Las Vegas is a world class destination city, known as the Entertainment Capital of the World. Millions of visitors come here each year for vacation and work. Although dubbed “Sin City” for its numerous adult entertainment options, it has become a popular destination for families over the years offering shopping, shows, pools, sightseeing, and many dining options.
Las Vegas is a city by design. – authentic local spirit combines with global renown, incredible natural beauty blends with a one-of-a-kind built environment, and a community of increasingly diverse, resilient people. Since its founding in 1905 the city has become home to over 648,224 residents and 33,000 plus businesses, and marks a region where more than two million people live, making it the most populated city in Nevada. Las Vegas has created exciting, unique opportunities for countless residents and visitors.
Las Vegas is emerging from not only an entertainment destination but also into an amazing city to call home. With a new performing arts center, Children’s museums, Innovation District, a master planned medical district as well as a 20 year transportation mobility plan Las Vegas is becoming an excellent place to live and work. This will ensure its economic growth for years to come.
History of Las Vegas
Examining ancient petroglyphs tells a fascinating tale about nomadic Paleo-Indians traveling to the Las Vegas Valley as early as 10,000 years ago. However, the first known Non-Native American to visit Las Vegas is known to be Rafael Rivera in 1829. The name Las Vegas is a Spanish word meaning “the meadows.”
Many years later in 1905, Las Vegas was founded and in 1911, the city was incorporated. The year 1931 is the beginning of what we now know Las Vegas to be. It was in this year that casino gambling was legalized and Hoover Dam construction began. During this time Las Vegas saw job creation and growth, keeping it alive during the great depression. Many years later came the origination of lavish hotels and casino’s along with world class entertainment.
Las Vegas is home to Nellis Air Force Base (originally known as the Las Vegas Army Air Corps Gunnery School) and the aerobatic team, The Thunderbirds. If you travel 65 miles north, you will find the Nevada Test Site; the states Atomic Testing Center. Although in the past Las Vegas residents were subject to the aftermath of the sites testing, all testing is now required to be performed underground.
Over the years Las Vegas has grown tremendously. In the 1960’s Howard Hughes Corporation began buying land and developing hotels and casinos. In 1995, Freemont Street opened, with a 5 block area that is roofed with millions of LED lights. There is a light show at the top of each hour.
Downtown Las Vegas is leading the way in innovation. In 2018 Las Vegas deployed a connected vehicle corridor for testing autonomous vehicles. Las Vegas ranks #1 in the nation from the U.S. Open Data Census, which measures openness of key datasets. It is set to become a smart city by 2025.
Las Vegas Neighborhoods
- The Lakes, located on the west side of the Las Vegas valley, is an affluent gated community of single family residences, condominiums, townhomes, and commercial properties. Homes here range from 1500-12,000+ sq.ft. The community is built around the man made lake, Lake Sahara, offering swimming, boating, fishing, and 15 miles of bike paths. As well as close proximity to shopping, dining, entertainment, and Red Rock Canyon.
- Las Vegas Country Club is a private, guard gated, community just east of the Las Vegas Strip. Living you are amongst some of Las Vegas’ elite with some of the cities most famous entertainers living here. The country club is made up of townhomes, condominiums, and single family residences. Living the Las Vegas Country Club lifestyle includes golf on the 18 hole Ed Ault Course, indoor/outdoor tennis courts, and a full social calendar each month.
- Located on the west side of the valley you will find Canyon Gate. It is an affluent community situate around Canyon Gate Country Club, an 18 hole championship course. Living here you will enjoy the scenic views of mature landscaping, lagoons, waterfalls, and the Red Rock Mountains. If you join the club, you can take advantage of golf, tennis, the state-of-the-art fitness center, swimming, and dining options.
- Living in Southern Highlands isn’t just a home, it’s a lifestyle. This exclusive community is located southwest of the Las Vegas Strip and has boutique dining and shopping, as well as many parks and trails for outdoor activities. The homes within Southern Highlands Golf Club are all guard gated, and have one of the highest average home prices in the country.
- Peccole Ranch, located on the west side of the valley, with W. Sahara Ave to it’s south, S. Fort Apache Rd. to it’s east, W. Charleston Blvd to it’s north, and Hualapai Way to it’s west. This community has many trails, parks, tennis courts, and paseos for the popular game of disc golf.
- The luxury community known as Spanish Trails was Las Vegas’ very first private, guard gated community. Living here offers amazing views and the luxury golf community lifestyle including: golf, tennis, swimming pools, spa, card games, and dining.
Schools in Las Vegas
Las Vegas public schools are almost all operated by the Clark County School District. Totaling over 320,000 students. This large number of students is due to the overwhelming number of families moving to the city. The result of this is many schools opening including private, public, and charter schools. Most schools operate on a 9 month school year however, there are some that operate on a 12 month school year due to overcrowding.
Las Vegas Parks and Recreation
Most people associate Las Vegas with The Strip, gambling, and drinking. What they don’t know is Las Vegas has over 68 parks, 4 golf courses, and 123 playgrounds, making it a great place for families or anyone who likes to enjoy the outdoors. Just a short drive from downtown you’ll find Red Rock Canyon with its beautiful scenic drive, many walking/hiking trails, and lookout spots. Just 40 minutes north on interstate 95 you will come to Kyle Canyon and Mount Charleston; a popular place among locals for skiing, snowboarding, sledding, tubing, snowshoeing, hiking, and biking. You don’t have to leave Las Vegas to enjoy ample trails. Las Vegas has many multi-use trail systems including the River Mountain Loop Trail; a 35 mile trail that connects the west side of Las Vegas to the Hoover Dam, the Bonanza Trail, Flamingo Arroyo Trail, and Western Trails Parks Area and Equestrian Trails, to name a few.