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Living in Las Vegas means much more than casinos and entertainers. Here are eight reasons you’ll be happy you moved there–and reasons your friends will be jealous of you, too.

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As soon as you finish moving to Las Vegas, you will notice the red rocks that dot the landscape and the clear blue sky that energizes you each and every day. In the middle of summer, you might not be as excited about going outside, but you’ll explain it away as a dry heat. Your lifestyle will change and your outlook on your budget, entertainment and your free time will be altered. Those closest to you will notice when you describe your day trip to a national park or you explain a new Cantonese dish you were inspired to make after visiting a great new restaurant.

Your Las Vegas has so many secrets that you never knew existed and that will make your old friends jealous.

Here are a few more reasons you’ll love living in Las Vegas.

Reason #1: The Las Vegas Weather

Why You'll Love Living in Las Vegas - The Las Vegas Weather

In the middle of winter while everyone else is shoveling snow, you’ll post a great picture of you in shorts at Mt. Charleston making a snowman. Your caption will read, “You see, even in Las Vegas we get snow!”

Las Vegas enjoys about 300 days of sunshine every year and has an average annual temperature hovering around 80 degrees. While midsummer you might complain about the heat, you’ll still call it a dry heat. When the rest of the country is thawing out in March, you will already be shopping for summer clothes. As the threat of the first snow comes to the east, you’ll still be having pool parties in October.

Read more about the Las Vegas weather in our moving guide:

Moving to Las Vegas Guide - Hear from the Locals What You Need to Know Before Moving to Las Vegas

Reason #2: No State Income Tax

You’ll be surprised at just how much you’ll save by not having to pay for state income taxes. Luckily, gaming revenue helps out Las Vegas locals in that regard. With all the money you save on taxes, you’ll be able to consider buying a home. That will definitely make your friends jealous when they realize you own a 2200 square foot home and you are paying less than their rent on that 500 square foot apartment.

Why You'll Love Living in Las Vegas - The Dining Scene

Reason #3: The Dining Scene

Even if you never went to the Las Vegas Strip to eat, you would still be enjoying one of the most exciting dining scenes in the country. Michelin starred chefs are cooking off The Strip and some of the top names in the culinary world have restaurants in Las Vegas. From Sustainable Seafood to true farm-to-table restaurants, Las Vegas has it all.

If you venture on to The Strip, you’ll be treated to 240-day dry aged steaks at Carnevino, fresh seafood from the Mediterranean at Costa Di Mare and some of the best wine lists in the world. Imagine what your foodie friends will say when they hear you are dining at a Michelin starred restaurants like Joel Robuchon or Guy Savoy, or that you have toured all of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants or better yet have sampled some boutique wines that can only be found in a wine tower at Aureole.

Why You'll Love Living in Las Vegas - The Outdoor Adventure

Reason #4: The Outdoor Adventures

Just twenty minutes from the center of town Red Rock Canyon is known as an international destination for rock climbers and nothing will make your friends jealous more than when they see you sporting that tan you got while learning how to belay. Getting a bit outdoorsy is so easy in Las Vegas as you are surrounded by local hiking trails and plenty of opportunities to mountain bike. 7 National Parks are within a few hours drive of Las Vegas making your new home the perfect base camp for exploration.

Nearby National and State Parks

  • Grand Canyon
  • Zion
  • Bryce Canyon
  • Escalante Canyon
  • Death Valley
  • Yosemite
  • Valley of Fire
  • Four Corners
  • Mesa Verde
  • Arches
  • Canyonlands
  • Lake Mead

Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking and Hiking Resources in Las Vegas

Reason #5: No Natural Disasters

You really can’t boast about this without appearing insensitive, but it is one of the best reasons to move to Las Vegas. Next hurricane season, you’ll be safe because those storms will not reach Nevada. You’ll also be safe from earthquakes and tornadoes, and there is no chance a blizzard will keep you from going on your afternoon run.

You might deal with flooding from time to time and wind can be a nuisance, but you are free to talk about the lack of natural disasters because Las Vegas does not have any.

Why You'll Love Living in Las Vegas - Traveling is Easy

Reason #6: Traveling is Easy

If a road trip is what you desire a road trip is what you will get. The Southwest is wide open and soon you’ll be driving between the huge sandstone monoliths of Monument Valley or frolicking on the sand off the beaches of California.

Los Angeles is just four hours away by car and 45 minutes by air. Utah and Arizona are so close you can raft or climb or hike and be home by dinnertime. Las Vegas is an international destination and McCarran airport has daily flights to virtually every corner of the planet. Flights to Hawaii are cheap and Spring Break in Cabo will become a reality.

Driving and Flying Times From Las Vegas

City Drive Time Flight Time
Los Angeles 4 hours 41 minutes
San Francisco 8 hours 1 hour and 9 minutes
San Diego 5 hours and 51 minutes 46 minutes
Sedona 4 hours and 26 minutes 55 minutes
Phoenix 5 hours 47 minutes
Salt Lake City 6 hours 56 minutes
Denver 11 hours 1 hour and 22 minutes

Reason #7: There is Always Something to Do

Las Vegas is truly the city that never sleeps. You can bet that even off The Strip you’ll find something to do at all hours of the day. When a large portion of the population works during off hours, businesses serve their clientele at different times. Expect late night eats all around town and you can be sure that your favorite bar will outlast you as well. If you bowl you’ll always be able to get a lane and if you love to dance, well Las Vegas nightclubs are notorious for going until the sun comes up.

The 24 Hour Town

Entertainment

You will never miss a tour from your favorite act again when you move to Las Vegas. Every big name makes a stop in Las Vegas and everyone in your hometown will be calling you for updates on how the show went. Toss in the resident headliners and the numerous shows and entertainers that call Las Vegas home and you can bet that not one of your friends will have more options for entertainment than you do. Be ready for the hate mail.

Show Schedules

Reason #8: Your Family Will Visit

This can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you feel about company and people dropping by to say hello. Your family will come to visit and they will expect you to be a tour guide. If you love having them over, this will become a regular occurrence. Also, your friends from college and your old neighborhood will expect a place to stay when they decide on a last minute trip to Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas that you’ll know after moving there is different than you think. The Las Vegas that your friends and family believe you are experiencing will really never exist. You’ll trade in late nights in a casino for early mornings on a trail and the cocktail attire will be supplanted with casual, comfortable clothing that will keep you cool. Your sunglasses will have a permanent place on your head and your clock will seem to have more hours in the day.

Las Vegas is infectious, but in a different way that you or your friends would have ever thought before considering the reasons to move to Sin City. People will be jealous of you and you’ll soon be making space for them on your couch.

About the Author

Zeke Quezada

Zeke Quezada is a Southern California based travel writer who has been covering Las Vegas for the past 15 years as the Expert and Guide at About.com/TripSavvy.com. He is the author of "Restaurants in Las Vegas: The Best for Less." From his early visits as a child to his brief but eventful time as a resident of the Las Vegas valley, Zeke has experienced the growth of the city from a dusty tourist destination to a sprawling quasi-metropolis. He claims the Vegas Golden Knights as his second favorite hockey team but Las Vegas as his first favorite food city.

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