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It's all relative Posted On: 12/27/2011 3:18:42 PM
I'm a software engineer from New York & about a year ago I accepted a position that allowed me to telecommute. So I started looking for a more affordable place to live. I chose Las Vegas because of the EXTREME difference in cost of living. It allowed me to go from an 1,950 sq ft, half million dollar house in Westchester to a 6 year old 3,500 sq ft home in Henderson, with a pool for $275k. AND my property taxes dropped from $15,500 to $2,850 AND my state income tax went away saving another $500 a month! The house is beautiful & my neighborhood is wonderful. So I've got nothing but good things to say about Vegas.
As far as the schools are concerned: my children are both in college already so I honestly couldn't tell you one way or the other. And with regard to the crime here: when I watch the news I see all the stories about the the madness going on but that mostly seems to happen in that Winchester to Sunrise Manor area & sometimes in Spring Valley. But you NEVER hear about anything happening in the nicer areas like Coronado Ranch, Southern Highlands, South Henderson, etc.
Here's the bottom line: If you are a technology person, have the ability to work from home and live in an expensive part of the country like NY, LA, SF, Seattle, Chicago, etc. Making the move I made is a TREMENDOUS opportunity to improve your lifestyle & take a HUGE leap forward financially.
BUT, if you don't have a skill set that's in demand and move here needing to find a job, OR you bought a house when the market was booming & now you're stuck with a place worth a third of what you paid for it... Vegas can be a tough row to hoe.