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Top 10 Jobs and Attractions in Searchlight, Nevada

Updated on November 20, 2017
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Within 40 miles, 6,500 jobs are advertised, largely in Laughlin NV, Henderson NV; and Bullhead City, Arizona.

The center of Las Vegas is located approximately 59 miles from Searchlight, with the southeastern part of the city and the suburb of Henderson in between.

Top 10 Hiring Companies

  1. Smith's Food and Drug Centers
  2. Wynn Las Vegas
  3. Boyd Gaming Corporation
  4. PetSmart Stores
  5. Las Vegas Pizza, Domino's Pizza, El Pollo Loco, Dell Taco
  6. Heartland Automotive Services, Inc.
  7. O'Reilly Auto Parts
  8. Station Casinos
  9. El Super | Bodega Latina
  10. Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen

Top 10 Jobs Advertised

  1. Truck Drivers
  2. Truck maintenance technicians
  3. Sales Representatives, inside and outside
  4. Grocery clerks and managers
  5. Casino wait staff, cashiers, and managers
  6. Registered Nurses
  7. Engineers - IT and design/construction
  8. Home Health Aides
  9. Fast food and casual dining servers
  10. Medical Assistants

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According to the US Census Bureau in 2015, Searchlight has grown in population by 39% from 2000 to 2010.

The home of Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada) enjoyed an upswing in business at the end of March 2010 as Tea Party groups traveled in busloads to the village in order to campaign against Senator Reid in the November 2010 elections.The large rally has the effect of bringing many business dollars into the growing village.

tea Party political party rally in Searchlight.
tea Party political party rally in Searchlight. | Source

According to BusinessWeek magazine, many of the fastest growing cities in each state of the USA are suburbs of larger cities and are actually unincorporated places, like Searchlight, which is also a .good retirement area near Las Vegas.

Searchlight lies at the crossroads of Highway 164 and State Route 95 and has its own public airport. Approximately 55 miles south of Las Vegas, the village is about 40 miles north of Bullhead City at the end of the north-south arm of Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

The Mojave National Preserve is just to the southwest. Many of the jobs advertised on and for the area are located in Laughlin NV, just about 2.5 miles north of Bullhead City AZ.

Lake Mead Recreation Area
Lake Mead Recreation Area | Source

Mining History, Recreation, and Business

Searchlight is a mining town recognized for its historic importance and the fact that it was once larger than Las Vegas. Prospectors discovered gold in Searchlight in 1897 and by 1902, a Gold and Silver Boom was underway in the area until 1907, when gold ore was pretty well mined out. However, for a decade, it was a large, prosperous place. Searchlight supported over 1500 residents at the time.

Searchlight still supports some miners, along with ranchers, artists, and small business owners. It is also a place that draws retirees. Outdoor recreation and sports are popular all year in this area, making it ideal for workers and retirees alike.

Searchlight is near Lake Mojave in the Lake Mead and just 14 miles from Cottonwood Cove, which has popular Largemouth Bass fisheries. Residents and visitors love the lakes and recreation areas.

Homestakes Mine: Mine shaft in Searchlight NV.
Homestakes Mine: Mine shaft in Searchlight NV.

Laughlin, Nevada is growing as well and is also near Lake Mead, at the meeting of the corners of Nevada, California, and Arizona. Laughlin draws tourists and gamblers to town for its legal gaming businesses and resort hotels that offer job openings.

Ten resort-hotels and 10 golf courses are a among the top draws in Nevada and more are in the works. Sport fishing and native American petroglyphs interest tourists as well and a number of organized tours around the desert and Colorado River attractions are offered in the warm weather all year long.

The most popular attractions include the Xtreme Bulls Ride Hard Tour, the Laughlin River Run, the Pirates of the Colorado Regatta and Fourth of July celebrations. Laughlin jobs have increased 110% July 2008 through 2012, according to statistics collected by

Sea Plane Over Bullhead City

Bullhead City, Arizona is devoted to conservationin its 365 Days to Sustainability project. A daily blog by the city leadership tracks their progress at

A major infrastructure project is also underway in partnership with Laughlin involving an interstate bridge. The completion of this bridge will enhance business and commerce between the two cities and the states of Nevada and Arizona. The economic growth experienced will affect nearby locations such as Searchlight as well.

The number of job listings in the Bullhead City market area have increased gradually since November 2009, according to statistics, with a 49% increase overall from July 2008 through July 2015.

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I think some people might laugh, but also that Searchlight could become a more quickly expanding place. it's fun to watch and let people know what's up.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      It is very kind of you to write these hubs to help people. Thank you.

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Hi JenDobson27 - That's true and I'll keep my eye on Searchlight to see what other jobs become available. It would be awesome for the town to grow a bit more quickly than they'd expected.

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      JenDobson27 7 years ago

      Interesting hub, thanks for sharing. You can always count on old McDonalds to have job openings!