainly have enjoyed some of the nearby national parks. I would enjoy seeing more of the natural beauty surrounding that city. Your photos are beautiful.

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