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Old 11-04-2007, 09:44 AM
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I've read a few posts on here about people moving to reno or carson city. I've decided I'd prefer Carson City as then I'll be closer to the dirtbike trails, blm land to ride on. I'm 26 and plan on securing a job before moving down there. I'd like to move in March-April of 08.

What do I need to look for when moving?

My hobbies: softball, dirt biking, cooking, having lived in Minneapolis for the last 10+ years would prefer more of the country urban area where I can still go to have a social life. Just looking for a change of environment away from the cold, that will allow me the opportunity to make new friends as well as grow into a career.

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Old 11-04-2007, 11:45 AM
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If you need a bigger mid-20's type social scene, I think Reno/Sparks would be a better choice of the two places. There's more population up there and downtown development than you'd find in Carson City. Carson is just quite a bit smaller.

Carson City also has all kinds of plans for their downtown area, but I have yet to see any move towards starting the improvements. Even if it were completed, I haven't seen anything in the plans that will make it a big or varied 20-something scene.

Career opportunities will also be greater and more varied up in Reno than down in Carson. Again, Reno is just bigger and is situated on a main e/w interstate, I80. Carson is off US395, which is still a significant route, but it's not an interstate that big business would find attractive.

I also happen to think that Reno is more aware of the value of making the gateways to their city more attractive. It makes for a nicer living environment. Carson doesn't seem to have a concept of the value of beautification.

Yes, Reno has it's dumpy areas as does any city, but it also has very nice regions and maintained areas. Carson is still struggling with weeds along he roadsides, decorative median rocks sinking into the dirt, and little attention to beautifying the entries into their town.

I don't happen to be involved in dirt biking, so I don't have any scoop on that. However, the Reno/Sparks area backs up to a bunch of open land. I would imagine that there's that kind of stuff going on up there. Perhaps you've already researched that issue and have the scoop, so I don't want to misdirect you on that subject, so don't depend on my imagination.

Otherwise, you do know that it does get cold up here in the winter, whether it's Reno, Carson, Minden, and especially Tahoe. It's nothing like living up near the Minn/Canada border, where my famaily homesteaded well over 100 years ago, or in the more mild region down south in the other Minnesota, the Twin Cities. However, Northwest Nevada (i.e., Reno, Carson, Minden, etc) will have their moments. Snow will come and go and temps can get down into the single digits somtimes. Overall the winters will be mild, but it will have its moments.

Also,you do know that you're adjacent to the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains, right? There can be some real nasty snows and temps up there during the winter. In fact, it's not too far to the west of Reno (up I80) where the Donner Party was stranded one winter and had to eat each other to survive. So, don't expect to find yourself completely in an area without harsh winters. Ther futher up the hill you live, no matter if it's near Carson or Reno, the colder and harsher the winters will become.

If you're still set on Carson, there's some decent neighborhoods on the west side of the town. You also have Dayton, which is out US50E, that gives quick access to downtown Carson City but also has some new and nice homes and neighborhoods. It doesn't happen to be my choice, but some people have found a reason to head out there. Much of it has to do with a lower RE price.

Hopefully you'll get some other reponses and perspectives. I hope mine have provided some insight or issues to consider.

Good luck on yor relocation plans . . . and remember, you'll also be close to Tahoe and the entetainment, recreation, and skiing opportunities up there. It's a benefit to being in the Washoe Cty, Carson City/Cty, Douglas Cty areas.
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Old 11-05-2007, 08:23 PM
Location: Sacramento, CA
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For someone in their mid-20s I would definitely recommend Reno over Carson City.

As a far as dirtbiking goes, there is a place called sand mountain which is about 25 miles east of fallon, NV. It is a huge destination, people go there from where I live near Sacramento.
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Old 11-06-2007, 08:16 PM
Location: Carson City, NV
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Dont move to Carson City. I am 50 and I feel like I am 100 since I moved here. This is not a town for a young man. Reno is much better. Carson City is a retirement community. No real fun, crazy ole drivers, and everything is for old people (70 and up).

Please rethink things and go to Reno. You can get cheaper places to live on the outskirts like North Valleys. There is nightlife, University, more Casinos, and more stuff happening. and you can even have the quiet life there too. Yes, it is a big city but it is the smallest big city in the world. You have everything too.
And if you are looking for love or even friends, stay out of Carson. Reno is the right move.
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Old 04-24-2008, 03:01 PM
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Default Avoid Carson City, Nevada!

I've had the great misfortune to be stuck in Carson City, Nevada, for about six years. There's a LOT of "hostile natives" in this area. I've had numerous disturbing, unsettling and downright scary encounters with the people here.
The problems seem to stem from a generally red-neck community which doesn't have much respect for themselves, much less strangers. LOTS of Californians have been moving here in the last five years or so, and the old-timers in Carson City are VERY upset with this fact...and don't hesitate letting you know. The Californians here are annoyed and upset with the angry Nevadans, so either way, it's a hostile place to live and work.
But here's the REAL deal. A recent research poll listed the state of Nevada as the MOST DANGEROUS place to live out of the entire U.S. And even worse, Nevada has the HIGHEST SUICIDE RATE of any other state. If that isn't enough "inside information" on Nevada right there, I don't know what is!
This information, incidently, is compiled from ALL the various law enforcement statistics in ALL the states. Facts don't lie. Unless you have a great capacity for masochism, I would steer clear of Nevada at all cost. Be good to yourself and your family. There's better places to live than bewitched Nevada.
Additionally, Nevada state and local statutes are largely "immigrant friendly", which explains why Carson City and Reno are becoming "suburbs of Mexico" in both populace and business. From what I've experienced here....they can HAVE the place, with my blessings!
If I had known all this before moving here, I would NEVER have moved here. I'm currently assembling my own "escape" plans to leave Nevada, and will avoid this state with vigor once I leave, that's for certain!
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Old 05-10-2008, 12:47 PM
Location: Asheville NC
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Beutification means zoning and I hate zoning so it may be Carson City for me, but Mound House has the most Brothels. Maybe there between voting to expand the brothels and defunding the schools we can repel the parents and establish a childfree town with no school taxes.

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Old 06-03-2008, 04:38 PM
Location: Washington
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Originally Posted by bigdave01 View Post
For someone in their mid-20s I would definitely recommend Reno over Carson City.

As a far as dirtbiking goes, there is a place called sand mountain which is about 25 miles east of fallon, NV. It is a huge destination, people go there from where I live near Sacramento.
They are big on dirt bikes? Is it sand? And what about quad riding? I ride at the dunes (sand) in Or.
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Old 08-21-2008, 05:26 PM
Location: Carson City, NV
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Many here have all-terrain vehicles and the laws are lax on using them. There is sand dunes outside Fallon about 50 miles away.
Mostly, riding the trails in the mountains and down by the rivers and in the desert. It is real big here.

But guns are big here too. Everyone carries one and they are legal. Permits for in your car or on your person.

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