the pros and cons
I understand why many people commenting here at Best Places hate Las Vegas. The schools are appalling in Vegas; the place is sleazy with prostitution and confidence games, vice, low-life, and gangs. Crime is high, with drive-by murders and racial tension (all races). There's a great deal of noise and light pollution. The city is rife with sociopaths. If you're someone who loves nature and quiet living, and is not worldly in any way, look elsewhere to live.
On the up-side, housing is now very affordable. In fact, investors are now rushing in to grab up homes as fast as they can because the real estate market is finally appreciating, and investing in property now will yield a great return in four to five years. Jobs are also picking-up. Casinos in Vegas are hiring again, and tourism has improved. By 2012 Vegas will be on its way to becoming a boom town again. Of course, this means more people and more cars, which translates into more smog. Right now the air pollution problem has not been that bad, and crime has dropped by two points.
If you are retiring and want to live in a sunny climate conducive to golfing, swimming, and other outdoor activities (wear a hat), this is a fine place in which to live, as long as you live in the "right" neighborhoods. Therein lies the rub, as there are more bad neighborhoods than good. Do your homework.
Cost of living in Vegas is very reasonable.
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