Independent Living in Nevada

Located in the heart of the Southwest, Nevada is nicknamed “The Silver State” for the silver rush that occurred during the mid 1800s which 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. 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 gambling. The natural beauty of the state is awe-inspiring, ranging from snow-capped peaks to expansive deserts, and even Las Vegas itself, with its warm temperatures and Southwestern charm, can be a great place to retire and call home.

Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than sixty 55+ communities in Nevada in Nevada. A Place for Mom’s Senior Living Advisors can help you find the best retirement communities in Nevada.

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Nevada Independent Living Regulations

Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because independent living is often provided by assisted living communities, states may regulate independent living within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to community records in Nevada.

In Nevada, independent living communities — also known simply as retirement communities — are geared towards seniors who are able to live on their own, without daily assistance, and prefer to live among people their age. This usually means residents are self-sufficient and do not require hands-on care. Think of independent living communities as age-restricted (typically 55+) complexes, which provide organized activities, meal services, and transportation.

Cost of 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.

Price Indexes

  • Cost of Living: 108
  • Groceries: 108
  • Housing: 122
  • Utilities: 89
  • Transportation: 124

Demographics

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.

2016 Presidential Election

  • 48% voted Democratic
  • 46% voted Republican
  • 7% voted third party

Population

  • Median age: 38
  • Over the age of 55: 28%
  • 2018 population: 3,034,392
  • 2020 population: 3,162,271
  • Estimated 2025 population: 3,506,046

Miscellaneous

  • 31% regularly attend a religious service
  • 41% consider themselves atheist, agnostic, or a non-believer
  • The state has a total of 1,392 congregations
  • There are 48 Masonic lodges in the state

Climate and Weather

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.

Humidity and Precipitation

  • Average humidity level: 38%
  • Average monthly precipitation: 1”
  • Average maximum monthly precipitation: 3” (January)

Air Quality

  • Average air quality index rating: 41 (Good)
  • Average maximum air quality rating: 69 in August (Moderate)

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.

Seasonal Temperatures

  • Average temperature: 52°F
  • Average summer temperature: 72°F
  • Typical summer high: 110°F (July)
  • Typical summer low: 37°F (June)
  • Average winter temperature: 34°F
  • Typical winter high: 69°F (February)
  • Typical winter low: 8°F (December)

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