1. Nevadans Have A Little Bit Of A Superiority Complex
Nevadans love their state and nothing you can say about it will change their minds. They love it so much, they have their own holiday to celebrate it named—you guessed it—Nevada Day. They fill the streets on the last Friday of every October and (since it’s an official state holiday) most people get the day off of work to do it. Many even make it a long-weekend celebration.
Nevadans also get irrationally irritated when you pronounce “Nevada” incorrectly. It’s Nev-ADD-ah. Never Nev-AH-dah. If you make the mistake, anyone within earshot will pounce and immediately correct you.
They live in the best state, after all. The least you can do is pronounce it correctly.
2. They’re Not Easily Impressed
You’ll have to get pretty creative to shock a Nevadan because they’ve seen it all. Seriously, all.
And in a state that includes Las Vegas and Reno, how could they not? Prostitution is legal throughout much of the state, gambling is everywhere, and you never have to go far to see a poster or a pamphlet of a scantily clad showgirl.
But beyond the obvious, there’s probably no place on earth more enjoyable for people watching than Nevada. The state is full of some of the most different, lively and crazy people imaginable. From unique talents to flamboyant costumes, the people in Nevada keep life interesting.
They’re so desensitized at this point, they think of Las Vegas as completely overrated.
3. They’ve Got Incredible Self-Control When It Comes To Booze
Anyone can buy alcohol 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in Nevada, making it unbelievably easy to get your hands on. Public intoxication is also completely legal and cities are restricted from passing any laws overturning it, making it even easier to have a few too many out in public.
The easy access to such extreme entertainment venues are just another excuse to celebrate that promotion or college graduation or, hey, it’s Wednesday, why not?
But that doesn’t mean the state is full of drunks. The real problem-drinkers and trouble-makers are the tourists. Nevadans might enjoy their very highly accessible alcoholic beverage of choice, but they know how to take it just far enough before it goes too far.
Looks like proximity to Vegas and Reno has taught them to have a good time, but know their limits.
4. Don’t Mention The Heat Unless You Live There
Some Nevadans love the heat. They were born for the desert sun and they can’t get enough of it, and think anything below 90 degrees is a little chilly. Others find it absolutely oppressive and have spent a lifetime figuring out how to stay cool, and think anyone who puts leather upholstery in their car must have a death wish.
But, whichever side of the fence they sit on, they just can’t stop talking about it. But just because they do doesn’t mean that you can.
Once someone from out-of-state dares to do so, they’re in for an earful. “This is nothing!” they’ll tell you, while reminding you of the time it was 108 at breakfast.
And then without fail comes “but it’s a dry heat!” justification. Because, frankly, once you get past about 100 degrees, it’s all a dry heat.
5. They Never Think Of Vegas When They Want To Party
Nevadans’ unique culture and surroundings have made them get creative. Whether it’s celebrating at Burning Man for an entire week, throwing a massive tubing party down the Truckee River, or having a fun filled campout in the rough desert, the people in Nevada know how to live it up. And those lenient liquor laws just makes it even easier.
Las Vegas’ non-stop entertainment and neon lights can be fun for a while, but it’s also crawling with tourists and ungodly traffic that’s just NOT worth it for Nevadans. They’ve figured out the best local casinos, clubs, hot nightlife spots, and party areas that are virtually tourist free and way less expensive than on The Strip.
They get the best of what everyone loves about Vegas, without what everyone hates.
6. Nevadans Are The Ultimate Survivalists
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Having the desert in their backyards means Nevadans have had to learn how to best embrace and enjoy their land. But they also frequently visit mountain ranges full of snow Lake Tahoe, which has made Nevadans the ultimate survivalists, able to navigate literally any landscape.
It’s not uncommon for locals to hit the slopes for skiing and snowboarding one day, and then camp out in the desert or go tubing down the river in nothing but a bathing suit the next.
Most people around the country aren’t experienced with handling the extremes of both conditions, but the desert is simply the way of life for Nevadans and they’ve long since learned how to handle it. And nothing beats the heat like a snow cap.
7. They’re A Bunch Of Tin Foil Hat Wearing E.T. Believers
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If you’re more of a Scully than a Mulder when it comes to believing in aliens, Nevada probably isn’t the place for you. Unless you’re open to converting, of course, because Nevada has the second highest percentage of UFO sightings per capita in the country.
Not everyone is convinced that we’re facing some sort of imminent attack that would require Will Smith to save the world when he should have been at a barbecue, but the state is full of people with extraterrestrial stories—whether it’s their own or someone else’s.
Nevada State Highway 375 was even marked with a sign renaming it Extraterrestrial Highway, mainly for its high number of sightings and close proximity to the elusive Area 51.
8. They’re Fast And Furious
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Do the people in Nevada drive so fast because they have so many sports cars? Or do they have sports cars because they always like to drive so fast? Just one of Nevada’s many imponderables.
Regardless, Nevadans love fast cars, loud carbs, and lots of chrome. That’s why the state is full of so many high end auto-enthusiast museums, car shows, expos, festivals, events, and races.
Nevadans will spend more on their car payment than they on their rent, and they’ll do so happily.
Not everyone has one, but everyone who doesn’t wants one and is just waiting for that day they snap a photo of a spaceship and sell it for big bucks.
9. They “Aint ‘Fraid Of No Ghosts”
Come on, sing it with me: “If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who ya gonna call?”
Probably a Nevadan, actually. Nevada is one of the most haunted states in the country, with endless stories and sightings from one end to the other, and everyone in Nevada knows at least one of them.
Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas is notoriously haunted with dead celebrities, and the abandoned Old Goldfield Hotel has reportedly been haunted by the former owner and the woman and child that he murdered.
These stories are common knowledge, though. If you want to get the real nitty gritty on the hauntings throughout the state, all you have to do is ask a true Nevadan. They won’t just be able to tell you where to go and the story behind it – they’ll probably take you there themselves.
10. They Might Be Hot, But Nevadans Are Also Super Chill
The temperatures might be soaring, but the people in Nevada couldn’t be any cooler if they tried.
And in a state where racecars and ghosts are more common than Priuses and hipsters and liquor falls as freely as water from the hose, it’s only natural they’ve learned how to go with the flow.
Nevadans’ laid back personalities and free spirits make them extremely open and accepting of all lifestyles, regardless of how different they might be from their own.
Here are some numbers to prove it: The number of same-sex households in Nevada increased 87 percent between 2000 and 2010, and reality show polygamists Kody Brown and his many wives picked up and moved to Nevada in the middle of the night in an attempt to find acceptance for their family.
So when the aliens invade, Nevadans will be waiting to welcome them with open arms. And have they got a party waiting for them.