Moving to Las Vegas
Las Vegas is a weekend town for many people, so you may be surprised to learn that there are nearly 2 million current residents in the greater Las Vegas Valley, the vast majority of which have moved to Las Vegas from somewhere else. With an eclectic mix of Sin City amusements, largely temperate weather and a relatively low cost of living, it’s no wonder you might consider moving to Las Vegas.
Below, you’ll find some tips to help you navigate the waters (or in this case, desert heat) of moving to Las Vegas.
It’s generally a good idea to schedule your move to Las Vegas in the early fall or early spring, when temperatures haven’t peaked and tourism hasn’t crushed the busy city streets.
Consider timing your move over several days to avoid exhaustion and frustration, especially if you’re not already acclimated to the desert. After all, moving to Las Vegas should be fun!
In a city of this size, movers and any needed truck rentals are readily available and competitively priced, especially during the week. Try to time moving and unpacking for the middle of the week to get the best prices and least amount of hassle, and don’t be afraid to shop around.
If possible, avoid both ‘The Strip” and downtown when first trying to maneuver the city. Both areas are heavily populated year-round and can easily double your travel time.
Don’t be fooled by well-manicured cul-de-sacs and wide boulevards, parking enforcement is always lurking. Be sure to read and obey all parking signs and meters before “dashing” in to grab that bottle of water.
For dog and cat lovers, be mindful: the city requires permits for any household pets. For those with bigger breeding aspirations (or simply bigger hearts), having more than three dogs or cats will require a special pet fancier permit.
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Las Vegas is a city that grows out, not up. With the small exception of high-rise condominiums on The Strip, most of the city continues to inch further out into the desert. Planned communities offer relative isolation from major traffic areas, while still providing all of the basic services you’re looking for in a neighborhood. Some even come complete with their own parks, community centers and events calendars, which means you’re sure to meet the neighbors once you’ve made the move to Las Vegas.
Moving to Las Vegas, you’ll discover pretty quickly that there’s a lot more to Sin City than just casinos and hotels. To help get your resident-based exploration of Las Vegas rolling, we’ve rounded up a list of the best publications and TV stations available within city limits.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal
Originally founded in 1909 under the name The Clark County Review, today’s Las Vegas Review-Journal reaches a daily circulation over 170,000, and its Sunday edition is read by somewhere upwards of 200,000 residents. The most widely circulated paper in the state of Nevada, the Review-Journal covers local and international news, sports, business, health and fitness, and provides a wealth of information on local entertainment hotspots.
The paper has won several awards, including repeat honors from The Nevada Press Association. The paper is considered to be conservative-leaning in the reporting of political and social issues.
The Las Vegas Sun
Second in citywide circulation, The Las Vegas Sun is something of a left-leaning answer to the Review-Journal’s normally right-leaning political stances. The newspaper was founded in 1950 and in 2009 won a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. The Las Vegas Sun covers local and international news, sports, politics and entertainment. It can be found on newsstands throughout Las Vegas seven days per week.
Las Vegas Weekly
One of the most highly circulated city guides in all of Las Vegas is the Las Vegas Weekly, a free alternative publication that hits stands once per week on Thursdays. It covers the local arts and entertainment scene, in addition to offering a unique Vegas perspective on local and national news stories. Its weekly readership is estimated at over 60,000 per issue.
El Mundo Las Vegas
El Mundo Las Vegas is the city’s most widely read Spanish-language newspaper, reporting on news stories of concern for the Latino population of Las Vegas. Published every Friday, El Mundo Las Vegas reaches a circulation over 35,000 and can be found free of charge on newsstands throughout the city.
Local TV News Channels
Keep up with local news and community events by tuning your TV to these local TV stations.
- KLAS TV 8 (CBS affiliate)
- KLVX TV 10 (PBS affiliate)
- KSNV TV 3 (NBC affiliate)
- KTNV TV 13 (ABC affiliate)
- KINC TV 15 (Spanish-language Univision affiliate)
As an arid desert valley, Las Vegas can certainly heat up under the summer sun. Temperatures through June and July average around 105 degrees, with occasional highs well above 110 degrees. Thankfully, this potentially dangerous heat spike is buffered on both sides by months of mild days in the mid-70s and cool, breezy nights. In the wintertime, it’s not unusual for overnight temperatures to hover just above freezing, with warmer daytimes often pushing the mercury above 60 degrees.
Thankfully, this is a town that runs on climate control. Come summer time, the quiet whir of air conditioning units in schools, casinos and restaurants will become nothing more than background noise. Once winter arrives, you may even hear the faint hiss of the occasional heating unit. As long as you (and your car) are prepared, managing the summer heat is not only possible, it often becomes an afterthought.
With over 300,000 enrolled students, the Clark County School District is the fifth-largest school district in the entire United States. That’s a lot of options on where to send your children to learn!
When researching potential neighborhoods to call home, it can also be helpful to see which schools your children would be zoned into. For more information on zoned schools within a given neighborhood, enter your street address here. You can also peruse a complete list of schools in Clark County at the district website.
It’s also important to consider magnet schools and technical academies, which promote and encourage focused learning on skill sets for use in the real world. Located just beyond the downtown Fremont Street Experience, the Las Vegas Academy is a highly regarded performing arts high school, while the College of Southern Nevada High School prepares students for college and beyond.
Finally, be sure to take a look at the Clark County School District accountability reports. Broken down by school, region and entire district, each report contains information on demographics, dropout rates, student/teacher class sizes and much more. For anyone with children moving to Las Vegas, these reports are supremely useful.
Since Las Vegas and its primary suburbs make up the vast majority of Clark County, Nevada’s population, the city and county share most government programs widely. This can be a little frustrating if you’re not careful, so stay a step ahead with the below links to some basic resources.
- While you’re at it, why not update your voter registration, a key step for anyone planning on moving to Las Vegas? Just make sure you’re not trying to register within 30 days of an upcoming election.
- With five regional Department of Motor Vehicles locations in the greater Las Vegas area, setting up your new state vehicle registration should be a cinch. Be sure to have your paperwork completed and ready to make the process as seamless as possible.
- The city will handle all of your sewage concerns, and you can even pay your bill online. However, Clark County has contracted with Republic Services for all solid waste removal, meaning you’ll have a separate bill to pay for trash.