Renowned as the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas is a place where 40 million people a year come to revel in the unabashed glitz and glamour of the fabulous Strip. They're gambling, drinking and dining at some of the world's most lavish resorts and partying with reality TV celebrities at hip nightclubs.
Las Vegas is also a place where middle-class Americans live and work and raise families. To suggest that Las Vegas is like any other city in America would be grossly misstated, but in many ways, it's not much different.
It's got schools, churches and parks. Bonnie Springs, Red Rock Canyon, Valley of Fire and Hoover Dam are just a few of the attractions perfect for family outings and within an hour drive. Las Vegans can play in the snow on Mt. Charleston during the winter and splash around Lake Mead when the summer gets sizzling.
From regional malls such as Fashion Show, Boulevard, Meadows and Galleria at Sunset to lifestyle centers such as The District at Green Valley Ranch and Town Square, Las Vegas offers a plethora of shopping and dining options. The valley is home to more than 20 golf courses, including the championship TPC at Summerlin course that plays host to PGA tournaments.
Las Vegas Valley's transformation from a desolate train stop in the Mohave Desert to a thriving metropolis of 2 million people in less than 100 years has been nothing short of phenomenal. It started with a public land auction in 1905 and took shape with hotel and casino development along the world-famous Strip beginning in the 1940s, culminating with $30 billion of infrastructure investment by the turn of the century.
With its temperate climate, low cost of living and abundant employment opportunities, Las Vegas emerged as the nation's fastest-growing city in the 20th century. As a result, many neighborhoods in Las Vegas are relatively new, with the majority of homes built after 1970. Las Vegas boasts some of the nation's top master-planned communities, including Summerlin, Green Valley, Mountain's Edge and Anthem.
Las Vegas, in Clark County, is the largest city in Nevada and the state's major business and financial center..
McCarran International Airport ranks as the nation's sixth-busiest airport. The Las Vegas Convention Center, at 2 million square feet and growing, hosts many of the nation's top conventions, including the Consumer Electronics Show. Las Vegas also hosts major events such as the NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, National Finals Rodeo and Electric Daily Carnival.