It's nice to know that LV can also top lists that are complimentary. Good for the city's image. Some of the recent lists that have been less that desirable have generally been about the local real estate market and mortgage foreclosures tormenting valley citizens. This newest list is in one sense far removed from those, but also has some sort of a tie-in to the housing market here.
It's about new residents moving into Southern Nevada within certain parameters. Relocation.com conducted a study on long-distance, out-of-state moves people do to big cities. And when everything was tallied up it determined that Las Vegas is the number one destination, leaving behind such creditable challengers as Denver, Charlotte, Phoenix and Portland. It's good to be up there, although in a related report released some months ago regarding population growth it had dropped back to number 8, after being among the top three for years, as was reported by the U.S. Census Bureau. Regardless, being among the top ten is nothing to be ashamed about.
One of the factors attracting newbies here is the affordability. Real estate prices have dropped drastically in the last few years, and are still soft, so that a nice home can be purchased for under $200,000. Reasonable housing values were a huge positive factor for the area before the real estate bubble roared in and now that it has dramatically burst, it is becoming so again.
Low taxes provide another incentive. Everybody knows the weather in Las Vegas is rather agreeable throughout, well maybe the summers get a little warm to some, but it's certainly a draw. Many new residents also like the countless recreational opportunities here and none of those have anything to do with casinos. Mount Charleston and Lee Canyon are popular summer and winter destinations and Lake Mead offers water enthusiasts a chance do their thing, just mention a few of them.
The city is poised to grow steadily in the coming years, in particular when the national and local economies turn around.