Las Vegas

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Las Vegas
City of Las Vegas
Downtown Las Vegas
World Market CenterStratosphere Tower
The Strip Las VegasLou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
Clark County Government Center
Flag of Las Vegas
Flag
Official seal of Las Vegas
Seal
Etymology: Spanish: Las vegas (English: The meadows)
Nickname(s): 
"Vegas",[1] "Sin City", "City of Lights", "The Gambling Capital of the World",[2] "The Entertainment Capital of the World", "Capital of Second Chances",[3] "The Marriage Capital of the World", "The Silver City", "America's Playground"
Interactive map of Las Vegas
Coordinates: 36°10′30″N 115°08′11″W / 36.17500°N 115.13639°W / 36.17500; -115.13639Coordinates: 36°10′30″N 115°08′11″W / 36.17500°N 115.13639°W / 36.17500; -115.13639
Country United States
State Nevada
County Clark
FoundedMay 15, 1905
IncorporatedMarch 16, 1911
Government
 • TypeCouncil–manager
 • MayorCarolyn Goodman (I)
 • City Council
Members
 • City managerScott D. Adams
Area
 • City141.84 sq mi (367.36 km2)
 • Land141.78 sq mi (367.22 km2)
 • Water0.05 sq mi (0.14 km2)
Elevation
2,001 ft (610 m)
Population
 • City641,903
 • Rank26th in the United States
1st in Nevada
 • Density4,527.46/sq mi (1,748.01/km2)
 • Metro2,265,461 (29th)
Demonym(s)Las Vegan
Time zoneUTC−8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−7 (PDT)
Area code(s)702 & 725
FIPS code32-40000
GNIS feature ID847388
Major airportLAS
Interstate HighwaysI-15, I-515
Other major highwaysUS 93, US 95, NV 159, NV 599, NV 604, CC 215
Websitelasvegasnevada.gov

Las Vegas is a city in the American state of Nevada. There were 640,932 people living in the city in 2015, and more than 2,000,000 people living in the metropolitan area. It is the largest city in Nevada. Las Vegas is also the county seat of Clark County. Carolyn Goodman became the mayor in 2011.

Politics[change | change source]

Las Vegas leans to the left. Three of the four congressional districts in Nevada include parts of Las Vegas, and all three congresspeople representing those districts are Democrats from Las Vegas.

History[change | change source]

Native Americans were the first to reside in the area, specifically the Paiute tribe. It was first called Las Vegas (which means The Meadows in the Spanish language) by the Spanish. The city is known for its dry weather, as is the rest of southern Nevada. It is surrounded by desert.

The US Army built Fort Baker there in 1864. Las Vegas has natural springs, where people used to stop for water when they were going to Los Angeles or other places in California.

In 1905, 110 acres owned by William A. Clark, on which he built a railroad to Southern California were auctioned and Las Vegas was founded as a railroad town.[7] Las Vegas officially became a city in 1911.

The well-known Welcome to the Fabulous Las Vegas Sign.

References[change | change source]

  1. Merriam Webster's Geographical Dictionary (3rd ed.). Merriam-Webster. 1997. p. 633. ISBN 978-0877795469.
  2. "Words and Their Stories: Nicknames for New Orleans and Las Vegas". VOA News. March 13, 2010. Retrieved January 29, 2012.
  3. Lovitt, Rob (December 15, 2009). "Will the real Las Vegas please stand up?". NBC News. Retrieved February 4, 2012.
  4. "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 26, 2020.
  5. "QuickFacts: Las Vegas city, Nevada". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  6. "2020 Population and Housing State Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  7. "LasVegasNevada.Gov". Las Vegas City Hall. Retrieved 2021-03-26.