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A+ Carson City Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D+ Carson City Cost of Living Cost of living is 2% higher than Nevada
Carson City
1055% more expensive than the US average
Nevada
1033% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Carson City cost of living
F Carson City Crime Total crime is 14% higher than Nevada
Total crime
3,61531% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2831% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-2%Year over year crime is down
Carson City crime
D Carson City Employment Household income is 10% lower than Nevada
Median household income
$47,94813% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$26,55311% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%21% higher than the US average
Carson City employment
B- Carson City Housing Home value is 4% higher than Nevada
Median home value
$199,5008% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$82713% lower than the US average
Home ownership
55%13% lower than the US average
Carson City real estate or Carson City rentals
D+ Carson City Schools HS graduation rate is equal to Nevada
High school grad. rates
82%2% lower than the US average
School test scores
n/aequal to the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:110% lower than the US average
Carson City K-12 schools or Carson City colleges

Living in Carson City, NV

Carson City, Nevada is a mid-sized city with a population of 54,412 people. The majority of Carson City residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Asian and American Indian and Alaskan. 70% of the people in Carson City (over the age of 15) are married and 63% have kids under the age of eighteen. Knowing that, it’s safe to say that this area could be a great place for other families to lay down roots.

If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very discouraging task. However, it could also be a good experience if you are willing to get to know the town before actually living in Carson City, Nevada. With useful information like amenities, cost of living, weather, education, employment and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Carson City and in the areas around Carson City is a much easier task.

With a livability score of 65/100, Carson City is ranked #17,220 in the United States and #71 in Nevada. There are seven total categories that generate the livability score. Carson City scores well for amenities (A+) and housing (B-). Carson City does not fare well for the following: crime (F), weather (D-) and employment (D). It might be wise to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Carson City on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Carson City: Nevada State Museum, Casino Fandango, and Nevada State Railroad Museum.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Carson City. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Carson City are affordable. The median home price for Carson City homes is $199,500, which is 4.1% higher than the Nevada average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Carson City, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.2, which is 16.7% higher than the Nevada average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Carson City will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Carson City, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 13.5%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 11.7%.

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Carson City: Wind blows through it!

Attractions3/10
Community5/10
Nightlife1/10
Dining5/10
Shopping5/10
I lived here formally, and I can honestly say I am so glad I moved out. Job prospects are limited, there is a pitiful night life that’s limited to bars and casinos, and it is just a drab, high desert valley overall. You may find a community of friends, if you have the right connections, but the shear lack of culture and things to do is horrendous. The weather is windy and cold for most months of the year, and even the decent hiking and location to Lake Tahoe cannot warrant a recommendation. But if low paying wages, limited eateries, and a boring night life sound like great amenities in a place to live, Carson City is a prime destination!!!!!
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Carson City, NV - A Smaller City Near the "Biggest Little CIty on Earth".

Attractions7/10
Community8/10
Nightlife7/10
Dining7/10
Shopping8/10
After deciding on doing my initial flight training at a certified flight school in Carson City, Nevada, I loaded up my car and headed off for parts unknown. Upon arriving in Carson City I was a bit concerned. Here I was, a California boy in the high desert of northern Nevada, a fish out of water. After spending considerable time in the area, I realized Carson City is a nice little town to hang your hat.

Carson City is approximately 45 minutes to the east of the larger city of Reno, and the Californian Lake Tahoe region. This proximity makes Carson City an outdoors enthusiasts paradise. Within an hours drive in any direction, outdoor-folks have access to deserts parks for rock climbing, world class rivers for fly fishing or river rafting, cross-country and downhill skiing, mountaineering, camping and hiking.

Urban dwellers have access to Reno which has every type of store and boutique you could want. Everything from upscale Lousi Vuitton to Target and Wal-Mart are within an easy drive of Carson City, mostly to the west in Reno.

Carson City offers much in the way of government services for its residents as it is the state capitol of Nevada. In addition, Carson City is an affordable and easily accessed city. Couple in the fact that there is no state income or sales tax in Nevada and you get a very good economic climate for living and working.

Expect high desert weather; hot temperatures in summer and dry, cold winters. Carson City is a four season city that offers residents many activities and opportunities for fun.
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Carson City - The Jewel of The Sierras

Attractions7/10
Community7/10
Nightlife6/10
Dining6/10
Shopping6/10
Carson City, Nevada is one of my favorite cities to visit. I have a Grandmother there and I visit her as often as I can. Carson City is truly the jewel of the Sierra Nevada. It is the perfect blend of the Old West and the new. The Capital city of the silver state is steeped in culture and history. It is a city situated at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range with stunning scenic vistas. I love the weather in Carson City because it does not get too hot or too cold. the climate of Carson City is semi arid with temperatures reaching the 90s in the summer and down to 45 in the winter

Gambling is present in Carson City but it is not the main focus. The city is very family oriented and clean compared to other Nevada cities. Carson is full of beautiful parks and it is very green. Also the areas and attractions do not overwhelm your senses and there seems to be a good balance of old and new. Carson City has a marvelous train museum. This year I finally took my son to see it. We are both train fanatics and love riding old trains. We spent the whole day watching their model trains. The day at the train museum made our stay.
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Source: The Carson City, NV data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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