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Encyclopedia > Las Vegas, Nevada
City of Las Vegas
Official seal of City of Las Vegas
Seal
Nickname: "The Entertainment Capital of the World",
"Sin City"
Location of Las Vegas in Clark County, Nevada
Location of Las Vegas in Clark County, Nevada
Coordinates: 36°10′30″N 115°08′11″W / 36.175, -115.13639
Country United States
State Nevada
County Clark County
Government
 - Mayor Oscar B. Goodman
Area
 - City  131.3 sq mi (340.0 km²)
 - Land  131.2 sq mi (339.8 km²)
 - Water  0.1 sq mi (0.16 km²)
Elevation  2,001 ft (610 m)
Population (2006)[1][2]
 - City 552,539
 - Density 4,154/sq mi (1,604/km²)
 - Metro 1,777,539
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
Area code(s) 702
FIPS code 32-40000
GNIS feature ID 0847388
Website: City of Las Vegas Nevada

Las Vegas (rarely by locals, but often abbreviated by out-of-towners as Vegas) is the most populous city in the state of Nevada, United States, the seat of Clark County, and an internationally known resort, shopping, entertainment, and gambling destination. It was established in 1905 and officially became a city in 1911. With the growth that followed, Las Vegas became the largest U.S. city founded in the 20th century (a distinction held by Chicago in the 19th century). It is the 28th largest city in the United States. The Las Vegas metropolitan area, includes the Las Vegas Valley a 600 square mile (1600 km²) basin, and surrounding areas, that are part of Clark County in southern Nevada. ... The south end of The Strip; approximately one third of the entire Strip is represented here. ... 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The name Las Vegas is often applied to the unincorporated areas of Clark County that surround the city, especially the resort areas on and near the Las Vegas Strip. This 4½ mile (7.2 km) stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard is mostly outside the city limits, in the unincorporated towns of Paradise and Winchester. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Clark County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nevada. ... The south end of The Strip; approximately one third of the entire Strip is represented here. ... “Miles” redirects here. ... “km” redirects here. ... Las Vegas Boulevard is the current name for a road that has a historic past. ... City limits refers to the defined limits of a citys area. ... Ronda, Spain Main street in Bastrop, Texas, United States, a small town A town is a community of people ranging from a few hundred to several thousands, although it may be applied loosely even to huge metropolitan areas. ... Looking west toward Paradise Road and the Las Vegas Strip in the CDP of Paradise, Nevada Paradise is a census-designated place located in Clark County, Nevada. ... Winchester is a census-designated place located in Clark County, Nevada. ...


The center of gambling in the United States and the world, Las Vegas is commonly known as The Entertainment Capital of the World; famous for its massive and lavish casino resorts, availability of alcoholic beverages at any time (as is true throughout Nevada), and various degrees of adult entertainment. It is also referred to as Sin City, but in recent years the city itself has stopped using this moniker in its marketing. The city's image has often made it a popular setting for films and television programs. Gambling, often referred to as gaming, had 2003 revenues of $72. ... The Entertainment Capital of the World is the moniker used to describe several places. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Alcoholic beverages An alcoholic beverage (also known as booze in slang term) is a drink containing ethanol, commonly known as alcohol, although in chemistry the definition of alcohol includes many other compounds. ... Adult entertainment is entertainment restricted from people under a specified age in by a community, religious group, or government. ... For other uses, see Sin City (disambiguation). ... This article is about motion pictures. ... A television program (US), television programme (UK) or simply television show is a segment of programming in television broadcasting. ...

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History

Main article: History of Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada was given its name by Spaniards in the Antonio Armijo party in 1829, who used the water in the area while heading north and west along the Old Spanish Trail from New Mexico. ...

Founding

Las Vegas (English: "The Fertile Valleys") was named by Spaniards in the Antonio Armijo party, who used the water in the area while heading north and west along the Old Spanish Trail from Texas. In the 1800s, areas of the Las Vegas Valley contained artesian wells that supported extensive green areas or meadows (vegas in Spanish), hence the name Las Vegas. John C. Frémont traveled into the Las Vegas Valley on May 3, 1844, while it was still part of Mexico. He was a leader of a group of scientists, scouts and observers for the United States Army Corps of Engineers. On May 10, 1855, following annexation by the United States, Brigham Young assigns 30 Mormon missionaries led by William Bringhurst to the area to convert the Paiute Indian population. A fort was built near the current downtown area, serving as a stopover for travelers along the "Mormon Corridor" between Salt Lake and the briefly thriving Mormon colony at San Bernardino, California. Las Vegas was established as a railroad town on May 15, 1905, when 110 acres (44.5 ha) owned by Montana Senator William A. Clark's San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad, was auctioned off in what is now downtown Las Vegas. Las Vegas was part of Lincoln County until 1909 when it became part of the newly established Clark County. Las Vegas became an incorporated city on March 16, 1911. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (900x600, 201 KB)Link titlePersonal Photo of the Las Vegas Sign. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (900x600, 201 KB)Link titlePersonal Photo of the Las Vegas Sign. ... The sign, just to the south of the Las Vegas Strip, welcoming visitors to the city. ... The Old Spanish Trail is a historic trade route which connected the northern New Mexican settlement of Santa Fé with that of Los Ángeles in California. ... 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Major events

Significant events from Las Vegas history include: The Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. CREDIT: Jon Sullivan. ... The Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. CREDIT: Jon Sullivan. ... Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Prose is writing distinguished from poetry by its greater variety of rhythm and its closer resemblance to the patterns of everyday speech. ...

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Economic history

Las Vegas started as a stopover on the pioneer trails to the west and became a popular railroad town in the early 1900s. It was a staging point for all the mines in the surrounding area, especially those around the town of Bullfrog, that shipped their goods out to the rest of the country. With the growth of the railroads, Las Vegas became less important, but the completion of the nearby Hoover Dam resulted in substantial growth in tourism, which, along with the legalization of gambling, led to the advent of the casino-hotels for which Las Vegas is famous. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... This is the top-level page of WikiProject trains Rail tracks Rail transport refers to the land transport of passengers and goods along railways or railroads. ... For the dam near Westerville, Ohio, see Hoover Dam (Ohio). ...


The constant stream of tourist dollars from the hotels and casinos was augmented by a new source of federal money. This money came from the establishment of what is now Nellis Air Force Base. The influx of military personnel and casino job-hunters helped start a land building boom which still goes on today. Map showing the locations of Nellis AFB and the NTTR Nellis Air Force Base (IATA: LSV, ICAO: KLSV) is a United States Air Force base, in Clark County, Nevada, on the northeast side of Las Vegas. ... This article is about a military rank. ...


Geography

Typical desert scene in the Las Vegas area.
Typical desert scene in the Las Vegas area.

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Topography

Las Vegas is located at 36°11′39″N, 115°13′19″W (36.194168, 115.222060)GR1. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 340.0 km² (131.3 mi²). 339.8 km² (131.2 mi²) of it is land and 0.16 km² (0.1 mi²) of it (0.04%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


The city is located in an arid basin surrounded by mountains varying in color from pink to rust to gray. City elevation is around 2030 feet (620 m) above sea level. The Spring Mountains lie to the west. As befits a desert, much of the landscape is rocky and dusty. Within the city, however, there are a great deal of lawns, trees, and other greenery. Due to water resource issues, there is now a movement to encourage xeriscaping instead of lawns. Another part of the water conservation efforts include scheduled watering groups for watering residential landscaping. Basin and Range index map - USGS The Basin and Range Province is a particular type of topography that covers much of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico that is typified by elongate north-south trending arid valleys bounded by mountain ranges which also bound adjacent valleys. ... For considerations of sea level change, in particular rise associated with possible global warming, see sea level rise. ... Mt. ... Xeriscape symbol Xeriscaping refers to landscaping in ways that do not require supplemental irrigation. ... Water conservation refers to reducing use of fresh water, through technological or social methods. ...


Climate

Las Vegas' climate is an arid desert climate (Koppen climate classification BWh) typical of the Mojave Desert, in which it is located, marked with very hot summers, mild winters, abundant sunshine year-round, and very little rainfall. Temperatures in the 90s°F (mid-30s°C) are common in the months of May, June, and September and temperatures normally exceed 100 °F (38 °C) most days in the months of July and August, with very low humidity, frequently under 10%. The hottest temperature ever recorded is 117 °F (47 °C) set twice, on July 19, 2005, at McCarran International Airport (the warmest ever recorded there) and July 24, 1942, at present-day Nellis Air Force Base. Winters are cool and windy, with the majority of Las Vegas' annual 4.49 in (114 mm) of rainfall coming from January to March.[3] Winter daytime highs are normally around 60 °F (16 °C) and winter nighttime lows are usually around 40 °F (4 °C). The coldest temperature ever recorded is 8 °F (-13 °C) set on January 25, 1937, at present-day Nellis Air Force Base. Showers occur less frequently in the Spring or Autumn. July through September, the Mexican Monsoon often brings enough moisture from the Gulf of California across Mexico and into the southwest to cause afternoon and evening thunderstorms. Although winter snow is usually visible from December to May on the mountains surrounding Las Vegas, it rarely snows in the city itself. In general terms, the climate of a locale or region is said to be arid when it is characterized by a severe lack of available water, to the extent of hindering or even preventing the growth and development of plant and animal life. ... The Köppen climate classification is one of the most widely used climate classification systems. ... For the indigenous American tribe, see Mohave. ... For other uses, see Fahrenheit (disambiguation). ... is the 200th day of the year (201st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... FAA diagram of McCarran International Airport “LAS” redirects here. ... is the 205th day of the year (206th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link will display the full 1942 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Map showing the locations of Nellis AFB and the NTTR Nellis Air Force Base (IATA: LSV, ICAO: KLSV) is a United States Air Force base, in Clark County, Nevada, on the northeast side of Las Vegas. ... An inch (plural: inches; symbol or abbreviation: in or, sometimes, ″ - a double prime) is the name of a unit of length in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... A millimetre (American spelling: millimeter, symbol mm) is an SI unit of length that is equal to one thousandth of a metre. ... is the 25th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Spring. ... Bold text[[ // [[Image:Media:Example. ... The Gulf of California (also known as the Sea of Cortez or Sea of Cortés; locally known in the Spanish language as Mar de Cortés or, much less frequently, Golfo de California) is a body of water that separates the Baja California Peninsula from the Mexican mainland. ... A thunderstorm, also called an electrical storm or lightning storm, is a form of weather characterized by the presence of lightning and its attendant thunder produced from a cumulonimbus cloud. ... Snow is a type of precipitation in the form of crystalline water ice, consisting of a multitude of snowflakes that fall from clouds. ...

Monthly Normal and Record High and Low Temperatures
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Rec Daytime High °F 77 87 92 99 109 115 117 116 113 103 87 77 117
Average High °F 57.1 63 69.5 78.1 87.8 98.9 104.1 101.8 93.8 80.8 66 57.3 79.9
Rec Nighttime High °F 58 59 71 74 89 89 95 90 84 79 62 57 95
Average Low °F 36.8 41.4 47 53.9 62.9 72.3 78.2 76.7 68.8 56.5 44 36.6 56.3
Rec Nighttime Low °F 8 16 23 31 40 48 60 56 46 26 21 11 8
Rec Daytime Low °F 28 34 42 48 60 67 81 74 67 50 42 32 28
Precip (in) 0.59 0.69 0.59 0.15 0.24 0.08 0.44 0.45 0.31 0.24 0.31 0.4 4.49
Average snow (in) 0.9 0.1 <0.1 none none none none none none none none none <0.1
Record snow (in) 16.7 4.0 0.1 none none none none none none trace 4.0 2.0 16.7
Source: National Weather Service [1]

Environment

Las Vegas is situated on the arid floor within Clark County. Correspondingly, the surrounding environment is dominated by desert vegetation and some wildlife, and the area is also subject to torrential flash floods. The rapid pace of urban development beginning in the 1980s has produced more impervious surface and exacerbated the inherent flooding issue.[citation needed] Enabling the rapid population expansion was a major addition to the city's sewage treatment capacity, an event removing a major constraint to population growth in the 1970s. The sewage treatment expansion resulted from a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant funded 208 programs to analyze and forecast growth and environmental impacts through the year 2019. This article is about arid terrain. ... Vegetation is a general term for the plant life of a region; it refers to the ground cover provided by plants, and is, by far, the most abundant biotic element of the biosphere. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Lower Antelope Canyon was carved out of sandstone by flash floods A Flash Flood is a rapid flooding of geomorphic low-lying areas (washes), rivers and streams, caused by the intense rainfall associated with a thunderstorm, or multiple training thunderstorms. ... Urban planning is concerned with the ordering and design of settlements, from the smallest towns to the worlds largest cities. ... Impervious surfaces are artificial structures, such as pavements and building roofs, which replace naturally pervious soil with impervious construction materials. ... Theoretical Human population increase from 10,000 BC – 2000 AD. Population growth is the change in population over time, and can be quantified as the change in the number of individuals in a population per unit time. ... Sewage treatment, or domestic wastewater treatment, is the process of removing contaminants from wastewater, both runoff and domestic. ... The mission of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment: air, water, and land. ... Environmental impact analysis is conducted to determine the likely human environmental health impact, risk to ecological health, and changes to natures services that a proposed or ongoing project may bring, or is bringing. ...


Cityscape

See also: List of tallest buildings in Las Vegas
Downtown Las Vegas skyline
Downtown Las Vegas skyline

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Redevelopment

The south end of the Las Vegas Strip in 2003.
The south end of the Las Vegas Strip in 2003.

When The Mirage, the first Megaresort, opened in 1989, it started a movement of people and construction away from downtown Las Vegas to the Las Vegas Strip. This resulted in a drop in tourism from the downtown area but many recent projects and condo construction has seen an increase in visitors to downtown. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 143 KB) Summary The Las Vegas strip. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 143 KB) Summary The Las Vegas strip. ... The south end of The Strip; approximately one third of the entire Strip is represented here. ... For the band, see The Mirage (band) The Mirage is a 3,044 room hotel and casino resort located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada (though like most hotels on the Strip, it uses a Las Vegas mailing address). ... The south end of The Strip; approximately one third of the entire Strip is represented here. ...


A concerted effort has been made by city officials to diversify the economy from tourism by attracting light manufacturing, banking, and other commercial interests. The lack of any state individual or corporate income tax and very simple incorporation requirements have fostered the success of this effort. Tourist redirects here. ... Manufacturing (from Latin manu factura, making by hand) is the use of tools and labor to make things for use or sale. ... For other uses, see Bank (disambiguation). ... Tax rates around the world Tax revenue as % of GDP Economic policy Monetary policy Central bank   Money supply Fiscal policy Spending   Deficit   Debt Trade policy Tariff   Trade agreement Finance Financial market Financial market participants Corporate   Personal Public   Banking   Regulation        An income tax is a tax levied on the financial income... Incorporation (abbreviated Inc. ...


Having been late to develop an urban core of any substantial size, Las Vegas has retained very affordable real estate prices in comparison to other western U.S. cities. Consequently, the city has recently enjoyed an enormous boom both in population and in tourism. However, as a New York Times series on the city reported in 2004, the median price of housing in the Las Vegas Valley is now at or above the nationwide median. The urban area has grown outward so quickly that it is beginning to run into Bureau of Land Management holdings along its edges, increasing land values enough that medium- and high-density development is beginning to occur closer to the core. Homes in Monterey County, California, are some of the most expensive in the Unites States. ... The New York Times is a daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed internationally. ... US BLM logo The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is an agency within the United States Department of the Interior which administers Americas public lands, totaling approximately 261 million surface acres (1,056,229. ...


As a reflection of the city's rapid growing population, the new Chinatown of Las Vegas was constructed in the early 1990s on Spring Mountain Road. Chinatown initially consisted of only one large shopping center complex, but the area was recently expanded for new shopping centers that contain various Asian businesses. The Chinatown of Las Vegas, Nevada (Chinese: 拉斯維加斯中國城 (pinyin: Lāsīwéijiāsī Zhōngguóchéng) is a series of large shopping centers with ethnic Chinese and other pan-Asian businesses on Spring Mountain Road, with the original called Chinatown Plaza. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... For the traditional meaning of the word mall, see pedestrian street or promenade. ...

Downtown Las Vegas: The Fremont Street Experience outside of Binion's Horseshoe Casino.
Downtown Las Vegas: The Fremont Street Experience outside of Binion's Horseshoe Casino.

With the Strip expansion in the 1990s, the downtown area (which has maintained an old Las Vegas feel) began to suffer. The city made a concise effort to turn around the fortunes of downtown. The Fremont Street Experience (FSE) was built in an effort to draw tourists back to the area and has proven to be popular in that regard. The multi-level Neonopolis, complete with 11 theaters (managed by Galaxy Theaters, Inc.), was built to offer more retail opportunity and services. Many highrise condo projects have also been underway as downtown is transforming into a livable neighborhood. Other promising signs emerged for the area. The city had successfully lured the Internal Revenue Service operations from the far west of the city to a new downtown building that opened in April 2005. The IRS move is expected to create a greater demand for additional businesses in the area, especially in the daytime hours. ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 582 KB) Summary Nathan Badera Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 582 KB) Summary Nathan Badera Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Neonopolis is an entertainment complex in Las Vegas, Nevada. ... Seal of the Internal Revenue Service Tax rates around the world Tax revenue as % of GDP Part of the Taxation series        “IRS” redirects here. ... The IRS (The Intoxicating Rhythm Section), were a Kildare rock hip hop act. ...


The city purchased 61 acres (247,000 m²) of property from Union Pacific Railroad in 1995 with the goal of creating something that would draw more tourists and locals to the downtown area. In 2004 Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman announced plans for the Union Park Development which will include residential and office high-rises, The Lou Ruvo Brain Institute, an academic medical center, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, and a new City Hall. After failed negotiations with The Related Co. on the development of Union Park in October of 2005, San Diego-based Newland Communities was chosen by the city as the new development firm. The Newland contract calls for Dan Van Epp, Newland's regional vice president and former president of the Howard Hughes Corp., to oversee his company's work on Union Park. The Lou Ruvo Brain Institute is expected to be completed in 2007. An acre is the name of a unit of area in a number of different systems, including Imperial units and United States customary units. ... The Union Pacific Railroad (AAR reporting marks UP) (NYSE: UNP), headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, is the largest railroad network in the United States. ... Oscar Baylin Goodman (born on 1939-06-26 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an attorney and the Mayor of Las Vegas, Nevada. ... Union Park is a proposed mixed use development in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. ... The Lou Ruvo Alzheimers Institute will become a national resource for the most current research and scientific information for the treatment of Alzheimers, Parkinsons, and Huntington s diseases. ... Medical Center was a drama that ran on CBS from 1969 to 1976. ... For other persons named Stephen Ross, see Stephen Ross (disambiguation). ... Flag Seal Nickname: Americas Finest City Location Location of San Diego within San Diego County Coordinates , Government County San Diego Mayor City Attorney         City Council District One District Two District Three District Four District Five District Six District Seven District Eight Jerry Sanders (R) Michael Aguirre Scott Peters Kevin... The Howard Hughes Corporation is a major real estate development and management company based in Las Vegas, Nevada, which was founded by Howard Hughes. ... Union Park is a proposed mixed use development in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. ... The Lou Ruvo Alzheimers Institute will become a national resource for the most current research and scientific information for the treatment of Alzheimers, Parkinsons, and Huntington s diseases. ...

Newport Lofts high-rise development under construction with newly finished Soho Lofts in the background.
Newport Lofts high-rise development under construction with newly finished Soho Lofts in the background.

Along with the Union Park Development, other promising residential and office developments have begun construction around downtown Las Vegas. New condominium and hotel high rise projects have changed the entire Las Vegas skyline dramatically in recent years. Many large high-rise projects are planned for downtown Las Vegas as well as the Las Vegas Strip. Image File history File linksMetadata Newport1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Newport1. ... This article refers to a form of housing. ... High-rise is a 1975 novel by J. G. Ballard. ... The south end of The Strip; approximately one third of the entire Strip is represented here. ...


The city council of Las Vegas has also agreed on zoning changes on Fremont Street, which allows bars to be closer together, such as the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego. It is expected that this change will bring more tourism and business to the downtown area. Fremont Street by night. ... Categories: San Diego | Stub ... “San Diego” redirects here. ...


In 2004, the city partnered with Cheetah Wireless Technologies and MeshNetwork to pilot a wide area mobile broadband system. The pilot system is installed downtown, around the Fremont Street Experience.

Las Vegas from space (1989 Space Shuttle Photo)
Las Vegas from space (1989 Space Shuttle Photo)

In 2005, on a lot adjacent to the city's 61 ac (247,000 m²), the World Market Center opened. It is intended to be the nation's and possibly the world's preeminent furniture wholesale showroom and marketplace, and is meant to compete with the current furniture market capital of High Point, North Carolina. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (5239x5239, 9350 KB) // Fonte Earth. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (5239x5239, 9350 KB) // Fonte Earth. ... NASAs Space Shuttle, officially called Space Transportation System (STS), is the United States governments current manned launch vehicle. ... The World Market Center at 495 S. Grand Central Parkway in Las Vegas, Nevada is intended to be the nations, and possibly the worlds, preeminent furniture wholesale showroom and market place. ... For the UK band, see Furniture (band). ... Wholesaling consists of the sale of goods/merchandise to retailers, to industrial, commercial, institutional, or other professional business users or to other wholesalers and related subordinated services. ... The word showroom has several distinct meanings including: A showroom is a large space used to display products for sale, such as automobiles, furniture, carpet or apparel. ... Nickname: Location in Guilford County and the state of North Carolina Country United States State North Carolina Counties Guilford, Randolph, Davidson, Forsyth Government  - Mayor Rebecca Smothers Area  - City  95. ...


On October 23, 2006, plans were unveiled to build a World Jewelry Center in Downtown's Union Park. Similar to the World Market Center, the WJC will be a one stop shop for jewelry trade shows from around the world. The project proposes a 57-story, 815-foot office tower.[4] is the 296th day of the year (297th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2006 LinuxWorld trade show at the Boston Convention and Exposition Center. ... For other uses, see Skyscraper (disambiguation). ...


Culture

The Las Vegas metropolitan area, includes the Las Vegas Valley a 600 square mile (1600 km²) basin, and surrounding areas, that are part of Clark County in southern Nevada. ...

Tourism

The major attractions in Las Vegas are the casinos. The most famous casinos line Las Vegas Boulevard South, also known as the Las Vegas Strip. There are many casinos in the city's downtown area as well, which was the original focal point of the city's gaming industry in its early days. Several large casinos are also located in the county around the city. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The south end of The Strip; approximately one third of the entire Strip is represented here. ...


Some of the most notable casinos located downtown are on the Fremont Street Experience and include: This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

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Parks

The Springs Preserve is 180 acres of historic land located just west of downtown Las Vegas. ... Floyd Lamb State Park is a 2000 acre Nevada state park in Las Vegas, Nevada. ...

Music

A number of popular music acts have originated from Las Vegas including rock bands The Killers, Panic! at the Disco, The Higher, Escape The Fate, Slaughter and rhythm and blues group 702. The Killers are an American rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, most famous for their hit singles Somebody Told Me, Mr. ... Panic! at the Disco is an alternative rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. ... The Higher is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. ... Escape the Fate is an American post-hardcore band from Las Vegas, Nevada. ... For the Canadian death metal band, see Slaughter (Canadian band). ... 702 (pronounced Seven-Oh-Two), named after the area code of their hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada, is an American platinum-selling female R&B trio. ...


While the electronic music duo The Crystal Method was founded in Los Angeles, both members, Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland, are from Las Vegas. The Crystal Method is an American electronic music duo consisting of Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ...


Local Arts

On the first Friday of each month, the "First Friday" celebration is held which exhibits the works of local artists and musicians in a section of the the city's Downtown region now called the "Arts District".[2]


Sports

Main article: Sports in Las Vegas

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Economy

Interior of the Circus Circus casino. A major part of the city economy is based on tourism, including gambling.
Interior of the Circus Circus casino. A major part of the city economy is based on tourism, including gambling.

The primary drivers of the Las Vegas economy have been the confluence of tourism, gaming, and conventions which in turn feed the retail and dining industries. Several companies involved in the manufacture of electronic gaming machines, such as slot machines, are located in the Las Vegas area. In the 2000s retail and dining have become attractions of their own. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Circus Circus is a circus-themed hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, owned by the Mandalay Resort Group. ... Tourist redirects here. ... Caravaggio, The Cardsharps, c. ... Metro Toronto Convention Centre, late 2004. ... Drawing of a self-service store. ... For other uses, see Restaurant (disambiguation). ... Slot machines in the Trump Taj Mahal A slot machine (American English), fruit machine (British English), or poker machine (Australian English) is a certain type of casino game. ...


Tourism marketing and promotion are handled by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, a county wide agency. Its annual Visitors Survey provides detailed information on visitor numbers, spending patterns and resulting revenues [3]. link titleThe Las Vegas Convention Center is owned and operated by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and is located in Clark County, Nevada. ...

The Lloyd D. George Federal District Courthouse in Las Vegas is the first Federal Building built to the post-Oklahoma City blast resistant standards.
The Lloyd D. George Federal District Courthouse in Las Vegas is the first Federal Building built to the post-Oklahoma City blast resistant standards.

Las Vegas, as the county seat and home to the Lloyd D. George Federal District Courthouse, draws numerous legal service industries providing bail, marriage, divorce, tax, incorporation and other legal services. Download high resolution version (1976x1318, 191 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (1976x1318, 191 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... The United States District Court for the District of Nevada is the Federal district court whose jurisdiction is comprised of the state of Nevada. ... The Oklahoma City bombing was an attack on April 19, 1995 aimed at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, a U.S. government office complex in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. ... The United States District Court for the District of Nevada is the Federal district court whose jurisdiction is comprised of the state of Nevada. ... The tertiary sector of industry, also called the service sector or the service industry, is one of the three main industrial categories of a developed economy, the others being the secondary industry (manufacturing and primary goods production such as agriculture), and primary industry (extraction such as mining and fishing). ... The word bail as a legal term means: Security, usually a sum of money, exchanged for the release of an arrested person as a guarantee of that persons appearance for trial. ... Marriage is an interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract, or through civil process. ... Divorce or dissolution of marriage is the ending of a marriage before the death of either spouse. ... “Taxes” redirects here. ... Incorporation (abbreviated Inc. ...


Many technology companies have either relocated to Las Vegas or were created there. For various reasons, Las Vegas has had a high concentration of technology companies in electronic gaming and telecommunications industries. Some current technology companies in southern Nevada include Bigelow Aerospace, CommPartners, Datanamics, eVital Communications, NAHETS, Petroglyph, SkywireMedia, Switch Communications, WorldDoc, and Zappos. Companies that originally were formed in Las Vegas, but have since sold or relocated include Westwood Studios (sold to Electronic Arts), Systems Research & Development (Sold to IBM), Yellowpages.com (Sold to Bellsouth and SBC), and MPower Communications. Bigelow Aerospace is a North Las Vegas, Nevada space technology startup company that is pioneering work on expandable space station modules. ... The National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Schools (commonly known as NAHETS) is a private educational organization that primarily trains within the heavy equipment construction industry in the United States. ... Petroglyph is a game studio based in Las Vegas, Nevada. ... Zappos. ... Westwood Studios (1985-2003) was a computer and video game developer, founded in 1985 as Westwood Associates by Brett Sperry and Louis Castle and based in Las Vegas, Nevada. ... Electronic Arts (EA) (NASDAQ: ERTS) is an American developer, marketer, publisher, and distributor of computer and video games. ...


Constant population growth means that the housing construction industry is vitally important. In 2000 more than 21,000 new homes and 26,000 resale homes were purchased. In early 2005 there were 20 residential development projects of more than 300 acres each currently underway.

See also: List of foreign consulates in Las Vegas.

The following list are countries that currently have Consulate offices in Las Vegas, Nevada:[1] In the United States, the consular network (rank in descending order: Consul-General, Consul, Vice-Consul, Honorary Consul) (Consul General) - A consul general heads a consulate general and is a consul of the highest rank...

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1920 2,304
1930 5,165 124.2%
1940 8,422 63.1%
1950 24,624 192.4%
1960 64,405 161.6%
1970 125,787 95.3%
1980 164,674 30.9%
1990 258,295 56.9%
2000 478,434 85.2%
Est. 2006 552,539 [5] 15.5%
Source: City of Las Vegas[6]

Las Vegas has been the county seat of Clark County since the formation of the county in 1909. The Census Bureau's official population estimate, as of 2006, was 552,539, though the city’s own Planning and Development Department reported a population of 591,536[1] as of July, 2006. The Fourteenth United States Census was taken in 1920. ... The Fifteenth United States Census was taken in 1930. ... The Sixteenth United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 132,164,569, an increase of 7. ... The Seventeenth United States Census was taken in 1950. ... The Eighteenth United States Census was taken in 1960. ... The Nineteenth United States Census was taken in 1970. ... The Twentieth United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 226,545,805, an increase of 11. ... The Twenty-first United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 248,709,873, an increase of 9. ... 2000 US Census logo The Twenty-Second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Clark County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nevada. ...


The United States Census Bureau 2006 estimates place the population for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Statistical Area at 1,777,539 people, and the region is one of the fastest growing in the United States.[citation needed] Las Vegas proper was ranked as the 32nd largest city in the United States in 2000, but 2006 estimates have placed the city 28th in rank.[7] The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... In the United States, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has produced a formal definition of metropolitan areas, which are organized around county boundaries. ...


As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 478,434 people, 176,750 households, and 117,538 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,630.3/km² (4,222.5/mi²). There are 190,724 housing units at an average density of 649.9/km² (1,683.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 69.86% White, 10.36% African American, 0.75% Native American, 4.78% Asian, 0.45% Pacific Islander, 9.75% from other races, and 4.05% from two or more races. Hispanics are 23.61% of the population. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ...


There were 176,750 households out of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.3% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.5% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.20. Marriage is an interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract, or through civil process. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 32.0% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 103.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.5 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $44,069, and the median income for a family was $50,465. Males had a median income of $35,511 versus $27,554 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,060. About 6.6% of families and 8.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.4% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over. The median household income is commonly used to provide data about geographic areas and divides households into two equal segments with the first half of households earning less than the median household income and the other half earning more. ... The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


As of the 2006 census estimate, the Las Vegas metropolitan area contained over 1.7 million residents, and contains the largest ethnic Hawaiian community outside of Hawaii. The Las Vegas metropolitan area, includes the Las Vegas Valley a 600 square mile (1600 km²) basin, and surrounding areas, that are part of Clark County in southern Nevada. ... Official language(s) English, Hawaiian Capital Honolulu Largest city Honolulu Area  Ranked 43rd  - Total 10,931 sq mi (29,311 km²)  - Width n/a miles (n/a km)  - Length 1,522 miles (2,450 km)  - % water 41. ...


Las Vegas has one of the highest suicide and divorce rates of the US. [8][9]. The city's high divorce rate is partly due to the fact that divorce is easier in Nevada than most other states, so many divorcing couples are not actually Las Vegas residents, they come from all over the country for the easy divorce. The state, however, also has liberal marriage laws, giving Las Vegas a higher marriage rate than many larger cities.


Government

Las Vegas City Hall in downtown Las Vegas.
Las Vegas City Hall in downtown Las Vegas.

The City of Las Vegas government operates as a council-manager government. The Mayor sits as a Council member-at-large and presides over all of the City Council meetings. In the event that the Mayor cannot preside over a City Council meeting, the Mayor Pro-Tem is the presiding officer of the meeting until such time as the Mayor returns to his seat. The City Manager is responsible for the administration and the day-to-day operation of all of the municipal services and city departments. The City Manager also maintains intergovernmental relationships with federal, state, county and other local governments. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1044x829, 165 KB) The city hall of Las Vegas, Nevada. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1044x829, 165 KB) The city hall of Las Vegas, Nevada. ... GMs Aerotrain, in service as the City of Las Vegas, makes a station stop on its way to Los Angeles in 1957. ... The council-manager government is one of two main variations of representative municipal government in the United States. ... A city council is the most common style of legislative government in a city or town. ... The Presiding Officer (Oifigear-Riaghlaidh in Scots Gaelic) is the person elected by the Members of the Scottish Parliament to chair their meetings. ... This article needs to be wikified. ... Local governments are administrative offices that are smaller than a state or province. ...


A large number of the people who live in what they call "Las Vegas" actually reside in neighboring incorporated cities or unincorporated communities. In fact, of the approximately 1.8 million people who live in the Las Vegas Valley, approximately 600,000 actually live inside Las Vegas city limits. Approximately 700,000 people live in unincorporated areas governed by Clark County, and another 465,000 live in incorporated cities such as North Las Vegas, Henderson and Boulder City. The metropolitan area shares a police department. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department provides most law enforcement services in the city and surrounding county after a 1975 merger of the Las Vegas Police Department and the Clark County Sheriff's Department. Incorporated cities in Clark County, as well as colleges, parks and schools have their own police departments that fall outside of Metro's jurisdiction. The Las Vegas metropolitan area, includes the Las Vegas Valley a 600 square mile (1600 km²) basin, and surrounding areas, that are part of Clark County in southern Nevada. ... Clark County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nevada. ... North Las Vegas is a city in Clark County, Nevada, United States. ... A view of Black Mountain above Henderson, Nevada. ... Boulder City is a city in Clark County, Nevada, United States. ... For other uses, see Police (disambiguation). ... The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (also known as the LVMPD or Metro) is the joint city-county police force for the Las Vegas metropolitan area. ... Las Vegas Police Department has been used in several places including: Las Vegas Police Department (Nevada) Las Vegas Police Department (New Mexico) This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (also known as the LVMPD or Metro) is the joint city-county police force for the Las Vegas metropolitan area in Nevada. ...


A Paiute Indian reservation occupies about 1 acre (4000 m²) in the downtown area of Las Vegas. “Piute” redirects here. ... This article is about Native Americans. ...


Currently, Las Vegas is without any major-league level sports teams. Leagues are worried about the effects sports betting will have on a team located there. Though major sports leagues may be starting to get more flexible, for example Las Vegas hosted the NBA 2007 All-Star Game. The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... The 2007 NBA All-Star Game will be played on February 18, 2007 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegass Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. ...


City council

(Council members' official city websites are also available)

  • Oscar B. Goodman – Mayor and Council member at Large (Term Expires in 2011)
  • Gary Reese – Mayor Pro-Tem and 3rd Ward Council member (Term Expires in 2011)
  • Lois Tarkanian – 1st Ward Council member (Term Expires in 2011)
  • Steve Wolfson, Esq – 2nd Ward Council member (Term Expires in 2009)
  • Larry Brown – 4th Ward Council member (Term Expires in 2009)
  • Ricki Barlow – 5th Ward Council member (Term Expires in 2011)
  • Steve Ross – 6th Ward Council member (Term Expires in 2009)

Oscar Baylin Goodman (born on 1939-06-26 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an attorney and the Mayor of Las Vegas, Nevada. ... Lois Tarkanian is a Las Vegas, Nevada politician, and wife to former college basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian. ...

City management

  • Douglas Selby – City Manager
  • Barbara Jo (Roni) Ronemus – City Clerk

In the United States, a city clerk as an elected or appointed official who is charged with the responsibility of being the official keeper of the municipal records. ...

Education

Primary and secondary public education is provided by the Clark County School District (CCSD), which is the fifth largest school district in the nation (projected enrollment for the 2007-2008 school year is 314,000 students in grades K-12). // Public education is education mandated for the children of the general public by the government, whether national, regional, or local, provided by an institution of civil government, and paid for, in whole or in part, by taxes. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


The University of Nevada, Las Vegas is located in Paradise, about 3 miles south of the city limits and roughly 2 miles east of the Strip. The University of Nevada Medical School has a campus near downtown Las Vegas. Several national colleges, including the University of Phoenix, have campuses in the Las Vegas area. Nevada State College and Touro University Nevada are both located in nearby Henderson. The College of Southern Nevada has campuses in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson. Henderson also is home to DeVry University and the Keller Graduate School of Management, as well as the University of Southern Nevada. Other private entities in the Las Vegas Valley include Apollo College, National University, ITT Technical Institute and Nova Southeastern University. “UNLV” redirects here. ... Looking west toward Paradise Road and the Las Vegas Strip in the CDP of Paradise, Nevada Paradise is a census-designated place located in Clark County, Nevada. ... The phrase University of Nevada by itself usually refers to the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), because that was the name by which it was known from the time of its founding in 1874 until its name was changed to University of Nevada, Reno in 1969, at the same time... Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas, USA. A medical school or faculty of medicine is a tertiary educational institution or part of such an institution that teaches medicine. ... University of Phoenix (UOP) is a for-profit educational institution specializing in adult education, with campuses located throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. ... Nevada State College is a four-year institution of higher education located in Henderson, Nevada. ... Touro University Nevada, (TUN), is a Jewish-sponsored independent institution of higher and professional education. ... A view of Black Mountain above Henderson, Nevada. ... The College of Southern Nevada (CSN) is primarily a two-year college in Clark County, Nevada, with one four-year degree. ... North Las Vegas is a city located in Clark County, Nevada. ... The University of Southern Nevada (USN) is a university located in the city of Henderson, Nevada with satellite campus located in South Jordan, Utah. ... A national university is a university created or run by a national government and might or might not be autonomous from government interference. ... ITT Technical Institute (often shortened to ITT Tech) is a private, for-profit, nationally accredited technical institute with over 85 campuses in over 30 states of the United States. ... Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a not-for-profit, independent university, founded in 1964 in Davie, Florida, near Fort Lauderdale. ...


Transportation

City Ride Bus Service is provide by the Transportation Services Division. This limited service offers two routes in the downtown area with fare running from free to $0.50 depending on age and disabilities.[10]


CAT Bus is a popular means of public transportation among locals and tourists with various bus routes covering a large portion of the valley. The CAT system carries approximately 175,000 people per weekday, or about 10 percent of the valley's population.[citation needed] A typical CAT bus The Downtown Transportation Center Citizens Area Transit (or CAT) is the name of the bus system in the Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada area. ... Bangkok Skytrain. ...


The Las Vegas Monorail runs from the MGM Grand Hotel at the south end of the Strip to the Sahara Hotel and Casino at the north end of the Strip. The Robert N. Broadbent Las Vegas Monorail is a mass transit system located in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. It is owned and operated by the Las Vegas Monorail Company. ... “MGM Grand” redirects here. ... The Sahara Hotel and Casino is a hotel casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Winchester, Nevada. ...


The street numbering system is divided by the following streets: There are many different numbering schemes for assigning numbers to entities. ...

  • Westcliff Drive, US 95 Expressway, Fremont Street and Charleston Boulevard divide the north-south block numbers from west to east.
  • Las Vegas Boulevard divides the east-west streets from the Las Vegas Strip to near the Stratosphere, then Main Street becomes the dividing line from the Stratosphere to the North Las Vegas border, after which the Goldfield Street alignment officially divides east and west.
  • On the east side of Las Vegas, block numbers between Charleston Boulevard and Washington Avenue are different along Nellis Boulevard, which is the eastern border of the city limits.

McCarran International Airport provides commercial flights into the Las Vegas valley. The airport also serves private aircraft, domestic and international passenger flights, and freight/cargo flights. General aviation traffic generally uses North Las Vegas Airport, other other airfields are available. US 95 is a north-south United States highway. ... Fremont Street by night. ... Nevada State Route 159 is also known as Charleston Boulevard in Las Vegas. ... Las Vegas Boulevard is the current name for a road that has a historic past. ... The south end of The Strip; approximately one third of the entire Strip is represented here. ... Nevada State Route 159 is also known as Charleston Boulevard in Las Vegas. ... FAA diagram of McCarran International Airport “LAS” redirects here. ... General aviation (abbr. ... North Las Vegas Airport (IATA: VGT, ICAO: KVGT) is an airport located in North Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The airport has 3 runways and is know locally as Northtown. ... Clark County, Nevada operates several airports: McCarran International Airport, Paradise (IATA: LAS, ICAO: KLAS) The primary commercial airport for Las Vegas North Las Vegas Airport, North Las Vegas (IATA: VGT, ICAO: KVGT) Searchlight Airport, Searchlight (IATA: , ICAO: K1L3) Henderson Executive Airport, Henderson (IATA: HSN, ICAO: KHND) Perkins Field, Overton (IATA...


Intercity bus service to Las Vegas is provided by traditional intercity bus carriers, including Greyhound; many charter services, including Green Tortoise; and several Chinatown bus lines. Amtrak California also operates Deluxe Express Thruway Motorcoach dedicated service between the City and its nearest passenger rail station in Bakersfield, California. “Autobus” redirects here. ... Greyhound Lines is the largest inter-city common carrier of passengers by bus in North America , serving 2,200 destinations in the United States. ... // The Green Tortoise is a self-described adventure travel company based in San Francisco, California. ... Passengers waiting at the Fung Wah Lines ticket window on Canal Street and the Bowery in Manhattan Chinatown bus lines, also called 野雞車 (yě jī chē, which translates as wild chicken trucks) in Chinese, refers to the private transportation industry that has arisen in the Chinatown communities of the East Coast... Categories: Stub ...


The Union Pacific Railroad is the only class one railroad to provide rail freight service to the city. The Union Pacific Railroad (AAR reporting marks UP) (NYSE: UNP), headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, is the largest railroad network in the United States. ...


Until 1997, the Amtrak Desert Wind train service ran through Las Vegas using the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) rails that run through the city; Amtrak service to Las Vegas has since been replaced by Amtrak's Thruway Motorcoach bus service. Plans to restore Los Angeles to Las Vegas Amtrak service using a Talgo train have been discussed but no plan for a replacement has been implemented. The high-speed Acela Express in West Windsor, New Jersey. ... This passenger train traveled from Los Angeles, California to Las Vegas, Nevada and Salt Lake City, Utah and continued on the present route of the California Zephyr from Utah to Chicago, IL before its discontinuance in May, 1997. ... The Union Pacific Railroad (AAR reporting marks UP) (NYSE: UNP), headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, is the largest railroad network in the United States. ... Tilting Amtrak Cascades passenger cars use the Talgo design. ...


Some groups have proposed the California-Nevada Interstate Maglev line from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in order to ease the incoming and outgoing traffic congestion on I-15. Another proposal, the Desert Xpress, would involve the privately-financed construction of a train from Victorville, California, to Las Vegas, using off-the-shelf high speed rail technology.[citation needed] The California-Nevada Interstate Maglev project is a project aimed to build a Maglev line from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... Interstate 15, or I-15, is a north-south interstate highway in the western United States, traveling through the states of Montana, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California. ... Desert Xpress is a proposal to build a privately-funded passenger train from Victorville, California, to Las Vegas, Nevada, using off-the-shelf high speed rail technology. ... Victorville is a city located in the Victor Valley of western San Bernardino County, California, USA. According to the U.S. Census Bureaus 2000 census, the city has a total population of 64,029. ...


Major Highways

Image File history File links I-15. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Interstate 15 “I-15” redirects here. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... “San Diego” redirects here. ... Salt Lake City is the capital and the most populous city of the U.S. state of Utah. ... Historic downtown Pocatello Pocatello is a city located in Bannock County, with a small portion in neighboring Power County, in southeastern Idaho. ... Great Falls, Montana the Electric City at dusk Great Falls is a city located in Cascade County, Montana, United States. ... Canada and the United States of America share the longest common border among any two countries that is not militarized or actively patrolled. ... Sweetgrass is a town located in Montana, near the United States-Canada border. ... Image File history File links US_93. ... United States Highway 93 is a major north-south United States highway in the Western United States, extending between the Canadian border in Montana, where it connects with B.C. Highway 93, and Wickenburg, Arizona, a small town about 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Phoenix. ... Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: , Country State County Maricopa Government  - Mayor Ron Badowski Area  - Town  11. ... Canada and the United States of America share the longest common border among any two countries that is not militarized or actively patrolled. ... Eureka is a town located in Lincoln County, Montana. ... Nickname: Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: , Country State County Maricopa Incorporated February 25, 1881 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Phil Gordon (D) Area  - City  515. ... Motto: People Serving People Nickname: {{{nickname}}} Map Political Statistics Founded 1904 Incorporated 1904 Twin Falls County Mayor Lance W. Clow Geographic Statistics Area  - Total  - Land  - Water 31. ... Missoula, Montana viewed from the top of Mount Sentinel in 1999. ... Image File history File links US_95. ... US 95 is a north-south United States highway. ... The international border between Mexico and the United States runs a total of 3,141 km (1,951 miles) from San Diego, California, and Tijuana, Baja California, in the west to Matamoros, Tamaulipas, and Brownsville, Texas, in the east. ... For other similarly named towns and cities, see San Luis. ... Canada and the United States of America share the longest common border among any two countries that is not militarized or actively patrolled. ... Boundary County is a county located in the U.S. state of Idaho. ... “Reno” redirects here. ... Motto: Proud of its Past. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Nevada State Route 160, begins at US 95 west of Mercury, Nevada heads south into Pahrump, in Nye County, then turns east to enter the Las Vegas metropolitan area via Blue Mountain Road and Mountain Springs Summit (elevation 5,502 feet), passing south of Red Rock National Conservation Area en... An aerial view from March 2005 shows development scattered across the valley floor. ... US 95 is a north-south United States highway. ... Crystal is a hamlet in Nye County, Nevada about 80 miles from Las Vegas. ...

Sister cities

Las Vegas has several Sister Cities:[11] Sign denoting twin towns of Neckarsulm, Germany Town twinning is a concept whereby towns or cities in geographically and politically distinct areas are paired with the goal of fostering human contact and cultural links. ...

Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Korea. ... Ansan is a city in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Peoples_Republic_of_China. ... Huludao (Simplified Chinese: 葫芦岛; Traditional Chinese: 葫蘆島; Hanyu Pinyin: ) is a prefecture-level city in southwestern Liaoning Province, China. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Bulgaria. ... Overview of the city Pernik (Bulgarian: ) is a city in western Bulgaria with a population of 91,883 as of 2006. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Thailand. ... Phuket (Thai &#3616;&#3641;&#3648;&#3585;&#3655;&#3605;) is one of the southern provinces (changwat) of Thailand. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Philippines. ... Nickname: Motto: Sulong Angeles. ...

See also

This list of mayors of Las Vegas, Nevada has been compiled from public domain documents provided by the City Clerk. ... This is a list of notable natives and residents of Las Vegas, Nevada or the Las Vegas metropolitan area. ... KBTB 670 (not yet on air)  KDWN 720 (talk)  KBET 790 (not yet on air)  KXNT 840 (talk)  KLSQ 870 (recuerdos)  KBAD 920 (sports)  KNUU 970 (news/talk)  KKVV 1060 (religious)  KWWN 1100 (not yet on air)  KSFN 1140 (talk)  KLAV 1230 (talk)  KDOX 1280 (talk)  KRLV 1340 (Spanish-language... This is a list of films set in Las Vegas. ... This is a List of films shot in Las Vegas, Nevada. ... This article is considered orphaned, since there are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... This is a list of television shows set in Las Vegas: This film, television, or video-related list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it. ... Over the years there have been several casinos and resorts planned for Las Vegas that never opened. ... Las Vegas came to be known as the Marriage Capital of the World due to the ease in acquiring a Marriage License and the minimal costs involved. ...

References

The Las Vegas Sun was one of Las Vegas, Nevadas two daily newspapers. ... is the 296th day of the year (297th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 76th day of the year (77th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 76th day of the year (77th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 76th day of the year (77th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 214th day of the year (215th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 76th day of the year (77th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...

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Las Vegas, Nevada - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (3667 words)
The name Las Vegas is often applied to the unincorporated areas of Clark County that surround the city, especially the resort areas on and near the Las Vegas Strip.
Las Vegas was given its name by Spaniards in the Antonio Armijo party, who used the water in the area while heading north and west along the Old Spanish Trail from Texas.
Las Vegas was ranked as the 29th largest city in the United States in 2000, but recent estimates state the city's population surpassed that of Atlanta, Nashville, Washington, D.C. Louisville, Denver and Boston to place Las Vegas at #22.
Las Vegas - MSN Encarta (720 words)
The seat of Clark County, Las Vegas is located in the Las Vegas Valley, a desert surrounded by the Spring Mountains to the west, Frenchman Mountain to the east, the Sheep and Las Vegas ranges to the north and the McCullough Range to the south.
The population of Las Vegas increased markedly in recent decades, rising from 164,674 in 1980 to 258,295 in 1990.
The growth of the Las Vegas metropolitan region was the fastest in the nation in the 1990s, increasing 83 percent between 1990 and 2000.
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