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Overview

Introduction to Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, located in southern Nevada near the Colorado River, is the largest city in the state. America's gambling capital is also its fastest-growing city (nearly doubling since the 1990s), with around 500,000 city residents and a metropolitan population of over 1,600,000. Discovered by Spanish explorers in 1829 and settled by Mormons in the 1850s, the area that would become Las Vegas developed as a stopping point for settlers on their way to California.

At the turn of the century, railroads helped grow the city, but the most significant development came in 1931, when gambling became legal in Nevada. Casinos and hotels sprung up in the downtown area; after World War II, "the strip" was created, with huge hotels, restaurants and entertainment and gambling complexes that lure vacationers and fortune seekers from both coasts. Las Vegas now has more hotel rooms than any city in the world, and 19 of the world's 20 largest hotels. Those looking to visit should have no problems finding a travel agent that is well equipped to highlight all that Las Vegas has to offer. With no city or state taxes and new hotels constantly creating jobs, Las Vegas attracts young transplants seeking fortunes from its bustling economy.

Las Vegas Culture

Though not known for its culture, Las Vegas is home to the Las Vegas Art Museum, a branch of the Guggenheim Museum and large collections of Picassos and other top artists on display in hotel lobbies. More in keeping with the city's lowbrow reputation are the Elvis-a-Rama Museum, the Guinness World of Records Museum and the Liberace Museum. Musical entertainment is available nightly up and down the strip, and not just cheesy hotel-run extravaganzas. The biggest acts in rock and pop music make Las Vegas an important stop on their tours.

Las Vegas Sports and Leisure

With legal sports gambling in Las Vegas, there are no pro teams in the area, but there are still many spectator sports attractions. The Las Vegas 51s, a triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, play minor league baseball north of the city at 9,000-seat Cashman Field. Las Vegas frequently hosts championship and high-profile boxing matches, usually at Caesar's Palace. Just off the strip, UNLV has one of the country's top college basketball programs. Las Vegas Motor Speedway, just northeast of the city, holds several NASCAR events each year.

Las Vegas Outdoors

Though the high temperatures and the high stakes temptations of the casinos keep many indoors year 'round, there's a lot to do outside in Las Vegas. Red Rock Canyon, just 105 miles west of the city, allows hiking, bicycling, camping, rock climbing in its nearly 200,000 acres of impressive scenery. Lake Mead National Recreation Area to the east provides recreation of all kinds, with trails for hiking and huge lakes for swimming, boating, and fishing.

Las Vegas at Night

Las Vegas is famous for its world-class nightlife, with some of the finest restaurants in the country, musical productions at every turn, a myriad of family-based and (ahem) adult-themed entertainment options, and (of course) gambling.

People

Total Population 605,097
Male Share of the Population 50.1%
Female Share of the Population 49.9%
Senior Citizens 13.6%
Employed Population 16+ 261,988
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 43.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.3%
Median Earnings25+ $32,313
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,621
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,940

Wealth

Median Family Income $58,847
% Above Poverty Level 82.5%
% Below Poverty Level 17.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 4.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 29.2%
Median Gross Rent $975
Median House Value $168,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 56.3%
US/American 0.3%
English 5.7%
Irish 8.3%

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

Las Vegas Almanac

Category Value
County Clark
Metro Area Las Vegas
Standard Zip Codes 89044, 89101, 89102, 89103, 89104, 89106, 89107, 89108, 89109, 89110, 89113, 89115, 89117, 89118, 89119, 89120, 89121, 89122, 89123, 89124, 89128, 89129, 89130, 89131, 89134, 89135, 89138, 89139, 89141, 89142, 89143, 89144, 89145, 89146, 89147, 89148, 89149, 89156, 89166, 89178, 89179, 89199
P.O. Box Zip Codes 89111, 89112, 89114, 89116, 89125, 89126, 89127, 89132, 89133, 89136, 89137, 89154, 89157, 89160, 89162, 89170, 89173, 89177, 89180, 89185, 89191, 89193
Company Zip Codes 89150, 89151, 89152, 89153, 89155, 89159, 89163, 89164, 89195
Phone Area Codes 702
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.175
Longitude -115.136

Las Vegas Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station SUNRISE MANOR LAS VEGAS
Distance 3.4 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 60 F
Apr Temp 46 to 82 F
Jul Temp 68 to 108 F
Oct Temp 46 to 85 F
Annual Precip 4 inches
Station RED ROCK CANYON ST PK
Distance 19.9 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 53 F
Apr Temp 45 to 71 F
Jul Temp 71 to 96 F
Oct Temp 47 to 75 F
Annual Precip 10.5 inches
Station WILLOW BEACH
Distance 33.8 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Arden (89118)

Calico Basin (89124)

Callville Bay (89124)

Cold Creek (89124)

Corn Creek (89124)

Isafa (89191)

Mountain Springs (89124)

Old Nevada (89124)

Sloan (89124)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Boulder City 15,266 $67,030
Henderson 271,725 $74,739
North Las Vegas 226,860 $55,186

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

Las Vegas Public Libraries

Library
Las Vegas-clark County Library District
833 LAS VEGAS BOULEVARD NORTH
Las Vegas, Nevada
(702) 507-3612
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Las Vegas Hospitals

U M C OF SOUTHERN NEVADA
(Government - Local)
1800 WEST CHARLESTON BLVD
(702) 383-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

VALLEY HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
620 SHADOW LANE
(702) 388-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

SUNRISE HOSPITAL & MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
3186 S MARYLAND PKWY
(702) 731-8000
Emergency Service: Yes

SPRING VALLEY HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
5400 SOUTH RAINBOW BLVD
(702) 853-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

DESERT SPRINGS HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
2075 EAST FLAMINGO ROAD
(702) 369-7610
Emergency Service: Yes

MOUNTAINVIEW HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
3100 N TENAYA
(702) 255-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

SUMMERLIN HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
657 TOWN CENTER DRIVE
(702) 233-7500
Emergency Service: Yes

SOUTHERN HILLS HOSPITAL & MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
9300 WEST SUNSET
(702) 880-2100
Emergency Service: Yes

Mike O'Callagan Federal Hospital
(VA)
4700 N. Las Vegas Blvd.
(702) 653-2260
Emergency Service:

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Las Vegas High Schools

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PALO VERDE HS
6665 WEST DEL REY AVENUE
702-799-1450
Serves 3,509 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.2

LAS VEGAS HS
315 SOUTH 7TH STREET
702-799-7800
Serves 3,282 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.9

SILVERADO HS
1650 SILVER HAWK AVENUE
702-799-5790
Serves 3,033 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22

CENTENNIAL HS
10200 CENTENNIAL PKWY
702-799-3440
Serves 2,898 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.8

VALLEY HS
2839 SOUTH BURNHAM STREET
702-799-5450
Serves 2,875 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.2

DESERT PINES HS
3800 HARRIS AVENUE
702-799-2196
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,844 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

ELDORADO HS
1139 NORTH LINN LANE
702-799-7200
Serves 2,745 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.3

SIERRA VISTA HS
8100 WEST ROBINDALE ROAD
702-799-6820
Serves 2,709 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.2

BONANZA HS
6665 WEST DEL REY AVENUE
702-799-4000
Serves 2,709 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.7

CHAPARRAL HS
3850 ANNIE OAKLEY
702-799-7580
Serves 2,681 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22

DURANGO HS
7100 DEWEY DRIVE
702-799-5850
Serves 2,601 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.5

CLARK ED HS
4291 WEST PENNWOOD AVENUE
702-799-5800
Serves 2,551 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.7

WESTERN HS
4601 WEST BONANZA ROAD
702-799-4080
Serves 2,190 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.7

SO NEVADA VOC TECH CTR
5710 MOUNTAIN VISTA
702-799-7500
A Vocational School
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,784 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.7

LV ACAD
315 SOUTH 7TH STREET
702-799-7800
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,441 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19

ODYSSEY CHARTER SCHOOL
6701 W. CHARLESTON BLVD.
702-257-0578
A Charter School.
Serves 1,291 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.8

LIBERTY HIGH
11050 BERMUDA ROAD
702-799-2270
Serves 1,099 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.4

ADVANCE TECH ACAD
2501 VEGAS DRIVE
702-799-7870
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,027 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

HORIZON SATELLITE HS
2701 EAST ST. LOUIS
702-799-8625
A Non-traditional School
Serves 322 students.

BURK CREDIT RETRIEVAL - HORIZON WEST HS
4560 HARMON
702-799-8150
A Non-traditional School
Serves 310 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

CLARK COUNTY TEAM ACADEMY
3909 MARYLAND PKWY SUITE 205
702-792-5800
A Charter School.
Serves 293 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.7

EXPLORE KNOWLEDGE ACADEMY CHARTER
4801 SOUTH SANDHILL ROAD
702-730-2933
A Charter School.
Serves 284 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 28.4

MORRIS W & V CREDIT RETRIEVAL/BEHAV
3810 E. WASHINGTON
702-799-8850
A Non-traditional School
Serves 261 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10

COWAN CREDIT RETRIEVAL - HORIZON SOUTH HS
5710 MOUNTAIN VISTA
702-799-8770
A Non-traditional School
Serves 254 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 254

COM COLLEGE WEST HS
6375 W. CHARLESTON BLVD.
702-651-5030
A Magnet School.
Serves 221 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 36.8

BILTMORE CONTINUATION - OPPORTUNITY
801 VETERANS MEMORIAL
702-799-7880
A Non-traditional School
Serves 220 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

CHILD HAVEN
3400 EAST BONANZA ROAD
702-455-5230
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 189 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.6

CONTINUATION SOUTH - OPPORTUNITY
5710 MOUNTAIN VISTA
702-799-6388
A Non-traditional School
Serves 175 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25

PETERSON CREDIT RETRIEVAL HS - HORIZON
10250 WEST CENTENNIAL PKWY
702-799-6610
A Non-traditional School
Serves 139 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.3

VARIETY SCHOOL
2601 SUNRISE AVENUE
702-799-7938
A Special Education School
Serves 132 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.9

SPRING MTN JUVENILE HOME
SR 89038
702-455-5240
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 100 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.3

COWAN ACADEMIC CENTER BEHAVIOR PROGRAM
5300 E. RUSSEL ROAD
702-799-6380
A Non-traditional School
Serves 96 students.

MILEY ACHIEVEMENT CTR SEC SCH
6171 WEST CHARLESTON
702-486-6126
A Special Education School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 70 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.9

PETERSON CENTER BEHAVIOR PROGRAM
10250 WEST CENTENNIAL PKWY
702-799-6680
A Non-traditional School
Serves 43 students.

DETENTION PROG
2832 E. FLAMINGO ROAD
702-799-5310
A Non-traditional School
Serves 33 students.

DESERT WILLOW SEC
5850 EUCLID AVENUE
702-799-5642
A Special Education School
Serves 33 students.

MORRIS - SUNSET EAST HS
3801 EAST WASHINGTON
702-799-8880
Serves 23 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23

ACADEMY OF INDIVIDUALIZED STUDY
2701 EAST ST. LOUIS
702-799-8636
Serves 21 students.

HOMEBOUND
2601 SUNRISE AVENUE
702-799-7979
A Non-traditional School
Serves 1 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 0.1

SUMMITT VIEW YTH CTR
5730 RANGE ROAD
702-643-1317
A Non-traditional School

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