Nevada May 19, 2018
8 Undeniable Differences Between The Northern And Southern Parts Of Nevada
No matter what region of the state you hail from, we can all agree that Nevada is an amazing place to live. There’s no doubt that Nevadans are fiercely loyal to the Silver State. However, it goes without saying that there are several noticeable differences between the different regions of our state—most prominently between Northern and Southern Nevada. There’s a bit of a rivalry between these two main regions, but it’s all in good fun. Check out these 8 undeniable differences between the two. What else would you add?
1. First and foremost—the weather.
Probably the most "physical" difference between the northern and southern regions of Nevada is the weather. Southern Nevada is
hot. As in, three-straight-months-of-100-degrees-and-more weather type of hot. Summers are brutal in southern Nevada, but they are bearable in northern Nevada. In fact, northern Nevada is even known to experience full seasons. Imagine that!
2. Snow? In Nevada?
Yep, this is a hard one to explain to out-of-staters. However, Nevada got its name (which means "snow capped") for a reason. Much of northern Nevada experiences snowfall during winter months. The Tahoe area is even considered one of the most premier ski destinations in the country for its pristine snowy mountains. However, it's not so common in the southern parts.
3. Reno vs. Las Vegas
It's a rivalry that's existed for as long as we can remember. People who live in Reno can list dozens of ways in which it is superior to Las Vegas, and vice versa. It's almost as if just by living in Nevada you
have to pick a side.
4. Population density.
Nevada currently has a rapidly growing population of over three million people. However, there's definitely a noticeable pattern to where these people are congregating. Las Vegas alone holds a population of 632,912 people. The second most populous city is Henderson with a population of 292,969. It's hard to find a town that breaks more than just 10,000 in the northernmost region of Nevada. Are you a city person? Southern is for you. Do you like your space? Northern is where it's at.
It's not fair to lump humongous regions of Nevada as sharing one certain lifestyle. However, there's definitely a uniquely Old World vibe in northern Nevada compared to the rapidly changing and growing suburbs of southern Nevada. Northern Nevada is often referred to as "Cowboy Country" and it's easy to see why. The Wild West is alive and well in the North.
6. Sports teams
Nevada may be home to just one professional sports team with the Golden Knights, but that doesn't mean Nevadans aren't die-hard fans on the state level. Sports fandom varies drastically depending on what region you live in. Southern tends to root for the UNLV Running Rebels and Northern tends to root for Nevada-Reno Wolf Pack.
This goes along with the point of population density, but traffic is found on two extreme levels here in Nevada. Southern Nevada (particularly Las Vegas) is known to have horrible traffic that rivals cities like Los Angeles. However, northern Nevada is home to a highway known as America's Loneliest Road. It doesn't get more different than that!
8. The food.
Even the restaurants in Northern and Southern Nevada can vary. For instance, if you're craving excellent Basque food then Northern Nevada is your best bet. However, Southern Nevada is where you want to be for authentically delicious Thai food.
There’s a lot of differences between Northern and Southern Nevada. Do you have anything to add to this list? Comment below! Actually, there are some things both regions of the state can agree on that make us true Nevadans. Check out this list of
15 Things You Must Do Before You’re An Official Nevadan.