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"Living in Vegas: No greenery, but lots of lights"


Living in Vegas: No greenery, but lots of lights - 2/9/2012
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Dave
Las Vegas, NV

I often come to sites like this for information from people who have lived in a certain area that peaks my interest. I am well traveled and like to live in different places to experience the local culture.
Las Vegas is a bright glittery city that attracts thousands of tourists every day, and allows a mix of cultures and ideas. Due to the fact that there are so many transients here, local people tend to be isolated and prefer to carry on with their own lives, on their own time. Making friends here is Very difficult and can be wearing. If you're not a social person, you will do fine here. I am single and miss my friends/parties back east.
The pros and cons:
Pros: Rent is relatively cheap here if you take into consideration all of the amenities the apartments offer. Vegas has a bigger than life image to maintain, and therefore it excels at offering better options in units and amenities. For example, most apartments have a washer and dryer inside each unit, most complexes have nice pools/spas/gym, most offer better maintained units and they keep the units up to date.
There are Tons of places to eat here. You name the price, and it exists. From a simple $2.00 breakfast to a $200.00 steak, it's all here baby!!!
The buffets you hear so much about do abound here. Most average $10-15.00, but if you get a free players card from the casino, the price drops by 2-3 dollars per person. Some offer half price for locals, having a NV drivers license. The traffic here is actually not bad at all, and moves well. I have lived in Atlanta, Florida and other areas where you sit in gridlock for hours. Here you do not have that problem. In fact even during rush hour, the highways move well. The only gridlock you will have is on the Strip. It can be trying at times. You have to keep an eye our for pedestrians, children, people pulling out of hotels from side streets and the occasional drunk. The cops here manage the pedestrian traffic well and run a tight ship. They have to with the crowds here. I live in a town called Henderson, about 15 minutes from the strip and love it. Nice rolling hills and well maintained roads. After I moved here I discovered and was told by many, that the East and North are undesireable, but the South and South West are the Best. After living here for a year, I would have to agree. I did live on the East side, and had no problems, but it could be questionable at night. It was a very friendly area and lots of shops on the main road(Boulder Highway).

Cons: People are not too quick to warm up to you, as in other parts of the U.S. I guess it's because they assume you are only here for the day, or won't be here long. There is Very little green and the dryness gets to your skin Fast! I know this sounds petty, but having lived in other parts of the US and the world, I do miss seeing a lawn, and feeling the humidity. Hand cream and lotions will become your new new friends - LOL! Seafood.... I Really miss it!!! They have seafood here, but it is flown in (naturally), but it's not the same. I would say the heat here in the summer months, but I actually love the dry heat. It penetrates your bones and feels great. However, if it gets windy, it can feel like a blast furnace!! No joke! Just imagine opening the oven door at 450 degrees. It's that same rush of heat blasting at you. But your pool clothes dry fast!! LOL!

Now in looking at my Pros and Cons, I have to say Vegas is not a bad place to live. It does get cold here in the winter (30 at night, 40 in the daytime), and amazingly hot in the summer. But so long as your car has AC, and you buy some indoor greenery for your home, you'll be fine.

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Natalia
Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas living,... - 8/16/2014

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judy
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crimes - 4/30/2014

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Corina
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keen
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Rico
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TOO HOT! - 6/14/2013

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Luister
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Las Vegas - 3/10/2013

Hi, I don't speak nor write to much. I can only said after fifteen years living in Las Vegas that if you want to relocate here and live here, you better do a extensive research firs. I don't recommend any body to move here especially if you have kids. "What happen here stays here" Las Vegas is not the strip. Always keep in mind that when you are a tourist you only see what they want you to see. If you don't believe in what I'm written I invite you to come and see the true Vegas.

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Luister
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Las Vegas - 3/10/2013

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Luister
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Las Vegas - 3/10/2013

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andrew
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fun and low cost living ! - 2/27/2013

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andrew
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I like las Vegas - 2/26/2013

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Bp
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Educated Non-Smokers Need Not Apply in Las Vegas - 2/8/2013

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They will lower their car windows to conveniently regale you with a current selection of upbeat rap and hip hop, just for your entertaining pleasure. Add to that happy mix, impromptu car mechanics who do their repairs in front of their homes, and children and other young people who have never heard the expression "indoor voice". One of my neighbours has a rooster (and I live 2.5 miles from the Strip). On the plus side, this city has an international airport that can connect you to any important place you think of. The roads are good (the drivers are so-so). Watch out for drivers who text and drive and/or use their cell phones while on the road. It is illegal to do that here, but many drivers ignore the rule. There are many good restaurants that provide a fair variety of international cuisine. Avoid any eating place that has gambling machines and/or are inside casinos, as that means smoking. Winters are mild, as I already stated. 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Spaniards were here long before the English, just look at the names of some states: Montaña (you misspelled it as "Montana"), Florida, Nevada, California, Colorado and Tejas (Texas). Unlike Canada, the U.S. has no constitutional provisions of any kind to legislate the use of a national language. Well, that's it for now. Make your own decision. These are the facts...as we see them. Good luck! Cheers, Dave

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sjac
Las Vegas, NV

my las vegas - 1/22/2013

What can you say about Las Vegas? It's not a major metropolitan area but it's not small either. If you like the nightlife then this is a great place to be. If you are more family oriented well, you may have some issues. Small children wouldn't have such a hard time but older kids between 12-18 may not like it so much because there's not a lot for them to do here. If you like the arts, we just built the Smiths Center which is a great asset to the community. It gives us some of the culture we were lacking. We still have a ways to go in that aspect. A sports perspective...we lack that also. UNLV is the only real sports in the community with the basketball team being the only real show in town. Major sports would be nice but due to size and betting the odds of getting a professional team are very minimal. We only have one major accredited university in southern NV and if you looking for a good inexpensive in state college UNR is a better option from a national standpoint. We currently have the worst High School grad rate in the country at around 62%. The hospitality industry isn't one that needs highly educated individuals and you can still take home a decent wage albeit with tips. The weather is fairly decent year around winter averages around 60 with summer around 100.

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