Las Vegas Residents Want Out

A recent survey from UNLV suggests that 40% of the residents of the Las Vegas metropolitan area would prefer to leave the state.
April 1, 2010, 5am PDT | Nate Berg
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"The results are an indication of tough times, said Robert Futrell, a UNLV sociologist who led the study paid for by the university and the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition.

Most Las Vegans, it seems, talk about moving at some point. The transient nature of the area - only 8 percent of us were born here - certainly contributes to that. But with Southern Nevada's economy bumping along the bottom, shedding jobs as it goes, more might be thinking those thoughts."

Another factor contributing the results, researchers say, is the feeling that homeowners are trapped in Las Vegas. It's been estimated that nearly 80% of homeowners in the Valley owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth.

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Published on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 in Las Vegas Sun
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