The city of Las Vegas is located in southern Nevada, in Clark County, quite near the borders of the states of California and Arizona.
The city’s population was estimated to be 648,224 in 2017 and it is the 28th most populous city in the U.S. It covers 135.8 square miles of land.
The Las Vegas Valley metropolitan area also includes the cities of Paradise and Henderson and has a population of more than 2 million.
The city is located in the Mojave Desert and is surrounded on all sides by mountains, some of which are over 10,000 feet high. The atmosphere here is generally hot and arid, though flash floods can also occur.
Also known simply as “Vegas,” the city is known internationally for its entertainment, nightlife, shopping, and most famously its casinos.
42.12 million people visited in 2018, earning the city many billions of dollars. Interstate I-15 and three airports—McCarran International Airport being the largest—provide them with transportation.
Homebuyers in Las Vegas can find a variety of home types and price ranges to suit their budgets and lifestyles, from relatively inexpensive condos to luxurious mansions , via townhomes and detached suburban houses.
Nickname(s): "The Entertainment Capital of the World"
Population: 648,224 (2017 estimated)
Land: 135.8 sq. miles
Urban: 135.8 sq. miles
Metro: 600 sq. miles
As a city, Las Vegas is relatively young, having being founded in 1905 and only acquiring its status as a gambling and entertainment paradise in the 1930s. From that time, the State of Nevada’s liberal attitudes towards ‘gaming’ and quick divorces, for instance, earned Las Vegas a hedonistic reputation—it’s not for nothing that they say “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!”
Perhaps surprisingly for a city best known for sedentary types of entertainment, sport is popular among the residents. Major teams include the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League (NHL), and the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL) are scheduled to move here in 2020.
It’s no wonder that a city which considers itself “The Entertainment Capital of the World” has so many activities to offer visitors. One of the most common reasons people go to Las Vegas is to gamble at one of the many casinos located in the Downtown area and along a street just south of the city limits famously known as “The Strip.”
Another part of Vegas’s appeal is the many shows that take place in the city, with performances by world-renowned musicians, magicians, dance troupes, and other artists. For something educational, museums here include the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, the Nevada State Museum, the Neon Museum, and the 'Mob Museum’ (officially the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement).
The city of Las Vegas has 75 neighborhoods, and these can be grouped into four different sectors: City Center, North Las Vegas, South Las Vegas and West Las Vegas.
The historic city center is made up of neighborhoods like Downtown, the Arts District and the Financial District. It is home to many of the city’s major tourist attractions and hotels, though there are residential areas here as well. High-rise business blocks are also a feature of the skyline. The demographics of the area demonstrate that there is quite a mix of different people living here.
North Las Vegas is a city in its own right, with an estimated population of 249,180 in 2017. The area is ethnically diverse, with quite large African-American and Hispanic/Latino populations. It is home to the 80-acre Cheyenne Campus of the College of Southern Nevada. There is a bus service into the center of Las Vegas, and North Las Vegas Airport offers popular scenic tours to tourists.
In the South Las Vegas area you can find the city of Paradise and also neighborhoods like Rhodes Ranch and Mountain Edge, located near the edge of the city, which have many newer, more expensive houses and are great for families. Las Vegas Strip could also be said to be in South Las Vegas, as is the famous “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign which has greeted visitors since 1959.
West Las Vegas, also known as the Westside, is an area of the city often considered to be all the development west of the I-15 interstate. Due to segregation in the 1930s, African-Americans could perform in clubs but not attend the shows, so they created this district. The area has some good-value neighborhoods, like Westchester Manor and Charleston Heights, and pricier ones further out.
Home values in Las Vegas continue to increase, and many areas in the city have busy real estate markets that offer something for everyone. From luxury high-rises to suburban single-family homes, nearly all lifestyles can be accommodated. The west part of the city tends to provide more lower-priced housing options than other areas.
Those interested in living the quintessential Las Vegas lifestyle will want homes near the city center. There are plenty of attractive condo and townhome options to choose from, many of which offer amenities such as gated entrances, parking spaces, private patios and shared outdoor areas with pools. Single-family homes in this area often feature garages, landscaping, and plenty of indoor living space.
Las Vegas’ northern section has more large single-family houses than the city center. Homes here often include landscaping, private pools and garages. This section is more suburban in appearance and is popular with families. There are some more affordable condo and townhome options in this section as well, and these are often priced lower than similar options in the center.
The suburban vibe can also be found in the city’s southern section, where there are mostly large, single-family homes, including many new builds in developing communities. Homes here are often higher priced than elsewhere and feature a wealth of desirable amenities like private pools, landscaping, garages, and high-end finishes. Condos and townhomes are less common in this area.
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Property sales figures source: the Greater Las Vegas Association of REALTORS®, December 2018.
The Clark County School District is the fifth-most populous school district in the US and operates numerous elementary, middle, and high schools in Las Vegas and the surrounding area. There are also several private schools serving the city.
The College of Southern Nevada has three campuses in the Las Vegas area and is the third-largest community college in the U.S. in terms of numbers of students, with an enrollment of 34,000. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Nevada State College are both public educational institutions in the metropolitan area. In addition, Las Vegas is home to a number of post-secondary institutions that offer vocational courses in subjects including culinary arts, technology, and design.
Much of Las Vegas’ economy centers on tourism, with plenty of jobs available in restaurants, casinos, shopping malls, hotels, entertainment centers, and other places. In recent times, attractions other than the casinos have provided an increasingly large proportion of the city’s revenue. Residential and retail development is ongoing here, providing opportunities in the construction industry.
The city is home to several corporate headquarters, including that of online shoe retailer Zappos.com. Las Vegas’ unemployment rate is only slightly higher than the national average, and the employment prospects in the area are expected to improve somewhat. The outlook for Nevada as a whole is considered to be positive.