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Why Are Californians Moving To Las Vegas? Let’s Take A Look


Why Are Californians Moving To Las Vegas? Let’s Take A Look

The famous Las Vegas sign.

Why The Move?

Many people look online to find out why Californians are moving to Las Vegas. The migration of Californians to Sin City has accelerated in recent times, gaining considerable attention. Today on LUXE BLOG, I will go over some of the main reasons we are seeing this migration. This is VEGAS’ side of the story. I hope you enjoy.

Living Expenses

Along with cheaper housing, Sin City offers a lower overall cost of living. According to data from Numbeo, a website that compares the cost of living, Las Vegas has a lower cost of living index compared to LA & Frisco. As of March 2023, the cost of living index in Las Vegas is 71.84. In LA it is 83.52. And in San Francisco it is 96.97. This alone is a HUGE reason why Californians are moving to Las Vegas. The decreased living costs in LV translate into savings on daily expenditures such as groceries, utilities, and transportation. Or, more moola to go out and have a good time in the entertainment capitol of the world. Point is, it’s way more affordable to live in Vegas. Make sense?

Real Estate

The affordability of housing is a central reason why Californians are opting Vegas. Real estate in California, especially in major urban centers such as LA & Frisco, is priced outrageously. In contrast, Las Vegas provides a variety of housing choices at more reasonable rates. This makes it a tempting alternative for those wishing to evade California’s elevated living expenses. Another big reason is the master-planned communities Las Vegas offers. Just look at Summerlin and MacDonald Highlands as examples.

Red Rock National Conservation Area.

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Outdoor aficionados will also discover a plethora of activities in the Las Vegas vicinity. The city’s closeness to breathtaking natural attractions such as Red Rock Canyon, Valley of Fire, and Lake Mead make it a fun place to live. There are plenty of of places for hiking, cycling, and to enjoy water sports. Additionally, Las Vegas is within driving distance of multiple world-class ski resorts, including Mt. Charleston, Brian Head, and Mammoth Mountain. You see? It’s not all neon and party stuff. We are a REAL destination.


Is Las Vegas the perfect retirement oasis compared to California? I certainly think so. With more affordable housing and lower living costs, retirees can stretch their dollars. Plus, Nevada’s tax benefits give them extra financial relief. While California has its charm, Las Vegas offers a winning combo of comfort and excitement for golden years well spent.

Work-Life Balance

When compared to Cali, Las Vegas offers shorter commutes. Combined with a thriving social scene, this makes it it easier to unwind after a hard day’s work. While the fast-paced California lifestyle can be alluring, Las Vegas provides a refreshing alternative for those seeking a more balanced way of life. All of this without compromising on opportunities and fun. Who doesn’t want more fun?

Family Life

Vegas gets a bad rep when it comes to family life. It’s not based on reality. There’s TONS of ways to turn all the money you save into a brighter future for your kids. With loads of museums, parks, and outdoor adventures, kids love it here. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather leave Cali and put my kid in a Summerlin private school with all the money I save. Then again, that’s just me. Life is good here, how you raise your kids is up to YOU. Vegas certainly is much more wholesome than the media likes to portray us. When you live here, make sure to check out Discovery Children’s Museum, the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, and the Springs Preserve.

Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

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I mean, really? Do we REALLY need to compare? Las Vegas’s dynamic entertainment and lifestyle offerings are another significant attraction for Californians. The city is globally recognized for its casinos, upscale dining, shopping, and nightlife. Furthermore, Las Vegas organizes various events and conventions year-round, appealing to both tourists and residents. Plus we have the NFL’s Raiders, the NHL’s Golden Knights, and the WNBA’s Aces. Just Win Baby!


Las Vegas presents a variety of job openings across multiple sectors. These areas of employment include hospitality, entertainment, technology, and healthcare. The city’s rapid expansion has resulted in increased demand for professionals in areas like construction, education, public services, and all kinds of other areas. The valley also hosts numerous corporations and startups, providing potential career opportunities for individuals relocating from California. As the economy continues to flourish, job prospects in Las Vegas and Henderson are projected to remain robust, offering further incentives for Californians to move.

Brightline’s Bullet Train

Set to break ground in 2023, Brightline’s bullet train promises to travel between the Las Vegas Strip, Apple Valley, Hesperia, and Rancho Cucamonga. The speeds will reach up to 180 miles per hour. That is right, in just approximately 2.5 hours, the zero-emission electric train will significantly improve access to So Cal! This will allow Las Vegas residents to easily visit family and friends back in Cali. The train will also help residents  hold jobs in LA yet still live in Vegas. Imagine how many DIE-HARD Californians are going to come watch Raiders games now! I know, to many people that must sound like a nightmare. This is Vegas, baby.

The Las Vegas Strip.

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Tax Advantages

The appealing tax environment in Nevada is another crucial factor luring Californians to Las Vegas. Nevada imposes no personal income tax, contrasting sharply with California’s progressive income tax system. Nevada’s property tax rates are generally lower than California’s. Nevada’s business-friendly tax landscape is also enticing for entrepreneurs and business owners. This makes it a favorable destination for companies planning to relocate or expand their operations.

Natural Disasters

While California grapples with earthquakes, wildfires, and the occasional mudslide, Las Vegas remains relatively unscathed. Though the desert city can experience flash floods and extreme heat, these events are less frequent and less devastating than the challenges faced by our neighbors to the west. That isn’t to say there isn’t fault lines in Vegas. There are. But it’s fairly common sense that California has a much higher number and intensity of fault lines. A quake in Vegas would make for a cool Hollywood blockbuster movie, though!

Final Thoughts

As you can see, when answering why Californians are moving to Las Vegas, there’s MANY reasons. Affordable housing, reduced living expenses, tax advantages, employment prospects, and a fun living environment keep people coming here. Vegas is ALWAYS evolving and CHANGING. That’s just how it is here. Look back on the history of Las Vegas. There is so much to do. As a businessperson living here, I always feel excited. There is literally always something new happening. I hope this blog helped you learn more about Vegas and the advantages of moving here.

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