These Are The 10 Happiest Places In Nevada

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.

And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into a the most recent census data to help you identify which places in Nevada have the biggest smile of them all.

On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which Nevada places are the happiest. The criteria include things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in Spring Creek, the happiest place in Nevada.

Don’t start feeling sad, there’s plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following “Happiest Places in the Silver State”:

  1. Spring Creek
  2. Johnson Lane
  3. Summerlin South
  4. Elko
  5. Indian Hills
  6. Spanish Springs
  7. Henderson
  8. Cold Springs
  9. Enterprise
  10. Boulder City
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There’s Nothing We’d Rather Do Than Measure Happiness In The Silver State

There’s a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn’t buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It’s just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn’t help as much.

So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (God do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That’s a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 33 places in Nevada with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 33 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned “Happiest Place In Nevada”.

Read on for more happy information about the top ten or skip to the end to see a list of how every places in Nevada ranked. Our apologies to Winnemucca which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.

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1. Spring Creek

Spring Creek, Nevada

Source: Flickr

Population: 14,012 People Who Own Their Home: 85.1%
Married Adults: 67.8%

2. Johnson Lane


Population: 6,319 People Who Own Their Home: 79.3%
Married Adults: 72.2%

3. Summerlin South


Population: 25,315 People Who Own Their Home: 55.4%
Married Adults: 60.7%

4. Elko

Elko, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,308People Who Own Their Home: 59.3%
Married Adults: 53.7%

5. Indian Hills


Population: 6,007 People Who Own Their Home: 68.5%
Married Adults: 55.5%

6. Spanish Springs


Population: 15,322 People Who Own Their Home: 77.8%
Married Adults: 56.9%

7. Henderson

Henderson, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 266,245People Who Own Their Home: 54.9%
Married Adults: 50.8%

8. Cold Springs


Population: 8,606 People Who Own Their Home: 79.6%
Married Adults: 64.1%

9. Enterprise


Population: 124,564 People Who Own Their Home: 45.9%
Married Adults: 48.1%

10. Boulder City

Boulder City, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,162People Who Own Their Home: 61.2%
Married Adults: 52.0%

Detailed List Of Happiest Places In Nevada

City Rank Population People Who Own Their Home Married Adults
Spring Creek 1 14,012 85.1% 67.8%
Johnson Lane 2 6,319 79.3% 72.2%
Summerlin South 3 25,315 55.4% 60.7%
Elko 4 19,308 59.3% 53.7%
Indian Hills 5 6,007 68.5% 55.5%
Spanish Springs 6 15,322 77.8% 56.9%
Henderson 7 266,245 54.9% 50.8%
Cold Springs 8 8,606 79.6% 64.1%
Enterprise 9 124,564 45.9% 48.1%
Boulder City 10 15,162 61.2% 52.0%
Winnemucca 11 7,736 59.8% 51.9%
Dayton 12 8,972 73.5% 52.3%
Mesquite 13 16,072 47.1% 57.0%
Moapa Valley 14 6,772 60.7% 65.0%
Sparks 15 92,236 53.5% 50.0%
Gardnerville Ranchos 16 11,040 62.7% 56.7%
Lemmon Valley 17 5,585 69.7% 44.9%
Incline Village 18 8,389 32.4% 50.8%
Sun Valley 19 18,778 66.4% 47.5%
Spring Valley 20 183,937 39.6% 43.0%
Fernley 21 19,184 57.2% 54.7%
Gardnerville 22 5,761 51.5% 47.0%
Pahrump 23 35,009 60.7% 55.9%
Reno 24 231,103 41.4% 41.9%
Fallon 25 8,451 30.7% 38.0%
Whitney 26 39,458 47.0% 45.3%
North Las Vegas 27 223,336 48.6% 46.9%
Las Vegas 28 597,353 45.0% 43.7%
Laughlin 29 7,567 29.2% 45.9%
Silver Springs 30 5,605 64.6% 54.9%
Paradise 31 223,182 31.4% 39.6%
Sunrise Manor 32 187,647 43.3% 41.9%
Winchester 33 28,111 26.0% 36.2%