Las Vegas, NV
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Las Vegas is a very large city located in the state of Nevada. With a population of 644,644 people and 354 constituent neighborhoods, Las Vegas is the largest community in Nevada.

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 (13.95%), sales jobs (12.52%), and food service (10.07%).

One thing noticeable about Las Vegas, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Las Vegas is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Las Vegas a great place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun. In fact, Las Vegas is one of the top larger cities in America for educated single professionals to flock.

One important feature of Las Vegas is that it is one of the most car-oriented large cities in the country. In fact, 80.50% of people commute to and from work every day by private automobile, eschewing alternative forms of transportation, which are not widely available in Las Vegas anyway. So, if you like to drive, Las Vegas is the city for you! The landscape around Las Vegas reflects this: wide streets, parking lots, plenty of highways, malls, and shopping centers are what you'll find.

Las Vegas is a big city, and with that comes lots of benefits. One benefit is that most big cities have public transit, but Las Vegas really shines when it comes to the extensiveness and use of its public transit system. More than most large American cities, Las Vegas citizens use public transit daily to get to and from work. And while there are transportation options, most people in Las Vegas ride the bus. Whereas in some cities one is destined to sit in traffic every morning to get to work and every evening to get home, in Las Vegas a lot leave their cars at home (if they even choose to own one), and hop a ride on the bus.

The population of Las Vegas overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Las Vegas, 23.16% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Las Vegas in 2010 was $27,650, which is middle income relative to Nevada, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $110,600 for a family of four. However, Las Vegas contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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. The greatest number of Las Vegas residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Las Vegas also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 32.66% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Las Vegas include German, Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.

Las Vegas also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 21.22%.

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