A Few Reasons Why Las Vegas Might Not Be For You

Las Vegas is a great city, maybe one of the best in America. We have seen almost every angle of it on TV, in magazines and on the internet. All the celebrities go there, the ambiance is great and there are shining lights and beautiful buildings everywhere. So what’s so bad about visiting Las Vegas? Well, nothing, as long as it stops there. If you are considering of moving to Las Vegas, then that’s a whole new different story. If all you want to do it get married there, you’re still fine.

Beyond all the extravaganza, the glamor and the casinos is a whole new world that might not be so enjoyable to live in.

1. Housing Market

The housing and renting market are more expensive than they should be. A regular 3 bedroom home cost anything between $100,000 to $150,000 more than usual. The only people who buy this and can afford this are the people who use houses as investments and do not use it as their principal residence. Unless you are an investor looking to increase your portfolio, getting a home is not cheap. Thinking of renting? The average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment ranges from $1000 to $1500 per month.

2. Traffic

The traffic problem is insane. You might think that every city has traffic problems, but this is different. The city has very aggressive drivers and the problem is doubled by a lack of police patrols. The freeway system is poorly built, and this causes to have rush hours not only in the morning and late afternoons, but very often 24 hours a day due the population boom in the recent years.

3. Water

There is also a problem of water. The city being at around 2 million population, and the majority of the water coming from Lake Mead, and adding that most homes have swimming pools, it is no surprise that the water level from Lake Mead is around 60 feet below what it was 10 years ago. The city is still growing and more and more water is needed. What will happen another 10 years from now? You can read more about the city’s water problem here.
Las Vegas thirsts for more Water.


The temperature is extreme. It is hot and dry. Usually this is not a problem, but when the temperature is steadily and constantly high day after day, your mood isn’t really at its best. Rains and storms that can be refreshing at times are rare.

5. Schools

Schools and education is yet another problem. The population that is rising is forcing them to build new schools, and while that is a good thing, they need the qualified personnel to fill the positions. But you have to think that the average salary of a school teacher is $27,000 per year. 27k isn’t that low right? Well, when you take into account that you are a teacher which is a qualified and professional job AND that you are living in one of the most expensive cities in USA (remember the housing and renting market?), $27,000 is far from offering a good standard of living.

6. Employment

There are tons of jobs in Las Vegas, right? Yup, right! But low paying ones. The reason why job opportunities are so high is because of casinos. During your job application, you are asked to account the last 10 years of your employment history and on top need a good credit. Besides, you are hired in a manner in which you can get fired and replaced at any minute. And I won’t even start with the low wage problem.

7. Gambling

Duh! But here’s the thing. You will live and breath gambling. You might go there saying that you are not a gambler and will never risk a penny of your hard earned cash, but when there’s a casino at every corner, the lure is hard to avoid. Thinking of getting your distractions elsewhere with shows, entertainments and fine dining? That’s great, but guess what? They are mostly located in the casinos as well. What’s left for cheap entertainment? Staying at home and watching TV always works.

Also, don’t forget the problem of alcohol. If you are in a casino for a certain period, you will inevitably have a few drinks. They’re free! Talk about cheap. Even though you have to tip the waitress, it’s still extremely cheap. But alcohol alters your judgment, and soon you’ll be spending money on machines and on the tables. If you’re unlucky, you might fall in the trap of the work, then sleep, then gamble, then drink, then work… pattern.
There is also the multiculturalism aspect of the city. In itself it’s not a bad thing, and might even be a good thing if you like diversity and learning new cultures. There are people from everywhere, like China, Bulgaria, Mexico, Romania, Pakistan, etc… If you are a caucasian natural born American, you will find yourself being in the minority. You might also find it hard to trust other people who speak a different language with an aggressive tone giving you a weird look. A lot of these cultures are naturally aggressive. You always have to keep an eye on your place wherever you are, whether at the gas station or grocery store as they will steal your place. I’m not racist or anything at all, this is just the way it is there.

But hey, let’s look at the bright side. The housing market is rising, taxes in Las Vegas are lower than other places in USA, and let’s not fool ourselves, it’s a great looking city that offers more pleasure than anywhere else. The cool people live in Las Vegas.

In conclusion, it goes like this. If you have a lot of money and are already rich and looking for a great place to have fun and enjoy great entertainment, moving to Las Vegas is for you. On the other side, if you are a regular American citizen and are looking to move to a different city for new employment opportunities, for a new life and a better future, forget Las Vegas.

One Comment

  1. thank you for your post it was very informative. i am considering moving to las vegas to persue a career in education. with the expantion of schools as you as you stated means hiring teachers who only make 27k a year. i was wondering where you received you info from on these figures? because on the clark county site they stated at least 10k higher and even more for credited individuals. just really concerned that i might be making a bad decision after reading this that all.
    thanks for your time and consideration

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