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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.
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.
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.
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.
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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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
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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