7 Things to Know Before Moving to Las Vegas

So, you’re thinking about moving to Las Vegas? The notorious ‘Sin City’ in the Nevada desert is booming and there are now more than 2 million people in the greater Las Vegas area. While you’ve probably heard all about the casinos, entertainment and party scene, there’s way more this city has to offer. Here are seven things you need to know before moving to Las Vegas!

There’s More to Las Vegas than Shows and Gambling

The city of Las Vegas is more than just the 24/7 action of the Las Vegas Strip. There’s so much to do off the Strip, including a range of outdoor activities and adventures. From hiking and rock climbing to biking and skiing, there’s something outdoors for all to enjoy here.

For example, you can explore Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area on the westside of town and take in the breathtaking views by hiking the trails or driving the 13-mile scenic loop. Alternatively, you can hit the slopes less than 1 hour out of the city at Lee Canyon, the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort.

Las Vegas and Henderson are Two Different Cities

The next thing you need to know before moving to Las Vegas, is that Henderson and Las Vegas are not the same city! Many people who are new to the area and looking for a place to live assume that looking at homes in Las Vegas also includes Henderson. However, although they share similarities and are close to one another, they are two very different cities.

In fact, Henderson is the 2nd largest city in Nevada (Las Vegas is #1) and its city center is located about 16 miles to the southeast of Las Vegas. It has its own downtown area with shops, restaurants and nightlife. Throughout the Henderson area you can find master-planned communities and commercial centers. Be sure you have an idea whether you want to live in Henderson or Las Vegas before moving here!

It’s Summerlin, Not Summerland

Located on the western edge of Las Vegas is the gorgeous master-planned community named Summerlin. Some out-of-towners call it Summerland, which is a big no-no! A fun fact is that Summerlin is named after Howard Hughes’ grandmother Jean Amelia Summerlin.

Today, the Howard Hughes Corporation is the master developer of the community. This area has a reputation as being one of the finest places to live in all of Southern Nevada, so don’t mess up the name when you move here!

Las Vegas is a Snowbird Paradise

When retirees think of finding a place to go in the winter, many dream of the Florida beaches or Arizona’s sunny deserts. But in recent years, Las Vegas has become a destination for snowbirds from all over the world! Beside a great climate with over 300 days of sun each year, one of the main attractions are the resort-style retirement communities in Las Vegas.

There are established 55 and over communities such as Sun City Summerlin and Sun City Anthem, along with newer communities including Del Webb at Lake Las Vegas and Trilogy® Sunstone. Buying or renting a home in one of these age-restricted neighborhoods means having your own community swimming pool, clubhouse, fitness center, tennis and pickleball courts, and tons of social clubs to join.

It Gets HOT in the Summer

Something you need to be aware of before moving to Las Vegas is how hot it gets during the summer months. We’re talking 100+ degrees for weeks on end. While most people plan their outdoor activities for the cooler early mornings or late in the evenings, be aware that mid-day can be unbearable. The fact of the matter is some people can handle the heat in Las Vegas and some can’t!

There’s No State Income Tax

When you decide to move to Las Vegas and become a resident of Nevada, you’re no longer subject to state income tax. Those coming from high-tax states such as California and New York are sometimes amazed by how much money they save from not paying state income tax after moving to Las Vegas. Just something else to think about when weighing the pros and cons of living in Vegas.

Foodies Love Las Vegas

If you want to live in a city where you can experience all types of food and some truly outstanding restaurants, Las Vegas is the place for you. From 5-star fine dining with celebrity chefs and local hole-in-the-wall favorites, to ethnic cuisine of all kinds, there’s a plate of tasty food for everyone in this city that’s affordable on all budgets.


It’s true that there’s a lot to consider before moving to Las Vegas. This article has discussed seven things you need to know in order to help you make a decision. There are pros and cons to Las Vegas, just like every city in the country. Ultimately, the choice of whether or not to move to Las Vegas is yours to make!