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Carson City's Real Estate Market
Carson City Metro Area
Profile: Capital city
Location: Extreme western Nevada, south of Reno
Time zone: Pacific Standard Time
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|Nearby mountains||Arts and culture|
Carson City is one of the more unusual capital cities in the U.S. Served neither by an interstate highway nor a railroad, the small desert-mountain city is located just east of the main Sierra Nevada rise and Lake Tahoe. The booming city of Reno lies 30 miles to the north across a low mountain pass. Currently the road to Reno is being widened and will become the city’s first interstate, a spur from I-80 in Reno, when completed. There are attractive residential areas in the mountains and valleys 15 miles further south into the Carson Valley towards the small agricultural centers of Minden and Gardnerville, but they are becoming expensive as more Californians move in. While “Carson” enjoys its attractive setting, the city itself is far from attractive. There is an assortment of small state government buildings, second-tier casinos, and unattractive desert sprawl mainly to the south and east and particularly along a crowded commercial strip south of town. A new bypass will help traffic but won’t do much for the eyesore. There are some points of historical interest and a couple of museum “gems” including the Nevada State Railroad Museum, but few find the city itself a travel or residential destination of choice. There is plenty to do and plenty of historic interest all around. Naturally, Lake Tahoe just west is a standout, and Virginia City and other mining centers in the vicinity offer above average recreational opportunities. Areas south along US 395 are rugged, wild, relatively unpopulated, and filled with hiking and fishing spots. The state and tourist industries anchor the employment base. There are some fascinating new big ticket investments in the works including rebuilding a large portion of the former Virginia & Truckee Railroad to Virginia City in hopes to attract tourists in the manner of Durango, Colorado; there is also a new museum of Chinese history to be funded by – China. There is also a new hospital. But outside of retail there is little private industry in the immediate area. Some commute to the ever-growing Reno to the north, and this commute will likely get easier. Cost of living and housing are high for what’s available and likely to get higher. While the surrounding areas are rich with attractions and the Carson Valley area south is excellent, the ranking may overstate the living experience for many.
Typically, towns of this genre in otherwise desirable locations get the message and set out to upgrade their infrastructure, and we expect Carson to do the same. It might be a diamond in the rough for those willing to take a chance. The city has recently adopted an extensive master plan, but the jury is still out on whether it will deal effectively with the negatives, or just allow future growth to overwhelm the relatively tight land space it controls. For those wanting a more certain outcome and willing to pay more, we recommend a look further south into the Carson Valley.
Carson City is situated in high and mainly dry desert valley, with the eastern flank of the Sierra and Lake Tahoe rising dramatically to the west, and dry desert hills, some quite high, rising to the east. The four seasons are distinct but mild compared to much of the U.S. Summer daytimes are hot and dry with only occasional afternoon thundershowers; evenings are dry and cool. Hot spells will drive daytime temperatures over 100 degrees occasionally. Winters are mostly cool and dry but will bring dustings but little in the way of heavy snow. Sunshine is abundant all year with most precipitation occurring in winter and spring much like neighboring California.
Interesting Facts about Carson_City, Nevada
As of 2014, Carson City's population is 55,184 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 5.20 percent.--------------------
The median home cost in Carson City is $173,500. Home appreciation the last year has been 15.50 percent.--------------------
Compared to the rest of the country, Carson City's cost of living is 0.50% Higher than the U.S. average.--------------------
Carson City public schools spend $9,263 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 17.7 students per teacher in Carson City.--------------------
The unemployment rate in Carson City is 7.80 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Carson City jobs have Increased by 0.50 percent.
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Average Commute time is 17 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.--------------------
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