A recent Wall Street Journal article posed an intriguing question that many Americans may be asking themselves right now: “When Workers Can Live Anywhere, Why Do I Live Here?”
It’s a titillating proposition. If you can work remotely from anywhere regardless of where your company is located – why live in states like California, for example, with high tax rates and astronomically high housing costs when other locations offer so much more for your money? Or, why battle through freezing cold winters year after year when other regions offer more temperate and inviting climates. And why not live in a state that leaves more money in your own pocket because you don’t pay state income tax?
Now’s the time to seize the moment. Make your home in a place where the sun shines 300-plus days a year; has no state income tax; offers affordable housing, and the people are warm and welcoming – make the move to Las Vegas!
“As a transplanted Las Vegan from Atlanta, I know from experience that Las Vegas has everything you need for a good life – friendly people, good jobs, a sense of community, plenty of outdoor recreation, professional sports, affordable homes and no state income tax – just to name a few. Whether you’re single or married, raising a family or downsizing – this is the place to be! It has something, and more, for everyone,” said Uri Vaknin, a partner at KRE Capital whose company owns multiple high-rise condo towers in Las Vegas, including Juhl in downtown Las Vegas and One Las Vegas on the south end of Las Vegas Blvd.
If you’ve never thought about moving to Las Vegas or still not convinced, read on!
Take Advantage of the Favorable Taxation System and Lower Cost of Living
One of the primary reasons people move to Las Vegas is the lack of state income tax in Nevada. By comparison, California’s state income tax is 13.3 percent. You’ll also pay lower than average overall taxes here as Nevadans don’t pay sales taxes on things like food and medicine.
While the cost of living in Nevada is higher than the national average, it’s still considerably more reasonable than California. Zillow states that the median home price in Las Vegas is $290,535, but still much lower than other regions like Orange County, CA with a medium home price of $765,497 or San Francisco at $1,447,191. Utilities and rent costs in Nevada are much lower too, compared to the Golden State.
Countless Outdoor Activities
Las Vegas has numerous outdoor amenities and recreational sites where you can spend time with friends and family. Some of the most popular locations for hiking, biking, boating and even snow skiing or just getting outdoors include Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area with 26 different trails and Lone Mountain Trail with gorgeous vistas of the valley. Biking devotees love the 34-mile River Mountains Loop Trail that connects the Lake Mead Recreational Area, Hoover Dam and the rest of the Las Vegas valley. Boaters and fisherman love Lake Mead. And a winter playground for skiing and snow-boarding is 30 minutes away at Mount Charleston. There’s also hundreds of miles of community walking paths.
There are more than 500 churches of all faiths in Las Vegas and surrounding areas. And, Las Vegas’ churches “rock.” “Lots of the people who entertain tourists at night on The Strip will be the same ones singing in the chorus on Sunday mornings.
Las Vegas Has Great Weather
The sun shines year round and great weather allows Las Vegans to fully enjoy in all the amenities and sites the city and surroundings areas to offer. Winters in Las Vegas are never too cold. When summers get a bit heated head to Mt. Charleston where it’s 20 degrees cooler.
From face-offs and first-downs to air-balls and homeruns, Las Vegas has teams and modern sports venues that will capture your heart. The NFL Las Vegas Raiders will soon be hitting the gridiron at the new Allegiant Stadium while the Vegas Golden Knights skate to championships at T-Mobile Arena. And the city’s Triple A-baseball Aviators play to cheers at the leading-edge Las Vegas Ballpark.
Las Vegas is The Entertainment Capital of the World offering something for everyone. It’s famous for world-class restaurants, unique cultural offerings like the Smith Center for Performing Arts and the Mob Museum and a plethora of shopping opportunities. In addition, the city is host to numerous small to large festivals and concerts.
Safe From Natural Disasters
Las Vegas is a very favorable location because it is not exposed to the danger of most natural disasters. No need to worry about hurricanes, blizzards, tornadoes, and other common natural disasters.
The new normal work environment is already taking shape. Major tech companies like Twitter and Google are telling employees they may be working from home forever and other companies are following their examples. A recent Gartner poll showed that 48% of employees will likely work remotely at least part of the time after COVID-19. Global Workplace Analytics estimate that 56% of the U.S. workforce holds a job that is, at least partially, compatible with remote work.
If you can work from anywhere, make your home Las Vegas!