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:
- Fort Mcdermitt
- Indian Springs
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 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.
1. Fort Mcdermitt
Population: 482 Median Income: $16,250
Median Home Value: $53,800
Population: 971 Median Income: $27,386
Median Home Value: $57,000
Population: 301 Median Income: $26,736
Median Home Value: $80,300
Population: 874 Median Income: $28,750
Median Home Value: $74,400
Population: 363 Median Income: $27,216
Median Home Value: $125,600
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
Population: 770 Median Income: $50,169
Median Home Value: $59,500
Population: 457 Median Income: $40,417
Median Home Value: $68,400
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.
- Best: Crystal Bay
- 2nd Best: Glenbrook
- 3rd Best: Lakeridge
For more reading, check out:
Ranking Of The 100 Worst Small Towns In Nevada
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