Las Vegas Information
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Las Vegas Facts
- Las Vegas is the largest metropolitan city in the United States that was founded in 20th century.
- The Dunes Hotel, demolished in 1993, was the first resort to feature topless showgirls in a show called Minsky's Follies.
- The Golden Gate Hotel and Casino was the first of its kind when it opened back in 1906.
- Howard Hughes began his infamous stay at the Desert Inn in 1966. By 1968, he was asked to leave, the former management unaware that he had just bought the place!
- 1996 marked the 25,000th performance of Wayne Newton and the 15,000th performance of Siegfried and Roy.
- The Stratosphere is the tallest, freestanding observation tower in the U.S. and the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River.
- The population of Las Vegas grew by 55% from 1990 to 1998.
- City elevation is around 2030 feet (620m) above sea level.
- The Mirage, which opened in 1989 at a cost of $630 million, is considered to be Las Vegas's first "mega resort" hotel and casino.
Las Vegas Population and Demographics
Many of the people who reside in "Las Vegas" actually live in neighboring cities or communities. Of the approximately 1.8 million people who call Las Vegas, Nevada and the Valley home, some 600,000 actually live inside the city limits. Approximately 700,000 people live in the unincorporated areas governed by Clark County, and another 465,000 live in North Las Vegas, Henderson and Boulder City. Las Vegas and most of the surrounding metropolitan area share a police department. A Paiute Indian reservation occupies about one acre of land in the downtown area of Las Vegas.