|City of Las Vegas|
|Etymology: Spanish: Las vegas (English: The meadows)|
|Founded||May 15, 1905|
|Incorporated||March 16, 1911|
|• Mayor||Carolyn Goodman (I)|
|• City Council|
|• City manager||Scott D. Adams|
|• City||141.84 sq mi (367.36 km2)|
|• Land||141.78 sq mi (367.22 km2)|
|• Water||0.05 sq mi (0.14 km2)|
|Elevation||2,001 ft (610 m)|
|• Rank||26th in the United States|
1st in Nevada
|• Density||4,527.46/sq mi (1,748.01/km2)|
|• Metro||2,265,461 (29th)|
|Time zone||UTC−8 (PST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−7 (PDT)|
|Area code(s)||702 & 725|
|GNIS feature ID||847388|
|Interstate Highways||I-15, I-515|
|Other major highways||US 93, US 95, NV 159, NV 599, NV 604, CC 215|
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.
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. Las Vegas officially became a city in 1911.
The Hispanic population in Las Vegas is growing and has rapidly increased. Most Latino Las Vegas residents are of Mexican, Cuban and Salvadoran descent. Las Vegas also has a small Puerto Rican, Guatemalan, Spaniard, Peruvian, Colombian, Honduran, Nicaraguan and Argentine population. The most common European ancestries in Las Vegas are German, Irish, Italian, Polish, French, Scottish, Russian, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch and Welsh. Filipino, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, Indian and Chinese is the most common Asian ancestries.
References[change | change source]
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- "A booming Hispanic population in Las Vegas". 6 September 2018.
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