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Moving to Las Vegas: 10 Things You Need to Know

Welcome to Las Vegas sign

It’s probably not often that you hear about someone moving to Las Vegas. After all, in most people’s minds, Las Vegas is more of a vacation destination than a place to settle down and call home. However, the desert city that never sleeps welcomes countless newcomers each year, and many of them don’t know what to expect from Las Vegas. When moving to a new place, it’s always important to know what you’re getting yourself into, so that you can be prepared and fully enjoy your move. If you’re thinking of moving to Las Vegas, or just want to know what the city is really like outside of the tourist attractions, you’re in for a treat. Here are 10 things you need to know before moving to Las Vegas.

Las Vegas is cheaper than you think

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Even if you don’t love gambling, living in Las Vegas will make you love the fact that other people love to gamble. The state of Nevada is one of the lowest in terms of tax in the entire country, and with the number of tourists who flock to the state, particularly to Las Vegas, each year, they contribute a great deal of money to the area’s economy.  On top of that, the cost of living in Las Vegas is cheaper than you think. While you may expect moving to, and living in Las Vegas to really break the bank, that probably won’t be the case.

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There are slot machines everywhere

Las Vegas Slot Machines

Ok, so even before moving to Las Vegas you’ll probably already be fully aware that gambling is a huge deal in the city. But what you probably didn’t know is that slot machines are almost everywhere. Seriously, there aren’t too many places you’ll be able to find that don’t have slot machines. Even the airport has slot machines, so those coming to and leaving from the city can try their luck at getting a little extra traveling cash.

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There’s a lot of construction

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With the growing economy in Las Vegas, it seems like there’s constantly construction going on in the city. The nice weather in Vegas also lends itself well to buildings being built. Now, if you’re not a construction worker you may be wondering how this affects you, and the answer is easy, traffic. With buildings constantly going up, there will likely be plenty of times you’re normal route has to be changed. On the bright side; however, the construction is usually over pretty quickly.

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There are lots of outdoor activities

Man hiking down trail

Las Vegas probably isn’t the first (second, or third) place that comes to mind when you think about hiking and other outdoor activities. However, those moving to Las Vegas will be happy to know that there’s plenty of opportunity to get outside and enjoy the nice weather. There are lots of great hiking areas now too far from the heart of the city, and those who enjoy more peaceful fun will definitely enjoy taking some time to get away from the typical city life.

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Bowling is big in Vegas

Person in the middle of bowling

It’s no secret that everybody moving to Las Vegas isn’t going to like gambling or outdoor activities, but that’s okay, because there’s still bowling. And who doesn’t like bowling? Las Vegas has a huge bowling scene which ranges from fun leagues to professional. People in the city can bowl at all hours of the day and night, and Las Vegas is home to the World Series of Bowling.

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There’s lots of art

Painting by Zhang Xiogang

Artistic culture and Las Vegas probably aren’t things that cross your mind in the same thought. But those moving to Las Vegas will be happy to know that art is greatly appreciated in the area. Las Vegas has its own art district, and the on the first Friday of every month, there is a family friendly event which welcomes people of all ages to get together to enjoy good company and good at.

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The city never sleeps

Las Vegas Strip Exteriors

New York may be widely known as the city that never sleeps, but Las Vegas is quickly coming for that spot. Seriously, there is ALWAYS something open in Las Vegas, and no matter the hour you’ll always be able to find somewhere to go and something to eat. Needless to say, the night owl in you will love moving to Las Vegas, and you’ll never have to complain about being bored past a certain hour.

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There’s more to Las Vegas than “the strip”

Las Vegas Strip glowing at night

The Las Vegas strip is all that most people see or know of Vegas. The strip is full of all the big and exciting attractions that typically draw people to the city. However, there is much more to Sin City than the strip, and this is something that anybody who is moving to Las Vegas will be glad to know. If living in the middle of all the excitement isn’t your thing, Las Vegas also offers a more suburban lifestyle away from the strip.

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It’s a great place to have a dog

Dog riding skateboard

If you’re planning on moving to Las Vegas with your furry friend, you’ll be glad to know that it’s a great place for dogs. The city offers some nice dog parks that are perfect for spending time with your pet. On the downside; however, the hot weather in the desert may not be too appealing to a dog.

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You’ll need a car

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Whether or not you’ll need a car is something you’re definitely going to want to know if you’re planning on moving to Las Vegas, or any other city for that matter, and the answer is yes. Las Vegas does have public transportation, and there are plenty of taxis, but if you plan on getting around the city easily you’l definitely want to make sure you have your own set of wheels.

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Written by Camille Moore

Camille has a master's degree from Saint Joseph University's Writing Studies program. Her writing has been published on several websites, and she enjoys writing articles and short stories in her spare time. You can follow Camille on Twitter @CamealAshley.