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Old 09-22-2020, 03:58 PM   #41
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We thought about it, but ultimately we retired in NH from NY. We really are not desert people. We like greenery and lush mountains. I don't like places where water is a big issue. We also so not like extreme heat. We were there last September and we couldn't stand the heat.Then we read about medical care and crime and said forget it. Plus no family nearby anyway.


I know someone who retired in mesquite and loves it and also people who retired in Henderson and Sumerlin and love it. Just not for us. NH has no income tax and no sales tax. We do wish it was a bit more conservative politically but at least it has an independent streak.It has 4 seasons which we like. And our only adult son loves and works nearby as well. Live Free or Die.
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I've been there many times (3 to 10 days per visit).... Impressions: Hot in the spring and fall and super hot in the summer... But it is a dry heat. Some cool days in the winter.... Dusty much of the time. Not much rain, usually...Lot's of crazy (seriously) people on the strip and downtown areas. Lot's to do and see but super expensive for someone like me. I'm a multimillionaire but there's no way I could afford to live there... But that's me and my lifestyle.
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Historically, Vegas has had 129 days annually of temps over 90 degrees, and 70 days over 100 degrees. Nevada in 2020 is much hotter and dryer than usual, as is CA. Lake Mead and Lake Powell are also very low.

Today is 8 degrees above average and the next 10 days are for above-average heat.

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Historically, Vegas has had 129 days annually of temps over 90 degrees, and 70 days over 100 degrees. Nevada in 2020 is much hotter and dryer than usual, as is CA. Lake Mead and Lake Powell are also very low.

Today is 8 degrees above average and the next 10 days are for above-average heat.

https://www.usclimatedata.com/climat...tates/usnv0049
Interesting - for a different comparison, the Northern Tampa area had 115 days with a temperature over 90 in the last year, but none over 100. However, not a dry heat for the most part.
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For anyone wanting to have detailed information about a city or area to retire in, here's the best site to go to, nowhere better:

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Old 09-22-2020, 04:33 PM   #46
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Interesting - for a different comparison, the Northern Tampa area had 115 days with a temperature over 90 in the last year, but none over 100. However, not a dry heat for the most part.
Dtail is correct in pointing out the importance of humidity.

Tampa feels far hotter or less comfortable than Vegas because of humidity.

Heat index calculator here:

https://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/html/heatindex.shtml
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I think this would work........
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I know several people who have retired to LV. All of them are happy with it, but almost all of them bought a house - sold it, and bought another one in a different part of LV. They have all settled in the far north of LV.
What area(s) did they start in and why did they move?
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I've been there many times (3 to 10 days per visit).... Impressions: Hot in the spring and fall and super hot in the summer... But it is a dry heat. Some cool days in the winter.... Dusty much of the time. Not much rain, usually...Lot's of crazy (seriously) people on the strip and downtown areas. Lot's to do and see but super expensive for someone like me. I'm a multimillionaire but there's no way I could afford to live there... But that's me and my lifestyle.

I have to laugh when people talk about Las Vegas' dry heat. When it's 114 degrees in the summer, does it really matter that the heat is dry? The heat in an oven is dry, but I wouldn't want to sit in it. I like to visit Las Vegas, but I wouldn't care to live there. But that's just me. I don't like hot weather, dry or wet.
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Look at Arizona if you are ok with the heat.Much nicer than LV.
Scottsdale area is great but several nice cities to research.
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I have travelled to LV area.
No interest in retiring there.
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Old 09-22-2020, 10:42 PM   #52
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I have to laugh when people talk about Las Vegas' dry heat. When it's 114 degrees in the summer, does it really matter that the heat is dry? The heat in an oven is dry, but I wouldn't want to sit in it. I like to visit Las Vegas, but I wouldn't care to live there. But that's just me. I don't like hot weather, dry or wet.
This made me laugh, as my wife and I joke about this all the time. Having lived in Las Vegas, Washington DC, and St. Petersburg Florida, I can tell you flat out that I would much rather be in Vegas at 110 degrees and low humidity than Washington DC or St. Petersburg, at say, 95 degrees and high humidity.

Anyways, we lived for three years in Henderson and currently own a house in North Las Vegas that we rent out. I think most of the pros and cons of Vegas have been laid out here pretty well. I will say this, though, the thing I liked the most about Vegas was the proximity to great outdoor activities. Literally only a three hour drive from Death Valley National Park. Less than eight hours to the Grand Canyon south rim, and a bit more to the North Rim (an entirely different experience). And all those National Parks in Southern Utah, less than a days drive away. And Great Basin NP, Valley of Fire, Redrock, . . . . wow, Vegas is just a wonderful location if you like the outdoors. Casinos? Who needs them!!

Also, interesting factoid, Vegas actually has a surplus of water. Clark County sells some of its Lake Mead water rights to LA every year. And Clark County actually pumps excess water into the ground every year, to support the local wells. Our house in northern Vegas is on well water, and that works perfectly fine.
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My parents retired to Las Vegas in 2000. Dad sold his business $$$$ and wanted a tax free state. My brother lived there and that was also a factor in the decision. They bought a house in North Vegas, (in a housing development), and if you ask me, they all look the same! Thank God for gps. My dad flew to John Wayne Airport weekly (with an aide) for Alzheimer treatments. This was costly for 7 years.

One factor I agree with is the healthcare is not up to par. My wife is an RN and we witnessed some very poor care for their age related issues.

On a positive note, due to the large Philippine population they were able to have 24/7 caregivers and maintain their independence much longer.

They enjoyed their grand kids nearby. Dinner usually consisted of casino or upscale restaurants for lunch, ordering dinner portions for their later meal.

Hope this helps.
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My parents retired to Las Vegas in 2000. Dad sold his business $$$$ and wanted a tax free state. My brother lived there and that was also a factor in the decision. They bought a house in North Vegas, (in a housing development), and if you ask me, they all look the same! Thank God for gps. My dad flew to John Wayne Airport weekly (with an aide) for Alzheimer treatments. This was costly for 7 years.

One factor I agree with is the healthcare is not up to par. My wife is an RN and we witnessed some very poor care for their age related issues.

On a positive note, due to the large Philippine population they were able to have 24/7 caregivers and maintain their independence much longer.

They enjoyed their grand kids nearby. Dinner usually consisted of casino or upscale restaurants for lunch, ordering dinner portions for their later meal.

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That's true of the Filipinos. Some of the most caring folks I've met in the country. Not just in Vegas, but being really awesome home health sides is common in their group.
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We lived there for three years, a very long time ago, think Circus Circus opens when we were there. However, we have been back several times. The product of Vegas was and I think still is, Money, they buy, trade and sell it! There was no other industry of size. The economy went the way of the tourist. Housing was short construction, and the press tightly controller what got out. No story that portrayed Vegas in a negative ever got to the wires, and there was lots of news about drugs being sold on the school grounds in the local papers.

However, the town has energy! It truly is the city that never sleeps. 24 he entertainment, and shopping. Yet, everything has to be shipped in.

This is the one place I would rent for a couple of years. You either love it or hate it. As others have said, there are other areas of NV. I would look at first

Edit: Dry Heat! Your oven is! At Nellis AFB, we could not flying the summer between the hours of 9 to 5. The aircraft got to hot for the ground crews to service them!
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Vegas has had the #1 spot for us

Tho we continue to look at other options.
Why?
DH LOVES to golf.
Reasonable cost of living
Love the weather--I can sit on my patio for coffee/cocktails ALL YEAR ROUND (well, almost)--cannot do that in Nebraska...
Love the nearby natural features. Love to hike, boat, etc.
Love the international airport
Love the proximity to CA--I'd love to live there but not comfy w/ housing prices.
Love the cultural offerings--shows, dining, sports, arts.

As said, health care is less of an issue now.

All large cities have crime--make smart choices to minimize risk.
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...The product of Vegas was and I think still is, Money, they buy, trade and sell it! There was no other industry of size. ...No story that portrayed Vegas in a negative ever got to the wires, ....
I agree with your views on the media.

Do not expect balanced coverage from the NV media. Nevada's largest circulation newspaper, the Review-Journal, IS OWNED BY A CASINO GROUP! (LV Sands Corporation).

I took media class at UNLV where a retired reporter told us that the Review-Journal had an expose written about Steve Wynn in the 1990s and that the editors killed the investigation when they saw the draft results. The truth was revealed only recently by an out-of-state newspaper.

On February 6, 2018, Wynn stepped down as CEO of Wynn Resorts amid accusations of sexual misconduct including harassment, assault, and coercion.
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Retiring to Las Vega also means retiring to Nevada.

How is the corona virus shutdown hitting Nevada tax revenues? Those casinos are/were a huge source of tax revenue, correct? Will they need to raise other taxes to make up for the loss? Are they cutting the budget? Is there any rumbling to impose a state income tax? Or raise other taxes?

I ask the above because corona virus in my state is becoming a reason to add a state income tax. Toss in the recent forest fires and they also want a new carbon tax. Of course, there is no talk of reducing any other taxes to compensate for the new ones.
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How is the corona virus shutdown hitting Nevada tax revenues? Those casinos are/were a huge source of tax revenue, correct? Will they need to raise other taxes to make up for the loss? Are they cutting the budget? Is there any rumbling to impose a state income tax? Or raise other taxes?

I ask the above because corona virus in my state is becoming a reason to add a state income tax. Toss in the recent forest fires and they also want a new carbon tax. Of course, there is no talk of reducing any other taxes to compensate for the new ones.
I notice lots of folks wonder if States with zero income tax will increase/add State taxes due to covid-19, yet this will affect all States & Cities.

Unless a State has been taking in surplus money in previous years, that they have been banking for a rainy day, they will have an increase in debt.

I wonder how many other States (even ones with high taxes) and Cities will feel the need/desire to raise taxes due to the drop in revenue from Covid-19.
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How is the corona virus shutdown hitting Nevada tax revenues? Those casinos are/were a huge source of tax revenue, correct? Will they need to raise other taxes to make up for the loss? Are they cutting the budget? Is there any rumbling to impose a state income tax? Or raise other taxes?
Tax base is VERY dependent on gaming & tourist-related taxes. See chart.

Tax revenues are certainly falling and governmental layoffs are being considered or implemented.

A state income tax may well be required to balance the budget.

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