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Henderson VS Summerlin – What is the Difference?

Henderson VS Summerlin

What is the Difference between Henderson and Summerlin?


I get a lot of out of state clients who tell me that they are interested in Henderson or Summerlin, but really do not know the difference between the two. Henderson and Summerlin are two of the most popular areas in the Las Vegas Valley.


Each of them has its benefits and could be a suitable choice for your next home. Deciding to move to Henderson or Summerlin can be hard, but we’ve come up with some tips to help you decide which place could be best for you.



Henderson is the second largest city in Nevada with many different master-planned communities. While Summerlin is the largest master-planned community in Las Vegas.


Henderson has its own government, police force, schools, fire department, and other basic services because it’s a city in Nevada. Whereas Summerlin is a master planned community and is part of the City of Las Vegas.



Henderson is closer to the strip and is located southeast of The Strip, while Summerlin is about 30 minutes west of The Strip.


Even though Henderson is closer to the strip than Summerlin, it can take the same amount of time to get to the strip. Driving from Summerlin, you can expect 10 to 20 minutes on the road. Henderson is roughly the same, although in certain areas, it can take another 10 minutes or so to get there.



Henderson is 3x the size of Summerlin. Henderson is known for having the sixth lowest crime rate in the nation. Henderson has a population of over 300,000 people, while Summerlin has a population of a little over 150,000.



The cost of living in Henderson tends to be more affordable than Summerlin. Henderson’s cost of living is 5% more expensive than living in Las Vegas and 13% higher than the national average.


The average cost of living in Summerlin is in the top 10% of the most expensive cities in the world, ranked 810th out of 2202 in the United States, and 8th out of 13 in Nevada.



Summerlin homes tend to cost more on average, with an average starting price closer to $400,000. But both Henderson and Summerlin high-end communities offer contemporary-designed homes with desert landscaping, guard-gate security, breathtaking views and extraordinary amenities.



Henderson is close to Lake Mead and the Colorado River, which are good for boating, fishing, and kayaking. And is known for its lush greenery and mature landscaping boasting 1,400 acres of developed parks and trails.


While Summerlin is known for its proximity to Red Rock Canyon and its focus on active, healthy outdoor living with expansive outdoor recreational amenities, including the 200-mile Summerlin Trail System, 300+ park and dozens of other parks that feature basketball, tennis and volleyball courts; baseball, football and soccer fields; pools; playground areas – and more.



Summerlin is cooler than Henderson by up to as much as five to seven degrees



Henderson is known for its top-rated public schools, consistently outperforming state standards in proficiency tests. The school district has 113 schools, 60 of which are private, 40 public and 13 charter.


Summerlin is home to more than two dozen schools including 10 nationally recognized private schools and 16 public schools, as well as magnet and charter schools. The community also boasts of some of the highest-ranked public schools in the state.



Henderson was voted one of the top 50 Best Places to Live in America by Money Magazine in 2018 and ranked as one of the safest cities in America by Forbes in 2017. Summerlin was featured in a National Geographic article naming Las Vegas the #1 Best Place to Live & Play.



Now that the details of each city have been compared, which is the best in the Vegas Valley? Of course, that’s for you to decide. Both neighborhoods are gorgeous, filled with great amenities and awesome homes to choose from. It shouldn’t be hard to find the home of your dreams.


Since the two areas are so similar, it all boils down to preference, location and what’s best for each individual. No matter your decision, I can help you find a spot that’s perfect for you.


If you’re considering buying a home in either Summerlin or Henderson, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’ll get back to you personally and promptly. Thanks for visiting!


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Angela O’Hare
Favorite Las Vegas Realtor
Home Realty Center
Lic. #180246
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