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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    A-
Elko is a town in Nevada with a population of 20,247. Elko is in Elko County. Living in Elko offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Elko there are a lot of bars and coffee shops. Many families and young professionals live in Elko and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Elko are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$228,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,022
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    38%
  • Own
    62%
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Elko Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    274.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    14.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    86.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    81.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    544.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,430.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    158.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    37%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%

Working in Elko

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$77,011
National
$55,322
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Elko Reviews

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Elko is for people who would rather be in a small town, rather than a big city, but still want things to do without having to drive to a different town to do it. It could work on building more places for teens to have fun, as there is more stuff to do for adults and small children, not so much that middle area. In the last few recent years, Elko has expanded a lot and has welcomed more and more businesses. Elko, and Nevada in general, is a great place for outdoorsy people to move, especially if you are into hunting, but also a good place for those introverts too!
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Elko is in a beautiful area with the Ruby Mountains and lots of recreational opportunities but there is very little in this community for families and especially teens besides school and sports. There needs to be an influx of family opportunities or they go elsewhere to Utah, Idaho or across the state. Businesses complain that money is leaving our community but they have not solved the problems that I have seen here for the past 13 years.
Elko is an amazing place. The culture, the cowboys, and the friendly community all make it a great place to live. The selections of restaurants are not too bad, but there are many great places such as The Star and Toki Ona, which are excellent places to eat. Although the housing in elko is expensive, not far outside of Elko there are much cheaper options. Overall, Elko is a friendly place where you feel like you know everybody.