Best & Worst States: What is Nevada No. 1 at?

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Nevada is home to big skies, tall mountains, and beautiful natural wonders. The number of visitors to the Great Basin National Park has doubled since 2008. In addition, you can enjoy the thrills of Las Vegas, the charm of Carson City, and the lights of Reno. Lake Tahoe is the perfect place for relaxation on a hot summer day, while the desert provides a unique biome to explore throughout much of the state's middle.

During the presidential election of 1864, Nevada's constitution was telegraphed to Congress by the local government a few days before the state's admission to the Union, which was the most extensive and most expensive transmission sent by this method of communication at the time. Thus, the vote had to be quick to add three electoral votes for the upcoming election to the Republican majority.

Initially, near the border in Utah, small Mormon communities settled in Utah. Then, during the silver boom in the 1850s, many people headed west in hopes of striking it rich. In less than a decade, the state went from lofty idealism to a 25% population decline.

Here is the best part of Nevada that you can look forward to when visiting the state:

Best: Sunshine will make your day all bright!

Nevada has the fourth-highest number of sunshine days per year out of all 50 states due to its high desert location, where moisture is scarce and cloud formation is minimal. There are few Californian places where there are fewer sunny days because the Sierra Nevada mountains produce storm fronts that bring moisture to the area where they form.

Best: Less tax

Nevada residents are exempt from the highest total tax burden in the United States due to the tourism industry. Casinos, entertainment venues, and even national parks contribute significantly to the government's revenue stream used to fund social programs, infrastructure, and other population needs.

State sales tax is currently 4.6%, but local regulations can push that number as high as 8.265%. Other tax rates involve complex calculations, so you must be familiar with what your responsibilities will be in this regard before you move here.

Even though it is always sunny in Nevada, there are some dark times of living here. Here are a few of the drawbacks to expect when in Nevada:

Worst: High crime rate

In Nevada, the crime rate is determined in part by where you choose to live. Rural areas tend to be relatively crime-free, while urban areas can be challenging in some neighborhoods. According to Safewise, the violent crime rate is 5.96, more than a whole point higher than the national rate of 4.49. In addition, the state's property crime rate is 27.43 incidents per 1,000 people, higher than the national rate of 27.11.

You can avoid some of the high crime areas by living in Dyer, Spring Creek, Hawthorne, Yerington, or Wells. Many of these areas are in the desert, so they also present unique challenges, often why crime rates stay low.

Worst: Traffic jams are everywhere!

Several rural communities refer to Highway 50 as the loneliest road in America when you pass through Nevada. The road stretches for more than 70 miles before encountering another community, and there are plenty of places where you are the only vehicle driving. Then there is the traffic in Las Vegas, where you will need to leave at least 30 minutes early to ensure that you arrive on time, which results in terrible traffic! Thus, despite the availability of public transportation, it is almost a requirement to own a car when you first move to Nevada. 

Here are more fun facts about Nevada which you may enjoy:

  1. Charles Fey created the Liberty Bell slot machine in 1899. It became the model for all slot machines.
  2. The Reno Ice Pavilion was once located in Atlantic City, New Jersey, but was moved to Reno after it was dismantled and moved.
  3. In honor of his sweetheart Virginia Hill, Bugsy Siegel named his Las Vegas casino "The Flamingo."
  4. A baggage check-in service at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas is the first off-airport service in the country.
  5. Bertha was a performing elephant who worked for 37 years at John Ascuaga's Nugget casino in Sparks. She died at the age of 48.
  6. In 1960, there were 16,067 slots in Nevada. By 1999, there were 205,726 slots, one for every ten residents.
  7. Despite using the pen name "Mark Twain" to work for the "Territorial Enterprise," Samuel Clemens began his writing career as a reporter in the Midwest before moving to Virginia City in 1862.
  8. Pershing County, located in Cowboy Country, features the only round courthouse in the United States. Update: {the Bucks County Courthouse in Pennsylvania, constructed in 1960, is considered round. Now there are two.}
  9. In 1931 the Pair-O-Dice Club was the first casino to open on Highway 91, the future Las Vegas Strip.
  10. Fred Balzar signed into law a bill legalizing gambling in the state in March 1931.

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