For expats looking to live in a city where there is always something new to see, eat, or do, Las Vegas is the place to be. Sin City is the party capital of America, but its suburbs are also home to plenty of families living normal lives away from the glare of the city's famous Strip.
Living in Las Vegas as an expat
While living close to the Las Vegas Boulevard allows easy access to entertainment and eating establishments, there's a big difference between just visiting and actually having to live next door to all that activity. Suburban living can be found in many areas outside of the big city, whether in the form of free-standing family houses or exclusive communities with luxury homes.
Although Las Vegas is traditionally known for its gaming, hospitality, service and tourism industries, there has been a push to encourage the creation of jobs and to attract companies in other fields such as the clean and renewable industries. Las Vegas also offers many opportunities for professionals in IT, healthcare and local government.
Cost of living in Las Vegas
The cost of living in Vegas is slightly above the national average, but it's all dependent on one's lifestyle, location and preferences. New residents who want to live centrally and who like to eat out frequently and paint the town red will need a healthy income to sustain that sort of lifestyle in Vegas. On the other hand, those residents who choose to live on the outskirts of Sin City and limit their spending on the Strip can live comfortably on a modest budget.
Expat families and children
Las Vegas is located in the Clark County School District which is one of the largest in the US. In addition, there are many excellent private schools and colleges available.
In spite of its desert location, Las Vegas has a number of great parks such as Sunset Park, Desert Breeze Park and Wetlands Park. Families should also take advantage of the Desert Breeze Aquatic Facility which has indoor and outdoor pools as well as waterslides. For awe-inspiring views, residents can't pass up the chance to spend time at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and the Valley of Fire State Park. Go hiking, camping, horseback riding, mountain biking, rock climbing, or just for a picnic with the family.
Climate in Las Vegas
Located in the middle of the Mojave Desert, Las Vegas has hot, dry summers and mild winters, with plenty of sunshine all year round. In the height of summer, the mercury often soars above 100°F (38°C). Winters are cooler and bring winds and cold nights, with daytime highs of around 60°F (16°C) and chilly nights averaging 40°F (4°C).
Las Vegas is more than just about parties, casinos and winning big. It offers so much diversity and, more often than not, unexpected experiences for visitors and locals alike.
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