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The 10 Happiest Places To Live In Nevada

By Kathy Morris
Nov. 10, 2020

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Ever wondered where in the country people are happiest? Better yet, what cities in your state have the secret sauce for happiness?

Just like where you work and what you do, where you live can have major implications for your quality of life. We set out to find the cities in Nevada where life is sweetest, the wages are high, and people aren’t wasting their lives away in cars,

The results? Happiness comes in small packages.

The result is this list of the best cities for :

  1. Spanish Springs, NV
  2. Enterprise, NV
  3. Sparks, NV
  4. Summerlin South, NV
  5. Incline Village, NV
  6. Reno, NV
  7. Henderson, NV
  8. Johnson Lane, NV
  9. Spring Creek, NV
  10. Indian Hills, NV

These are the happiest places in Nevada. Keep reading to see what has everyone grinning so much.

How did we determined the happiest places to live in Nevada?

We turned happiness into a science and scoured the state to find the cities with all the ingredients for happiness:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Percent of households earning above $75,000
  • Median home prices
  • A short commute to work (Traffic = unhappiness)
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)

We examined over 33 cities, to find the cities that have all of the above in spades.

While some may be confused to see marriage rates included in our metrics, studies show that married people are typically happier than unmarried people. However, it is worth noting that marriage doesn’t cause happiness. In fact, people leaving a bad marriage experience spikes of happiness. However, a happy marriage and positive social interactions are important for mood and mental health.

Similarly, if you’re scratching your head to see $75,000 as the cut-off for happiness, blame Purdue University. Their study found that amount meets basic needs and frees people from the pitfalls of deep financial insecurity that cause unhappiness.

All of our data comes from the most recent American Community Survey.

Keep reading for more on why each of these 10 places is brimming with happiness—or hop to the bottom to see where your city landed on the list.

1. Spanish Springs

Population: 16,241
Earners Over $75k: 59.8%
Average Commute: 27
Marriage Rate: 13.0%

Spanish Springs is the happiest city in all of Nevada. What makes Spanish Springs residents so happy? They aren’t wasting their lives on long commutes for one. The average Spanish Springs resident only drives 27.4 minuted to work. Toss in affordable housing and the fact that most Spanish Springs residents are coming home to a loving partner and it’s easy to see the city has a lot going for it.

2. Enterprise

Population: 164,314
Earners Over $75k: 51.9%
Average Commute: 22
Marriage Rate: 3.0%

In 2nd place we have Enterprise. Residents of Enterprise are highly educated, with an impressive 32.0% having at least a bachelor’s degree. And in this modern day, education means options, and folks in Enterprise have plenty of them.

3. Sparks

Sparks, NV

Population: 98,524
Earners Over $75k: 39.2%
Average Commute: 22
Marriage Rate: 8.0%

Sparks is the third happiest city in Nevada. Why so happy? 8.0% of Sparks residents come home to a partner to share their life burdens. Bonus? Short commutes give them more time to spend with all their loved ones or on hobbies they enjoy.

4. Summerlin South

Population: 27,506
Earners Over $75k: 59.9%
Average Commute: 23
Marriage Rate: 4.0%

Folks in Summerlin South have a lot to smile about. An impressive 59.9% of Summerlin South households earn $75,000 or more. That means families in Summerlin South can afford peace of mind.

5. Incline Village

Incline Village, NV

Source: Wikipedia User |

Population: 8,491
Earners Over $75k: 60.5%
Average Commute: 21
Marriage Rate: 2.0%

Incline Village is the 5th happiest city in the whole state. Incline Village residents’ moods are kept high by reasonable home prices (the median home price in this Nevada city is only $826,700), happy marriages, and short commutes.

6. Reno

Reno, NV

Population: 242,633
Earners Over $75k: 35.4%
Average Commute: 19
Marriage Rate: 6.0%

Looking to relocate? Data says you should give Reno a second look because it has all the ingredients for happiness. A staggering 35.4% of households earn over 75,000. Toss in high marriage rates and reasonable commutes, and it’s easy to see those who call Reno home have a lot to be happy about.

7. Henderson

Henderson, NV

Population: 291,346
Earners Over $75k: 46.5%
Average Commute: 22
Marriage Rate: 4.0%

Henderson is the 7th happiest city. Henderson residents pull in respectable salaries and manage to do it, on average, within 22.9 minutes of their home. They can use all that extra time saved from a long commute to indulge in hobbies they’re passionate about.

8. Johnson Lane

Population: 6,065
Earners Over $75k: 59.6%
Average Commute: 24
Marriage Rate: 6.0%

Johnson Lane residents are highly educated with good incomes, decent marriage rates, and reasonable commutes. What’s not to be happy about?

9. Spring Creek

Population: 13,805
Earners Over $75k: 66.2%
Average Commute: 44
Marriage Rate: 11.0%

The 9th happiest city in all of Nevada is Spring Creek. The average commute in Spring Creek is only 44.0 minutes. That means they are only 44.0 minutes away from the loving spouse 11.0% of them have.

10. Indian Hills

Population: 6,054
Earners Over $75k: 41.7%
Average Commute: 23
Marriage Rate: 5.0%

In 10th place is Indian Hills, Nevada. What makes Indian Hills so great? Affordable housing, reasonable commutes, and healthy incomes. If happiness is contagious, moving here might be worth a try.

And that’s our list of the happiest cities in Nevada

There you have it, happiness is a place.

While we can’t guarantee everyone living and working in the top 10 cities is happy, they have a better chance the most.

If you are looking to improve your own happiness, check out how you can help improve your personal factors: housing costs, job satisfaction, income, and education.

If your city didn’t make the top 10, check out the list below to see whether it missed the cut by a hair or if folks there are struggling to escape despair.

Detailed List Of The Happiest Cities In

Rank City High Earners Average Commute Marriage Rate
1 Spanish Springs 59.8% 27 13.0%
2 Enterprise 51.9% 22 3.0%
3 Sparks 39.2% 22 8.0%
4 Summerlin South 59.9% 23 4.0%
5 Incline Village 60.5% 21 2.0%
6 Reno 35.4% 19 6.0%
7 Henderson 46.5% 22 4.0%
8 Johnson Lane 59.6% 24 6.0%
9 Spring Creek 66.2% 44 11.0%
10 Indian Hills 41.7% 23 5.0%
11 Winnemucca 48.7% 27 12.0%
12 Elko 52.0% 28 9.0%
13 Gardnerville 24.3% 17 7.0%
14 Carson City 32.8% 19 6.0%
15 Boulder City 40.4% 24 4.0%
16 Cold Springs 43.2% 30 11.0%
17 Las Vegas 36.1% 25 3.0%
18 Moapa Valley 45.8% 36 13.0%
19 North Las Vegas 36.2% 27 4.0%
20 Spring Valley 33.8% 22 2.0%
21 Sun Valley 28.8% 23 8.0%
22 Fallon 26.9% 19 8.0%
23 Lemmon Valley 39.0% 29 10.0%
24 Mesquite 28.9% 14 1.0%
25 Fernley 38.1% 28 7.0%
26 Paradise 28.6% 22 2.0%
27 Gardnerville Ranchos 34.2% 29 5.0%
28 Dayton 40.6% 27 4.0%
29 Whitney 26.7% 26 2.0%
30 Sunrise Manor 23.3% 29 2.0%
31 Winchester 23.2% 24 2.0%
32 Laughlin 16.2% 15 1.0%
33 Pahrump 25.0% 27 3.0%

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Kathy Morris

Kathy is the head of content at Zippia with a knack for engaging audiences. Prior to joining Zippia, Kathy worked at Gateway Blend growing audiences across diverse brands. She graduated from Troy University with a degree in Social Science Education.

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