Money Magazine names Henderson “The Best Place to Live in Nevada”February 21, 2019
Thanks to an economic upswing and influx of growth-oriented businesses calling the city home, a national audience is learning what Southern Nevada locals have long known to be true. Henderson, Nevada’s second largest city just south of Las Vegas, was voted the best place to live in Nevada in 2018 by Money Magazine. This accolade is all the more notable when considering Nevada is one of the fastest growing states in the nation according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Based on a combination of economic growth, affordability, and quality of life, Money Magazine shines the spotlight on Henderson as a flourishing community. Thanks to its prime location for manufacturing and logistics operations, excellent infrastructure, and quality schools, the city is attracting businesses, jobs and new residents.
Areas of Henderson like Water Street District and Green Valley Ranch District are seeing remarkable growth with national, regional and local retailers eyeing available space being developed alongside breweries, restaurants and master-planned communities.
“The economic growth we’ve seen in the City of Henderson is a product of the businesses that thrive here,” said Henderson’s Economic Development and Tourism Director, Barbra Coffee. “Henderson has a vibrant culture which supports business success, and we will continue to strengthen the city’s economy through the growth and development of businesses that reside here.”
Household names are also making deals in Henderson; the NFL’s Raiders broke ground in January on what will be one of the best headquarters and practice facilities in the league, and Google will make Henderson their home for a $600-million data center slated to open in late 2020. These new developments will continue to create new jobs and revenue for the City of Henderson.
Henderson also has more affordable housing costs in comparison with other metropolitan areas in Nevada, especially their neighbors in Las Vegas. The median home price sits at $300,000, with a median household income of a little more than $80,000. That’s a home price-salary index of 3.7X, meaning that Henderson residents get the competitive advantage of having more disposable income to spend on things other than housing.
That’s good news for Henderson residents, because there is plenty to do in their city. With nearly 300 clear days per year, it’s easy to see why Henderson is the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors. There are more than 60 parks and 180 miles of trails for hiking, biking, running or walking with trails from Henderson to Boulder City, Lake Mead and Hoover Dam. Mountaineers and endurance junkies can climb painted rocks at Red Rock Canyon, just a short drive from Henderson, or bike the 35-mile River Mountain Loop trail.
Other sites and activities include the Clark County Museum, Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Gardens, Cowabunga Bay Water Park, 9 championship golf courses and the Lion Habitat Ranch.
South County Magazine reporter, Jody Robinson recently described the city’s unique Lion Habitat Ranch in her article about Family Friendly Winter Fun in Henderson.
“It was a great learning experience and an unforgettable adventure for our entire family, particularly our kids, ages 10 and 11 …although I’m not sure who had more fun, the kids or me,” wrote Robinson.
The Lion Habitat Ranch was voted TripAdvisor’s number 1 thing to do in Henderson, and is now home to a number of the gorgeous big cats, including Barbary lions which have been extinct in the wild since the 1940s.
Henderson continues to grow as more businesses realize its substantial benefits for livability and decide to plant roots in the area, as well as the quality of life that exists for their families outside the office. So, when will you make Henderson home?