Moving to Las Vegas
For expats looking to live in a city where there is always something new to see, eat, or do, then Las Vegas is the place to be.
While living close to the Las Vegas Boulevard or the “Strip” allows easy access to entertainment and eating establishments, there is a big difference between just visiting to actually having to live next door to all that activity. Short-term rental properties are available and are sometimes partly, if not mostly, furnished with utilities.
Suburban living can be found in many areas outside of the big city such as Henderson, Spring Valley, Summerlin and Green Valley. There are also many exclusive communities with luxury homes in several locations, including Lake Las Vegas, Seven Hills and Anthem. Most of these planned communities offer a range of different sized homes close to the Strip, McCarran International Airport, shopping malls, schools, hiking and biking paths, parks, golf courses and wide open spaces.
Although Las Vegas is traditionally known for offering a range of jobs in the gaming, hospitality, service and tourism industries, there has been a push to encourage the creation of jobs and to attract employers in other fields such as the clean and renewable industries. Las Vegas also offers many opportunities for professionals in IT, healthcare and local government.
Las Vegas is located in the Clark County School District which is the fifth largest in the USA and serves over 300,000 students in three service areas. The city also has a number of post-secondary institutions such as The University of Nevada and College of Southern Nevada, with Nevada State College in Henderson. In addition, there are many private schools and colleges available.
In spite of its desert location, Las Vegas has a number of great parks such as Sunset, Desert Breeze and Wetlands Park. Families should also take advantage of the Desert Breeze Aquatic Facility which has an indoor pool open all year and an outdoor water park open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. For awe-inspiring views, expats cannot pass up the chance to spend time at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and the Valley of Fire State Park. Go hiking, camping, horseback riding, mountain biking, rock climbing, or just for a picnic with the family.
Las Vegas is more than just about casinos and winning big, if an expat is lucky enough. It offers so much diversity and, more often than not, unexpected experiences for visitors and locals alike.