Introduction to Boulder City, Nevada

Boulder City, Nevada, in Clark county, is 9 miles SE of Henderson, Nevada (center to center) and 21 miles SE of Las Vegas, Nevada. The city is located inside the Las Vegas metropolitan area.

Boulder City History

Boulder City was established by the Bureau of Reclamation in 1932, to house people working on the construction of the Hoover Dam. The dam, then known as Boulder Dam, was designed by Saco Rienk DeBoer, who was a landscape architect. The Bureau relinquished control of the city in 1958, and on January 4th, 1960, the city was officially incorporated. A pharmacist, Robert N. Broadbent, was elected as the first mayor. Boulder City was the second city in Nevada to make gambling illegal. It was named after the Boulder Canyon.

Boulder City and Nearby Attractions

  • Las Vegas Natural History Museum
  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area
  • Hoover Dam
  • Wet 'n Wild
  • Las Vegas Zoo
  • Alan Bible Botanical Garden

Things To Do In Boulder City

Popular destinations include Boulder City Historic District, Bootleg Canyon and Spring Mountain Ranch State Park and Boulder City Municipal Golf Course. Local festivals include the Fine Arts Festival celebrated in April, the Dam Short Film Festival in February, and Art in the Park in October. Popular museums include the Lied Discovery Children's Museum, the Searchlight Historical Museum, and the Las Vegas Natural History Museum.

Boulder City Transportation

The closest major international airport is McCarran International Airport.

Boulder City Higher Education

The closest colleges to Boulder City are the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Mohave Community College, and Southern Utah University.


Total Population 15,266
Male Share of the Population 52.2%
Female Share of the Population 47.8%
Senior Citizens 27.3%
Employed Population 16+ 6,148
Age of the Population 51


% of people married 50.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $67,030
% Above Poverty Level 89.7%
% Below Poverty Level 10.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 4.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 35%
Median Gross Rent $921
Median House Value $197,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 21%
US/American 0.1%
English 16.6%
Irish 16.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Boulder City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles SE of Henderson, Nevada (center to center)
Nearest Large City 21 miles SE of Las Vegas, Nevada
County Clark
Metro Area Las Vegas
Standard Zip Codes 89005
P.O. Box Zip Codes 89006
Phone Area Codes 702
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.978
Longitude -114.831

Boulder City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1.3 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 53 F
Apr Temp 53 to 73 F
Jul Temp 77 to 99 F
Oct Temp 58 to 78 F
Annual Precip 6.3 inches
Distance 12.1 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 64 F
Apr Temp 56 to 86 F
Jul Temp 79 to 113 F
Oct Temp 59 to 89 F
Annual Precip 5.6 inches
Distance 28.1 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 58 F
Apr Temp 53 to 82 F
Jul Temp 80 to 108 F
Oct Temp 57 to 84 F
Annual Precip 4.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Boulder City, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Willow Beach (89005)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Henderson 271,725 $74,739
Las Vegas 605,097 $58,847
North Las Vegas 226,860 $55,186

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Boulder City Public Libraries

Boulder City Library District
Boulder City, Nevada
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Student/teacher ratio: 17

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