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Why You Should Move to Sin City

Las Vegas, Nevada, is a place with many nicknames: Sin City. America’s Playground. The Entertainment Capital of the World. All of these play up Vegas’s most famous quality, that being its sense of fun. Both good, clean fun and not-so-good, not-so-clean fun.

But Vegas is more than just one giant amusement park filled with casinos. It is that, certainly, but it’s also home to more than 600,000 permanent residents. What some call a once-in-a-lifetime vacation, they call… Tuesday.

If you’ve ever found yourself browsing Las Vegas houses for sale while wondered what the city has to offer besides neon lights and nonstop parties (as if it needed anything else), here are four qualities that make Sin City a nice place to visit but an even nicer place to live.

It’s always warm & sunny
If you remember your grade school geography class lessons, you’ll know that Las Vegas sits in the middle of the Nevada desert, a bright shining oasis at the center of a vast, rocky, surprisingly beautiful landscape. In other words, you’ll never have to worry about snowy blizzards or tropical rainstorms around here.

“Desert,” of course, means “hot.” And not “sometimes hot.” “Always hot.” But it’s a good hot, a dry hot. What that means is that a 100-degree day in Vegas feels better than an 85-degree day in Florida, because there’s far less humidity to make you feel sticky and uncomfortable.

The cost of living is low
Pssst! Want to know a secret? In Vegas, more than a third of the state sales tax is paid through the gaming industry, meaning that all those tourists and gamblers from out of town are paying your taxes for you. On top of that, the state and local taxes are the third lowest in the entire United States, and there’s no state income tax at all. None. Nada. Zip.

But wait, there’s more! Utilities costs 10% less than the natural average, and the local housing index is 1% lower than the natural average. The average cost of a family-sized home is around $1,300, compared to $1,900 for a single-bedroom apartment in nearby Los Angeles or $3,200 for the same apartment in San Francisco.

It’s a high-tech hotspot
Vegas’s economy is on the rise, and there are a lot more job opportunities available than “stage magician for hire.” Forbes named the city a major high-tech hotspot, noting a more than 80% growth in tech jobs since the early in the 2000s, and the CEO of virtual reality firm Dreamscape Immersive referred to Vegas as one of the biggest innovators for experimental technology.

Being just a few hundred miles from Silicon Valley, it’s little surprise industries such as aerospace, medical, and information technology have all found a home here. Most notably, Amazon-owned online retailer Zappos has its headquarters in Vegas, and has pumped more than $350 million into the city’s tech infrastructure since 2013.

Everyone is super friendly
Las Vegas is known for many things. Cirque du Soleil. The world’s tallest Ferris wheel. Mile-long buffets. The Strip. But its biggest attraction might just be its people.

Vegas natives are an eclectic bunch. The city is a one of America’s most diverse with a growth rate double that of the national average, and the greatest increase coming from Hispanic and non-white populations. What’s more, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Cambridge, the University of Texas at Austin, and Atof Inc., Vegas has one of the top ten most open-minded and happy populations in all the U.S.


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