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Retire in Spring Creek, Nevada?
Overview: This friendly community rests in a pretty but rugged valley between Interstate 80 and the Ruby Mountains in northeastern Nevada. It is about half way between Reno and Salt Lake City and started out as a planned community in the 1970s.
This is gold mining country, with Newmont mining company employing many locals. The jobs are well paying and steady, making Spring Creek a comfortable blue collar hamlet. Homes are generally variations on ranch ramblers and sit on acreage. Many residences are within the Spring Creek Association (HOA), which has a 32-acre stocked lake, a private marina, an 18-hole golf course, a skeet range, as well as a pistol and rifle range. Spring Creek's Horse Palace is an equestrian facility that hosts auctions, archery contests, rodeos, and a hunter/jumper classic. Services and merchants include a grocery store, a pharmacy, a post office, a dental office, a hardware store, gas stations and a variety of restaurants.
The community-owned campground has trail access to Lake Griswold and Ruby Dome, the county's highest peak. The South Fork State Recreation Area is just to the southwest. Its lake has a boat launch, trophy-class trout and camping areas. Sculpted by glaciers, the nearby Lamoille Canyon offers breathtaking scenery and challenging hikes. There are two campgrounds within the canyon and several cold water lakes.
Population: 14,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 40%
Cost of Living: 8% above the national average
Median Home Price: $220,000
Climate: The climate is hot and dry. Summers have temperatures in the 90s and low-100s. Winter temperatures are in the teens, 20s and 30s. The area receives 14 inches of rain and 60 inches of snow per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Elko, eight miles away, has a hospital that accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but the hospital in Elko, eight miles away, is accredited.
Public Transit: Amtrak has a station in Elko, 10 miles away.
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: No
Political Leanings: Very conservative
Is Nevada Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: The air quality is poor.
Notes: The elevation is 5,545 feet above sea level. Spring Creek has more than doubled in size during the last couple of decades. Summers are windy.
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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