|Las Vegas, Nevada|
|City of Las Vegas|
|Nickname(s): "Vegas", "Sin City", "City of Lights", "The Gambling Capital of the World", "The Entertainment Capital of the World", "Capital of Second Chances", "The Marriage Capital of the World", "The Silver City", "America's Playground"|
Location of the city of Las Vegas within
|Founded||May 15, 1905|
|Incorporated||March 16, 1911|
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| • ||Steve Ross (|
| • ||Betsy Fretwell|
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|• Land||135.8 sq mi (352 km2)|
|• Water||0.05 sq mi (0.1 km2)|
|Elevation||2,001 ft (610 m)|
| • ||583,756|
|• Estimate (2017)||648,224|
|• Density||4,300/sq mi (1,700/km2)|
| • ||2,211,315|
| • ||2,248,390|
| • ||2,362,015 (US: |
| • Summer (|
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The city bills itself as
Las Vegas was settled in 1905 and officially incorporated in 1911. At the close of the 20th century, it was the most populated American city founded within that century (a similar distinction earned by
"Las Vegas" is often used to describe areas beyond official city limits—especially the areas on and near the
Perhaps the earliest visitors to the Las Vegas area were nomadic Paleo-Indians, who traveled there 10,000 years ago, leaving behind petroglyphs.
Eleven years later members of the
Las Vegas was founded as a city in 1905, when 110 acres (45 ha) of land adjacent to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks were auctioned in what would become the downtown area. In 1911, Las Vegas was incorporated as a city.
1931 was a pivotal year for Las Vegas. At that time, Nevada legalized casino gambling and reduced residency requirements for divorce to six weeks. This year also witnessed the beginning of construction on nearby
In 1941, the Las Vegas Army Air Corps Gunnery School was established. Currently known as Nellis Air Force Base, it is home to the aerobatic team called the Thunderbirds.
Following World War II, lavishly decorated hotels, gambling casinos, and big-name entertainment became synonymous with Las Vegas.
In the 1950s the
During the 1960s, corporations and business powerhouses such as Howard Hughes were building and buying hotel-casino properties. Gambling was referred to as "gaming" which transitioned into legitimate business.
The year 1995 marked the opening of the
Due to the realization of many revitalization efforts, 2012 was dubbed "The Year of Downtown." Hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of projects made their debut at this time. They included The Smith Center for the Performing Arts and DISCOVERY Children's Museum, Mob Museum, Neon Museum, a new City Hall complex and renovations for a new Zappos.com corporate headquarters in the old City Hall building.