These Are The 10 Poorest Cities In Nevada For 2019


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 2019. This is our fourth 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.

We were left with this set of the ten poorest places in the Silver State for 2019:

  1. Yerington (Photos)
  2. Fallon (Photos)
  3. Las Vegas (Photos)
  4. North Las Vegas (Photos)
  5. Ely (Photos)
  6. Mesquite (Photos)
  7. Reno (Photos)
  8. Carson City (Photos)
  9. West Wendover (Photos)
  10. Fernley (Photos)

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.

And according to the facts, Yerington is the poorest place in Nevada for 2019.

Rich people not 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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How We Determined The Poorest Places In Nevada for 2019

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 2013-2017 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 2019”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 16 places.

Yerington, NV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,077
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $37,297 (1st lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 13.2% (1st highest)
Poverty Rate: 14.1% (9th 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 3,077 people averages the 1st lowest median household income in Nevada and the 9th 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: 8,325
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $39,866 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.9% (9th highest)
Poverty Rate: 20.0% (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 9th highest in the Silver State.

Las Vegas, NV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 621,662
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $53,159 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.8% (6th highest)
Poverty Rate: 16.2% (2nd highest)
More on Las Vegas:  Data | Photos

Placing as the third poorest city, Las Vegas’s median income ranks as the 7th 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 16.2% 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: 234,389
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 5)
Median Income: $55,828 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.9% (5th highest)
Poverty Rate: 15.1% (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.

Ely, NV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,124
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Income: $56,813 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.5% (7th highest)
Poverty Rate: 16.1% (4th highest)
More on Ely:  Data | Photos

The fifth poorest city in Nevada is Ely.

The city ranks as having the 9th 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 4th highest in Nevada.

Still not the best news for Ely.

Mesquite, NV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 17,467
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $47,642 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.1% (8th highest)
Poverty Rate: 11.4% (10th highest)
More on Mesquite:  Data | Photos

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

It ranks as having the 10th highest incidence of poverty and the 8th highest unemployment rate.

Reno, NV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 239,732
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $52,106 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.7% (13th highest)
Poverty Rate: 16.2% (2nd highest)
More on Reno:  Data | Photos

Reno places as the seventh poorest city in Nevada.

The city of over 239,732 ranks as having the 2nd highest incidence of poverty in the state. However, it has a very low cost of living which helps to pay the bills each month.

Carson City, NV

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 54,219
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Median Income: $49,341 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.7% (10th highest)
Poverty Rate: 14.7% (7th highest)
More on Carson City:  Data | Photos

Carson City ranks as the eighth poorest city in Nevada.

The big issue for the town is the unemployment rate which ranks as the 10th highest in the state.

West Wendover, NV

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 4,371
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Income: $48,615 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 1.3% (16th highest)
Poverty Rate: 15.5% (5th highest)
More on West Wendover:  Data | Photos

West Wendover couldn’t stay out of the top ten poorest places in Nevada; it ranks number 9.

While the median income is the 4th lowest, there are a substantial number of people that live below the poverty line. Overall, West Wendover ranks as having the 5th most people living in poverty of all the places we analyzed in Nevada.

Fernley, NV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 19,261
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $57,292 (10th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.5% (4th highest)
Poverty Rate: 11.2% (11th highest)
More on Fernley:  Data | Photos

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

The city of 19,261 people ranks in the bottom 20% for both median income and poverty rate in the Silver State.

There You Have It – The Poorest Places In Nevada For 2019

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: Elko

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Detailed List Of The Poorest Places To Live In Nevada

Rank City Population Poverty Rate
1 Yerington 3,077 14.1%
2 Fallon 8,325 20.0%
3 Las Vegas 621,662 16.2%
4 North Las Vegas 234,389 15.1%
5 Ely 4,124 16.1%
6 Mesquite 17,467 11.4%
7 Reno 239,732 16.2%
8 Carson City 54,219 14.7%
9 West Wendover 4,371 15.5%
10 Fernley 19,261 11.2%
11 Boulder City 15,648 11.1%
12 Carlin 2,361 5.7%
13 Sparks 96,786 11.1%
14 Elko 20,225 14.4%
15 Henderson 284,817 9.1%
16 Winnemucca 7,870 10.2%

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