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What are the Pros and Cons living in Las Vegas, NV?

Abuse #1 13 Nov 2010, 11:38

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I recently just got married. We are planning to move to Las Vegas, NV in a few months. I was wondering is it a good place to raise kids? The pros and cons of living in Las Vegas, Nv. Thanks in advance.

Abuse #2 15 Nov 2010, 14:51

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Pros: Shopping, night life, mild winters
Las Vegas isn't inexpensive if you don't splurge on entertainment. And when it snows here in the valley, it's like a party.
Cons: No jobs, challenging for highest unemployment and foreclosure rates in the nation; 120-degree August weather, crowded freeways during business hours, tourism stranglehold on the economy
Notes: I don't recommend moving here on the job situation alone.

Abuse #3 20 Nov 2010, 18:08

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First con is the economy. Jobs are very hard to find, usually minimum wage in casino with benefits. The State, Clark County and all cities around Vegas, including Vegas, has frozen hiring and laying off people. Other cons are adjusting the hot summer weather in Mojave Desert and the lack of true four seasons. The COL is like LA.
Vegas is a wonderful city like any other, away from the tourist areas. Name it and Vegas has it. Millions of kids have been raised to happy and productive lives. Besides the public school system there are private and charter schools. Most homes, especially new ones, have very small yards. Some have parks as part of the community home development for kids to enjoy. The biggest issue is the 24/7 schedule of homes so you may never see/visit your neighbor.
Have I ever regretted the decades we spent in Vegas? Not really. But as you get older and have a family, your biological family is important. And when you visit other cities you may realize there are environmental things, eg fall weather, snow, etc., you miss

Abuse #4 26 Nov 2010, 01:14

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Look im moving to las vegas in a few months dont let what people say discouage you ive been doing reserch for three years and i know a lot of people who have moved there in recent months and have found jobs i was told by a guy whos been there all his life he said if you cant find a job in vegas you dont want to work also i go all the time and when i see an employee with a name tag that says there from calif thats where im at i ask them how is it all have told me best the dicision that they have ever made they talk about crime and traffic and drugs they musy have never been to los angeles i do believe vegas is not for every one but i also believe it is what you make of it yes its hot only if you are dunb enough to stand out in it im still going and i truly believe i will be alright i have faith good luck maybe we willmeet ps my girlfrind is going with me but after i get an apartment tell your husband to take the rains and you will be alright good luck

Abuse #5 03 Dec 2010, 03:56

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Pros: Opportunity for work, warm weather in winter, cheap and affordable housing.
Cons: Transient community, hot weather in summer, promotes opportunities in establishing bad habits of gambling, smoking and drinking. I wouldn't want to raise my kids there.

Abuse #6 23 Jan 2011, 18:15

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Pros:lots of sunshine.
Cons: shortage of water and it is only going to get worse.

Abuse #7 24 Jan 2011, 22:56

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I am sorry if this sounds like a downer, but I lived in Nevada for 10 years and wouldn't go back for any amount of money. The influence and effect the casino industry has on employment, cost of living, high welfare rolls, crime, homelessness and the general transient nature of the state was too much for us. The only thing I ever enjoyed was the weather.

Abuse #8 25 Feb 2011, 06:05

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I lived in vegas since i was 3 up until a year ago (im 2 8) . its all fine and dandy when you are single, or a teenager looking to get into trouble. i mean i was a pretty good kid other than skipping class once in a while, and partied a little bit, but trouble is always just around the corner and not hard to find. once we had kids i realized i don't want my kids growing up there, just because no matter how good a kid you raise, temptation and peer pressure will always be there waiting for them to slip up. the only way you can make sure your kids don't get involved in gangs or drugs would be to be a hard *** on them and that's not the kind of parent most of us want to be.
The pros would be it can be a fun place, but the strip gets old, real quick. you meet interesting people from all walks of life.
HOT and i mean melting hot
Bad air quality
Economy is terrible, huge unemployment rate
Gangs, mostly wannabes but still trouble
Drugs, meth in almost everywhere
Its overpopulated
Schools are terrible, class sizes too large, i didnt realize my kids were behind until moving to another state

Abuse #9 10 Oct 2012, 01:12

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Lived in Vegas for 20 years. Recently moved to South Florida. Every bad thing about Vegas is also in South Florida too, so I'm not just putting down Vegas.

Vegas Cons: Dusty, windy, cold winter months. Don't let people fool you into thinking the weather is warm in the winter in Las Vegas. Most days it's in the low 50's and windy. At night it's usually in the 30's...and windy...sometimes 20's. That's not warm...unless you're from Minnesota! Unless your pool is heated, you'll only use it from June until August, just like most other places in the U.S.

People are very aggressive and very rude drivers. Very easy to get into a fight or confrontation on the road...even if you're not looking for trouble. This has happened to me countless times in 20 years. Traffic is heavy most of the time...especially on Freeways. Auto insurance is very high. Summers are very hot...and winters, as I said can be cold. Most people in general are rude and aggressive for the most part, not only driving, but in restaurants, bars, casinos, public places, etc.
Very easy to become addicted to gambling, staying out late, drinking heavily, smoking and everything else. Houses are very close together with really small yards. Most neighbors are uncaring, rude, noisy and just bad people for the most part. It's ugly in Las Vegas. It's brown and nothing grows from November through March. It's just dirt, dust and ugly concrete and ugly Freeways with gravel everywhere. April, May, half of June, half of September and October the weather is nice.

Pros: It's an exciting, energized place to live. Something is always happening 24 hours a day. Casinos can be fun and exciting..when you're winning. Lots of sunshine and dry heat. Mountains are nice to look at. Rent and housing in general is pretty reasonable and mostly new or newer....if you don't mind being two feet from your neighbors..and gravel/rock for a back yard. Economy used to be least when I lived there until 2008. Always made good money and had many good times. Met my wife there and married for the past 18 years. Thinking about moving back there actually from Florida. You'll either love Las Vegas...or you'll absolutely hate it. For certain people, it will get into your blood and you'll always miss it if you leave. I am one of those people. No other city can ever compare to Las Vegas if you're a Vegas type of person, as I am.