Moving to Nevada
As Nevada’s nickname, “The Silver State,” implies, its history has been a boom-bust cycle from the time of the Comstock Lode that built Virginia City, and on to the legalization of gambling that made Las Vegas. Modern Nevada has much to offer: from Lake Tahoe to Fire Valley, the Silver State’s residents still love excitement and don’t shy away from a challenge.
Nevada roads aren’t well maintained, and some highways can be isolated (Route 50 is nicknamed “America’s Loneliest Highway”). Listen to the radio for news updates and make sure to fill up on fuel at every service area, as there can be long stretches between gas pumps. Remember to bring plenty of water, a fully charged cell phone, a toolkit and a well-stocked first-aid kit with you on the road.
Avoid moving in the heat of the day, especially during the summer. Cover your skin, wear a hat and drink water to avoid heat stroke. If you are moving to Nevada with your pets, keep them hydrated. Let them adjust to the heat slowly, and never leave them outside in the heat of the day.
If you’re moving to NV, you’ll learn it has its share of dangerous creatures, including venomous snakes, black widow spiders and scorpions. Though you’re not likely to encounter them in busy urban areas, you’ll probably see them in quieter neighborhoods. To avoid run-ins with your smaller neighbors, never leave your moving boxes outside, always be careful when entering a place that’s been deserted for a while, check all closets and keep a long stick handy to ward off snakes.
Many of the larger metro areas in Nevada host popular events, so remember to check your city’s calendar before scheduling a moving date.
You don’t need a moving permit when moving to NV. However, parking and street cleaning restrictions may apply, so check with your city beforehand.
Nevada allows “road trains,” which are trucks with three trailers. It can be intimidating to encounter them on the road, but stay calm and let them pass.
Before moving to NV, remember to change your address online with USPS!
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Cities and Metro Areas
Whether you like to be active and outdoors or prefer the upbeat vibe of a city that runs on tourism, moving to Nevada offers plenty of options.
The Silver State features the bright lights of the casinos in Las Vegas and Paradise, the architectural beauty of Carson City, family-friendly community life in Henderson, and never-ending adventure in Pahrump.
Other areas to consider are Reno, Sparks, North Las Vegas, Sunrise Manor and Spring Valley.
Cost of Living
Before moving, consider the cost of living in Nevada and how it will affect your financial situation. Overall, the average cost of living in Nevada is 6.91 percent higher than the US average. And with an unemployment rate of 12.6 percent, it’s clear that you absolutely need a reliable source of income before relocating to this state.
Though the state produces a relatively large amount of agricultural products, Nevada doesn’t produce much of its own energy yet (there are test sites for solar-powered and natural steam-fuelled plants).
In addition, Nevada is the driest state in the US, and water management remains problematic, especially in areas such as Clark County.
With an average of only seven inches of rainfall a year, Nevada is the driest state in the entire US. However, in the Sierra Nevada, rainfall can be as much as 40 inches per year.
If you’re moving to Nevada, be prepared for temperature extremes: days can be over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, while nights, though generally pleasant in the summer, can get as cold as -50 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter.
Winters are longer and colder in the north of the state, and there’s usually some snow, so remember to bring winter clothes when moving to NV.
There are a number of excellent schools to choose from if you’re moving to Nevada. Here are some of the top-ranked educational institutes in the state:
- Elementary Schools: Reno’s Elizabeth Lenz Elementary School, Caughlin Ranch Elementary School and Henderson’s John Vanderburg Elementary School are the top three elementary schools in the state.
- High Schools: Three of the highest ranked high schools are College of Southern Nevada High School East in North Las Vegas, Nevada State High School in Henderson and TMCC Magnet High School in Reno.
- Higher Education: Students moving to NV can attend the University of Nevada in Las Vegas or Reno, Nevada State College and University of Southern Nevada.
When moving to Nevada, go to the Nevada State Government’s website to find information about a wide variety of topics, as well as links to specific state departments.
- Nevada has no excise tax.
- There are no toll roads in Nevada, as this is not allowed by the state’s constitution.
- After moving to Nevada, you can register to vote through your county clerk’s office or when you apply for a Nevada driver’s license at the Department of Motor Vehicles.
- Contact your city for information about trash and recycling, which is regulated by each metro individually.
- You’re required to apply for a Nevada driver license and register your vehicle within 30 days of moving to NV. It costs $33 for a basic NV registration, but varying local taxes apply. Fees for a title are between $20 and $28.25 depending on whether it’s a new title or a transfer. If you have an out-of-state title in your name, you don’t have to transfer it, but as many state DMVs purge their records every four to five years, it might be impossible to find yours when you need it. There’s no fee for lien recordings.