Worst Small Towns In Nevada For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the worst small places to live in Nevada.

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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 26 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:

So what is the worst small town to call home in nevada for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Schurz 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 2020

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Population: 1,075
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $43,100 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 28.1% (1st worst)
More on Schurz:  Data

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3
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Population: 1,177
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $56,900 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 18.3% (2nd worst)
More on Owyhee:  Data

Yerington, NV

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 3,103
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $98,400 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.6% (8th worst)
More on Yerington:  Data | Photos

Yerington is a city in Lyon County, Nevada, United States. The population was 3,048 at the 2010 census. It is named after Henry M. Yerington, Superintendent of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad from 1868 to 1910. The city incorporated in 1907. It is the current county seat of Lyon County, the first county seat being established at Dayton on November 29, 1861. After the Dayton Court House burned down in 1909, the seat was moved to Yerington in 1911.

Silver Springs, NV

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 4,514
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $115,100 (9th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.0% (6th worst)
More on Silver Springs:  Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

4
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Population: 2,211
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $65,100 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 16.3% (3rd worst)
More on Tonopah:  Data

Lovelock, NV

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,806
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $90,000 (6th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.4% (14th worst)
More on Lovelock:  Data | Photos

Caliente, NV

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,135
Rank Last Year: 24 (Up 15)
Median Home Value: $118,300 (11th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 14.3% (4th worst)
More on Caliente:  Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,545
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $158,800 (18th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.7% (7th worst)
More on Topaz Ranch Estates:  Data

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,613
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $97,900 (7th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.2% (10th worst)
More on Hawthorne:  Data

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,189
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 5)
Median Home Value: $171,900 (20th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.1% (11th worst)
More on Pioche:  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 2020

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 2014-2018 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 - 26 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. Ruhenstroth (Pop. 1,280)
  2. East Valley (Pop. 1,487)
  3. Mogul (Pop. 2,005)

For more Nevada reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Nevada

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Schurz 1,075 28.1% $43,100
2 Owyhee 1,177 18.3% $56,900
3 Yerington 3,103 12.6% $98,400
4 Silver Springs 4,514 13.0% $115,100
5 Tonopah 2,211 16.3% $65,100
6 Lovelock 1,806 9.4% $90,000
7 Caliente 1,135 14.3% $118,300
8 Topaz Ranch Estates 1,545 12.7% $158,800
9 Hawthorne 2,613 12.2% $97,900
10 Pioche 1,189 11.1% $171,900
11 Stagecoach 1,961 4.4% $129,700
12 Nellis Afb 3,342 14.1% $82,500
13 Wells 1,150 2.5% $140,700
14 West Wendover 4,320 1.4% $135,500
15 Ely 4,063 4.9% $139,100
16 Alamo 1,199 7.5% $120,500
17 Mcgill 1,180 2.8% $87,800
18 Battle Mountain 3,317 9.8% $165,800
19 Carlin 2,023 9.0% $118,100
20 Verdi 1,368 8.1% $344,800
21 Kingsbury 2,122 0.9% $429,400
22 Minden 3,239 5.0% $319,600
23 Washoe Valley 2,651 9.4% $289,600
24 Ruhenstroth 1,280 8.2% $413,000
25 East Valley 1,487 3.4% $698,500
26 Mogul 2,005 1.5% $412,700

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