I need to know the cost of living and crime rate in Houston vs Las Vegas, NV.

Asked by Sandra Velasquez, Las Vegas, NV Tue Mar 25, 2008

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Roberta LaRo…, , Las Vegas, NV
Thu Mar 27, 2008
Hi Sandra,

There are so many data sites out there, and unfortunately they have some widely varying numbers. One recent "study" came up with figures stating Las Vegas was lacking in parks per capita. It counted the population of the entire MSA, but only the parks located within the City of Las Vegas. The information out there can sometimes be confusing, especially without the details.

The Las Vegas - Paradise MSA is about the size of New Jersey. There are 4 entities in the actual Las Vegas valley, that covers an area of about 600 square miles. The City of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, and unincorporated Clark County. Boulder City is right next door in the Eldorado Valley. Even the Las Vegas Strip isn't in the City of Las Vegas, and you'd be surprised how many don't know that it's in the unincorporated towns of Winchester, Paradise, and Enterprise, NV. I have a map that shows where each area is located with the white representing the various unincorporated parts of the county.

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It appears that some sites use a mix and match of information, and sometimes their own "formulas". City-Data reports the actual FBI Uniform Crime Report numbers for each jurisdiction. The FBI also urges caution when making crime comparisons, as there are a lot of variables that can effect crime numbers for an area. Las Vegas for example, has nearly 40 million visitors, a large number that aren't counted in the local population, and something that other cities probably won't have. So these are only a straight up comparison. Also note that Las Vegas will be reported as Las Vegas Metro that includes both the City of Las Vegas and unincorporated Clark Co., North Las Vegas, Henderson, and Boulder City report separately.


Another source that includes cost of living and other information.


Hope that helps, and Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas!
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Diann Tonnes…, Agent, Las Vegas, NV
Thu Mar 27, 2008

Below are a couple of links you might find helpful. The first is a link to different cost of living comparisons between Houston and Las Vegas.


This second link is one that you can find crime statistics on:
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June Stark, Agent, Las Vegas, NV
Thu Jan 8, 2009
Hi - The best site I have found for Las Vegas crome is http://www.lvmpd.com and then you can click on CrimeView COmmunity atthe top menu bar. You can enter a stret address and then click on reports. It is the Metro PD's Site and gives a clear picture.
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