20 Facts About Las Vegas


Las Vegas, often known simply as Vegas, is the 25th-most populous city in the United States, the most populous city in the state of Nevada, and the county seat of Clark County.

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Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city, known primarily for its gambling, shopping, fine dining, entertainment, and nightlife.

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Las Vegas was settled in 1905 and officially incorporated in 1911.

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Las Vegas was founded as a city in 1905, when 110 acres of land adjacent to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks were auctioned in what would become the downtown area.

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The influx of construction workers and their families helped Las Vegas avoid economic calamity during the Great Depression.

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Las Vegas is situated within Clark County, in a basin on the floor of the Mojave Desert, and is surrounded by mountain ranges on all sides.

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Peaks surrounding Las Vegas reach elevations of over 10, 000 feet, and act as barriers to the strong flow of moisture from the surrounding area.

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Las Vegas has a subtropical hot desert climate, typical of the Mojave Desert in which it lies.

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Summer in Las Vegas is marked by a significant diurnal temperature variation.

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Las Vegas winters are short and generally very mild, with chilly daytime temperatures.

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Las Vegas has one of the highest marriage rates of U S cities, with many licenses issued to people from outside the area.

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Primary drivers of the Las Vegas economy are tourism, gaming, and conventions, which in turn feed the retail and restaurant industries.

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Major attractions in Las Vegas are the casinos and the hotels, although in recent years other new attractions have begun to emerge.

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Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing and Visual Arts is a Grammy award-winning magnet school located in downtown Las Vegas.

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Las Vegas has earned the moniker "Gambling Capital of the World", as the city currently has the largest number of land-based casinos in the world.

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City of Las Vegas government operates as a council–manager government.

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Las Vegas is served by 22 television stations and 46 radio stations.

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Inter-city bus service to and from Las Vegas is provided by Greyhound, BoltBus, Orange Belt Stages, Tufesa, and several smaller carriers.

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Silver Rider Transit operates three routes within Las Vegas, offering connections to Laughlin, Mesquite, and Sandy Valley.

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US 93 splits from I-15 northeast of Las Vegas and goes north through the eastern part of the state, serving Ely and Wells.

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