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August 8, 2010 at 7:17 pm

10 Worst Things About Living in Las Vegas

Well, you knew it was coming, and I must admit that this one was much easier to write.  It was so easy to write that I had to force myself to cut it short, somewhere over 5,000 words, and break it into separate articles.

Now, in fairness, I’m not trying to bash Las Vegas for sport.  I tried to love it.  Really, I did.

Think about it, I loved the town so much that I picked up and moved here at great expense.  I lived here for 4 years and tried everything I could (including moving 3 times within the city) to make it work.  Most of you out there who claim to love Las Vegas, and think that I am crucifying it for no reason probably cannot say the same.

I didn’t sit around talking about moving to Vegas.  I got off my ass and did it.  I came, I saw, I lived it, I immersed myself, and I experienced it all first-hand.

There is a portion of the population out there who simply prefer that the myth of Las Vegas stay intact.  There is another group that makes money by living in and/or promoting Las Vegas for their own financial gain.

Both of these groups hate what I do, and will probably be offended by this list.  That’s not my problem.  If you are solidly in the “I Heart Las Vegas” camp, then this is not Sunday reading in which you will want to partake.  Consider this fair warning.

For everyone else — take this list for what it is.

My honest, unabashed opinion.

1) The Weather

Far and away the biggest reason that I could not continue to live in Las Vegas.

In general, a planet must have three things to support life:  Liquid water, nutritious soil, and an energy source.

Las Vegas really only has one of the above … the sun as an energy source.

It only rains 4 inches each year in Las Vegas.  To put this into perspective, the national average for US cities is 40 inches … roughly 10 times the amount that falls in Vegas.  The lack of water combined with high heat makes life inhospitable for most carbon-based life forms.  I suppose this is why it’s called the desert.  It’s nearly deserted of natural life.

Sure, you can stay indoors in the air conditioning for 6 months out of the year … but then you must endure such pleasantries as constantly recycled air, nosebleeds, dry eyes, dry skin, and a general discomfort that just feels inexplicably “wrong”.  Humans weren’t meant to live in artificial climate bubbles.  I mean, John Travolta needs to do so for health reasons, but the rest of us need not endure such an indignity.

While Vegas winters are better, they are only moderately so.  You still have sunny, dry weather, but instead of heat — an omnipresent cold wind blows that makes outdoor activities almost as unpleasant as they are in the summer.

Hot, dry weather also negatively correlates to mental activities such as reading and writing.  I firmly believe that the weather explains the general “dimness” of the Vegas population and I don’t think it only affects natives.  After only a few years, I began finding it much harder to concentrate and maintain my own creative endeavors.  Las Vegas isn’t conducive to thinking or creating, it is conducive to partying, kicking ass, and mindlessly screaming “Vegas Baby!”.

I understand why tourists find the climate acceptable, and I myself find the weather perfectly tolerable for a few weeks at a time.  The novelty, however, does wear off.  Trust me.  105 degrees is cute for a week.  On the 90th straight day, it’s just oppressive.

There are 8-12 weeks out of the year where Las Vegas climate is “perfect” in the traditional sense, but these three months are simply not enough to balance out 9 months of misery.

Even if everything else in Las Vegas were great, the weather would have eventually made the town unlivable for me.

Your mileage will certainly vary.

2) The People

This competed for the top spot, but I had to give it #2 because I do still have about a dozen friends in town, and there are some good people in Vegas … although they are very few and far between.

Las Vegas’ reputation causes it to attract what I consider to be the bottom 10% of the US population.  These are basically people who could not be successful anywhere else, mixed with country/suburban folks who are convinced that they can wash away their unglamorous pasts by bathing themselves in the bright neon of the Vegas Strip.

Frank Sinatra once sang about New York that if you could “make it there, you could make in anywhere”, and to some extent, I agree.  New York is a highly competitive Darwinian place where you must try very hard to stand out from the crowd.  In general, posers and the untalented get weeded out quickly.

Las Vegas is the polar opposite of New York.  It tends to attract a demographic of people who simply cannot make it “there” — “there” being defined as any place that demands competence.

Lost your medical license in Chicago?  Get a fresh start in Las Vegas.  We’re so desperate, we’ll take anyone.  Buy one of our houses, please.

Fondled one too many underaged girls as a history teacher in Boston?  Get a fresh start in Las Vegas.  If you have a pulse, you can teach here.  Buy one of our houses, please.

Can’t make change for a dollar?  Come to Las Vegas where none of our cashiers can make change for a dollar.  You’ll fit right in.  Buy one of our houses, please.

Too lazy to learn the English language?  Hey, you’re just the type of person we’ve been looking for.  Buy one of our houses, then put a car up on blocks on the front yard.  Please.

People often move to Las Vegas to re-invent themselves, and while this may not seem like a bad thing, it leads to a city without an identity because so many people here have an identity crisis.

In addition to those seeking out a more glamourous existence for themselves, the city also attracts a very large number of people with “get rich quick” mentalities.  These people are convinced that they are going to come to Vegas and win a ton of cash right off the bat, and when this fails to happen (as it always does), they tend to become bitter, angry, and rude.

The last group of people that Las Vegas seems to attract is weirdos.

Now, there are generally two types of weirdos in the world:

  1. Introverted intellectuals, creative types, vegetarians, and the socially awkward;
  2. Creepy people of low intellect and stalker proclivities who seem like they probably have at least three decomposing bodies in their basement;

Las Vegas has a large number of weirdos, but absolutely zero of them are from category #1, and 100% of them are from category #2.

Places like Austin, Olympia, Portland, and Berkeley attract more of the former, while Las Vegas only attracts the latter.  I don’t know why this is.

Between the phony go-getter PR types, the aging degenerates, the third-world transplants, the scammers, the painfully illiterate, and the just plain creepy-weird … I was never completely comfortable in Las Vegas.

If you fall into one of the above groups, then boy, do I have a city for you.

Buy one of our houses, please.

3) Lack of Employment Opportunities

Las Vegas has a single industry, and currently, that industry is in trouble.  I read about a cattle call for a cocktail waitress opening a few months ago that drew nearly 500 applicants, and when 500 people are competing over a waitress job, you know that times are bad.

Perhaps the hotels will make a huge comeback, but even if they do, that still only leaves one industry.

Tourism.

While everybody loves the Vegas tourist corridor, I think it is unrealistic to expect the service industry to support a city as large as Vegas.  There simply has to be more diversity in industry for a major metropolitan area to thrive.

Technology, finance, manufacturing … all of these things are missing in Vegas, and it is eventually going to lead to the collapse of the city.

When online gambling begins to devour brick and mortar gambling, and it will, two million people will not be able to pay their mortgages on the back of pool parties.  It simply cannot be done.

As of right now, there are literally zero employment opportunities in Vegas.  Hell, even strippers are fleeing the city.

Since major casinos more or less control the Las Vegas government, large corporations across the country (rightfully or mistakenly) are hesitant to move any of their own operations here because the city is viewed by the rest of the nation as a gigantic scam.  Nobody takes Vegas seriously as a “real” city.

Citibank moved some of their credit card operations to Las Vegas many years ago, but only on the condition that they did not have to use a Las Vegas street address.  Thus, “The Lakes, Nevada” was born.  Legitimate businesses are ashamed to be associated with Vegas, and it’s really hard to blame them.

Las Vegas’ reputation is not one that is likely to attract jobs in the future, and this will mean that more and more people will be competing over fewer and fewer jobs.  This demand/supply imbalance will lead to lower wages, less benefits, and greater employee abuse.

We are already seeing these effects today.

That $90,000 house in Henderson you have your eye on is not that great of a bargain if your income is $0.

In short, if you need a job to survive and don’t already have one or one lined up, it is in your best interest to stay as far away from Las Vegas as possible.

It’s bad right now, and it’s only going to get worse.

4) Healthcare

Even though housing is relatively cheap, the reason why I do not recommend people to retire in Las Vegas is because of our healthcare system.

With the depressing state of healthcare and the local media’s outright war on pain relief, you must be prepared to die slowly and painfully should you fall ill in this town.

When it comes to medical professionals, Las Vegas attracts the worst of the worst.  Think about it, what Harvard Medical Graduate at the top of his class would want to come to Las Vegas to practice?  Why would they be attracted to a gambling town in the middle of the desert?

The answer is, they wouldn’t be attracted to the town, and in general … they don’t move to Las Vegas.

I had a doctor’s appointment in early July, and the waiting room was like a scene out of an anti-communist propaganda film.  I was the only English-speaker in the room (including the staff), and the place was so filthy that I kept waiting for a live chicken to run by my feet.  When I finally saw the doctor, he listened to me for about 30 seconds, scribbled out an ordered test on a piece of paper, and promptly left the room.  That was the last I saw of him.  My insurance was billed $120 for the 30 second visit.  It was coded as a “Comprehensive Physical Exam”.

Why didn’t I complain about this visit in a previous blog article?

Because it was the best, most complete goddamn physical I have ever received in this town.

When I was hospitalized several months ago, I saw my attending physician once in the three day stay, yet was billed for 5 consultations.

Like most things in Vegas, healthcare is run as just another get-rich-quick scheme.  There is no “care” per-se, just massive amounts of billing for procedures that are either rushed or never performed at all.  If you’ve ever seen The Simpsons, you’ve seen a typical Vegas physician … Dr. Nick Riviera.  Sometimes art does imitate life.

We don’t get many top-notch cardiologists concerned about patient care in this town.  The only higher-end specialists generally interested in practicing in Vegas are plastic surgeons who can make a substantial amount of quick money firming butts, puffing lips, and lifting breasts.

If you want bigger tits, then Vegas is the right town for you.  If you have health needs that require frequent trips to a physician, you are better off moving to Cuba than Las Vegas.  I mean this with all sincerity and without a hint of sarcasm.

I turned 42 this year, and because of some specific ailments, it is likely that I will need more health care and pain relief as I get further into middle age.  The knowledge that I would not get adequate levels of either was another key decision in my own move.

Please, if you have any health problems at all, don’t move to Las Vegas.  I would even go as far as to advise you not to visit Las Vegas.

Don’t find out the hard way that I am right about this point.  By then it may be too late.

5) The Gestapo

The incident that happened to me on my way to the emergency room in March was probably the single largest event that caused me to turn against Las Vegas quickly.

The Trevon Cole (disclaimer: link to Las Vegas Review-Journal article) and the Costo (Erik Scott) shootings in the months that followed simply reinforced what I already knew.

Las Vegas cops are completely out of control.

Two weeks ago, when I encountered a newly-robbed lady crying in a Smith’s parking lot … it was sort of the last straw.

During the last several months living in Las Vegas, I became paranoid. I wrote a few negative articles about the Metropolitan Police Department, and I knew that I was probably on borrowed time.  It’s not hard to match a blog post up with a specific incident report, and after my emergency room visit, I figured that the LVMPD had pegged me through license plates and utility bills.  They were going to get either myself or my family, and it wasn’t a matter of “if”, it was a matter of “when”.

It also didn’t help that the people who lived in my house before me had (allegedly) been drug dealers.  We twice got a visit from law enforcement trying to serve an arrest warrant on the previous occupants, and on both occasions we had to present ID to prove that we were not the suspects.

This was going to escalate.  I was aware that, in Las Vegas, previous occupants being “bad” guys was more than enough probable cause to bust down my door at any time, and I knew that  a member of my family could easily be shot for making a “furtive move”.  I lived in fear of it.  I felt like a Neon Anne Frank.

At the moment, Las Vegas is overstaffed with police due to hiring increases made during the higher-flying days of Vegas, and these officers need to make busts and seizures to fund their operations.  Now that tax revenues have dropped, law enforcement has turned to “creative financing” to continue paying salaries.  This is the reason that cops are issuing $500 tickets to people rushing to the hospital.

Houses in the valley are being raided left and right (disclaimer: link to Las Vegas Review-Journal article), people are being injured and killed, and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is actively encouraging citizens to “report” their neighbors if they see anything out-of-sorts. These “reports” are then taken before a judge who rubber-stamps “ICE Squad” no-knock raids.

It’s chilling.

I am making no exaggerations when I say that 2010 Las Vegas is a 100% police state.  Literally.  The police run the town and are able to do whatever they wish with complete impunity.  This includes killing people in cold blood.

The Las Vegas Police force is comprised mostly of out-of-town recruits who have no ties to the community whatsoever.  Most of them come to Vegas to train so that someday they may be able to join the force of a real city.  This makes the LVMPD a de-facto occupation force, and the people of the city are their guinea pigs.  Their training tools.  Their crash test dummies.

In my opinion, the LVMPD treats the citizens of Las Vegas with the same general mindset that American Troops treat the citizens of Bagdad.  With contempt, suspicion, and a low value on their life.

I’ve had several encounters with Las Vegas police officers during my tenure in the city, and every single encounter was nothing less than unprofessional.

I suppose the arguement could be made that I was the problem, but I think that this is an erroneous assumption.  When I am in the presense of police officers, I do the whole “yes sir, no sir” Eddie Haskel routine.  I’m as polite and deferential as they come.  Also, contrary to popular belief, I don’t hate police because I’m a criminal who has been repeatedly busted.  I’ve gotten a couple of tickets, but I’ve never actually been arrested.  I don’t dislike cops because they have interfered with my crime sprees.  I don’t really commit crimes.

Las Vegas cops really are hostile, insecure, severely unintelligent, violent people.  Perhaps not all of them, but certainly every one of them that I ever met.

In my opinion, the presence of a police state should be a deal-breaker, and a barrier to any intelligent person even thinking about calling Las Vegas home.

6) Transit

I tried for years to use my own shoe leather to get around, but Las Vegas is just not a walkable city on any level.  The blocks are a half mile long, many do not have crosswalks, and both drivers and cops are outwardly hostile toward pedestrians.

For instance, on many occasions, I’ve seen police set up jaywalking stings on ultra-long blocks that did not have crosswalks.  In order for someone to cross the street, they would literally have to walk half a mile to a mile to the next stoplight, and the police knew that these folks would try to dart across the street instead of taking the 10-20 minute detour.  It was like shooting fish in a barrel.  Instead of convincing the city to come out and paint crosswalks for public safety, the LVMPD decided to use poor municipal planning for revenue instead.  It’s a typical Las Vegas solution to a typical Las Vegas problem.

I’ve also tried riding my bicycle to get around but here again … it was not feasible.  Most Las Vegas drivers are transplants from suburban or rural areas, and they react with overt hostility at the sight of bicycles.  They honk their horns at riders, scream out of windows, throw things, and the whole endeavor is just too dangerous to sustain.

What this means is that the only alternative to automobile transit in Las Vegas is the CAT bus system.

Unfortunately, CAT buses are among the least reliable I have ever ridden.  I am not trying to be mean, but the number of wheelchair-bound people that use the bus on a daily basis renders the system useless for all able-bodied people trying to get to work or quack appointments on time.

In addition, when it is 110 degrees outside, waiting at a bus stop is just not something that is possible unless you want to arrive at your destination smelling like Courtney Love’s unshaven armpit.

Of course, there is always the monorail, but unless you live near the 3 mile system (less than .1% of the Vegas population), you are similarly out of luck.

Simply put, there exists no dependable method of mass transit in Las Vegas.

This is unforgivable for a metropolitan area of 2 million people.

7) Education

To call Las Vegas schools “education” is probably an insult to the word “education”.  In reality, Vegas schools are taxpayer funded babysitting services where 19-year-old Filipino women are paid in banana peels to stand guard over 9 year old girls wearing tight pants with the words “Cum Slut” embroidered on the ass because mommy figured it was never too soon to prepare them to work the pole.

Seriously, while some far-flung suburbs have the odd decent school … overall … Vegas schools are so bad that they’re laughable.

Like doctors, you have to wonder what would make a teacher pack up and move to a gambling-only destination like Las Vegas to teach.  Also like doctors, the answer is that they are probably too under-qualified to do so anywhere else.

Nevada ranks dead-last in High School graduation rates.  51st out of 51 (including Washington DC).  Only about 4 in 10 students graduate.  In every other education metric, Nevada consistently ranks at or near the bottom.

Since there are few “thinking” jobs in Las Vegas, there is little or no motivation for kids to learn.  Also, for the same reasons, there is little to no motivation for the state to teach.

This town needs bartenders, waitresses, strippers, dealers, and maids … not rocket scientists and pharmaceutical researchers.  We need “baby mommas” who will push out as many little Hectors as possible so that the Encore doesn’t run out of minimum-wage dishwashers.  Las Vegas is a very, very anti-intellectual town and we have no use for book learnin’.  As such, we do not invest in that which we do not need.

Las Vegas schools exist to provide public daycare for casino workers, and to churn out new generations of poorly-paid hotel and casino workers.  That’s it, nothing more.

In this respect, they fulfill their goals flawlessly.

If such a life for your children appeals to you, by all means move here and enroll them in one of our babysitting services.  If you expect them to learn how to read, write, or make change for a dollar … move as far from this town as geographically possible.

8) Housing

In 2005, I considered buying a house here.

Seriously.

Fortunately, before signing a contract, I did what I’ve always done.  I became highly skeptical.  I threw away academia, I threw away the advice of “experts”, and I analyzed the situation using my own best judgement.  This has always served me far better than following the advice of supposedly smart people and “experts”.

I drove around, looked at the miles and miles of vacant land sitting only 3 miles from the Strip, and realized that a scam was afoot.  Las Vegas real estate was being spammed to idiots like the Nigerian lottery, and if a single homebuyer had bothered to spend a few days honestly assessing the situation, he/she should have been able to deduce that everything they were being told was a lie and a fraud.

Unfortunately, as I mentioned, Las Vegas does not attract the best and the brightest.  It attracts the greedy and the stupid.  Nowhere is this more evident than our housing market.

After my own research, I decided that there was no way in hell that I would buy a home in Vegas.  Supply greatly outstripped demand.

Of course, everyone told me that I was crazy.  “They aren’t building any more land!” people SCREAMED.

Why did they scream this?

Because people like to live their lives by clichés.  It’s tidy and it prevents them from having to think.  Cute clichés prevent people from having to justify their own irrational behavior.  As long as the cliché sounds wise, most people don’t question them.

Every time people told me that no more land was being made in Las Vegas, I replied “they don’t need to, there’s more than enough empty land in the Mojave Desert to last for the next 10,000 years.”

Even though my words made perfect sense, nobody listened to me because my rebuttal made for a shitty cliché.  Remember, cliché > reason.  Always.

By 2007, I remained the lone naysayer in Vegas as it pertained to real estate, and I received the exact same reception.  “You’re negative, you’re a misanthrope, you just don’t want to listen to the experts, etc, etc, etc.”

Well guys, it’s 2010 … where are your “experts” now?  Are they still standing beside you, smiling while stroking your cock and telling you what a genius you are for investing in Summerlin?

No.

I’ll tell you where they are … they are out there telling a new class of suckers what a GREAT DEAL your nearly-foreclosed home is.  The exact same person that sold you your house is waiting for you to get thrown out onto the street so that they can stick another California slumlord in the back of their car and take them on a “Foreclosure Tour” to make another 6% commission.

While I was busy being negative and misanthropic, your real estate agent was busy blowing smoke up your ass.  She was grinning, cheerful, and she told how your house would appreciate while your kids attended GREAT schools.

Do you still think optimism is a virtue, or like most other things in Las Vegas, do you realize that it’s just a tool to separate you from your money?

Now, since I have been proven right on just about … well, everything … have any … ANY of the optimists who shit down my neck come back and said “you were right”.

No.  Not one.  Not one, single, solitary one.

Nobody wants to admit that the “experts” were a bunch of naked emperors.  People don’t easily concede their own stupidity and gullibility.  Instead they just chalk it up to “bad timing”.  It’s far more digestable.

Most of the houses in Las Vegas are still owned by California trend-slaves who never met a geographic area they didn’t take a massive shit on before abandoning it in like yesterday’s MacBook.

I recently cruised back through my old West Side neighborhood, and the place looked like a McMansion ghetto.  “For Sale” signs were on every fourth house, and there were 5 cars crammed into 3 car driveways.  The middle-class is not moving to Las Vegas, and larger investment properties in the valley are often occupied by 2-3 lower income families.

If you want to buy a house to live out the rest of your life, Las Vegas now offers a relatively high bang for your buck.  The caveat is that your neighbors will still be absentee California fuckwipe landlords who still have three shakes left in their pecker before they are finished pissing all over Las Vegas.  Forget the notion of a real neighborhood.

If you are even remotely considering buying property in Las Vegas for short-term or investment purposes, then bend over.  You’re about to get gleefully butt-slammed by the most friendly lady you ever met.  You’ll probably fall for her spiel too.  After all, we’re not making any more land.

History shall repeat itself with the Las Vegas housing market.  It will once again be hyped up, and it will once again crash.

When thinking of Las Vegas real estate, remember the wise words of George Walker Bush.

Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me … you can’t get fooled again.

9) Crime

My car has been broken into, my home has been burglarized, and I’ve had so many things stolen in Las Vegas that I just stopped keeping track.

Once, while playing in a poker tournament at the Hilton, I came out to find that all of the reflectors had been stripped from my bicycle.  Reflectors are roughly 25 cents each, yet not even these cheap items were off-limits to thieves in Las Vegas.  While I was preparing to move, I took a small bag of my boxer shorts out to the driveway, went back inside so that I could get the keys to open my car, and when I returned … the bag was gone.  Someone literally stole my used underwear from my driveway in under 2 minutes.  Theft in Vegas is rampant.  If you take a shit on the sidewalk and turn your back for 5 seconds, chances are high that someone will steal your fecal matter.  It’s really that bad.

Las Vegas is a desperate city, and as the local depression worsens, it’s only a matter of time before people begin robbing each other on city sidewalks.  In some areas, this already happens.  Mark my words, as McMansion Ghettos continue to sprawl outward, this crime will eventually spread to places like Summerlin and Henderson as well.

Las Vegas does not post official crime stats that would place it among the most dangerous cities in the USA, and in my opinion, this is because the overwhelming majority of crimes in the city goes unreported.  Of all of the thefts I have been the victim of in Las Vegas, I’ve never reported a single one of them.  I don’t think I am unique in this respect.  When the cops are bigger criminals than the criminals themselves, who do you turn to?

In Las Vegas, the answer is “no one”.

Las Vegas has all of the drawbacks of anarchy without any of the benefits.  There’s really no central protection authority in the city, but if you dare attempt to protect yourself, the Gestapo will throw you in a cage or shoot you in the face.

Las Vegas works for casino owners, local government employees, and the very wealthy, but everyone else is pretty much on their own.

If you are middle class or below, and you live in central Vegas long enough, you will be the victim of crime.  Probably multiple times.

Hopefully, like me, most of it will be petty crime … but you have to stay alert and vigilant.

The LVCVA won’t tell you this in their slick promotional marketing, but it’s something you need to know.

10) English as a Second Language

If you have ever read the story of the Tower of Babel in the Big Book of Delusional Fiction (sometimes referred to as “The Bible”), you will get a hypothetical example of why “diversity” is not all it’s cracked up to be.  If people in a specific geographical region cannot agree on a common language, then the entire society becomes a confusing mess.

Frankly, I’m not sure why this problem exists anywhere.  Assuming you have a population which is all but the most severely of retarded, the solution is obvious.  Instead of people having to learn 12 different languages, one specific language should be assigned to a geographic area, and everyone with the intent of living in that area should learn to speak that language.

It just makes good common sense.

I remember going to a bakery on Desert Inn Road and asking the clerk if the turnovers in his case contained fruit.  He continously shrugged as I repeated the word “fruit”, “fruit”, “fruit”, and before giving up, I decided to try the Spanish version of the word … “frutas”.

As soon as the word came out of my mouth, he lit up and said “si si frutas!”.

He thought it was kind of funny, but I felt that it was nothing short of sad that a fellow citizen could not understand what I was saying until I added “as” to the end of a common English word.  In my opinion, it was just plain lazy, and an outright disgrace.

If I moved to France, I would learn French.  If I moved to Korea, I would learn Korean.  If I moved to California, I would learn to interject the word “amazing” into as many sentences as possible.  Adopting a local language instead of expecting locals to learn yours is just the right thing to do.  I cannot believe that any rational person would dispute this notion.

Unfortunately, due to an addiction to cheap, exploitable labor … this third-world, intellectually void language mish-mash is not only accepted … but it is actively encouraged in the City of Las Vegas.  In many parts (possibly the majority) of the Vegas Valley, it can be quite challenging to find someone who speaks even the most basic English.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if Las Vegas tripled the quality of its healthcare, it would be indistinguishable from Mexico.

So there you have it.

Since this list was rather long, allow me to summarize.

If you are considering moving to Las Vegas, please consider the following:

There are no jobs, our schools rank last in the nation, our healthcare is quite possibly the worst this side of Bangladesh, our occupying police force is constantly looking for people to kill, we have no usable mass transit, our streets are perpetually clogged with depressed and drunk people, panhandlers and bums are appearing everywhere, we have a corrupt government which will never be held accountable due to our transient population, our power monopoly constantly rapes us with the blessing of our corrupt government, and there is only one industry and that industry is failing.

Aside from these issues, Las Vegas is an excellent place to live.

Please consider moving here and buying one of our houses.

Thank you.

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136 comments to 10 Worst Things About Living in Las Vegas

  • Currentresident

    Have lived in Vegas for 10yrs and pretty much agree with your points. We movd here, because we fell in love with the place as tourists, but this place has worn me down. Summers are brutal and the heat is something that I’ve never got used too. I have worked for both MGM and Caesars, both companies are debt ridden, are understaffed, and cutting back on health benefits. Many gaming employees are overworked, miserable and burnt out. Job opportunities are few, pay has dropped and work life balance sucks.

    However there are a few things that are good about Vegas. One is that there are less people and lots of amenities. That means no lines at a restaurant, grocery store, or coffee shop, unlike overpopulated California where a 90 minute wait for a table is normal. The commutes are also shorter here, but the drivers are the worse I’ve ever seen.

    People here are generally nice, but many are fake and flakey. I find if you have low expectations about how people here should be, then you don’t feel disappointed when they reveal their true self. Woman here are hot, and if you are a young single male, this is a pretty good place to be, especially as women outnumber men 3 to 1. I’ve been hit on quite a few times, by hot, single, desperate for a guy type of women. They don’t care if you’re married or single. However most of these women aren’t marriage material, just booty call.

    Overall I’m glad I got to experience living here, but it is time to move back to the cooler climes of California and go back to being a Vegas tourist.

  • Rick

    1) The Weather- You really cannot complain about this and you should have known by doing research and calculating average temps, in Las Vegas that you knew it was going to be torture hot here during the summertime. So this whole thing you wrote about weather well you do not get pass on this I am sorry, you could have prevented this by simply doing some research yourself and if it was to hot to come here, then you should have not moved here to begin with. Also its a desert. “There are 8-12 weeks out of the year where Las Vegas climate is (“perfect” in the traditional sense, but these three months are simply not enough to balance out 9 months of misery.Even if everything else in Las Vegas were great, the weather would have eventually made the town unlivable for me.Your mileage will certainly vary.” )Try telling someone that who is moving from the Midwest or East Coast, they would disagree with you and love the warm weather we have here they actually embrace it if more than anything. Hot, dry weather also negatively correlates to mental activities such as reading and writing.(“I firmly believe that the weather explains the general “dimness” of the Vegas population and I don’t think it only affects natives. After only a few years, I began finding it much harder to concentrate and maintain my own creative endeavors. Las Vegas isn’t conducive to thinking or creating, it is conducive to partying, kicking ass, and mindlessly screaming “Vegas Baby!”.) You have no detail or specific evidence to back this up so before you mention something about how weather affects the brain back it up with some research. However I do somewhat agree with you on this because I feel the same way at times but what about cold weather? I sometimes feel the same way when it rains so this statement is just a true OPINION.
    2) The People
    What can I say? People are people right? You have your assholes, you have your nice guys etc etc etc… Point to a place on the map and for every nice guy I can sure point out an asshole as you could probably do the same as well. Frank Sinatra once sang about New York that if you could “make it there, you could make in anywhere”, and to some extent, I agree. New York is a highly competitive Darwinian place where you must try very hard to stand out from the crowd. In general, posers and the untalented get weeded out quickly.

    (“Las Vegas is the polar opposite of New York. It tends to attract a demographic of people who simply cannot make it “there” — “there” being defined as any place that demands competence.
    Lost your medical license in Chicago? Get a fresh start in Las Vegas. We’re so desperate, we’ll take anyone. Buy one of our houses, please.”)Whats wrong with a town asking for people to move in to there town? A lot of people have been moving out of big cities like NYC, Chicago, LA etc because maybe they cannot stand the tax system in those other states? You tell me? I think every city is desperate to attract people to come to every town be it Las Vegas or St George Utah it really does not matter. And last I checked California is in BK or very close to it.
    Your next point about creating and partying and etc etc etc. Our city is in the process of rebuilding downtown and we have always had some type of cool hip culture here. That is the own cool thing about this town, is getting to meet people from all over the world which better enables us to adapt to different types.
    So what you are saying is people who cannot make it in NYC move to Vegas because it is simply easy? Let me ask you a question, lets say you were living in NYC making great money doing whatever, and I told you hey, you can do the same thing here in Vegas and buy a bigger house and truly raise a family as opposed to living in NYC in your studio apartment paying god knows what what would you do? Many would say no but I bet you a lot would say yes you know why? Because I know a lot of people who have said yes and have had moved here and quite enjoyed it. Yea you will have your complaining here and there but at the end of the day, financial wise you are in a better situation.
    I am not even going to take the time to respond to your weirdos point because honestly we have them all around the world and unfortunately, they have happened to go out and kill people especially in small rural areas most of the time.
    3) Lack of Employment Opportunities- We get to enjoy not having a state income tax because of our great gaming revenue that you complained about being our industry leader here so thank you casinos I will be more then happy to drop by one here and there. “(Technology, finance, manufacturing … all of these things are missing in Vegas, and it is eventually going to lead to the collapse of the city.

    When online gambling begins to devour brick and mortar gambling, and it will, two million people will not be able to pay their mortgages on the back of pool parties. It simply cannot be done” Really? Nevada became a state in 1864 and is still here with the current crisis going on. What happened to those towns that have MFG? Where did those jobs go? And what happened to those cities? Think they are in a bad situation as well? Technology? Well I can tell you this, Amazon is in the process of moving out I think and going to where? You guessed it Reno!!! Why you may ask? I do not know but I can bet you it is because of lets say taxes? Cost of land in California? Hmmm….
    I never knew Citibank was so embarrassed to be here because its Las Vegas but that is ok by me because now they are the idiots with the gov bailout. Is umemployment high? Yes it is but we are not the only town with it, while we might be the highest, we have to make the best of it and try harder. And online gambling? Please tell us when will that happen, seeing as this tried getting passed several times and even if it does, we will still have the jobs here because you have to realize that tourists come to play but also come to see the lights!!!

    4 Healthcare- Yea our healthcare sucks so go exercise and eat healthy. Do you have a lot of health problems or are you just stating the fact that Las Vegas healthcare sucks? I think you are stating that our healthcare here sucks which i agree with you. On to your next number

    5) The Gestapo- Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in the US http://247wallst.com/2012/06/11/the-most-dangerous-cities-in-america-2/2/ Las Vegas is not on that list. Feel just a little bit safe now?
    In my opinion, the LVMPD treats the citizens of Las Vegas with the same general mindset that American Troops treat the citizens of Bagdad. With contempt, suspicion, and a low value on their life” Really?

    6- Transit you know what I am not even going to make a point on this because you have hit all points on this, I could not agree with you more on how our transit system is so messed up it really does sadden me. Kudos to you on this one.

    I am to tired to post more about your points but if I have time, I will…………. You seem like a smart kid and wherever you go I truly do hope you will enjoy it. I am also looking to move out and that is just because I have lived here all my life and I am ready for a change.

  • Alex

    Where do you like to live? If that be the case, why stay in Vegas? Fact is, everywhere has it’s good sides and bad. I for one lived in NYC for 8 years and loved it, then moved to San Francisco for a year and hated every moment of it. I lived in Vegas a decade ago and liked it and now live in Vegas and just love it. Sure, there are negatives but where is there not? The people can suck but let’s face it with an attitude like this, how is that not going to be the case? There is a ton of opportunity, there is a ton of fun and there is a lot of things going on. I say if you are bored, chances are you are a boring person and if you hate this place, chances are you are going to hate most places. Fact is, Vegas like many other places is what you make of it and ultimately if you don’t like it, move somewhere you do like. No hard feelings, one less jerk on the road I have to deal with.

  • LeavingLasVegas

    You forgot all the gang members. Everywhere I go in Vegas I’m on guard because I know at anytime I just might get it. Vegas is gangland USA. I had to get my concealed weapon permit so I can legally carry a gun and I have no doubt in my mind I will probably have to use it some day to save my life. My townhouse was robbed three times. I have been confronted by gang members so many times I lost count. Some ask me “what the fuck are you doing here white boy” and others just stop and stare at me like I just got off of a space ship. At a place I used to work my boss was an illegal alien. Management started asking him questions about his legal status and he quit, after that many other people quit too. I don’t go around asking for trouble at all so I know it isn’t something I am doing. Almost every place that I have worked at in this town are tons of illegals, anti-American third-worlders, and racists who would like nothing more than to stab me in the neck. I have had a knife pulled on me. I have never felt so unwelcome in my life. Unfortunately I am stuck in this shit for the time being but I am desperately trying to get out. I really feel like Las Vegas isn’t really part of the United State but some third world shit hole.

  • Betty

    I just don’t understand people that sit for hours and write about how they hate Las Vegas so much. Im from Flint Michigan, born and raised. If you fallowed the link on a previous post you know that Flint is the most violent city in the US by far, with the highest crime and murder rate. I don’t have the time or desire to go into the things I had to experience while living there for 22 years. The point is I would never sit around and write “THE TOP 10 REASONS NOT TO MOVE TO FLINT MI.” or “WHY I HATE FLINT MI.” – who gives a shit! If you don’t like it then leave. I have lived in Las Vegas now for 10 years, trust me it’s not that bad!. I think its possible that all the people who sit and write these elaborate lists about how deeply they hate Las Vegas, may simply have come here with a dream for themselves and it didn’t work out the way they planned. I mean what else would make a person so bitter? If you love where you live now why aren’t you out enjoying yourself instead of reminiscing on how much you hate LV. I NEVER sit and reminisce on how I hate Flint because Im simply to busy floating in my pool soaking up the sun, fine dining at world class restaurants, going to a show, or club then grabbing some sushi or a filet at 4am if I please, because no one here tells me its time for bed at 2am. I don’t have to deal with the asshole police here ( I do agree on that one) because I don’t put myself in situations where I even have to speak to an officer. Im not going to argue the rest of your points because the less people that move here means shorter lines and less traffic for me. Its simple, it takes a certain breed to live here. Las Vegas is not for everyone and yes most successful people here are hustlers ( in one way or another) but if you know anything about the history of this city that should have been expected. – So to me this article is like writing a long letter to your ex girlfriend about all the reasons that you DO NOT miss her – Im not convinced buddy! I genuinely DO NOT miss Flint MI. nor will I be writing any articles about it. So lets be honest, this is most likely your way of blowing off some steam because it still eats you up that you cashed out your 401k to put on a craps table, hey it happens. Las Vegas is full of temptations, if your strong enough to resist them you will probably love it here, if not it will absolutely eat you up!. Well its a sunny 85 outside and the water fall and champagne are both flowing so I gotta go cover up my unglamorous past by bathing in those neon lights. :-) hate on- hater

    • Do I dare point out the irony of this reply, or, as I suspect, is it self explanatory?

      Let me let you in on a little something. Shortly after writing this article, I moved back to Seattle.

      If someone were to write an article telling everyone not to move to Seattle, I would send that person my wholehearted “thanks”. Most of us here, would. The only people who wouldn’t, would be those looking to unload a house in the near future.

      You go on to write: “If you love where you live now why aren’t you out enjoying yourself instead of reminiscing on how much you hate LV.”

      Um … really?

      You don’t see the irony here?

      Kind of makes my point about the intellectual horsepower of the town, eh?

      You see, if you’re happy where you are, you’re not going to want people to come there. You’re going to do anything and everything to keep them out. It’s just common sense. There are a few websites devoted solely to the complete suckage of Seattle, and I don’t know a damn person who would have it any other way. Certainly, I know of absolutely no one who has a problem with them whatsoever. We actually wish there were more such sites. There’s actually a psuedo-holiday in this town called “Stay Away From Seattle Day”. Look it up.

      You claim, however, that you are happy in Las Vegas. You’re living the high life. At least so you say. Yet, you’ve spent a good deal of time banging out an angry screed (something you admit yourself that happy people would never do).

      Interesting, eh?

      So, while you’re asking me to be honest, and I have been (didn’t actually lose any money gambling in the town), you may want to do the same. Not with me, though, but with yourself. If things are as great in Las Vegas as you claim they are, you wouldn’t give a shit what I, or anyone else thought of it.

      Clearly, however, this is not the case.

      • Anna

        That’s pretty lousy of you for not encouraging people to move to Seattle. Of course, you don’t want it overrun with people from out-of-state, but a lot of businesses – finance, manufacturing, and technology – have truly benefited from people moving here. The technology industry, you should well know, is made up of a bunch of better educated implants from the East Coast and sometimes California.

        I’m a Seattle native, but I’ve lived in Pennsylvania (UPenn) and D.C. (work). for some time, and I really get where exactly people get the impression that some Seattlelites are pretty snobby.

        But really. Don’t flatter yourself. Education in the Sound as a whole system is pretty mediocre to other places out East.

    • heather

      Bravo Betty. His rebuttal to your comment was pure ridiculous. It only shows the vast difference between a true writer and blogger. Rex, being the blogger wanna-be-writer. Objectivity and a consumption for how your readers interpret what you put out there is key. Rex seems to be in a major defense mode throughout. Also, he lives in Seattle now. Talk about extremes? A sunny city to a rainy city. In Seattle it rains about 155 days a year, or 42% of the time. He is probably grumpy because he had to go buy yet another umbrella.

      As a side note – majorly jealous of you living in Vegas, as I sit here in my East Coast over-inflated rental home, looking at my latest paycheck and the state taxes they take out. Isn’t it soo very nice living in Nevada and not having to worry about those pesky state taxes that makes your paycheck go down? My husband and daugther move back to LVN in December. Can’t wait !! Just in time to beat the snow out here :-)

      • ROFLMAO!

        Um, you posted your reply to “Betty” before I approved her comment on the site. As in, you couldn’t reply to a comment that you didn’t see.

        Unless … waitaminute!

        lol

        Las Vegans, ladies and gentlemen, give em’ a hand.

  • heather

    I am just not getting this article? I lived in Las Vegas (Henderson) for a couple of years (2009-2011), and now we are moving back in December. By choice, with our 2 year old.

    We moved back East – living right outside of NYC, and we are CHOMPING at the bit to get back to Vegas. Can’t wait !

    All cities have their challenges. I have lived in a number of cities in my lifetime, and let me tell you Vegas beats them ALL. Low cost of living, great weather, entertainment, easy traffic. Have you ever sat on 270 or the beltway in rush hour traffic in Washington DC? Well I have (I use to live there)and it would take me 2 hours to get to work – if I was lucky.

    Have you ever ridden the subway in NYC? So much fun as you are waiting for the next train to arrive, and you see some drunk, probably homeless person, just peeing right there in front of you as you wait for your train. Or speaking of education………isn’t a sad sad day, when you have to get on a WAITING list to enroll your kid into pre-school, because it so competitive in NYC and expensive. A waiting list for a 4 year old for school? Kind of sad if you ask me.

    Do seeing these things make me hate NYC or DC? No………why would it? There are so many other facets of these cities that are great. You take the good with the bad.

    Same thing with Vegas.

    Vegas – Great weather – yes summers are hot, but I will take a hot summer over 12 inches of snow and breathing recycled indoor heating for 8 months like some of the major cities on the east coast.

    Vegas – Entertainment is top notch, and you don’t have to pay and arm and a leg for parking ($25)like you would in NYC. And you don’t have to pay and arm and a leg for the show tickets. Especially if you are a Vegas local with a NV drivers license.

    Vegas – it is a renters dream out there. A beautiful 4 bedroom home, renting for $1300 a month. NYC – $1300 a month gets you a 4th floor walk up efficency above a dry cleaner. You know the kind where the bed comes out of the wall :-)

    Vegas – crime? NYC? Crime? Washington DC? Crime? Don’t they all have crime? You go one block the wrong direction in Northwest DC, and you go from being in the business district to the ghetto.

    I could go on and on and on, but I just don’t think it is reasonable to compare Las Vegas to other cities. They all have challenges. They all have pros and cons. Just because you didn’t like living in Las Vegas, doesn’t mean other people wouldn’t. You pass off your article as more of fact then of opinion.

    I LOVE the 24/hour lifestyle. The wide open parking lots, and just being able to drive my car into a parking space, and go into the building. Living in some of the major east coast cities, just driving up to a building and parking isn’t possible.

    I LOVE the entertainment in Vegas, the wide variety of people from all over the world.

    I LOVE that I don’t have to travel to see friends or family. They come to me ! 32 million come to Vegas each year, you are definitely bound to have someone you know come visit with those kind of statistics.

  • Ryan

    I couldn’t disagree more! I really agree with Heather!

    I cannot wait to move back, seriously.

    I moved to Colorado in July and I must say that I am very homesick for Vegas.

    Maybe you just lived in the wrong part of town. I lived in north green valley ranch (sunset station( and I absolutely loved it. I moved there in 2010 and I fell in love with LV.

    The song Lovely Las Vegas by Matt Goss sums it up perfectly “I’m falling for Las Vegas!” Except that I already fell.

    Cant wait to move back!

    • Rob

      Ryan,

      I too am in Colorado. I too am homesick but I moved here from Bangkok. I can’t get back over there (hard for foreigners to find good paying jobs). I applied at 3 positions in Vegas today. Crossing my fingers. I too agree with Heather’s post. I’m not sure what all these negative comments are comparing Vegas to. Hot? Hell yeah. Sit at the pool ALL summer. No traffic. Things to do. etc…

  • michigan girl

    Vegas is not a good city!!! My husband and I liked it when we visited; to live here is a different story. I would give anything to move back to Michigan. My husband has a great job and I have yet to find anyone to give me chance even with a degree. The people here are rude. Its really hard to find good friends.

    I constantly have my gun on me because I don’t trust a single person here. I just cant stand the weather. Its way to hot in the summer and the electric bills are redicilous! Plus the water bills are high.

    If anyone decides yo move here please do your research!!!

  • Chris

    I grew up in the Bay Area. While I enjoy visiting, I am not interested in sitting outside of a vegan restaurant right across from UC Berkeley discussing how much more intelligent I am than those around me. This city is not for elitists. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy an intellectual conversation, but I realize what this city has to offer, just as I know what it does not. My intellectual conversations take place at a book store or by a firepit in my backyard. They dont happen on street corners or cafes because this is not an urban landscape with year round hospitable weather. If you enjoy the thought of living in a city like Seattle or San Francisco, you will HATE it here.

    I have lived in Las Vegas for just over a year, and I do enjoy being here.

    This may have to do with the fact that I experienced a similar hell to that listed in this article for six years while living in Modesto, Ca [See any Forbes “Worst Places to Live for (fill in the blank)” articles]. 15-20 percent unemployment, crime, brain drain, intense summer heat, “Silent Hill” style fog in the winter, 75-110 mile one-way commutes, rapidly rising poverty rates…

    I never resented Modesto for its hardships, but I felt awful watching this city (and region) literally fall apart from 2005 to 2011. When I decided to move, I left.

    That being said: I moved to Las Vegas in August 2011, and found few jobs. I worked for the cable company (Cox) for the first 10 months, and learned far more than I ever wanted to know about Las Vegas’ different neighborhood and population. This is a city of the ultra-rich, ultra-poor, ultra-smart, ultra-stupid, and ultra-normal! No matter how much you love this town, this article is not coming from some random negative viewpoint. This article is grounded in an unfortunate reality that applies to *some* areas. It’s not that the city is bad, it’s just more difficult to identify the problem areas when many of the slums are located in newer housing tracts. Don’t buy a house here until you rent here for a few months!

    I never gamble, and the strip is just a string of beautiful glittering lights I can clearly see out the window from my oversized bathtub in my brand-new, $135k NW LV home. I work 25 minutes to the south, right off the largely new 215 freeway. I never experience traffic. When I want to go out and drink, I walk to the nearby transit center, and take a $2.00 express bus to downtown (Which is still dumpy, but much improved). I work in a live Data Center for a large international company. While Im accustomed to the heat from living in the California Central Valley, I do find it frustrating that it does not cool off enough at night to air out the house in the summer. Monsoon season does provide some shockingly beautiful breaks from the heat, as long as you don’t live in a flood zone! Luckily electricity and water are dirt cheap, compared to Northern California standards at least.

    For me, life is good. Transit is good. Commute is easy. Schools in this area are newer. I have never worked in any industries tied to tourism. Just like living in an outer borough of NYC, if Transit is a priority for you, you need to live near the transit system! This applies in every city in this country.

    And that is my random collection of thoughts on this town.

  • Jessika Jones

    Thanks for the hilarious piece. . .I found it on a day I needed a chuckle. The image of you looking around at the “more than enough empty land in the Mojave Desert to last for the next 10,000 years,” scratching your head and wondering why everyone else is so stupid just got me rolling on the floor. How astute of you. What an utter genius. Yeah, nobody can pull anything over on you, especially all the ignorant, stupid residents of Las Vegas.

    Yet, for all your research you seem to have missed the very real fact that the Federal Government (the BLM) OWNS 91.9 percent of the land in Nevada. Genius: nobody can build on that land.

    You know, it’s a shame you moved away from here. . .your description of the folks in Las Vegas fits you to a tee. You were “home” and you didn’t even know it!

    • Yet, for all your research you seem to have missed the very real fact that the Federal Government (the BLM) OWNS 91.9 percent of the land in Nevada. Genius: nobody can build on that land.

      Ah, the BLM.

      Yen-shee of the desperate Vegas Real-Estate speculator.

      So, Jessika, let me break you off a little something, because that’s what I’m here for.

      You see, true scarcity comes from existence, not hoarding.

      Why?

      Because the former generally cannot be remedied at will, whereas the latter can be.

      The BLM is a public entity, which means that the land is publicly owned. The BLM owns most of the land in Nevada, but they can and do auction said land off. In fact, they do so all the time. And, with tens of thousand of square miles in the queue, ready to be introduced to the market, it serves as an ever-present regulator of land prices in Nevada.

      You’re not telling anyone anything they don’t know about the BLM. Problem is, with the BLM acting as a kind of “Land Federal Reserve”, you think they will keep land prices artificially high. You have no assurance of this, though. It’s just your wish.

      The fact of the matter is all of that land exists, and it’s sold/auctioned off to buyers quite liberally.

      As such, my claim that there is no land shortage in Nevada, is pretty spot on. The government owns most of the vacant areas of the USA. A land shortage this does not make.

      You know what does make a land shortage? Manhattan, for it has no more land to give. That, is a land shortage. Not a public entity which controls the buying & selling of gigantic swaths of vacant land. Most of the private property in Las Vegas now, was owned by the BLM at some point, and guess what, genius?

      They can and do build on it.

  • Chad

    Chris – I want to know Vegas like you do. I’m coming for a visit! haha

  • Nicole

    I moved to Vegas from the San Francisco Bay and I have been miserable since the day I’ve signed my lease. The summer was Hell on Earth all my hair fell off…. It’s so boring, this move set me back a 100 yrs. I get over worked for no money just barely paying my bills. I hate it here so much I read this article everyday

  • Nicole

    I see why the rent is cheap it SUCKS

  • Have a Question

    Hi,

    I live in Las Vegas, and my husband and I share many similar sentiments about life here. I was wondering if anyone knows if there is anything medically wrong with the environment here. Since moving here, I have mysteriously gained seventy pounds (in one year– forty of it in two months), and I have lost my hair. My husband has also gained weight, and his nails are very thin. I do five to ten hours of cardio each week, and I follow a careful diet. I have had extensive blood tests, but they can’t seem to find a cause. My doctor says that I am doing everything right, but of the seventy pounds I gained, I have only lost four. Before moving to Las Vegas, I rarely exercised, ate what I wanted, and I had very long, healthy hair. During the period in which I gained the weight, I was exercising and dieting, albeit not as stringently as I currently am. Someone told us that the water here is bad, but we stopped drinking the water a year ago, and we have had purified water delivered since then.

  • CDN guy

    I almost moved to LV in 2000, to work construction. I was living in alberta at the time. I fell in love with the place after a 25 hour drive, one easter long weekend. Then drove back the next weekend.
    I decided to go to Toronto to visit my parents and friends before I left.
    After a 3 day drive I was home. That nightwent to a bar was playing pool with a guy that was going to fly to Las Vegas later that week to be a framer. -I thought wow I plan on driving there next week. I took his dads number and said call when you get there they need more workers.
    Later that night night I met a girl, we were together for 11.5 yearsLOL
    We built a business and bought a nice house. Last month we broke up -I sold the business gave her the house.
    I am driving to LV on Monday. Eventhough the the job and housing market is %100 stronger in canada.
    After reading all these comments not sure how long I will stay,
    Will be funny to go there now. When I was there last my dollar was worth 50 cents, now its worth over a dollar.
    I wonder how long it will be before ppl from USA start crossing our border for higher paying jobs stable goverment and health care our education system is also strong (eventhough my spelling and gramor sucks)
    As good as Canada we don’t have a Las Vegas
    Long live VEGAS

  • Tom Anderson

    I was going to write a long, and hopefully eloquent responce, but, you know what?,why bother? The main thing I hate about Vegas is the rude and hateful attitude that I see everyday. I go out of my way everyday to speak to everyone I pass and I cannot remember one person reciprocating.Maybe it’s the area I live in {south-central,near McCarran},but I’m getting sick and tired of speaking to people and never recieving a single “hello” or anything. I have lived all over the country and have never seen a lonlier place in my life

  • mk

    Vegas Sucks, good strippers though

  • City Data LV Forum truth teller

    Las Vegas is the worst place to live on planet earth. I feel sorry for anyone who is stuck in that horrible city that is infested with human garbage. I have been banned million times on City Data Las Vegas forum for trying to speak the truth and inform folks who don’t know what living in Las Vegas is all about. Las Vegas Knuckleheads worship only money and materialistic things…that is all they do. Bunch of uneducated servants chasing broken dreams.
    City built by the Losers for the Losers. Nothing is worth waisting your life in that isolated desert $hitholle.
    Only shysters prosper in that environment.

    Las Vegas is a JOKE!!! Stay far away from that horrible place.

  • Terrance

    Omg!!!! This article is so on point!!!! These are the same things that I’ve been saying about Vegas for years.

  • Marcus Miller

    I’d never visited Las Vegas until I moved here in June 2002, right after my freshman year and before my sophomore year in high school. In that 11 1/2 years, I’ve spent a total of 6 1/2 years here (I’ve done a lot of moving around for various reasons)….

    I am a California native, with family roots in Arkansas. I’ve equally spent time in both LA and living the small town country life, plus the 6 1/2 years in Vegas. As with ANY place… no matter how big or small… there’s positives and negatives. I have always felt “at home” in Las Vegas. While I agree there’s plenty of fakes and phonies, job market isn’t super impressive, homelessness, the summer sucks (and currently the winter is kicking in pretty fiercely), crime is evident…..

    it’s like that anywhere. And it’s not getting any better. That’s the world. NOT just Las Vegas.

    Everything depends on every single individual person, and what meets their personal tastes and standards.

    Las Vegas isn’t for you? That’s perfectly acceptable. There’s an entire EARTH for you to explore to find yourself and where you’d like to be.

    I love Los Angeles. I really do. More specifically, the South Bay and the surrounding areas. Why don’t I live there? Well the general reasoning is why MOST people in Vegas are from California. It’s way too damn expensive to be able to afford a place to live while trying to also have a life in LA. As well as the super massive overpopulation, most being illegal… but that’s another story.

    Vegas is a mostly clean city, with huge wide streets, nice homes (even if they all mostly look the same), very affordable, far less traffic than LA… though it is getting a little worse with time, I myself prefer the grid like system of the city, and if you wanna go to LA, San Diego, San Francisco, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Denver, Reno….. you’re pretty right in the center of them all.

    I’m a highly complex person who likes to live simply. I like to try new things, while also sticking to the things I know I love. Vegas provides the things I want most, without having to go too far out of reach to do so. I’m a music freak that stays involved with the scene. And there’s more than enough shows to keep that satisfaction. I like good food. I like to shop for random things. I like amazing views and skylines. And I like random adventures with my friends. I don’t drink/smoke/do drugs, and I don’t dance. So I don’t exactly hang out in clubs. As long as I can see live music a couple times a month, I’m fine. Is that so out of control? Is that mind-blowing? I can ENJOY Las Vegas without doing the typical Vegas things, and love the city as a whole in the process? I like Fremont St. I like The Strip. I like the convenience of how the city is setup.

    For all the minor complaints, or even the “Big Picture”…… it still doesn’t derail my overall love for the city, or my enjoyment of having a life here. I could’ve never came back after my 2 years of high school here. But I LIKE it here. Even as a 26 year old male who listens to rock and metal, and doesn’t party and do the typical shindig…. Vegas still has enough oomph to it for me to call one of my Homes.

    That’s my taste. My opinion. My thoughts. You’d been better off talking about the United States or the World itself, than just picking out Las Vegas. I’m sorry your experience here wasn’t all that great. It’s not for everybody. Some people feel like you. Some people love it. Some a little too much. I like it just fine. Though I miss the beach… it makes it that much better to go visit just 5 hours away.

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