Carson City, Nevada

What’s the only state capital to make it into Top Locales so far? Answer: Carson City, Nevada! This picturesque western city is only minutes from gorgeous mountains, horseback rides in the desert, and the breathtaking beauty of Lake Tahoe. Nearby Reno, the “biggest little city in America”, offers lots of entertainment. If you’re taking a trip somewhere or have friends or family flying in, Reno-Tahoe International Airport is only a 25 minute drive from Carson City.

Carson City may not be the first place one may think of for raising a family, but it excels in that area as well. The city has great schools and low crime. The climate is healthy as well. At a high 4,802 ft above sea level, afternoon temperatures in summer aren’t too hot. The humidity is comfortably low. Planning a picnic or a softball game? Go for it, sunny Carson City only receives 9 inches of rain the entire year! The winters aren’t bad either, with high temperatures relatively mild in the 40’s.

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You’ll find a nice downtown in Carson City where you could meet and mingle with all your cool new neighbors. In terms of jobs, there are a good number of state government opportunities in town. Plus, the larger city of Reno has an even larger job market and is a fairly short commute by car. When it comes to outdoor activities, the Lake Tahoe area has premium ski resorts, swimming, water sports and scenic hikes, just to name a few. This is a very environmentally healthy part of the USA too, with protected forests and clean, crisp mountain air.

The Carson City area offers the best of the mountains, deserts, lakes, four easy seasons and sunshine all year long. The good life here is just waiting for you!

Carson City stats:

Total Population: 54,219

Median home value: $217,400

July is the warmest month, with an average high temperature of 88 degrees.

January is the coldest month, with an average high temperature of 45 degrees.

Average annual rainfall: 9 inches

Average annual snowfall: 17 inches

Fun facts: The largest silver discovery in world history was in 1859 at Comstock Lode, just outside Carson City. Carson City was also a stop along the famous Pony Express!