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Las Vegas ranked as Nevada’s No. 4 most livable city

Among all Nevada’s cities, Las Vegas ranks No. 4 on a real estate firm’s best places to live in the state, a new study shows.

The Movoto Real Estate study, released Monday, looks at total amenities, cost of living, median household income, student-to-teacher ratio, crime rate, tax rates, unemployment, weather and median home price.

Incline Village took the top spot, with Movoto citing its idyllic location on Lake Tahoe shores. The population of 8,777 is composed of outdoors-loving people who live in a place rich with amenities. Crime there is low, with only nine incidents in 2012 and an average commute time of 18 minutes. Median home price is $921,060 and median household income is $90,281.

Second on the list was Gardnerville, with 5,656 residents. Southern Nevada’s Boulder City rounded out the top three with Movoto citing low unemployment, a plethora of amenities and low crime.

For Las Vegas’ ranking, the city came in first for amenities but 11th for overall quality of life. Las Vegas placed near the bottom for crime compared with Nevada’s other cities.

Interestingly enough, Las Vegas shares Movoto’s fourth spot with Arden, a census-designated place inside the city.

The rest of the firm’s top 10 list, in order, are Henderson, Mesquite, Elko, North Las Vegas and Johnson Lane, near Minden. Elko was touted as having the best weather in Nevada, while Johnson Lane was the second safest town in the state.

Summerlin South had the lowest crime rate, according to the firm. Reno came in at No. 17 on the list.

Contact reporter Laura Carroll at lcarroll@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-4588. Follow @lscvegas on Twitter.

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