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City of Las Vegas
A portion of the Las Vegas Strip
Location of the city of Las Vegas within Clark County, Nevada
|Settled||May 15, 1905|
|Incorporated (city)||March 16, 1911|
|• Mayor||Carolyn Goodman|
|(30th most in the U.S.)|
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. Las Vegas and Las Vegans are often stereotypically characterized as fun-loving.
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 deserts.
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.