Moving from Phoenix, AZ to Las Vegas, NV

America’s Playground offers familiar heat for Phoenicians 

Contrary to popular belief, Las Vegas, NV isn’t just for tourists — It’s a growing city with family-friendly communities and other attractions beyond the bustling Strip. And if you’re planning to relocate from Phoenix, AZ, the intense heat and desert climate won’t come as a shock. Get a glimpse into life as a Las Vegas resident and discover a service that can make your long-distance move easy and affordable! 


It may be easier to get around 

Phoenix is the fifth-largest (and fastest-growing) city in the U.S. with more than 1.6 million residents and 4.6 million throughout the metro area. In comparison, Las Vegas has a population of just 660,000 (2.8 million metro). Despite its big-city vibe — and 32 million visitors in 2021 — Vegas is also much smaller geographically, making it easier to get around. Most Las Vegas residents drive their own vehicles and typical traffic congestion eases at night, except on the Strip. 

Alternative transportation options include bus service throughout the Las Vegas valley, including neighboring Henderson, and the Las Vegas Monorail, which runs the length of the Strip. Taxis and rideshare services are also plentiful. And like Phoenix, Las Vegas is a travel hub, making it easy to fly in and out. McCarran International is one of the busiest airports in the country. 


Experience a comparable cost of living 

Las Vegas is relatively affordable, considering its size and amenities, and offers a lower median home cost ($345,000) than Phoenix (over $400,000). Many are drawn to Las Vegas because Nevada has no state income tax, but a sales tax of 8.38 percent makes it comparable to Phoenix (8.6 percent).  


You won’t have to give up fun in the sun 

Wondering if Las Vegas can offer recreation similar to Phoenix? Fear not! Both are havens for sun worshippers and outdoors enthusiasts. Phoenix and Vegas each have hot, dry summers and pleasant winters. However, Vegas tends to be windy, which helps make it feel a bit cooler in comparison. 

Las Vegas has more than 100 parks and 40 golf courses. It’s also just 17 miles from Red Rock Canyon and close to Mount Charleston, Lake Mead, the Valley of Fire and the Colorado River. If you’re into stargazing (a popular pastime in Arizona), you’ll have to venture out of downtown Las Vegas for a decent view. According to NASA, Sin City is the brightest spot on the planet because of the concentration of lights from the hotels and casinos. 


The sporting life is alive and well 

Sports fans don’t have to suffer through withdrawals when moving from Phoenix to Las Vegas. In addition to all the activity on the Strip, the city has three professional sports teams — the NFL’s Raiders, the NHL’s Golden Knights and the WNBA’s Aces — along with the Aviators, the Triple-A minor league affiliate of MLB’s Oakland Athletics, and college sports at UNLV.  


There’s plenty of work available  

With more than 150,000 hotel rooms and growing, it’s no wonder Las Vegas is considered a service industry city. Tourism, entertainment and hospitality are the largest economic sectors. Other major employers include health care services, the Clark County School District and the Clark County government. The city’s growth and connection to gaming also creates ongoing opportunities for building and manufacturing industries. 


Choose U-Pack and enjoy the journey 

Road-tripping 300 miles from Phoenix to Las Vegas is much more fun in your own vehicle instead of behind the wheel of a large rental truck. Choosing U-Pack® to help with your move gives you that freedom. Our helpful consultants can customize your move, arranging for a professional driver to transport your belongings to your new home in less than a week at a price comparable to full-service movers. And with our nationwide coverage, we’re never too far away. Get a free quote today!