Pahrump is a town located in Southern Nevada, an hour away from Las Vegas. Its popular location and sunny weather have made it an enticing option for retirees. Besides that, the city is home to large outdoor attractions, plenty of annual festivals and parades, all while still having the neighborly feel of a small town.
Climate and Geography
The climate in Pahrump is classified as subtropical hot desert, meaning summers are sunny and hot, while winters are mild, with little to no snow. However due to the arid desert climate extreme temperature fluctuations of 30 to 40 degrees are common from daytime to nightime all year round. For instance, average winters highs are in the high-50s, but temperatures often drop to single digits or subzero at night.
Pahrump is situated on the border of Nevada and California in the Mojave Desert region. The surrounding terrain is primarily made up of shrubland and low altitude basins. Mt. Charleston lies directly to the east of the town, and several other small mountain ranges are nearby. Death Valley National Park is also located just west of the town.
Recreation, Culture, and Entertainment
Pahrump is famous for having plenty to do outdoors, such as their big attractions, events, and nature areas. Some of the city’s famous landmarks include Cathedral Canyon, and Lake Spring Mountain. Here, residents can go on adventures tours, hiking, or sit back and watch dirt bike racing.
The town is also known for their contemporary wine culture. They have plenty of wineries, such as Pahrump Valley Winery and Sanders Family Winery. There are also a number of casinos throughout the city. Not to mention, Pahrump’s downtown has many restaurants, shops, and historic museums.
Locals of Pahrump love taking a day trip outside the city and enjoying all the amenities of Las Vegas, Death Valley National Park, and Hoover Dam.
Cost of Living
The cost of living in Pahrump is about 10 percent lower than the national average. Grocery and utility costs are barely above the average, while the cost of health care, transportation, homes, and housing are all below average.
Nevada is one of the most tax-friendly states for retirees. There is no income tax in the state, which means all forms of retirement income such as Social Security benefits, pensions, and retirement savings accounts are exempt. Additionally, property taxes are quite low, and while there are no general exemptions for seniors or retirees there are some specific programs that may apply including disabled and veteran exemptions. Pahrump has a combined sales tax of 7.6 percent.
Nevada ranks among the top states in Gallup’s Well-Being Index.
There is one hospital within Pahrump and that is Desert View Hospital. Just an hour outside the city in Las Vegas, residents can find three high performing hospitals, ranked by U.S. News: St. Rose Dominican Hospitals-Siena Campus, Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center, and Mountain View Hospital.