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Old 09-09-2012, 08:28 AM
 
Location: West Wendover, NV
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May be relocating to the area soon. What are the pros/cons from a "locals" point of view. I've done a lot of research and so far seems like the biggest obstacle is finding affordable housing.

Thanks so much for your feedback!
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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Depends on what you're looking for. All towns in Nevada except Reno/Sparks/Carson City, and Las Vegas/Henderson/North Las Vegas are isolated and remote, with few of the amenities found in large cities. If you are young, or at least healthy, enjoy the outdoors and cowboy atmosphere, don't need advanced medical facilities, and don't care that there is no place to shop, and only a few restaurants, then Elko is my favorite rural Nevada town. In my opinion it is a little more of a town than 99% of other rural Nevada towns. Keep in mind that towns in Nevada are miles and miles from anywhere. If you are coming from the east, or other place where there is a town every five miles, you'd better spend some time in Nevada before you decide to move here. You might prefer the Reno Area, or the Las Vegas Area which are 440 miles apart. Elko is 290 miles from Reno, and 220 miles from Salt Lake City, and 471 miles from Las Vegas. That's isolated, and that's the story of rural Nevada, and most western states except California.
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:41 AM
 
Location: West Wendover, NV
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Thanks for the feedback, I appreciate it. We've been to Las Vegas a couple of time and will be traveling to Elko this week to explore the area and meet with a "potential employer".
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Old 10-08-2012, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Truth or Consequences, NM
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I am from rural Nevada. Nevada is probably the most remote state, other than Alaska of course. I grew up in Hawthorne. If your healthy, don't need medical care, then it's ok. Elko has grown a lot over the years. AmTrak stops there and there is commercial air sevcie to Elko (EKO). Finding employment in Elko shouldn't be a problem in the hospitality industry, and there is a small gay population there. It is the Cadillac of smaller towns in Nevada,
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:25 PM
 
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We're looking into moving away from Elko, due to my husband's job transfer. I have found this site so helpful for looking into our potential future home so I thought I'd put in a good word for Elko! We have lived and raised our sweet kiddos here for over 16 years. Every community has it's pro's and con's but Elko has been a HUGE blessing to us. We have been surrounded by amazing people in this community which will make it very hard to leave when the opportunity arrises. Elko has the small town feel, but come-on, we have a Home Depot, Ross, a Super Wal-mart & more. No chain restaurants outside of fast food but Basque restaurants that are wonderful. 2 movie theaters. Reno or Salt Lake City are about 3-4 hours in either direction.

Spring Creek is just a few minutes over the summit if you're looking into a home with a few acres. There are brothels right in the City Limits and casinos as well, but there are also many great churches, so obviously, it's where you decide to spend your time that will determine your experience. Sagebrush and TONS of it, but there is beauty if you look, especially in Lamoille (about 25 minutes away). There's fishing, hunting, relay and even skiing opportunities. It's an active community. We love Elko!!!
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:19 AM
 
Location: San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties
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We're looking into moving away from Elko, due to my husband's job transfer. I have found this site so helpful for looking into our potential future home so I thought I'd put in a good word for Elko! We have lived and raised our sweet kiddos here for over 16 years. Every community has it's pro's and con's but Elko has been a HUGE blessing to us. We have been surrounded by amazing people in this community which will make it very hard to leave when the opportunity arrises. Elko has the small town feel, but come-on, we have a Home Depot, Ross, a Super Wal-mart & more. No chain restaurants outside of fast food but Basque restaurants that are wonderful. 2 movie theaters. Reno or Salt Lake City are about 3-4 hours in either direction.

Spring Creek is just a few minutes over the summit if you're looking into a home with a few acres. There are brothels right in the City Limits and casinos as well, but there are also many great churches, so obviously, it's where you decide to spend your time that will determine your experience. Sagebrush and TONS of it, but there is beauty if you look, especially in Lamoille (about 25 minutes away). There's fishing, hunting, relay and even skiing opportunities. It's an active community. We love Elko!!!
An excellent post, my wife grew up in Elko, she and her sister were not allowed to pedal their bikes by the cathouses, but they did like the Arctic Circle. Elko and Ely are great little towns.
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:33 PM
 
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ive never been but like to plan a visit this spring summer. Any advise about restaurants, sight seeing things to do, Hotels?
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:03 AM
 
Location: San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties
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ive never been but like to plan a visit this spring summer. Any advise about restaurants, sight seeing things to do, Hotels?
Camp in Lamoille Canyon, hike in the Rubies and Jarbidge.



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Old 01-30-2013, 05:25 PM
 
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Born and raised in Elko, I have to respectfully disagree with Jamesd1967. I would not presume to know what living in Hawthorne is like because I grew up in Elko so I find it funny that you would presume to know what living in Elko is like. At any rate, Amtrak does indeed stop in Elko as well as Greyhound and we do have an airport. Funny that you mention the gay population, I think that is inconsequential. But the comment about finding employment is especially misleading. Anyone who knows anything about Elko knows that employment is relatively easy to find here compared to most of the country due to the MINING industry or any other industry that supports it. Yes, there is also hospitality and entertainment industry jobs if that is what you are looking for. Elko isn't the greatest town on Earth but it certainly isn't the worst. Like anything in life, Elko is what you make of it. As for the housing issue, it is pretty bad here, it's true. Housing, among other things in Elko can be quite expensive and sometimes scarce. Unfortunately some in Elko will give you the old "if you don't like it then hit the road". But there are others trying to make it better. Search the local newspaper, Ruby Want Ads and stay away from Craigslist for rentals. There are also a few property management places in Elko but I suggest trying Lipparelli and Associates because their rentals are fairly priced and in decent shape. But there is always a waiting list for rentals, sometimes six months or longer. Buying is a little easier.

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Old 01-30-2013, 05:29 PM
 
Location: San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties
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Born and raised in Elko, I have to respectfully disagree with Jamesd1967. I would not presume to know what living in Hawthorne is like because I grew up in Elko so I find it funny that you would presume to know what living in Elko is like. At any rate, Amtrak does indeed stop in Elko as well as Greyhound and we do have an airport. Funny that you mention the gay population, I think that is inconsequential. But the comment about finding employment is especially misleading. Anyone who knows anything about Elko knows that employment is relatively easy to find here compared to most of the country due to the MINING industry or any other industry that supports it. Yes, there is also hospitality and entertainment industry jobs if that is what you are looking for. Elko isn't the greatest town on Earth but it certainly isn't the worst. Like anything in life, Elko is what you make of it.
If Elko isn't the greatest town on Earth, what is? I think Elko comes pretty close.
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