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
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.