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Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada
City
City of Las Vegas
Downtown Las Vegas in early-June 2014
Downtown Las Vegas in early-June 2014
Flag of Las Vegas, Nevada
Flag
Official seal of Las Vegas, Nevada
Seal
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 Clark County, Nevada
Location of the city of Las Vegas within Clark County, Nevada
Las Vegas, Nevada is located in the US
Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas, Nevada
Location in the contiguous United States
Coordinates: 36°10′30″N 115°08′11″W / 36.17500°N 115.13639°W / 36.17500; -115.13639Coordinates: 36°10′30″N 115°08′11″W / 36.17500°N 115.13639°W / 36.17500; -115.13639
Country  United States of America
State  Nevada
County Clark
Founded May 15, 1905
Incorporated March 16, 1911
Government
 • Type Council–manager
 • Mayor Carolyn Goodman (D)
 • City Manager Betsy Fretwell
Area
 • City 352 km2 (135.8 sq mi)
 • Land 352 km2 (135.8 sq mi)
 • Water 0.1 km2 (.05 sq mi)
Elevation 610 m (2,001 ft)
Population (2015)
 • City 623,727 (30th, U.S.)
 • Density 1,659.5/km2 (4,298.1/sq mi)
 • Urban 1,314,356
 • Metro 1,951,269
 • CSA 2,362,015 (US: 27th)
Demonym(s) Las Vegan
Time zone PST (UTC−8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC−7)
Area code(s) 702 & 725
FIPS code 32-40000
GNIS feature ID 0847388
Website www.lasvegasnevada.gov

Las Vegas (/lɑːs ˈvɡəs/, Spanish for "The Meadows"), officially the City of Las Vegas and often known simply as Vegas, is the 28th-most populated city in the United States, the most populated city in the state of Nevada, and the county seat of Clark County. The city anchors the Las Vegas Valley metropolitan area and is the largest city within the greater Mojave Desert. Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city known primarily for its gambling, shopping, fine dining, entertainment, and nightlife. It is the leading financial, commercial, and cultural center for Nevada.

The city bills itself as 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 the hospitality industry, claiming more AAA Five Diamond hotels than any city in the world. Today, Las Vegas annually ranks as one of the world's most visited tourist destinations. 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.


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