Poorest Cities In Nevada For 2020


We used science and data to determine which places in Nevada are basically dead broke.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the poorest places in Nevada.

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Nevada brings to mind images of Carson City, beautiful landscapes, and some of the best people you'll find in the good ole US of A.

However, like all states, Nevada has certain places that are going on hard times. These places have an above average percent of people that are living in poverty, out of work, or not making as much as they should be.

With all the talk about income inequality going on around the country, we thought it prudent to take a look at the places in each state that are struggling to make it even as the economy continues to improve. So we set our sites on bringing attention to the places in Nevada that could use a helping hand.

To do so, we analyzed the newest Census data from the American Community Survey for the 16 places in Nevada with more than 2,000 people.

Again, this isn't a commentary on the people that live there or the vibrant culture and traditions of these places. Instead, it's just a look at the facts.

What's the poorst city in Nevada? According to the facts, Yerington is the poorest place in Nevada for 2020.

Rich people more your cup of tea? Feel free to check out the richest places in Nevada or the most dangerous.

For more on how we calculated the top ten, and for more information about these places, read on.

If you're looking for something more national, check out the poorest states in America or the poorest cities in America.

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The 10 Poorest Cities In Nevada For 2020

Yerington, NV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,103
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $36,047 (1st lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 12.6% (1st highest)
Poverty Rate: 15.2% (4th highest)
More on Yerington:  Data | Photos

Yerington, unfortunately, ranks as the poorest place in Nevada thanks to combination of low pay and and a lack of jobs.

The city of 3,103 people averages the 1st lowest median household income in Nevada and the 4th highest poverty rate. At the very least, the cost of living ranks in the bottom 15% of place in the state, so things like housing are relatively affordable.

Fallon, NV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,330
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $42,934 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.0% (8th highest)
Poverty Rate: 17.6% (1st highest)
More on Fallon:  Data | Photos

The second poorest city in Nevada is Fallon.

The city ranks as having the 1st highest incidence of poverty and 2nd lowest median household income. However, the unemployment rate 'only' ranks as the 8th highest in the Silver State.

Las Vegas, NV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 626,637
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $54,694 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.6% (5th highest)
Poverty Rate: 15.8% (2nd highest)
More on Las Vegas:  Data | Photos

Placing as the third poorest city, Las Vegas's median income ranks as the 5th lowest.

And that's a sign that there's a relatively substantial jump in the quality of the economy from second to third place on our list. The poverty rate is 15.773729595055896% and ranks near the bottom of places in the state.

But what makes up for the relatively low incomes of the city is its low cost of living. The income you do make here goes further than in most parts of the Silver State.

North Las Vegas, NV

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 236,986
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $57,723 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.2% (7th highest)
Poverty Rate: 14.5% (6th highest)
More on North Las Vegas:  Data | Photos

North Las Vegas ranks as the fourth poorest place in Nevada.

The town ranks as having the 8th lowest median household income and the 6th highest incidence of poverty in the state.

That being said, there's still a ton of cultural diversity in the city as it hosts many events throughout the year.

Carson City, NV

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 54,467
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Median Income: $52,034 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.2% (10th highest)
Poverty Rate: 13.7% (8th highest)
More on Carson City:  Data | Photos

The fifth poorest city in Nevada is Carson City.

The city ranks as having the 4th lowest median income in the state. However, an extremely low cost of living prevents a good number of folks from living in poverty as the poverty rate only ranks as the 8th highest in Nevada.

Still not the best news for Carson City.

Mesquite, NV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 17,904
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $50,597 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.6% (6th highest)
Poverty Rate: 8.9% (14th highest)
More on Mesquite:  Data | Photos

Mesquite ranks as the sixth poorest place in the Silver State.

It ranks as having the 14th highest incidence of poverty and the 6th highest unemployment rate.

Reno, NV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 242,633
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $54,916 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.9% (11th highest)
Poverty Rate: 14.4% (7th highest)
More on Reno:  Data | Photos

Reno places as the seventh poorest city in Nevada.

The city of over 242,633 ranks as having the 7th highest incidence of poverty in the state. However, it has a very low cost of living which helps to pay the bills each month.

Boulder City, NV

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 15,680
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Median Income: $60,870 (11th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.4% (3rd highest)
Poverty Rate: 10.2% (11th highest)
More on Boulder City:  Data | Photos

Boulder City ranks as the eighth poorest city in Nevada.

The big issue for the town is the unemployment rate which ranks as the 3rd highest in the state.

Ely, NV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,063
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4)
Median Income: $58,200 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.9% (14th highest)
Poverty Rate: 15.7% (3rd highest)
More on Ely:  Data | Photos

Ely couldn't stay out of the top ten poorest places in Nevada; it ranks number 9.

While the median income is the 9th lowest, there are a substantial number of people that live below the poverty line. Overall, Ely ranks as having the 3rd most people living in poverty of all the places we analyzed in Nevada.

Fernley, NV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 19,573
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $63,880 (12th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.2% (4th highest)
Poverty Rate: 9.4% (13th highest)
More on Fernley:  Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten poorest cities in Nevada is Fernley.

The city of 19,573 people ranks in the bottom 20% for both median income and poverty rate in the Silver State.

How We Determined The Poorest Places In Nevada for 2020

The first thing that comes to most people's minds when they think about determining the poorest places is to simply the poverty rate. That is, the number of people living below a federally established level of income for a household of a certain size.

However, we don't think that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the "poorest places". So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2014-2018 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income adjusted for the cost of living
  • Unemployment Rate

The "median household income adjusted for the cost of living" attempts to gauge how expensive it is to live in a place and how that impacts the quality of life. For example, a town might have fewer people living below the official poverty line, but the cost of living is so high they'd still feel poor.

The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for improvement in the city or town. If more people are employed, the brighter the future looks and vice versa.

After we collected the data for all 16 places with more than 2,000 people in Nevada, we ranked each place from 1 to 16 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the poorest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a "Poor Score" with the place having the lowest overall Poor Score, Yerington, crowned the "Poorest Place In Nevada For 2020". You can download the data here.

There You Have It - The Poorest Places In Nevada For 2020

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the poorest places in Nevada, we weren't sure what we'd encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Nevada.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very bottom of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you're curious enough, here are the richest cities in Nevada, according to data:

    Richest: Winnemucca
    2nd Richest: Henderson
    3rd Richest: Sparks

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Detailed List Of The Poorest Places To Live In Nevada

Rank City Population Poverty Rate
1 Yerington 3,103 15.2%
2 Fallon 8,330 17.6%
3 Las Vegas 626,637 15.8%
4 North Las Vegas 236,986 14.5%
5 Carson City 54,467 13.7%
6 Mesquite 17,904 8.9%
7 Reno 242,633 14.4%
8 Boulder City 15,680 10.2%
9 Ely 4,063 15.7%
10 Fernley 19,573 9.4%
11 West Wendover 4,320 12.3%
12 Elko 20,247 15.1%
13 Carlin 2,023 7.3%
14 Sparks 98,524 9.9%
15 Henderson 291,346 8.5%
16 Winnemucca 7,798 10.2%

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