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Exploring Life in Fernley, Nevada: What Makes It a Good Place to Live?

Fernley, a growing Nevada city, has been drawing new residents due to its economic expansion, housing developments, and plentiful green spaces, perfect for nature lovers.


It is also near lakes, streams, and rivers that are perfect for fishing, boating, and other water sports activities.


Economic Opportunities

Established in the early 1900s, Fernley used to be an agricultural and ranching community near Reno. 


Since the mid-sixties, when the Nevada Cement Company arrived, Fernley has transformed into an industrial hub, fueling its booming real estate market.


Today, major employers are in manufacturing, transportation, and logistics, with predictions of Fernley becoming Nevada’s distribution epicenter soon.


Manufacturing is growing in Fernley as companies appreciate its convenient location near Interstate 80 and its increasingly skilled workforce.


Corporate giants like Amazon, UPS, Trex, Walmart, and Lowe’s find a home in Fernley, thanks to its thriving business environment.


Additionally, Fernley’s unemployment rate, at 5.4%, is lower than the national average, and the city has seen recent job growth. Another bonus is the lower poverty rate compared to the national average.


 Livability of Fernley

Considering the cost of living, education, crime, and overall happiness, rates Fernley’s livability as above average.


The survey reveals Fernley’s cost of living, considering factors like housing, healthcare, groceries, utilities, and transportation, is below the national average.


Regarding education, Fernley boasts a solid ranking, taking into account graduation rates, teacher-student ratios, reviews, and enrollment rates.


Additionally, Fernley’s notably lower crime rates compared to other rural areas make it appealing for families seeking a safe, close-knit community.


Population and Demographics

Per the 2019 US Census, Fernley’s population of around 21,500 has a median age of 34.8, younger than the national average.


Another notable demographic trend is the high concentration of families (vs. single residences), representing over 75% of the population. This might be due to the city’s tight-knit communities, recreational parks, and new housing developments that attract young families.


Meanwhile, the homeownership rate is around 80%, notably higher than the national average, which is only 66%.


Things to Do

Despite having a small-town vibe, Fernley offers many activities and exciting places to visit, thanks to its convenient location. For example, within a 30-60 minute drive, you can visit Buckland Station, Pony Express Station, Fort Churchill, Native American Petroglyphs, and Virginia City.


Thanks to its proximity to Lake Tahoe, Pyramid Lake, Lahontan Reservoir, and Walker Lake, Fernley attracts nature lovers, fishing enthusiasts, and outdoor activity fans.


Within Fernley, 10 community parks offer baseball and softball fields, rodeo grounds, basketball and tennis courts, and even a skate park for local enjoyment.


Additionally, explore Desert Rose RV Park, Fernley Raceway, the 18-hole Desert Lakes Golf Course, a paintball facility, and an ATV racetrack nearby.


Fernley Nevada Weather

The city has a semi-arid climate with abundant sunshine and light snow, and rainfall. May, June, and September are considered to be the most pleasant months, while December and January are the least comfortable.


On average, the city gets 253 sunny days annually, while the national average is 205 days. Fernley receives 5 inches of rain and 11 inches of snow annually, compared to the national averages of 38 and 28 inches, respectively.

Winter low (January): 21 degrees Fahrenheit
Summer high (July): 94 degrees Fahrenheit


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