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Las Vegas is a somewhat small city located in the state of New Mexico. With a population of 13,386 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Las Vegas is the 16th largest community in New Mexico.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Las Vegas is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Las Vegas is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Las Vegas who work in office and administrative support (16.57%), teaching (10.07%), and management occupations (7.98%).

Las Vegas is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Las Vegas enrolled in college, Las Vegas has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Las Vegas spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 14.25 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

In terms of college education, Las Vegas is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 19.20% of adults 25 and older in Las Vegas have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Las Vegas in 2010 was $16,557, which is middle income relative to New Mexico, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $66,228 for a family of four. Las Vegas also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 35.28% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Las Vegas is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Las Vegas home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Las Vegas, accounting for 76.35% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Las Vegas residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Las Vegas include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

The most common language spoken in Las Vegas is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Chinese.

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