These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Nevada For 2018


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

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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 31 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:

  1. Fort Mcdermitt
  2. Schurz
  3. Nixon
  4. Wadsworth
  5. Searchlight
  6. Sutcliffe
  7. Indian Springs
  8. Beatty
  9. Goldfield
  10. Dyer

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.

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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 crunched the numbers

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 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 100 and 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 31 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.

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1. Fort Mcdermitt


Population: 482
Median Income: $16,250
Median Home Value: $53,800

2. Schurz


Population: 971
Median Income: $27,386
Median Home Value: $57,000

3. Nixon


Population: 301
Median Income: $26,736
Median Home Value: $80,300

4. Wadsworth


Population: 874
Median Income: $28,750
Median Home Value: $74,400

5. Searchlight


Population: 363
Median Income: $27,216
Median Home Value: $125,600

6. Sutcliffe


Population: 222
Median Income: $32,292
Median Home Value: $96,700

7. Indian Springs


Population: 868
Median Income: $44,293
Median Home Value: $84,200

8. Beatty


Population: 770
Median Income: $50,169
Median Home Value: $59,500

9. Goldfield


Population: 457
Median Income: $40,417
Median Home Value: $68,400

10. Dyer


Population: 245
Median Income: $32,167
Median Home Value: $122,200

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. Best: Crystal Bay
  2. 2nd Best: Glenbrook
  3. 3rd Best: Lakeridge

For more reading, check out:

  • 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Nevada
  • 10 Worst Places To Live In Nevada
  • These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Nevada For 2018
  • Ranking Of The 100 Worst Small Towns In Nevada

    City Rank Population Home Price
    Fort Mcdermitt 1 482 $53,800
    Schurz 2 971 $57,000
    Nixon 3 301 $80,300
    Wadsworth 4 874 $74,400
    Searchlight 5 363 $125,600
    Sutcliffe 6 222 $96,700
    Indian Springs 7 868 $84,200
    Beatty 8 770 $59,500
    Goldfield 9 457 $68,400
    Dyer 10 245 $122,200
    Cal-Nev-Ari 11 128 $75,000
    Eureka 12 425 $59,600
    Grass Valley 13 829 $84,600
    Walker Lake 14 407 $65,800
    Carter Springs 15 535 $129,700
    Alamo 16 912 $117,600
    Topaz Lake 17 130 $289,300
    Osino 18 852 $155,200
    Virginia City 19 711 $257,200
    Mount Charleston 20 410 $344,000
    Crescent Valley 21 386 $85,000
    Double Spring 22 178 $295,000
    Zephyr Cove 23 424 $756,000
    Blue Diamond 24 335 $368,400
    Round Hill Village 25 811 $583,700
    Fish Springs 26 747 $364,400
    Genoa 27 983 $656,700
    Skyland 28 262 $789,100
    Lakeridge 29 258 $1,291,700
    Glenbrook 30 151 $2,000,000
    Crystal Bay 31 155 $2,000,000

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