Las Vegas is a very large city located in the state of Nevada. With a population of 641,676 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%).
Las Vegas is one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Las Vegas is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.
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, like many big cities in America, has a public transportation system, but the citizens of Las Vegas are lucky because theirs is one of the most extensive and widely used. Many commuters choose to leave their cars at home and instead use the bus to get to and from work. In fact, for some people it is feasible to forgo car ownership entirely, avoiding the cost and headache of driving in heavy traffic. The benefits include reduced air pollution and load on the road network.
The citizens of Las Vegas are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 23.16% of adults in Las Vegas having a bachelor's degree or advanced 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.