Located in the heart of the Southwest, Nevada is nicknamed “The Silver State” for the silver rush that occurred during the mid 1800s that helped put the state on the map. Nevada is perhaps best known for its largest city, Las Vegas – a prime entertainment capital and the setting for countless books and movies, including Ocean’s 11, Casino, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. While the city’s popularity is undeniable and its tourism and casino industries play a massive part in the state’s economy, there’s much more to Nevada than just partying and gambling. The natural beauty of the state is awe-inspiring, and even Las Vegas itself, with its warm temperatures and Wild West charm, can be a great place to retire and call home.
Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 25 senior living communities in Nevada that provide assisted living. According to Genworth, the median monthly cost of assisted living in Nevada is about $3,400.
Assisted living communities are regulated by the state’s Department of Human and Health Services. Public access to assisted living records and violations history in Nevada is rated as exceptional. You can use the state’s Find a Health Facility search tool to research the violation history of an assisted living community.
In Nevada, assisted living communities are licensed as adult group care providers. This term refers to any residential care facility that provides care to three or more adults. Such communities offer housing, supervision, meal services, and assistance with the activities of daily living.
Overall, the cost of living in Nevada is considered to be less affordable than the national average. The state has a high overall housing cost, mainly because the Las Vegas metropolitan area is one of the country’s premiere vacation and retirement spots. Nevada also has a high cost of transportation, mostly due to a lack of public transit in some areas and a dependence on personal vehicles. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
In Nevada, 16% of the state's population are over the age of 65. In the 2016 presidential election, Nevada leaned slightly liberal. The larger cities in Nevada, such as Las Vegas, tend to lean liberal, while the rural areas of the state are often more conservative. The state of Nevada has a very large Hispanic population which contributes to a notable cultural presence in the area.
The majority of Nevada has a semi-arid or cold desert climate with hot summers, cold winters, and below average precipitation levels. The southern tip of the state has a warm desert climate that gets extremely hot in the summer. Portions of Death Valley, one of the hottest places on the planet, are located in this region of the state, along its border with California. Nevada has an extremely low humidity level and below average precipitation levels, which have earned it the title of “driest state in the U.S.” This dry desert climate, in addition to countless opportunities for entertainment, make Nevada one of the most popular destinations in the country to retire.
Moderate air quality means that those who are sensitive to particulates in the air should limit the amount of time they spend on outdoor exertion.