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Cost of living in Ely Nevada
Ely is not a bad place to live, but I would let people do their own homework on where they wish to live. Some suggestions I recommend is, looking at the age of home they plan on renting, the cost of food compared to other supermarkets, the cost of fuel. The ethnic diversity and cultural awereness in the city and in schools. Veterains should be aware of, Ely only have one ligion post, no recruiting station, or a V.A hospital. Once again, I am not saying nothing bad, just let people do their own homework.



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I have homes in Ely and nearby towns and would not recommend it to anyone who likes city life, access to shopping, nice weather and a plethora of jobs to choose from. I've lived here 7 years. It's a good town for people who like to hunt, four-wheel or ride ATV quads. The terrain is rolling hills and craggy mountains and is very picturesque. It is high desert with sagebrush and shaggy bark juniper. Two nice nearby lakes are Cave Lake and Cummins for trout. You pay at Cave Lake. It has vile weather in the winter with high winds throughout the year. With the wind chill factor it can get to 40 below. Last winter, not even figuring in the wind chill, for about 7 days in a row it was -23.6, and that's typical for winters here. It usually snows from December to May, with odd winter storms rolling in as late as July, which kills most of your plants. The cold seems to hit October 31st. They started metering outside water in McGill and Ruth, which are nearby towns and to water your lawn will cost about $100 per month. One bill I got was $169, so I stopped watering and planting my very large yard. We expect Ely to go to metering outdoor water also. During the summer you are allowed to water every other day. The summers get rather hot at 80 to 90 and are usually dry and dusty. This summer we've had more rain than usual and so it's the best summer I've had in 7 years here. The main employers are government based. You could probably find a job otherwise as a mechanic, waitress or retail store clerk, but they do not pay enough to support a decent lifestyle if you are on your own, as the price of groceries and gas are higher than any other town I've lived in (6). Rents are high and housing is remaining pretty costly despite the recession. There is one main grocery store and 5 or so gas stations. The only hospital charges rural rates for care and so you get ridiculously exorbitant bills. Our last life flight to Las Vegas cost $17,000. My one and only bill for a physical at the hospital clinic (where all the doctors are at as there are no independent practioners) was $1,200 with nothing special or unusual being medically provided. Now we go to Salt Lake for all medical care.



Ely in general
The main highlights: the Hotel Nevada is the gem in this small town with the best pizza anywhere, and the people who live in Ely are very friendly. We'll see how friendly when I finish with the negatives. Wages aren't bad at all for the size of the town, however the rents are increasing beyond the income levels.
I don't think this town has seen any tax dollars in decades (except for the schools), the two main streets are in good repair, however every other street in town is cracked with potholes to rival canyons. If you move here be prepared to save plenty of money each year for tires and suspension problems for your vehicles. The money you save on not needing to do yearly emissions tests will be spent on repairs. The nearest Walmart/Kmart/Alco or Pamida is over 150 miles away so when I went looking for a new purse or shoes I had a selection of about 10 pair in the entire town. If you live here make sure you have your own washer and dryer because the one laundo-mat in town has pretty much the same machines it had when it opened (probably in the 60's). Not really anything for kids to do. Two limited radio stations with pretty much the same type of programming on both. There is a pretty lake nearby but you have to pay to park there. I had originally moved there intending to open a small retail business but changed my mind when I saw how run-down most of the downtown storefronts looked. Cracked and peeling paint on more than half of the buildings and not just the businesses.



Don't believe all the negative comments!
I was born in Las Vegas and have a ton of family that live here. I was raised in CA but visited family here regularly and I returned to live here almost 5 years ago. You cannot believe everything that you read! If you are considering relocating here...come and see for yourself. Like every big city there are good parts of town, and not so good parts. I just purchashed a beautiful brand new home in the growing SW part of town. The entire area is brand new, there is still lots of open land, not a ton of people and I have a killer view of both the mountains and the strip. Another beautiful part of town is the NW. Great mountain views, still lower priced homes and all very new and yet close to town/work. Unemployment rates are extremely low will find a job quickly and not just at the casinos. Not a single one of my friends or family members work at a casino. By living here you have the benefit of a desert environment (no snow), you're in close proximity to Lake Mead for water sports, Mt Charleston for skiing and great weekend trips (i.e. Laughlin, Bullhead City, Sedona, Flagstaff, Los Angeles, Mesquite, etc!)Plus you can find decent paying jobs (and no you don't have to know someone, I looked in the paper)and yet you have all the entertainment/recreational options that come with being in Las Vegas: concerts, shows, great restaurants, great shopping, etc. Las Vegas has it's def perks and benefits and downsides for some. You just have to know what you're looking for in a place to live and come visit first!



Sin City revisited
Transfer from Albuquerque and was a bit down over high cost of living but since we've settled, it isn't as bad as I initially thought.


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