Las Vegas

2,211,315 (urban), 2,227,053 (metro)

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Las Vegas is a subtropical hot desert climate. It’s typical of the Mojave Desert. The summers are long and hot. Winters are short and mild, and occasionally chilly with scant rainfall. The seasonal transitions are warm. The sun shines an average of 310 days a year.

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Casinos, shopping, fine dining and entertainment: most know Vegas as a major resort with bright lights and major attractions. As it happens, the Las Vegas Valley is the leading financial, commercial, and cultural center of Nevada. No surprise, Las Vegas is the most populated city in Nevada. It’s the Clark County seat, and is situated in the greater Mojave Desert. 

Las Vegas is also a top-three US destination for business conventions. It’s also a global leader in the hospitality industry. It annually ranks as one of the world’s most visited tourist destinations. It’s easy to fly in from most major cities.

Population growth has accelerated since the 1960s. Between 1990 and 2000, the population nearly doubled, and continues to increase. In recent years, new industries have been moving into Vegas. A number of new industries have moved to Vegas, including Zappos.com 

Want to play…but not at the tables? Las Vegas has 68 parks, 4 golf courses, 123 playgrounds, 23 softball fields, 10 football fields, 44 soccer fields, 10 dog parks, 6 community centers, 4 senior centers, 109 skates parks, and 6 community swimming pools.

Want to have an exceptional meal? Avoid the Strip, and amazing choices abound that won’t throw you into the crowds or break the bank.

Primary and secondary public education is under the aegis of the Clark County School district, the nation’s fifth most populous. Vegas’ nine colleges and universities include the University Of Nevada, Las Vegas (noted for its high level of doctoral research as well as its hospitality & management school), and the College of Southern Nevada (the nation’s third largest community college by enrollment). 

Neighborhoods

Living In and Around Las Vegas

As general note, Las Vegas has a multitude of good neighborhoods. Trying to list them all would be folly. Following is a cherry-picked list. The Lakes has (unsurprisingly) a lot of lakes. But the Spring Mountains are also right there, making The Lakes a great neighborhood for hiking. There are excellent shopping and dining options. This is one of Las Vegas’ more expensive neighborhoods, but everything is relative. Compared to the national average, it’s not that expensive. Median home price is $305,152. Median income us $75,000. Kyle Canyon comes up on most lists for best Las Vegas neighborhood. Friendly residents, tree-lined streets and low crime. It ranks high for education and employment. Median Home Value: $238,073. Median Income: $70,640. With a population of 195,646, Spring Valley offers residents a dense suburban feel. If you like being out and about, there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. You’re also close to much, including The Strip, T-Mobile Arena, grocery stores, gas stations library, shopping opportunities, and it’s only 7 miles to the UNLV. Lots of young professionals  and the public schools are above average. 

Also showing up on the lists of “best places to live” is Summerlin, population 123,950. Summerlin has a dense suburban feel. Most residents, including young professionals and retirees, own their homes. There are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Summerlin residents tend to have moderate political views. Another great location if you like hiking. Schools are above average. Green Valley Ranch in Henderson has a population of just under 20,000. Comprised primarily of families and young professionals, it has a sparse suburban feel with a lot of parks. The residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools are considered above average. Green Valley South logs in with a population of 30,383 and a dense suburban feel. Lots of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Lots of young professionals live in Green Valley South, and the political views tend to skew more liberal. The public schools, again, are considered above average. Also in Henderson is Anthem. Less population dense than its neighbors, Anthem has a population of 13,529 and lots of parks. Most residents own their homes. Many families and retirees live in Anthem, and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools are above average.

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