|City in the United States|
|– land||351,77 km²|
|– water||0,13 km²|
(April 1, 2020)
|Mayor||Carolyn Goodman (O)|
Las Vegas (Spanish for “The Pastures”) is a city in the Mojave Desert in the US state of Nevada.
According to Ehuacom, Las Vegas was founded in 1905 and officially became a city in 1911. Las Vegas is best known for its extravagant hotels and casinos. Las Vegas can be recognized by the many neon lights and recognizable from a great distance from the surrounding desert. Las Vegas is Nevada’s largest city with a population of 641,000 in 2017 for the city and nearly two million for the entire metropolitan area. With suburbs like Henderson and Boulder City, Las Vegas is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.
Las Vegas is located in Clark County. The city is located in the middle of the desert. To the west are the Spring Mountains. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city is located 620 meters above sea level and covers an area of 351.9 km². Of this, nearly 351.8 km² is land and 0.13 km² (0.03% of the total) is water.
Especially in places where many tourists come, there is a lot of planted greenery and artificial open water within the city.
Las Vegas is a well-known growth hub in the southwestern United States. Below is an overview of the population growth:
The population composition in 2010 was as follows:
- European descent: 62.1%
- Hispanic ancestry: 31.5%
- African descent: 11.1%
- Asian descent: 6.1%
The unemployment rate in Clark County, unseasonally adjusted, was approximately 4.4% in May 2018.
In January the average temperature is 7.5 °C, in July it is 34 °C. In the measurement period 1961-1990 there was an average annual rainfall of 104 mm. In the last ten years, however, this has been significantly less. It cannot be ruled out that Las Vegas will face major water shortages in the medium term. In the summer, Las Vegas is scorching heat. The month of July is the hottest month in the year with an average maximum temperature of 40 degrees Celsius. In July 2005 a daytime temperature of approximately 47 degrees Celsius was reached; at night the temperature remained around 35 degrees Celsius.
Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas.
Las Vegas is best known for its entertainment industry. There are many hotels and casinos that are making more and more effort to get people from all over the world to Las Vegas. This results in a strong development of new techniques, but also a high advertising content around the entertainment industry.
The oldest part of Las Vegas is in the Fremont Street area. Fremont Street is home to casinos such as the Golden Nugget and the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino, whose hotel has been around since 1906, a year after Las Vegas was founded. Other attractions here include the Fremont Street Experience and The King’s Ransom Museum, which is dedicated to Elvis Presley. Most hotels and casinos are now located on the Strip, a portion of Las Vegas Blvd. The fact that the hotels are now located on Las Vegas Boulevard is because in the past all casinos that were not on Fremont Street had to be located outside the city limits of Las Vegas. This city boundary ended at the Boulevard and so the new hotels and casinos were built here. Strictly speaking, the Strip is located in Paradise, but since Las Vegas is much more famous, the Strip is conveniently said to be in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Boulevard runs parallel to Interstate 15 and the section referred to as the Strip is between Sahara Avenue and Russell Road. This is from the closed Sahara in the north to Mandalay Bay in the south. The Strip used to officially run as far as Tropicana Avenue (near the MGM Grand), but the many expansions have moved this boundary further south.
Hotels & Casinos
Las Vegas from the air
Las Vegas has long been a source of inspiration for, and an element in, movies: fast-paced weddings, vacation trips, or even reckoning. The links that exist between Las Vegas and the mafia are often depicted, for example in The Godfather (1972), Prizzi’s Honor (1985), Bugsy (1991) and Casino (1995).
Las Vegas was het decor voor onder andere de films Ocean’s Eleven (1960), Viva Las Vegas (1964), Elvis: That’s The Way It Is (1970), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Showgirls (1995), Leaving Las Vegas (1995), Hard Eight (1996), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), Ocean’s Eleven (2001), Ocean’s Twelve (2004), Ocean’s Thirteen (2007), 21 (2008), What Happens in Vegas… (2008), The Hangover (2009) en The Hangover Part III (2013).
In addition to these films, the television series CSI: Las Vegas and Las Vegas are set in Las Vegas. The city also features in several video games, including Fallout: New Vegas and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas also takes place (partly) in Las Vegas, although the city is called Las Venturas here.
Las Vegas has been the seat of a Roman Catholic diocese since 1995.
For a long time, Las Vegas was the largest U.S. city without a team in one of the top four U.S. professional sports. This was partly due to concerns about the relationship between top sport and the gambling world that is exceptionally strong in Las Vegas. As of the 2017-2018 season, this changed and Las Vegas features an ice hockey team that plays in the National Hockey League with the Vegas Golden Knights. Beginning in the 2020 season, the Oakland Raiders (NFL) also moved to Las Vegas and officially became the Las Vegas Raiders.
On March 30, 2022, it was announced that the Las Vegas Grand Prix (Formula 1) would return to the calendar in November 2023, bringing the number of Grand Prix editions in the United States to three.
The figure below shows nearby places within 10 miles of Las Vegas.
Nellis AFB (16 km)
North Las Vegas (8 km)
Paradise (15 km)
Spring Valley (9 km)
Summerlin South (12 km)
Sunrise Manor (15 km)
Winchester (11 km)
Famous Las Vegas residents
See the List of people from Las Vegas (Nevada)
See the List of people who died in Las Vegas (Nevada)
On the evening of October 1, 2017, an attack took place during a music festival on the Strip. At least 59 people were killed and more than 500 were injured when a gunman fired at the crowd from a hotel room at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.