Las Vegas comprises 113.3 square miles, with an estimated population of 478,868. The total number of houses is 190,862 – 105,514 of which are owner-occupied, while 72,334 are occupied by renters. Most properties were built between 1995 and 1998 reflecting the recent increase in population. The houses typically have 6 rooms, 3 of which are bedrooms. Prices start at around $186,000 and get as high as more than $360,000, with an average of about $250,000. Average price per square foot in Las Vegas is $151. HUDClips keeps current listings of Las Vegas Foreclosures available to the public.
The city is divided into the following neighborhoods or communities: Desert Shores, Centennial Hills, Green Valley, Henderson, Northwest Las Vegas, Nellis Air Force Base, Summerlin, other areas of Las Vegas including Lake Las Vegas Resort, as well as the retirement communities of Sun City Anthem, Sun City MacDonald Ranch, Sun City Summerlin, Sun City Aliante and Solera at Anthem.
Las Vegas was once one of the west’s pioneer trail stopovers, and in the 1900s it became a well known railroad town. Tourism is the driving force of the city’s economy, with an estimated 37 million visitors each year. Based on figures from the University of Nevada’s Center for Business and Economic Research Center, visitor spending was an impressive $33.7 billion. The largest employers are, of course, the entertainment/gaming and service industries. Casinos are the major attractions, with most of these establishments concentrated on Las Vegas Boulevard or the Las Vegas Strip.
Major highways that lead to Las Vegas include Interstates 15 and 215, US 93, US 95 and the Nevada State Route 160. Concentrated in, but not limited to, the Strip areas are the shopping malls like Fashion Show Mall (the city’s largest), Boulevard Mall and Meadows Mall; big hotels and entertainment venues (such as MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Caesars Palace) are likewise in the Strip or its surrounding areas.
Parks and Recreation
The city’s Department of Leisure Services maintains & develops parks and other recreational facilities. The department has a comprehensive listing of parks (such as the Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs), golf courses, arts & community events facilities, galleries and even dog parks.
Major hospitals, such as the Sunrise Hospital, and other medical facilities ensure the city’s health and well-being. The Clark County School District provides public education to residents. For college, students can take their pick from the University of Nevada – Las Vegas (UNLV), Nevada State College and other private colleges.