Henderson, Nevada – Retirement Guide

Henderson, Nevada   Retirement Guide

The relatively affluent town of Henderson is Nevada’s second largest city, and one of the safest towns in America, according to Forbes magazine. Located just outside of Las Vegas, Henderson is known for a vibrant arts and culture scene — a bit of an anomaly in the largely desolate state.

Retirees in Henderson will enjoy a mild, dry climate, with ample sunshine, as well as a cost of living that is slightly lower than the national average. Henderson also enjoys scenic vistas of surrounding, snow-capped mountains and a desert landscape alive with color.

Henderson is also considered a top-notch walking city; the town boasts 37 miles of hiking trails, is also home to Nevada’s only preserve for avian wildlife, and lies a short drive from both the Lake Mead National Recreational Area, where it’s possible to fish and boat, and Valley of Fire State Park.

Culture lovers will also find plenty to enjoy in Henderson, including a multi-day arts festival in the summer and performances at the city’s outdoor amphitheater, such as the annual Shakespeare in the Park festival. Golfers can try their swing at one of the town’s 10 golf courses.

Pros: One of America’s safest towns, dry and mild climate
Con: Summers can be incredibly hot

At a Glance
Best For: Culture enthusiasts
Population: 260,068
Cost of Living: 3.7% lower than national average
Median Home Cost: $195,000
Unemployment: 9.1%
Top State Income Tax: No state income tax
Crime Rate: 52% lower than national average

For those looking to dive into continuing education courses, the town is also home to 2 colleges, Touro University Nevada and Nevada State College.

Retirees will also have access to 2 major medical facilities which are located in Henderson, and additional facilities nearby. The town is also conveniently located near McCarran International Airport. Retirees moving to Henderson should be aware that summers here can be incredibly hot, though temperatures average in the 60s for much of the year.

Top Retirement Cities in Nevada:  Henderson

Photo by Ken Lund via Flickr. All statistics were up to date as of publication. See these sources for the most current data.