Las Vegas is easily one of the most popular places in the world for travelers. And for some, it's where they want to live.
But living right in the heart of a tourist-filled city that's always awake is not the vibe everyone is looking for. Rather than be around the city crowds 24/7, you can live near the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas without being directly in it.
Here are 10 cities near Las Vegas where you should live. All are within about 60 miles of downtown, which means you'll be in the center of the action in less than an hour of driving.
North Las Vegas is just about as close to the action as you can get without being in the middle of it all the time. It's a conveniently located city — you can quickly hop on the freeway and zip to other cities and Las Vegas areas in no time.
The city is evolving and expanding, meaning new businesses are moving in and updates are happening to common areas and neighborhoods.
It's safer and a little quieter than the nearby areas, but you can still get to the Strip in less than 10 minutes.
Paradise is perhaps the most lively place to live. It encompasses both the Strip, with incredible nightlife, entertainment and shops, as well as the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where a younger crowd is concentrated.
With that, it's no surprise that there's always something to do or see, whether you're in the mood for a five-star meal, live performance or high-end shopping.
Just east of Las Vegas, near the base of Sunrise Mountain, are the suburbs of Sunrise Manor. While there aren't as many restaurants and opportunities to shop, there are many parks and outdoor activities since you're so close to the mountains.
It's mainly a residential area and there are many people living there, but because it's a quieter area, it doesn't feel crowded. You get a great sense of community without feeling overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of a bigger city.
Spring Valley is the perfect combination of being close to the city, while still being somewhat far away — but not too far away. It's not so far out that you feel like you're in the middle of nowhere, but the suburban environment doesn't feel like a busy, constantly running city.
While there isn't much by way of shopping or restaurants in Spring Valley, you've still got the Strip nearby, so you can easily have your pick of big-city amenities, or Summerlin, where you can enjoy a quieter boutique experience in an affluent area.
Only 15 minutes from downtown, Summerlin is an affluent city that's on the outer Eastern limit of Las Vegas. Here, it's nothing but quiet living in the suburbs.
Although it isn't a large, bustling city, Summerlin does have lots of shopping spots and unique restaurants, many of which are boutique clothing stores and one-of-a-kind, independent cafes.
Although it's not the most affordable place to live, it's one of the safest in the Las Vegas metropolitan area.
Henderson feels like it's very much part of the greater Las Vegas area and is only about 20 minutes away from downtown. It's a fairly safe area and has more of a suburban vibe, rather than that of a constantly busy city.
There's easy access to shopping and dining. And, of course, there's no shortage of entertainment nearby. Plus, residents in the area can get residential discounts on many Las Vegas shows and events.
Although Enterprise is only 20 minutes away from the bright lights of Las Vegas, it feels like you're in a completely different world. It's like a desert oasis and gives residents a more calm, slow-paced way of life.
It's near lots of outdoor recreation, such as hikes and biking trails that take you up into beautiful desert mountains.
And even though you aren't actually in the big city, you can still catch a glimpse of the Las Vegas lights from the higher vantage points of Enterprise. It's really the perfect mix of desert living with city perks.
Located between Las Vegas and Hoover Dam, Boulder City is small, but it's got just about everything you need to enjoy life without having to leave town. But if you decide you want to get away, downtown Las Vegas is only 30 minutes away.
Some of the more unique attractions that you won't quite find in the big city are golf courses with unobstructed views and a flight line to the top of Red Mountain, where you can get an aerial view of the desert landscape.
A tight-knit town that's full of families with young children, Moapa Valley is a surprisingly fun place to live. You may not think that a town in the Nevada desert would be so lively, but the residents here have created a community that evolves around family entertainment.
It's one of those places that everyone knows everyone and should you need help, all you need to do is ask and you'll find plenty of people jumping at the opportunity. And because it's such a family-centered community, it's extremely safe and everyone looks out for each other.
Pahrump was originally settled by ranchers and still carries a small-town western vibe in some parts. That being said, it's a fully-functioning city with everything you need to live.
It's the perfect location for anyone that wants to live near both Las Vegas and Los Angeles, as it's right on the border of Nevada, near California.
One of its most popular events each year is its film festival, attracting locals and big-city dwellers alike that want to showcase their films, or that simply want to watch and enjoy their fellow neighbors' artistic work.
You've got the choice between big-city amenities, small-town living, the suburbs and everything in between — you only need to decide what you want! Then start looking for apartments near Las Vegas or houses to buy so you can start planning your move.