Retiring in Las Vegas
Retiring in Las Vegas: What You Need to Know Before You Move
When it comes to retiring, it’s essential to find a place where you feel safe, comfortable, happy, and connected. If you’re thinking of moving to a new location soon to set yourself up for your twilight years, do plenty of research and consider your needs carefully.
One thriving hub for retirees is Las Vegas. While many people initially associate “Sin City” with its gambling and nightlife culture, in fact, this Nevada city has much to offer locals of all ages. Here is the rundown on what you need to know.
Indicating its many drawcards, Las Vegas has a growing population. According to the United States Census Bureau, the estimated population at July 1, 2018, was just under 650,000 people. This number means that Vegas offers a flourishing community feel without the hectic pace of a bigger city such as New York, Los Angeles, or Chicago.
There is a considerable retiree population in Las Vegas, too. According to the same Census report, out of the total number of people living in Vegas in July 2018, just over 14 percent were aged 65 years and over.
Note, too, that the larger metropolitan area of Las Vegas actually spans around 600 square miles. It consists of three of the biggest cities in Nevada: Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and Henderson.
One of the biggest drawcards leading seniors to retire to Las Vegas is its pleasant weather. The city boasts more than 300 days of sunshine each year on average, as well as low rainfall. As such, you’ll have excellent conditions year-round to indulge in any of your favorite outdoor pursuits and to get around easily, without having to face harsh weather regularly.
Las Vegas has a subtropical desert climate, so do keep in mind that it can sometimes be scorching during the day in summer, and experience chilly nights in winter. All in all, though, this is the place to be if you appreciate warm, dry weather conditions. Plus, it doesn’t get as humid as some other popular retiree destinations, like Phoenix in Arizona, so you should be able to feel comfortable year-round.
No matter your current or future living needs, you’ll be well catered to in Las Vegas. While, of course, the main downtown “strip” is full of hotels for tourists, away from the epicenter, Las Vegas boasts a wide variety of housing to suit diverse needs.
There are dozens and dozens of senior living communities in Vegas, covering everything from independent and 55+ living through to continuing care, assisted living, respite care, Alzheimer’s care, home care, and low-income affordable accommodation.
For those who want complete independence, Las Vegas isn’t short on detached and semi-detached properties, as well as condos and townhomes. You can choose to live close to mountains, desert, or a lake, and within bustling communities or quieter locales.
According to information released by the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors in late 2019, the median price for a southern Nevada house reached $310,000 this year, after steady growth in the years since the GFC hit. However, this hasn’t quite hit the peak, record median price of $315,000 recorded in the area in 2006. As for condos and townhomes, pricing here is relatively flat. The median price was $171,000 in September 2019.
Las Vegas housing is certainly not the cheapest in the country, but it is lower than many other warm, sunny hotspots around the country.
One of the benefits of choosing to retire in Las Vegas is that the city is known for its community connections. For example, if you live within one of the many housing estates and seniors communities, you’ll have access to onsite community centers that provide more than enough opportunities to meet and socialize with like-minded and similarly-aged people. Many places feature fitness centers, hiking and biking trails, pools, golf courses, computer labs, meeting rooms, clubs galore, and a full calendar of events to get involved in each year.
Outside of these communities, the City of Las Vegas also has a focus on enabling community members to connect. The City provides a raft of services and programs, including classes, programs, cultural offerings, neighborhood services, and events.
Being based in Las Vegas can also prove helpful if you want your family members to visit you often. With the city being such a popular vacation destination and running so many flights to and from spots around the United States each week, your loved ones will be motivated to check out your adopted home and have accessible routes to do so.
Work and Volunteering
If you’re interested in working once you’ve relocated to Las Vegas, you’ll be pleased to know the city has many opportunities for job seekers. According to a recent report from the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance that looked at August 2019 data, the local market continues to outpace the nation in terms of overall employment growth.
With such an abundance of resorts, casinos, hotels, restaurants, bars, and other tourist attractions in Las Vegas, much of the work obviously lies in the hospitality industry. However, thereare other dominant sectors. For example, thriving areas include construction, financial activities, education and health services, government, and professional and business services.
Las Vegas is also an excellent place to be an entrepreneur. The city is strategically located within a day’s drive of ten major cities, and according to the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, is in reach of 60 million potential customers.
On the other hand, if you’d like to join a volunteer organization to give back to the community and meet new people, you’ll find many charities looking for assistance. This list includes hospitals, animal rescue and care services, employment assistance and support organizations, museums and art centers, parks and recreation facilities, veterans groups, and many more.
Upon retiring to Las Vegas, you’ll also want to know you’ll have access to adequate medical services as you age. Helpfully, Las Vegas is not short on healthcare amenities. Move to this part of Nevada, and you will have access to a wide variety of medical centers as well as numerous hospitals (there were 20 different acute-care facilities as of late 2018). This includes Henderson Hospital, which was nationally recognized with an ‘A’ for the Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade.
Also, in Las Vegas you’ll find many different healthcare specialists, including physical therapists, chiropractors, cardiologists, audiologists, oncologists, endocrinologists, and so on. Plus, you won’t have to search far to find quality home-care services either. If you need support to live independently as you age, check out home health-care agencies such as www.IndependentLife.com, a fully-licensed Las Vegas provider.
As mentioned previously, entertainment options are wide and varied in Las Vegas when it comes to social and fitness groups, senior center programs, events, and cultural activities. For opportunities made available through the city of Las Vegas,check out listings in the Beyond the Neon Leisure Guide, available at www.LasVegasParksandRec.com.
Entertainment-wise, Las Vegas also boasts more choices than many other cities, with all the restaurants, bars, casinos, hotels, and other venues on the Strip and in surrounding areas to check out. In Vegas, you’re spoiled for choice with affordable all-you-can-eat buffets, some of the finest restaurants in the United States, discounts for seniors on many meals and other facilities, plus shopping galore, live shows, light displays, comedy acts, etc.
Las Vegas doesn't lack when it comes to green space and nature-based activities, either. There are golf courses galore, plus more than 100 different parks, many swimming pools, and, in nearby areas, easy ziplining, kayaking, hiking, horse riding, and cycling options. You can also cruise on Lake Mead, head off to nearby Mount Charleston for skiing, or explore the Grand Canyon on a day trip.
Many people think of Elvis-themed weddings or other unique services when the words “churches” and “Las Vegas” are used together, but in fact, this city is home to a considerable number of places of worship. There are hundreds of churches, plus a wide variety of mosques, temples, and synagogues, too.
Las Vegas is a city that’s diverse in its faiths, and a significant religious undercurrent runs through the whole area. As such, you shouldn’t have a problem finding a place to worship, no matter where in the Las Vegas region you choose to settle.
There are hundreds of inbound and outbound flights per day to and from Las Vegas, with nonstop services from more than 100 different American and international cities. This means Las Vegas is a prime transport hub in Nevada.
McCarran International Airport is located only a couple of miles from Las Vegas Boulevard and about 3.5 miles from the Las Vegas Convention Center. Plus, there is also the other handy North Las Vegas Airport, not to mention the Henderson Executive Airport for private corporate flights.
Locally, there is a myriad of transport options for citizens in Las Vegas to utilize. The city is home to many cabs, Uber/Lyft andother rideshare services, plus shuttle and public buses, and even a monorail. Plus, there is a free Downtown Loop shuttle bus that services attractions in downtown Vegas.
Another big attraction for people who choose to move to Las Vegas is the low rate of taxes in Nevada. Relocate to Vegas, and you can enjoy zero income tax and no levy on retirement income, as well as low property taxes. Nevada is one of the best states in the nation to retire to from a tax perspective, meaning your hard-earned funds will stretch that much further over the coming years.
Safety is, of course, a prime concern for most people. As with any major city in America, crime is a factor to a certain extent in Las Vegas. However, the level of security varies depending on which part of the city you live in. For example, Henderson has ranked as one of the safest cities in the country on numerous top-ten lists over the last five years, including those compiled by Forbes, SafeWise, Goodcall, and SafeAround. Henderson made these lists for factors such as low rankings of poverty, violent crime, and car fatalities.
Plus, note that, according to government agency FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency, part of the Department of Homeland Security), southern Nevada was listed as the leastlikely region in the United States to experience a natural disaster.
Las Vegas has many things going for it, not just as a vacation destination, but as a home base. More and more seniors are choosing to live in this part of Nevada today, and should you join them, you will find plenty to keep you happy, entertained, and connected.