Retirees are flocking to this northern Nevada town of 20,500 for its affordability and location next to the Ruby Mountains. This protected natural area is overflowing with wildlife and scenic streams, lakes, and valleys. It also boasts 300 miles of hiking and walking trails. It’s a fantastic place for camping, hunting, and birdwatching. The residents of this city are typically healthy, fit, and enjoy getting out and being active in their beautiful community. Elko has cool cowboy roots mixed with the Basque culture that was brought with the Spanish in the 1800s-1900s. Elko proudly claims both heritages by celebrating the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in January and the National Basque Festival in July. The cost of living here is also more than 4% below the national average, appealing to retirees who want to make those most of their money.
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