September 24, 2021

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(SpanishĀ for “The Meadows”), officially theĀ City of Las VegasĀ and often known simply asĀ Vegas, is theĀ 28th-most populous cityĀ in the United States, the most populous city in theĀ stateĀ ofĀ Nevada, and theĀ county seatĀ ofĀ Clark County. The city anchors theĀ Las Vegas ValleyĀ metropolitan area and is the largest city within the greaterĀ Mojave Desert. Las Vegas is an internationally renowned majorĀ resort city, known primarily for itsĀ gambling, shopping, fine dining, entertainment, andĀ nightlife. The Las Vegas Valley as a whole serves as the leading financial, commercial, and cultural center for Nevada.

The city bills itself asĀ The Entertainment Capital of the World, and is famous for its mega casino-hotels and associated activities. It is a top three destination in the United States for business conventions and a global leader in theĀ hospitality industry, claiming moreĀ AAA Five DiamondĀ hotels than any other city in the world. Today, Las Vegas annually ranks as one of the world’s most visited tourist destinations.Ā The city’s tolerance for numerous forms of adult entertainment earned it the title of “Sin City” and has made Las Vegas a popular setting for literature, films, television programs, and music videos.

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 was earned byĀ ChicagoĀ in the 19th century). Population growth has accelerated since the 1960s, and between 1990 and 2000 the population nearly doubled, increasing by 85.2%. Rapid growth has continued into the 21st century, and according to estimates from theĀ U.S. Census Bureau, the city had 651,319 residents in 2019, with a metropolitan population of 2,227,053.[5]

As with most major metropolitan areas, the name of the primary city (“Las Vegas” in this case) is often used to describe areas beyond official city limits. In the case of Las Vegas, this especially applies to the areas on and near theĀ Las Vegas Strip, which is actually located within the unincorporated communities ofĀ ParadiseĀ andĀ Winchester.Ā