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 29 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 2019? 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.
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 2019
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 2013-2017 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 – 29 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.
Rank Last Year: –
Median Home Value: $44,100 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 32.9% (1st worst)
More on Schurz: Data
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $83,800 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 17.3% (6th worst)
More on Owyhee: Data
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.
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $155,900 (20th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 16.1% (9th worst)
More on Moapa Town: Data
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $66,300 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.2% (10th worst)
More on Tonopah: Data
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $147,100 (18th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 16.3% (8th worst)
More on Topaz Ranch Estates: Data
Rank Last Year: 10 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $99,300 (9th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.1% (18th worst)
More on Stagecoach: Data
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $99,700 (10th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 19.3% (3rd worst)
More on Hawthorne: Data
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:
- Ruhenstroth (Pop. 1,212)
- East Valley (Pop. 1,391)
- Mogul (Pop. 1,884)
For more Nevada reading, check out:
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Nevada
- 10 Safest Places In Nevada
- 10 Best Cities For Singles In Nevada
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Nevada
Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Nevada
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