Are you considering relocating to Las Vegas, but not sure if the city of neon lights is right for you? Well, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Here at Sky, we know there’s a lot more to Las Vegas than the slot machines. If you’re contemplating calling the Strip your new home, read on to learn 5 lesser-known facts about Sin City – they might just help you make your life-changing decision.

1.  It’s a Driving Town

If you’re used to being able to get around by bike or on foot, then you’ll have to get accustomed to the idea of driving everywhere.

Las Vegas is a hot city, and an air-conditioned vehicle is almost a necessity to live here. Though Vegas boasts excellent public transportation, most people invest in a vehicle to take advantage of all that the city has to offer. In addition to the Strip, Las Vegas consists of many exciting neighborhoods and suburbs, all within driving distance of one another.

And if you’re moving from a city like Los Angeles, Atlanta, or Boston, you won’t find Las Vegas traffic a problem, either.

2. Climate is King

One of the most important considerations to keep in mind is the climate.

Las Vegas is very dry and extremely hot for much of the year, requiring residents to sometimes plan their outdoor schedule around sundown hours. During the summer, exercising or even extensive walking during midday is out of the question, and parking becomes a shade-seeking game.

Get used to carrying water with you everywhere you go, and you’ll likely want to mix up your skincare routine to cope with the dryness.

3. There’s More Than Just the Strip

Locals don’t always hang out on the Strip – that is, unless friends are visiting.

New residents have a whole big city to explore, full of rich culture and vibrant neighborhoods. One of the more popular choices for artists, entrepreneurs, and young people is the recently revitalized downtown Las Vegas, which boasts community hubs and exciting programming such as the First Fridays Art Walk.

If you’re feeling even more adventurous, you can explore the natural beauty of Nevada, which boasts breathtaking spots such as Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Valley of Fire, and Great Basin National Park.

4. Life is Fast-Paced

The non-stop action of the Strip sets the tone for the rest of the city. Expect to find a slot machine in most convenience stores, and get used to being able to buy groceries at 3 a.m.

Though it’s a fast-paced lifestyle that prioritizes convenience and entertainment, it does require a bit of extra effort to form relationships and make friends in Sin City.

Because most folks congregate indoors for 4-5 months of the year to avoid the heat, you’ll want to involve yourself in activities where you’re more likely to get to know others, such as team sports, volunteering, or taking hobby classes.

5. It’s Not Tough to Find a Deal

Whether you’re looking at housing prices, groceries, or taxes, Las Vegas offers many affordable options for those looking to save money while still living in a major city.

Nevada residents have some of the lowest taxes in the nation, which is due in large part to the revenue from almost 40 million tourists visiting annually. And because development has been allowed to sprawl, housing prices continue to be considerably less than those of most other big cities in the U.S.

If you’re ready to take the leap, contact Sky today to visit one of our apartments complete with all the state-of-the-art amenities you need for the ultimate Las Vegas lifestyle.