Today we’re going to look at the best black neighborhoods for black families, young professionals, and black singles.
Carson City, Nevada, is a gorgeous town filled with natural beauty, history, museums, parks, and recreation.
Known for its lovely desert setting, Carson City is also a quick drive to Lake Tahoe, which offers beaches, hiking, and water activities in the summer and skiing, snowboarding, and cold-weather activities in the winter.
Are you feeling like some gambling? You can find it in Carson City—or take a half-hour drive to Reno, with its casinos and world-class shopping and restaurants, for even more fun.
Carson City, the capital of Nevada, is a beautiful suburb in which to raise a family as a black person. The town has a high concentration of top-ranked schools – six elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools.
Carson City is more of “one town” versus a town of many neighborhoods. In 1969, it merged with Ormsby County, which led to it being a bigger town. Most of its housing stock was built in the 1970s, but several new communities are under construction. It’s also home to numerous residential properties well over one million dollars.
Carson City boasts many parks and museums for families to explore, including the Nevada State Railroad Museum, the Kit Carson Trail—which allows you to take a walking tour as it snakes through downtown. There’s also the Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada, Washoe Lake State Park, Skunk Harbor, and more.
Carson City has a four-season climate. Its summers are hot and humid, and it gets snow in the winter. With its abundance of community parks, recreation centers, hiking and biking trails, beaches and swimming, and winter activities, there are ample opportunities for families to stay active.
That said, here are a few distinct areas worth looking into.
Housing prices in Nevada are around 9% to 10% higher than the national average. The median home cost is $421,300 in Carson City, and home appreciation in the last ten years has been 14.3%.
The median home price in the Stewart area is $531,877. Most people who live in the area work in managerial or professional positions, including in one of the many government offices or medical facilities located in Carson City.
Stewart is located in the southern part of town near the historic landmark, the Stewart Indian School Cultural Center and Museum. It’s near Fuji Park, two shopping plazas, two sports complexes, and the Carson Lanes Family Fun Center. It’s also a short drive to scenic Carson Valley.
Even though Stewart is home to many families, it is also home to the Northern Nevada Correctional Center, meaning a high concentration of its population is classified as inmates.
Indian Hills is located in the southwest quadrant of Carson City. The median home price is $565,000, making it a bit more pricey than Stewart.
Many families live in Indian Hills, where the population is spread out, meaning families have room to roam. Many of the homes feature views of the Sierra Mountains and Carson Valley. Within Indian Hills, you’ll find homes built in the 1970s and 1990s, along with new gated communities.
Indian Hills has easy highway access to Lake Tahoe and Reno. Nearby shopping includes Trader Joe’s, Costco, and Home Depot.
Lakeview is a beautiful, upper-scale neighborhood with median home prices of $625,000. In this quiet neighborhood, you’ll find a mix of retirees and families.
Residents can enjoy nearby Lakeview Park, with hiking and biking trails—including the Flume Trail that extends into the Lake Tahoe area—and breathtaking valley views.
Lakeview is on the northern outskirts of town but still a quick drive to medical centers, shopping, and restaurants.
The population of Black people in Carson City is only 2%, so you will need to decide if living here is for you. It may not make a difference to you, especially if you love having an active outdoor life.
The beauty of Carson City is hard to beat. With its Sierra Mountain and valley views, proximity to Lake Tahoe, and many parks for hiking, biking, camping, and water activities, you’ll never run out of things to do.
Your nightlife options, however, may be limited. Casinos–many of them older–abound in Carson City, but if casino nightlife is not for you, you may not have many other options. There are a few breweries and good restaurants in Carson City, but for more exciting nightlife, you may find yourself having to drive to Reno.
Speaking of Reno, there you will find a wide range of cultural activities along with world-class shopping. Reno is a fun place to go for weekend trips.
Again, Carson City doesn’t have a robust and distinct flavor to individual neighborhoods. That said, you may want to consider the following top Carson City suburbs for Black singles and young professionals.
New Empire is a more affordable, urban neighborhood in Carson City. If being able to get downtown quickly is on your wishlist, New Empire may be for you. New Empire’s median real estate price is $248,825.
New Empire is predominantly a working-class town. If you’re part of the LGBTQIA+ community, you’ll also be glad to hear that New Empire has a high population of same-sex couples.
New Empire is also a great place if you’re a golf enthusiast, featuring the Empire Ranch Golf Course.
Carson Hot Springs is located in Eagle Valley in Northern Carson City, to the west of New Empire. Here you will find Carson Hot Springs Resort, the largest hot spring in Eagle Valley, and Silver Oak Golf Course.
The median house price in Carson Hot Springs is $590,000; however, plenty of rental apartments are available in the area.
After-hours, you can check out the Comstock Casino, the Sassafras Eclectic Food Joint, Shoe Tree Brewing Co., and a few good Mexican restaurants. Cultural jaunts include the Nevada State Capitol and the Nevada State Museum.
According to Statista, in 2012, Nevada was the third least peaceful state in the United States.
In 2019, Nevada ranked as the 10th state for violent crime.
However, keep in mind that a lot of the crime in Nevada takes place in Las Vegas and Reno.
The chance of becoming a crime victim in Carson City is about 1 in 59. That means Carson City’s crime rate is higher than about half the other cities and towns in Nevada.
That said, people who live in Carson City often say they feel safe there and that they know of little crime around them.
The 2020 Census population for Carson City was 58,639. Of that figure, 20% were persons under the age of 18.
White people make up 66% of the population in Carson City, Hispanic or Latinos 25%, and Black people 2%, some being African American. Other races make up 7%.
The median household income is $55,718 in Carson City. Data from 2015 to 2019 showed that 57% of the housing stock is owner-occupied, meaning plenty of rentals are available. However, availability may be less than in other areas of the country. The median gross rent (2015-2019) was $940.
Regarding education, 22% of the Carson City residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
The Best Carson City Neighborhoods For Black People, Conclusion
These are the best Carson City neighborhoods for Black families. In many ways, life in Carson City will be similar no matter which area you select. The main differences will be in the cost of the housing, whether or not you move into a newer development, and how much shopping and nature are around you.
The further out you go, the higher the prices of houses tend to be and the more scenery you will have.