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The Las Vegas living experience; what to know and what to expect

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AP Photo/John Locher

A plane takes off from Harry Reid International Airport near casinos along the Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas is a town of transplants.  

It’s always been the story, and during the pandemic it was no different. A recent California study says that of 250,000 people who moved just out of San Francisco during the pandemic, their top two destinations were Las Vegas and Phoenix.  

It’s easy to see why: lower cost of living, jobs, it’s a 24-hour city and beyond the Strip, you can lead a life like almost anywhere else in the country. 

Still, Las Vegas is one of the few desert-born cities in the U.S. It caters to some 40 million tourists a year; and there are pitfalls –and opportunities – here that sometimes take a while to see. 

How did people move here? What should they have known before they got here? What is the essential advice for someone who loves the idea of ditching heavy winter coats for scorching summers? What have they found so far that’s different, something that's not what they expected or something that excited them about Las Vegas? 

Chris Giunchigliani, former politician; Kristen Kidman, Senior Producer, KNPR; Dayvid Figler, lawyer, writer; Cyndi Lundeberg, Las Vegas Social Media Influencer

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Joe Schoenmann joined Nevada Public Radio in 2014. He works with a talented team of producers at State of Nevada who explore the casino industry, sports, politics, public health and everything in between.
Kristen Kidman is a former senior producer at KNPR’s State of Nevada and is proud to be from Las Vegas.