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Any Vegas moms?

Anonymous
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Looking for info on raising a family there.

Bump please.
Posted by Anonymous on Jul. 31, 2013 at 11:11 AM
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Anonymous
by Anonymous - Original Poster on Jul. 31, 2013 at 11:21 AM
Why? Did you live there?

Quoting MissMissfit:

Don't.

LadyAmaranth
by on Jul. 31, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Lived there for almost 7 years...hated every minute of it.

I'd never take my family there again nor would I if I'd realized how dirty, crime filled, job empty it was. Economy sucks big time there.

If you move there...Good luck, you'll need it.

Anonymous
by Anonymous - Original Poster on Jul. 31, 2013 at 4:45 PM
Why did you live there for seven years if you hated it?
And we live in New Orleans so I am used to unpleasantness.

Quoting LadyAmaranth:

Lived there for almost 7 years...hated every minute of it.

I'd never take my family there again nor would I if I'd realized how dirty, crime filled, job empty it was. Economy sucks big time there.

If you move there...Good luck, you'll need it.

LadyAmaranth
by on Jul. 31, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Because it was close to family and dh had steady work til 2008 when the economy really hit the fan.

With certain jobs you can't just pick up and go when it gets ugly cuz it tends to be ugly everywhere so you make do til you have better options, etc. 

Then he got cancer and his insurance was through the VA so they had more doctor options then smaller towns. 

Quoting Anonymous:

Why did you live there for seven years if you hated it?
And we live in New Orleans so I am used to unpleasantness.

Quoting LadyAmaranth:

Lived there for almost 7 years...hated every minute of it.

I'd never take my family there again nor would I if I'd realized how dirty, crime filled, job empty it was. Economy sucks big time there.

If you move there...Good luck, you'll need it.


~Hillarie~
Mama to 3 Joyfully Chaotic Sons

http://kissmybleepcancer.blogspot.com/

wooly
by Knitting Maniac on Jul. 31, 2013 at 5:19 PM

 I lived there 28 years. I moved there in 1970 and started 7th grade there. i hated every minute of it! I raised my 3 sons there and they're still there. I moved away 15 years ago, but I go back twice a year at least. The schools are sub par. Jobs are depending on what you do for a living available. Housing is more affordable than it was when I lived there. It gets hotter than hell, but it does where you live now too. There's less humidity than where you live now, but it's higher than it used to be because of all the water projects. In the summer Lake Mead is available for recreation and in the Winter there's snow play & skiing at Mt Chartleston, what's left that didn't  burn down. Most people that live there never go near the Strip unless it's to go to work or see a show or entertain Out of town guests.  The best places to live depending on where you work are in the Northwest or Henderson & I don't mean Green Valley, tho there's still parts of it that are ok, a lot of  it's going downhill or Boulder City.  Anything else I can tell you just ask. I have lived all over Las Vegas & Henderson, except the Northwest, went to several different middle schools and high schools and I sold Real Estate there too!!

Anonymous
by Anonymous - Original Poster on Jul. 31, 2013 at 5:49 PM
Thank you. Where did you move to and why?
Can you tell me more anecdotal stories about the schools?
My husband is retired from active duty so we have guaranteed income. He would work for the govt there.

Why did you hate it?
Nothing about the strip is appealing to me.
We are looking for a city with low cost of living, a state U, close drive to ocean, mountain and desert(my husbands loves).
San Diegobis first choice but is cost prohibitive.
Why are those the best two places to live?

And thnk you again. Fwiw, living at home I have an eleven yr old son and a 3 yr old son.

Quoting wooly:

 I lived there 28 years. I moved there in 1970 and started 7th grade there. i hated every minute of it! I raised my 3 sons there and they're still there. I moved away 15 years ago, but I go back twice a year at least. The schools are sub par. Jobs are depending on what you do for a living available. Housing is more affordable than it was when I lived there. It gets hotter than hell, but it does where you live now too. There's less humidity than where you live now, but it's higher than it used to be because of all the water projects. In the summer Lake Mead is available for recreation and in the Winter there's snow play & skiing at Mt Chartleston, what's left that didn't  burn down. Most people that live there never go near the Strip unless it's to go to work or see a show or entertain Out of town guests.  The best places to live depending on where you work are in the Northwest or Henderson & I don't mean Green Valley, tho there's still parts of it that are ok, a lot of  it's going downhill or Boulder City.  Anything else I can tell you just ask. I have lived all over Las Vegas & Henderson, except the Northwest, went to several different middle schools and high schools and I sold Real Estate there too!!

Anonymous
by Anonymous - Original Poster on Jul. 31, 2013 at 5:50 PM
What's so terrible about it?

Quoting MissMissfit:

Yes, I use to.

Quoting Anonymous:

Why? Did you live there?



Quoting MissMissfit:

Don't.


wooly
by Knitting Maniac on Jul. 31, 2013 at 6:23 PM

 I came from a small farm town in No Cal. The first thing I hit was Culture Shock. I personally don't like big towns/cities and I hate the heat. Family wise it's a very Transient town and you really have to be careful of who you talk to and trust.  Even in school it was that way it will always be that way because of the type of town it is.  When I moved there I practically slept thru the 7th grade because we were so much farther ahead in ca. Unfortunately I missed some things I needed for the next grade and it wound up screwing up my entire school life, there were other things that helped too. My dh is also retired Military and Nellis isn't a bad base at all. We would go out there and do our grocery shopping once a month. I've found good Drs there too even tho the new Hosp is actually outside the front gate of the base.

The Cost of living is decent. There's no personal Income Tax tho they've been talking about installing one for years. Property taxes are reasonable. The reason I chose the Northwest and Henderson as a nice place to live is because they're newer and a lot of the old parts of town have become very run down and some of them are gang ridden and very racial. You want your family to be safe.  We also would love to have moved to San Diego. We have both lived there and my Husband & his first wife retired there. They were both in the Navy. But like you we find it's too expensive and Ca taxes will kill your retirement.  We moved to a small town at the entrance to the Rocky Mtns. I found this place when I came up here to learn to Spin at the Estes Park Wool Market. I went home and told him i found where we're going to retire to. It's much cooler here. It's very busy in the summer because it's a tourist attraction. But in the winter it's just a small sleepy home town. The majority of the kids that graduate from school here go on to college. The entire town is very family oriented. We do get snow but not a lot. It's sort of funny. The snow will kill the west side of the rockies and then sort of take a breather over our little valley and then go down and kll Denver! LOL! It's also dry here, so our snow is a dry snow and since we get so much sunshine it's usually gone in a couple of days if that. We do have State Income Taxes, but I think it's the first $20,000. that's exempt.

Anyway, Vegas is a very strange town that's full of gangs and lots of gang activities. You will see Graffiti everywhere. My oldest son lives in a nice neighborhood but the City decided to take an old Neighbiorhood by Eminent Domain and it seems like the majority of the people that have credit tookn their buy out money and moved to his neighborhood and now it's covered in Graffiti.  There are churches of every denomination all over town, but the predominant religion seems to be Mormon. People have all kinds of preconcieved ideas of Vegas and it has more churches per capita than any other place in the states, at least it used to.

if I were you what I would do is put everything except absolute neccessities in storage and rent an apt or a house in the neighborhood you think you might want to move to and see if you like it. If you've never stayed there except maybe a small vacation  or driving thru then you really have no idea of the day to day things that go on. I'm sure you heard about the school shootings there. My kids had to go thru a metal detector to get into the schools. they started that after the school shootings. It has everything a large city has it's just that it's main industry is Gamblimg and Casino work. Lots of people move there thinking they're going to get rich working on the strip. It doesn't happen. That's how i wound up there. My mother got divorced and she had heard even Change Girls made Big Money and you could swim all year long, it doesn't happen. She was a waitress and she made good money after she worked her way up to a Strip Hotel, but it wasn't at all what she thought.

1stpreggers
by on Jul. 31, 2013 at 6:25 PM
Yep I live here and love it ! However you cannot swim year long here lol ! What do want to know ??
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No1knows
by Member on Jul. 31, 2013 at 6:40 PM

I live in Las Vegas and I love the diversity, the 24 hour lifestyle and beautiful oceans, mountains and national parks are only a road trip away.  Cost of living is good and like any city it has its pros and cons.  There are very nice areas in Las Vegas for families to live....there are bad areas too but if you live on the outskirts of town you can find homes with more land and now there are also plenty of charter schools to make up for the terrible public school system. I have 2 children entering 1st and 2nd grade and they love living here. We go to Disneyland and SeaWorld and the beach often and they have great friends and sense of community here.  It's not for everyone but I like Vegas.

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