The 10 Poorest Cities In Nevada For 2023

The poorest places in Nevada are Yerington and Las Vegas for 2023 based on Saturday Night Science.

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 Nevada 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 poorest places in Nevada.

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.

Here are the ten poorest places in Nevada for 2023:

  1. Yerington
  2. Las Vegas
  3. North Las Vegas
  4. West Wendover
  5. Winnemucca
  6. Boulder City
  7. Ely
  8. Fallon
  9. Mesquite
  10. Reno

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 2023.

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

For more Nevada reading, check out:

Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Methodology | Summary | Table

The 10 Poorest Cities In Nevada For 2023

1. Yerington

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

The city of 3,093 people averages the lowest median household income in Nevada and the 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.

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Population: 3,093
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $37,438 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.1% (4th highest)
Poverty Rate: 21.2% (highest)
More on Yerington:

Yerington, NV

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2. Las Vegas

The second poorest city in Nevada is Las Vegas.

The city ranks as having the 2nd highest incidence of poverty and 4th lowest median household income. However, the unemployment rate ‘only’ ranks as the 2nd highest in the Silver State.

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Population: 634,786
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $61,356 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.7% (2nd highest)
Poverty Rate: 14.9% (2nd highest)
More on Las Vegas:

Las Vegas, NV

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3. North Las Vegas

Placing as the third poorest city, North Las Vegas’s median income ranks as the 8th 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 12.869000445496965% 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.

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Population: 259,638
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $64,738 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.3% (highest)
Poverty Rate: 12.9% (6th highest)
More on North Las Vegas:

North Las Vegas, NV

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4. West Wendover

West Wendover ranks as the fourth poorest place in Nevada.

The town ranks as having the 3rd lowest median household income and the 3rd 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.

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Population: 4,517
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $54,075 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 0.0% (16th highest)
Poverty Rate: 14.3% (3rd highest)
More on West Wendover:

West Wendover, NV

Source: Wikipedia User Famartin | CC BY-SA 3.0

5. Winnemucca

The fifth poorest city in Nevada is Winnemucca.

The city ranks as having the 11th 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 Winnemucca.

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Population: 8,325
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 7)
Median Income: $70,543 (11th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.8% (9th highest)
Poverty Rate: 13.6% (4th highest)
More on Winnemucca:

Winnemucca, NV

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6. Boulder City

Boulder City ranks as the sixth poorest place in the Silver State.

It ranks as having the 10th highest incidence of poverty and the 5th highest unemployment rate.

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Population: 14,868
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $69,746 (10th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.1% (5th highest)
Poverty Rate: 11.4% (10th highest)
More on Boulder City:

Boulder City, NV

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7. Ely

Ely places as the seventh poorest city in Nevada.

The city of over 3,983 ranks as having the 5th highest incidence of poverty in the state. However, it has a very low cost of living which helps to pay the bills each month.

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Population: 3,983
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $64,347 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3% (14th highest)
Poverty Rate: 13.3% (5th highest)
More on Ely:

Ely, NV

Source: Wikipedia User Famartin | CC BY-SA 3.0

8. Fallon

Fallon ranks as the eighth poorest city in Nevada.

The big issue for the town is the unemployment rate which ranks as the 15th highest in the state.

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Population: 9,068
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Median Income: $49,785 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.2% (15th highest)
Poverty Rate: 11.7% (9th highest)
More on Fallon:

Fallon, NV

Source: Wikipedia User Famartin | CC BY-SA 4.0

9. Mesquite

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

While the median income is the 6th lowest, there are a substantial number of people that live below the poverty line. Overall, Mesquite ranks as having the 13th most people living in poverty of all the places we analyzed in Nevada.

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Population: 20,019
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $63,757 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.7% (7th highest)
Poverty Rate: 8.2% (13th highest)
More on Mesquite:

Mesquite, NV

Source: Wikipedia User Stan Shebs | GFDL

10. Reno

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

The city of 259,913 people ranks in the bottom 20% for both median income and poverty rate in the Silver State.

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Population: 259,913
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $67,557 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.9% (11th highest)
Poverty Rate: 12.6% (7th highest)
More on Reno:

Reno, NV

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Methodology: How We Determined The Poorest Places In Nevada for 2023

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 2017-2021 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 2023”.

This report has been updated for 2023, which is our tenth time ranking the poorest places in Nevada.

Summary: The Poorest Places In Nevada For 2023

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: Fernley
    2nd Richest: Elko
    3rd Richest: Henderson

For more Nevada reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Poorest Places To Live In Nevada

Rank City Population Poverty Rate
1 Yerington 3,093 21.2%
2 Las Vegas 634,786 14.9%
3 North Las Vegas 259,638 12.9%
4 West Wendover 4,517 14.3%
5 Winnemucca 8,325 13.6%
6 Boulder City 14,868 11.4%
7 Ely 3,983 13.3%
8 Fallon 9,068 11.7%
9 Mesquite 20,019 8.2%
10 Reno 259,913 12.6%
11 Carson City 57,957 10.0%
12 Carlin 2,279 7.4%
13 Sparks 106,900 8.8%
14 Henderson 311,250 7.7%
15 Elko 20,391 12.3%
16 Fernley 22,343 7.9%
About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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One thought on “The 10 Poorest Cities In Nevada For 2023

  1. Lived in Henderson for 20+yrs and hated it hoping and planning to move out of the country in fact. Don’t believe all the hype of people moving here its the State, Housing and Casino industries making up all that nonsense most people I know are moving out of state etc.

    This place has NOTHING to do unless you gamble or like the desert scenery which 99% is off limits or you need to pay or its dangerous to go out there etc lots of hikers, bikers and tourists have been robbed, raped or worst at Red Rock or anyone of the outdoor sites the one thing the tourist industries NEVER mention just look em up online . Its either very hot or very cold which also causes deaths, lots of homeless lots.

    NV is the foreclosure capital of the world there are tens of thousands of vacant foreclosed home from the housing scam crash of 2008 so unless you want some 10,20 or even a 50yr old house which all need a lot of work as vacant homes in this type of weather deteriorate faster than less hostile temp states and the houses are not all that “cheap” as all the adverts tell you yes of course cheaper than LA or HI (where I came from stupidly) but with most decent used ones, you’re are better off buying a new one as the prices in the average or safer areas are in the $4oo-6ook range so the gap is not as big as they say all the “cheap” ones are in shady less nice areas with more crime obviously.

    Hardly any public transportation and all the car dealers here are so bad we always bought our cars out of state and luckily got a good service dealer center here. There is a lot of crime so only tourist go out at night and with this new virus it may well end this city as gambling was way done before all the craziness. And the medical aka doctors here are all over the place eg: its very hard to find a good one.

    So if you like walking in a Afghanistan like scenery town or like to lose money gambling and or shopping at Walmart or Sams Club as they are all over the place then this is the state for you. For us it just became boring as heck its NOT like any other state there really is nothing to do here but gamble no joke….Like they good place to visit NEVER to live .

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