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Nestled in the Mojave Desert and partially ringed by the McCullough Mountain Range in southern Nevada, Henderson (population 305,000) is a Las Vegas bedroom community and was incorporated just a little over 60 years ago. It is characterized by new master-planned communities and tract housing, particularly on the southern end of the city. Vegas is immediately to the northwest, and two other attractions, Lake Mead and Hoover Dam, are 20 minutes to the east. The area plays host to millions of tourists every year.
Henderson has grown by 14% within the last decade, and 34% of locals are age 45 or better. The city has some racial diversity, and the crime rate is below the national average. Thirty-four percent of residents have at least a four year college degree. Politics lean to the left.
The cost of living is 17% above the national average, and the median home price is $450,000, reflecting a 24% increase since last year. Well laid out with a newish feeling, the city has a combination of some older neighborhoods and a lot of more recently built subdivisions with Mediterranean -style homes and wide neighborhood streets.
Solera at Anthem is a 55+ community with single family homes, duplexes and triplexes. Heritage at Cadence is a 55+ community by Lennar. Lake Las Vegas is a development around 320-acre, man-made Lake Las Vegas. There are at least another 15 large residential developments in the city as well.
During the winter months, the mild weather invites residents to enjoy outdoor activities in the city's 41 parks, eight golf courses and 65 miles of walking and bicycling trails (the city's goal is to have a park within a half mile of every neighborhood). During the summer, temperatures can reach 110 degrees (with very, very little humidity), and most activity moves to air-conditioned indoor spaces.
Lake Mead, 112 miles long and the largest reservoir in the U.S., is why many people live and retire here. The lake attracts boaters, fishermen, swimmers, hikers and campers. Unfortunately, though, the reservoir may not be able to sustain as much activity going forward. The water level fluctuates depending on the Colorado snowpack and other factors. In 2021, the water dropped to its lowest level since 1937, and scientists say the reservoir may never refill to its 1983 level when it was considered full.
Retirees enjoy programs and services at three senior centers, and the Galleria at Sunset, one of the largest malls in Nevada, has 130 stores, including Dillard's, Macy's, Kohls, Coach and many more. The city's downtown has been spruced up, and old buildings have been torn down and replaced by Southwestern architecture with sandstone exteriors with tile roofs. There are a few casinos, including the huge M Resort and Spa, and slot machines are everywhere. The Country Fresh Farmers' Market is open every Thursday and Friday. Great restaurants and world-class entertainment are just 15 miles away. Residents rave about both mountain and Las Vegas Strip views.
St. Rose Dominican is the primary hospital and has two campuses. It is a non-profit facility, and it is accredited by the Joint Commission. Medicare patients are accepted. Las Vegas has a dozen hospitals and medical centers. For military retirees, Henderson has a VA outpatient clinic, and a VA hospital is just 15 miles away in North Las Vegas.
Public transportation is provided by CAT, but Henderson has been named one of the nation's most walkable cities.
The sun shines 300 or more days of the year, and the area receives four inches of rain annually. Droughts come and go in this part of the country, but the southern tip of Nevada, including Henderson, is currently in an extreme drought. The city has water restrictions in place, including only allowing outdoor watering on certain days and at certain hours.
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The ongoing possibility of drought and its effect on Lake Mead is a concern, but the pretty scenery, safe neighborhoods, good medical facilities and world-class amenities in nearby Las Vegas make Henderson a place to consider at retirement time.
The Sagebrush State entered the Union during the Civil War on October 31, 1864. It was the first state to ratify the 15th Amendment and give African American men the right to vote. Gambling may be Nevada's claim to fame. The state has approximately one slot machine for every 10 residents. Las Vegas has more hotel rooms than any other city on earth.
Although Nevada is the home of Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, and Lake Tahoe, water is a scarce commodity. The landscape can be characterized by alkalai sinks and sage brush. Nevada's named mountain ranges include the Battle, Monitor, Sierra Nevada, and Snake chains. Winters in Northwest Nevada can be cold. Summers in the south can be inhospitable.
Nevada is the largest gold producing state in the nation. Copper, silver, and mercury add to the state's wealth. Tourism, however, drives the state. Gambling taxes are its chief source of revenue.
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