The 10 Worst Small Towns In Nevada For 2022


Using science and data, we can tell you which teeny specks in Nevada are the pits.

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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 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the worst small places to live in Nevada.

Most Americans have never been to Nevada. However, as the people who live there know, Nevada is an awesome state.

But is it all roses? Definitely not. Just like any other state, Nevada has its trouble spots. This article aims to determine, using science, the absolute worst small towns to live in the Silver State. Don't shoot the messenger, this is all using data.

After analyzing more than 28 of Nevada's smallest cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst small towns in Nevada where you'd never want to live:

These are the worst small towns in Nevada for 2022:

  1. Silver Springs
  2. Jackpot
  3. Lovelock
  4. Yerington
  5. Wells
  6. Topaz Ranch Estates
  7. Tonopah
  8. Stagecoach
  9. Hawthorne
  10. Alamo

So what is the worst small town to call home in Nevada for 2022? According to the most recent census data, Silver Springs is the worst small town to live in Nevada.

Of course, many of these cities would rank highly if they were in other states, since Nevada has its stuff figured out.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom to see how your town ranked.

And if you already know about the small towns, check out the best places to live in Nevada or the worst places to live in Nevada.

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

The 10 Worst Small Towns In Nevada For 2022

1. Silver Springs

Silver Springs, NV

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 4,910
Rank Last Year: -
Median Home Value: $153,200 (10th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.8% (3rd worst)
More on Silver Springs:  Data | Photos

2. Jackpot

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,101
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $1,000 (1000th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.3% (15th worst)
More on Jackpot:  Data

3. Lovelock

Lovelock, NV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,736
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $118,100 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.8% (5th worst)
More on Lovelock:  Data | Photos

4. Yerington

Yerington, NV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,190
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $144,700 (7th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.9% (11th worst)
More on Yerington:  Data | Photos

5. Wells

Wells, NV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,091
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $155,000 (11th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 0.6% (25th worst)
More on Wells:  Data | Photos

6. Topaz Ranch Estates

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,622
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $193,400 (15th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.5% (6th worst)
More on Topaz Ranch Estates:  Data

7. Tonopah

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,192
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $90,700 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.0% (9th worst)
More on Tonopah:  Data

8. Stagecoach

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,436
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $198,100 (17th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.9% (2nd worst)
More on Stagecoach:  Data

9. Hawthorne

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,734
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $133,300 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.3% (7th worst)
More on Hawthorne:  Data

10. Alamo

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,142
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $121,900 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 0.0% (27th worst)
More on Alamo:  Data

How do you decide if a place is lousy or not?

In order to rank the worst small towns to live in Nevada, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn't a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, things to do and a stable economy.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we determined the worst small towns to live in Nevada for 2022

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data and the Census's 2016-2020 American Community Survey, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (The lower the worse)
  • Highest Unemployment Rates
  • Low housing costs (meaning there's no demand)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
  • Education (Number of high school dropouts)
  • High Crime

We looked at cities with populations between 1,000 and 5,000 people, of which, there were a lot - 28 to be exact.

Additional note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. Dropout numbers are based on the adult population, not just the current graduation rates of teenagers.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.

There You Have It - The Worst Small Towns In Nevada

If you're analyzing teeny places in the Silver State with the worst economic situations, where there's high crime and there's not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

If you're curious enough, here are the best small towns to live in Nevada, according to science:

  1. Verdi (Pop. 1,161)
  2. East Valley (Pop. 1,610)
  3. Mogul (Pop. 1,308)

For more Nevada reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Nevada

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Silver Springs 4,910 10.8% $153,200
2 Jackpot 1,101 6.3% $1,000
3 Lovelock 1,736 9.8% $118,100
4 Yerington 3,190 7.9% $144,700
5 Wells 1,091 0.6% $155,000
6 Topaz Ranch Estates 1,622 9.5% $193,400
7 Tonopah 2,192 9.0% $90,700
8 Stagecoach 2,436 10.9% $198,100
9 Hawthorne 2,734 9.3% $133,300
10 Alamo 1,142 0.0% $121,900
11 West Wendover 4,271 0.0% $182,800
12 Pioche 1,435 6.8% $143,100
13 Golden Valley 1,085 6.6% $442,300
14 Nellis Afb 3,770 14.3% $87,700
15 Sandy Valley 1,678 7.7% $195,000
16 Carlin 1,885 8.0% $153,200
17 Washoe Valley 2,724 9.1% $357,100
18 Kingsbury 2,041 0.8% $630,700
19 Ely 3,993 4.1% $157,400
20 Battle Mountain 3,908 10.1% $171,500
21 Bunkerville 1,430 5.4% $261,100
22 Smith Valley 1,711 1.8% $456,600
23 Panaca 1,057 0.0% $148,800
24 Minden 3,409 2.0% $380,700
25 Ruhenstroth 1,373 4.9% $538,000
26 Verdi 1,161 2.9% $543,100
27 East Valley 1,610 4.9% $714,800
28 Mogul 1,308 2.3% $452,300

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