The expansive western U.S. state of Nevada borders California, Arizona, Utah, Oregon and Idaho and is rated 7th in total area. Yet, it is sparsely populated with close to 3 million residents because of its mountains, deserts and inhospitable terrain. Most of the land is owned by the federal government and has been used for research, testing and parklands. You’ll find the main centers of population are in the larger cities of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, Reno and Paradise.

Known as the Silver State, Nevada was the home of the richest silver deposit uncovered in the mid-1800s. Since then, it remains an active mining state with vast quantities of gold, silver, copper, and zinc. In the mid-1900s, oil drilling was successful and oil production began, with promises of extensive, untapped oil production.

Las Vegas in southern Nevada is an entertainment and gambling oasis for multitudes of tourists and vacationers. It is also a favorite hosting location for trade shows and corporate meetings each year. This desert location seemed an unlikely spot for all the neon, themed hotels, premier entertainment, restaurants and around-the-clock activity—but it thrives! Visitors travel from near and far to experience the Viva Las Vegas! excitement.

While in Vegas, day trips are also available such as helicopter rides over the breathtaking Grand Canyon, a visit to the remarkable Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Mount Charleston or the Clark County Heritage Museum. Elsewhere in Nevada, you’ll find plenty of adventure. Laughlin provides opportunity for hiking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting and golfing. Zion National Park is a picturesque marvel for outdoor enthusiasts and campers, and Dixie National Forest offers awe-inspiring views for hikers, bikers, skiers and campers.

With its prominent tourist trade, residents are employed by hotels, casinos, restaurants, golf courses and tourist attractions. Mining operations, with gold as the top producer, and cattle ranches are also major employers. New residents are often attracted to Nevada because there are no personal or corporate income taxes, and many prefer the milder climate in the Las Vegas/southern area of the state.

If Nevada is beckoning you, you’ll find a wide variety of choices for the non-stop activity and socialization of urban centers or the tranquil, wide-open spaces of rural living. Housing can also be found for any lifestyle and within a convenient distance from your employment or entertainment destinations.

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