Moving from Portland, OR to Las Vegas, NV

Changing Scenery: Moving from Portland to Las Vegas

Portland and Las Vegas don’t have much in common, other than population (just above 600,000 each). Portland boasts the lush, natural beauty and cooler climate of the Pacific Northwest, and a laid-back vibe. Vegas, meanwhile, is hot, dry, fast-paced, and a major tourist attraction.

But there is life beyond the Strip in Sin City! Moving from Portland to Las Vegas isn’t a gamble if you play your cards right. 

Las Vegas Best Bets

Set yourself up for success with a little prep work before your move. Here are some key things to know:

Cost of Living

Here’s your first big score! Vegas is 23 percent less expensive than Portland. Housing and rent in Vegas are above the national average, but lower than in Portland. Most locals live far off the Strip. Check out the many family-friendly neighborhoods in Vegas or nearby Henderson.

Job Market

Tourism, gaming and hospitality are the top industries in Vegas. But there are wide-ranging opportunities in education, government, food service, technology, and ambulatory health care services.


The Strip is Las Vegas’ golden goose, and for good reason — it’s a blast! But don’t miss out on the desert’s natural beauty. Explore Red Rock Canyon, Valley of Fire State Park, Mount Charleston, and Lake Mead, all within an hour’s drive. There are also lots of cool museums and kid-friendly activities to enjoy.

Handling the Weather

In Portland, the sun rarely makes an appearance. But in Vegas, the big yellow orb is large and in charge. Be ready for the heat of the day with sunblock and wide-brimmed hats. Consider getting out in the early morning or later in the evening to avoid the hottest parts of the day. And last but not least, stay hydrated! 

Getting Around

Don’t expect Las Vegas to rival Portland’s excellent public transportation system. Las Vegas is much more spread out, so it helps to have a vehicle. McCarran International is one of the busiest airports in the U.S., serving more than 40 million passengers each year. Cheap flights are readily available for quick getaways to nearby Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Francisco … or Portland!

Moving to Las Vegas With U-Pack®

Improve your odds of an affordable, low-stress move — consider U-Pack. With our self-move service, you pack and load your items without having to drive them. We’ll make the 16-hour haul for you! Choose door-to-door deliver, or load/unload at a nearby service center — whichever works best for you. Get a free online quote to see how much a move from Portland to Vegas will cost or call 844-362-5303844-594-3077.