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Retire in Mesquite, Nevada?
Overview: Situated along the Virgin River and Interstate 15 in the desert of southeastern Nevada, Mesquite makes its home. It sits about half way between Las Vegas, Nevada and St. George, Utah and has boomed within the last couple of decades.
Mesquite is a resort town and exists primarily because of gambling. The three large casinos have live entertainment and at least 10 restaurants between them. The busy main drag has gas stations, some hotels, strip malls, fast food places and the like. Most buildings are short, and trees are few. Older ranch ramblers are now outnumbered by new Mediterranan style homes. Lawns are well tended and have pine trees, palm trees and Xeriscaping. Mesquite also has a number of active adult developments, including Sun City, a large 55+ community with single family homes. Events include the Mesquite Hot Air Balloon Festival and Gold Butte Days. Six golf courses have a Mesquite address.
The pretty surrounding landscape is one of tall buttes and red rocks with the Virgin Mountains looming 15 miles in the distance. Lake Mead is 80 miles away.
Population: 18,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 46%
Cost of Living: 8% above the national average
Median Home Price: $245,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in high-90s and low-100s, and winter temperatures are in the 20s, 30s and 40s. On average, the area receives five inches of rain each year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Public Transit: Yes
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Liberal
Is Nevada Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: The city issues a number heat advisories every year.
Notes: Some people say that Mesquite attracts people who cannot afford Scottsdale but who want a desert retirement. Summer heat can be intense, and many locals leave town from June through August. Despite being a gambling town, Mesquite has a large Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints population. It is also racially diverse.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
The Sagebrush State entered the Union during the Civil War on October 31, 1864. It was the first state to ratify the 15th Amendment and give African American men the right to vote. Gambling may be Nevada's claim to fame. The state has approximately one slot machine for every 10 residents. Las Vegas has more hotel rooms than any other city on earth.
Although Nevada is the home of Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, and Lake Tahoe, water is a scarce commodity. The landscape can be characterized by alkalai sinks and sage brush. Nevada's named mountain ranges include the Battle, Monitor, Sierra Nevada, and Snake chains. Winters in Northwest Nevada can be cold. Summers in the south can be inhospitable.
Nevada is the largest gold producing state in the nation. Copper, silver, and mercury add to the state's wealth. Tourism, however, drives the state. Gambling taxes are its chief source of revenue.
Population - 2,940,058
Persons 65 years old and over - 15%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 85%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 23%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 28%
White persons, not Hispanic - 55%
Median household income - $51,824
Median home value - $173,700
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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