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Old 02-21-2019, 09:58 PM
 
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I lived in the Las Vegas area for 3 years and recently moved to Kansas City.

It is not cheaper to live in Kansas City if you look at comporable sq foot homes. Some sites have median home price at almost 50% less in KC. There is absolutely no way. Oh, somebody mentioned $500 apartments. That is a studio apartment in a not so nice part of town. I wouldn't send my wife out to walk by herself at night kind of place. When I first moved to LV I had a 2700 SQFT 4 BR 3BA home with a nice pool for ~1800 in a desireable part of town and I'm paying ~1600 for a 1800 SQFT 4BR 3 BA home that is very cramped in comparison in a town on the outskirts of the metro area.

Las Vegas is somewhat easier to get around in, espeically since they are finishing up the interstate 15/route 95 interchange upgrades. KC metro seems very spread out and it takes a long time to get around the city. Lots of construction and traffic snarls. LV flows pretty well most of the time.

LV has a nicer airport.

Tax burden in KC is much higher. I know Nevada is toying with raising property taxes, if that ever does happen, then this might change.

Eating out is more expensive in KC. Though not as cheap as it used to be, you can still find some great deals on the strip and casinos througout the metro area. KC does have good BBQ. They both have many of the mainstream resturaunts and shopping. LV does have Sweet Tomatoes where KC does not. That is a bummer for us. KC Mexican resturants have white melty cheese with jalepenos which in LV would not call authentic, but I prefer Mexical cusine served in KC. Better Chinese choises in KC too. Buffets in LV abound, but many have mediocre fare. A couple places in LV I could recommend are the California Casino has the Market Street Cafe....9.99 Prime rib dinner is a great value and you won't go away hungry. Jerrys Nugget is off the strip, but has good food in its coffee shop.

Las vegas has a business Costco which is really cool. Wish they had one in KC.

A downside to Las Vegas is wages tend to be pretty poor. I work in IT and pay rates are substantially lower there than in KC. I was fortunate that I was able to keep my Chicago payscale when I moved to LV.

I liked the weather in LV. I wore short sleves all winter as it doesn't hit freezing all that much (but I lived in the midwest for most of my life). From some time in October to March/April you have very comfortable weather. September and May are typically in the 80-90s which is still reasonable in the dry climate. You have 3 solid months above 90-115 which is pretty miserable, but AC makes up for that as long as your in it. It is possible the longer you live in LV, the more your blood will thin and then you will be one of those natives bundled up in a winter coat, scarf, and mittens at 50 degrees.

There was more greenery in LV then I expected so it wasn't bad if you are used to the East and Midwest, and you have the mountains surrounding it which is pretty. Keep in mind that water is at a premium. Lake Mead has been near the emergency line for the last few years. With the large ammounts of snow, maybe that will improve this year. I hope so, but a long term drought, could turn LV into a ghost town one day or any of those desert cities relying on Colorado river water or underground aquifers that are being overused.

The people in KC seem pretty nice overall....back in the midwest. Westerners are different and I don't like it as much, but my first time living out west.

Roads and infrastructure are much newer in LV as KC is an older city. Both are dirty in their own ways.

Gas is cheaper in the KC area by .50-.75 cents on average.

Groceries may be somewhat more expensive in LV, but it seems like some things are more expensive in KC...I'd call it a wash.

Both have bad areas. Both have homeless who panhandle....seems like that has become a new occupation for some....just hold up your have pitty on me sign and make a living. I have a feeling the real ones who really need help aren't the ones holding those cardboard signs for the most part.

I guess if you know you have a good job in LV or are retired, then LV might be a good place to settle down. Housing prices were getting a little rediculous, but KC seems more rediculous for what you get. You have to be careful in vegas as there is a fair amnount of shoddy construction. I've heard scary stories in KC too, so it just comes down to find a reputable builder and make sure you have used homes inspected by a reputable inspector. Just understand that they may miss something not disclosed or easily evident.

At least from IT perspective, KC seems like it may have better employment opportunities.

I think KC would be more kid friendly if you want to try to keep you kids sheltered. You don't have adult suggestions in your face on many billboards like is the case in LV.

So I wish I could difinitively give you an answer, but they each have plusses and minuses. Hopefully if you are considring either, this gives you some food for thought. I would definitely visit. I had a reason for moving to LV so I didn't think it was too bad on first impressions. I have more initial bad impressions in KC, but the people are nicer.

In the end I'm sure you could be happy in either location. I could live anywhere, I think, given a need like earning a living. There will be good things and bad things with any location choice. Now I certainly would not want to live in NYC on minimum wage...
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Old 02-21-2019, 11:59 PM
 
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Desert, meaning no humidity and no snow? Sounds pretty good!
It just snowed in Vegas. (Yes, I know the post is 2+ years old)
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I lived in the Las Vegas area for 3 years and recently moved to Kansas City.

It is not cheaper to live in Kansas City if you look at comporable sq foot homes. Some sites have median home price at almost 50% less in KC. There is absolutely no way. Oh, somebody mentioned $500 apartments. That is a studio apartment in a not so nice part of town. I wouldn't send my wife out to walk by herself at night kind of place. When I first moved to LV I had a 2700 SQFT 4 BR 3BA home with a nice pool for ~1800 in a desireable part of town and I'm paying ~1600 for a 1800 SQFT 4BR 3 BA home that is very cramped in comparison in a town on the outskirts of the metro area.

Las Vegas is somewhat easier to get around in, espeically since they are finishing up the interstate 15/route 95 interchange upgrades. KC metro seems very spread out and it takes a long time to get around the city. Lots of construction and traffic snarls. LV flows pretty well most of the time.

LV has a nicer airport.

Tax burden in KC is much higher. I know Nevada is toying with raising property taxes, if that ever does happen, then this might change.

Eating out is more expensive in KC. Though not as cheap as it used to be, you can still find some great deals on the strip and casinos througout the metro area. KC does have good BBQ. They both have many of the mainstream resturaunts and shopping. LV does have Sweet Tomatoes where KC does not. That is a bummer for us. KC Mexican resturants have white melty cheese with jalepenos which in LV would not call authentic, but I prefer Mexical cusine served in KC. Better Chinese choises in KC too. Buffets in LV abound, but many have mediocre fare. A couple places in LV I could recommend are the California Casino has the Market Street Cafe....9.99 Prime rib dinner is a great value and you won't go away hungry. Jerrys Nugget is off the strip, but has good food in its coffee shop.

Las vegas has a business Costco which is really cool. Wish they had one in KC.

A downside to Las Vegas is wages tend to be pretty poor. I work in IT and pay rates are substantially lower there than in KC. I was fortunate that I was able to keep my Chicago payscale when I moved to LV.

I liked the weather in LV. I wore short sleves all winter as it doesn't hit freezing all that much (but I lived in the midwest for most of my life). From some time in October to March/April you have very comfortable weather. September and May are typically in the 80-90s which is still reasonable in the dry climate. You have 3 solid months above 90-115 which is pretty miserable, but AC makes up for that as long as your in it. It is possible the longer you live in LV, the more your blood will thin and then you will be one of those natives bundled up in a winter coat, scarf, and mittens at 50 degrees.

There was more greenery in LV then I expected so it wasn't bad if you are used to the East and Midwest, and you have the mountains surrounding it which is pretty. Keep in mind that water is at a premium. Lake Mead has been near the emergency line for the last few years. With the large ammounts of snow, maybe that will improve this year. I hope so, but a long term drought, could turn LV into a ghost town one day or any of those desert cities relying on Colorado river water or underground aquifers that are being overused.

The people in KC seem pretty nice overall....back in the midwest. Westerners are different and I don't like it as much, but my first time living out west.

Roads and infrastructure are much newer in LV as KC is an older city. Both are dirty in their own ways.

Gas is cheaper in the KC area by .50-.75 cents on average.

Groceries may be somewhat more expensive in LV, but it seems like some things are more expensive in KC...I'd call it a wash.

Both have bad areas. Both have homeless who panhandle....seems like that has become a new occupation for some....just hold up your have pitty on me sign and make a living. I have a feeling the real ones who really need help aren't the ones holding those cardboard signs for the most part.

I guess if you know you have a good job in LV or are retired, then LV might be a good place to settle down. Housing prices were getting a little rediculous, but KC seems more rediculous for what you get. You have to be careful in vegas as there is a fair amnount of shoddy construction. I've heard scary stories in KC too, so it just comes down to find a reputable builder and make sure you have used homes inspected by a reputable inspector. Just understand that they may miss something not disclosed or easily evident.

At least from IT perspective, KC seems like it may have better employment opportunities.

I think KC would be more kid friendly if you want to try to keep you kids sheltered. You don't have adult suggestions in your face on many billboards like is the case in LV.

So I wish I could difinitively give you an answer, but they each have plusses and minuses. Hopefully if you are considring either, this gives you some food for thought. I would definitely visit. I had a reason for moving to LV so I didn't think it was too bad on first impressions. I have more initial bad impressions in KC, but the people are nicer.

In the end I'm sure you could be happy in either location. I could live anywhere, I think, given a need like earning a living. There will be good things and bad things with any location choice. Now I certainly would not want to live in NYC on minimum wage...
You just resurrected an old thread. And I’m glad you did.

You made a lot of good points. KC’s taxes SUCK. Seriously, they are horrible. And most of them are thrown to corporations and developers nstead of spent on actual city services. I never even had recycling and paid way more in taxes there than I do in Washington.

I would disagree about traffic. KC is very easy to get around and you don’t have the Vegas strip traffic. The only really bad areas are in Johnson County.

KC is better for a family. But for a single, I mean... no brainer
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Old Today, 06:42 AM
 
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Kansas City, hands down
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