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Tourist city known for its casinos and entertainment acts
Las Vegas is a city in Clark County.
It is the county seat.
The community name derives from Spanish for "the meadows."
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Nevada named Las Vegas. For links to other places called Las Vegas, NV, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Las Vegas is 36.175N. The longitude is -115.136W. It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 2,001 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 517,017.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Las Vegas demographic reports
Mormon missionaries built an adobe fort here in 1855. They left three years later and Octavius Decatur Gass developed Las Vegas Rancho on the site.
The San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad (later Union Pacific) bought the site in 1905 and auctioned off lots. Gambling was legalized in 1931, but casino development really began after World War II, when Bugsy Siegel opened the Flamingo.
Eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes began buying hotels and casinos in the late 1960s.
In recent years, the city has recast itself as a popular family vacation spot.
Awarded the Guinness World Record for "Highest Density of Hotel Rooms," it has more than 109,000 rooms
Public transportation: Citizens Area Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Las Vegas received national attention for 1997 title fight in which Mike Tyson took a bite out of the ear of opponent Evander Holyfield
Filming location for:
· 1995 movie, "Leaving Las Vegas"
· 2001 movie, "Ocean's Eleven"
· 2007 movie, "Ocean's Thirteen"
· 2007 movie, "Into the Wild"
· 1998 movie, "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"
· 2007 movie, "Lucky You"
Census 2000 highlights: City with the fourth largest population growth in the 1990s (218,600 people)
Well-known residents have included:
· Andre Agassi, tennis player
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks, It's a Grind, Seattle's Best Coffee, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Panera Bread
Local festivals include:
- Snow Mountain Pow Wow - May 26-28, 2007
- CineVegas - June 8-16, 2007
- Pacific Islands Festival - Sept. 15-16, 2007
Dates often change. Check Las Vegas web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Las Vegas Philharmonic, Nevada Dance Theatre, Nevada Jazz Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation:
Bitter Springs Back Country Byway, Floyd Lamb State Park, Nellis Dunes, Lee Canyon Recreation Area, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Spring Mountain National Recreation Area, Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, Valley of Fire State Park
Scenic roads: Red Rock Canyon Scenic Byway
Las Vegas attractions: Circus Circus, Caesars, MGM Grand, Mirage, Tropicana, Stratosphere Tower
Sports teams: 51s (minor league baseball), Gladiators (Arena Football League), Wranglers (ECHL)
Historic routes: Old Spanish Trail
Historic sites and museums: Las Vegas Natural History Museum, Liberace Museum, Nevada State Museum and Historical Society, Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort Historic Park
Colleges and universities:
University of Nevada, Community College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas College
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 123
The night before I left Las Vegas I walked out in the desert to look at the moon. There was a jeweled city on the horizon, spires rising in the night, but the jewels were diadems of electric and the spires were the neon of signs ten stories high.
-- An American Dream
· "Leaving Las Vegas" (Sheryl Crow)
· "Viva Las Vegas"
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Sections below provide additional information and links about Las Vegas demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Clark County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Las Vegas area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 89128 ZIP code.
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Ancestry & family history
12% of Las Vegas residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Las Vegas ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Las Vegas was $22,060, compared with $21,587 nationally.
18% of Las Vegas residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Las Vegas festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Pacific Islands Festival - S
- CineVegas - J
- Snow Mountain Pow Wow - M
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Las Vegas festival web sites:
Median rent in Las Vegas, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $632. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,164.
Libraries in Las Vegas include Clark County Library, Enterprise Library, Las Vegas Library, Meadows Village Library & Homework Center, Mount Charleston Library, Rainbow Library, Sahara West Library, Spring Valley Library, Summerlin Library, Sunrise Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Las Vegas include Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas Sun
TV stations in Las Vegas include KFBT, KINC, KLAS, KLVX, KTNV, KVBC, KVWB.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KCEP., KCNV., KNPR., KUNV.
Clark County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Las Vegas political report.
Las Vegas restaurants taking online reservations include Agave - Las Vegas, AJ's Steakhouse, Alize at the Top of the Palms Casino Resort, Andre's at the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, Andre's French Restaurant, Aqua Knox, Bertolini's - West Las Vegas, Binion's Ranch Steakhouse, BOA Steakhouse, Bootlegger Bistro ... View restaurants
The average commute time for Las Vegas workers is 25 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 148 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Las Vegas between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 3.1 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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“ The night before I left Las Vegas I walked out in the desert to look at the moon. There was a jeweled city on the horizon, spires rising in the night, but the jewels were diadems of electric and the spires were the neon of signs ten stories high. ”
~ An American Dream
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