5 Great Reasons to Live in Vegas
Anyone who is thinking of making a big move to a new city to get a new lease on life or jumpstart their career may just want to put Las Vegas on their list. Although it may not seem like an obvious choice, there are several great reasons why living in Las Vegas could be the perfect move.
Taxes are Low in Las Vegas
Nevada is one of seven states without state income tax. While there are people on both sides of the question of whether no state income tax is a good or a bad thing, proponents suggest that it encourages job growth since most workers don’t want to give Uncle Sam any more of their income than is necessary. However, some suggest that the higher than average sales tax (currently 6.85%) is an unpleasant substitute. If you come from a state such as Oregon where there is no sales tax, it might be a bit of a surprise. However, if you move from a state where sales tax is the more common 4% to 7%, it’s not as much of an adjustment.
Additionally, property taxes are only 35 percent of the fair market value of your property, you won’t pay state tax on your social security or retirement income, and those over the age of 62 may be eligible for a property tax break of up to 90 percent. Finally, there is no inheritance or estate tax in Nevada.
Las Vegas Offers Major Discounts to Seniors
Maybe your plan isn’t to move to Las Vegas to work, but to retire there instead. In that case, you should know that Las Vegas loves its seniors. As noted above, there are tax breaks available for those of a certain age.
They also want everyone (including seniors) to access their money easily. We found a carousel checks coupon code being given out to all guests at a popular Vegas resort.
In addition to these tax breaks and the well-known senior benefits such as discount movie days (typically $4 at most theaters) and great deals on all-you-can-eat buffets, there are deals for seniors at grocery stores, retail outlets, restaurants, and for entertainment (like Las Vegas shows and bowling alleys).
For instance, Albertsons offers a 10 percent senior discount (55+) on the first Wednesday of each month. Additionally, several restaurants offer 10 percent off for the 55+ crowd including Chili’s, Arby’s, and Wendy’s, while others (Golden Corral, Subway, and Village Inn) offer the same discount to 60+ people.
The best way to find out what is available and whether you’re eligible is to ask before you buy.
Las Vegas Loves the Military
Considering Nellis Air Force Base and a relatively new VA Hospital are in its backyard, of course, Las Vegas loves its active duty, retired military, and veterans. Heck, Las Vegas loves the armed forces so much there are even bowling tournaments in their honor, one in August (handicapped) and one in January (scratch) each year.
More importantly, there are discounts for entertainment venues (even some freebies on certain days). For instance, military and seniors pay only $17.95 to enjoy the Mob Museum (well worth it). You can save $6 more if you’re also a local. A regular adult ticket at the box office is $23.95. Moreover, just like with seniors there are discounts for grocery stores, retail outlets, and restaurants.
Best of all Clark County offers veterans’ and disabled veterans’ discounts on their property taxes. This may include real property if you own your home or for your car, truck, motorcycle, or boat. Check with the Clark County Assessor’s Office for the exemption.
Las Vegas is Open 24 Hours a Day
You’re driving along, minding your own business, when suddenly you realize the rear tire on your car is going flat. It’s after midnight. What do you do? You pull into a nearby 24-hour tire repair shop and get it plugged for about $15, that’s what you do. Las Vegas really is a 24-hour town.
There are 24-hour restaurants, child-care centers (such as Children’s Choice Learning Center), grocery stores, drug stores, gas stations, bowling alleys, and obviously, casinos and hotels. Chances are that if you need something it is available 24 hours a day.
Amazing Entertainment Scene in Las Vegas
Sure, other large cities offer great entertainment opportunities. However, most people think of Las Vegas entertainment as only being adult in nature. They would be wrong.
The Las Vegas Valley offers something to keep everyone busy. There are museums about natural history, neon signs, and atomic testing. There are sports teams including the Las Vegas 51s baseball club, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets as well as hope for future NHL and NFL franchises. There’s even the 18b Art District (so named because it was originally 18 blocks), which offers a mix of galleries and unique stores.
If you prefer nature, check out the Springs Preserve, the Wetlands, and Red Rock Canyon. For events off the Strip, go to Fremont Street (free concerts during the summer), the Smith Center, or check to see if anything is happening at Cashman Center, where they frequently have craft fairs and home shows. Whatever you want, Las Vegas probably has it.
Las Vegas may not be the first city that comes to mind when you think of relocation. However, remember it is like most other cities across America. Families live and work there, too.