Las Vegas, NV
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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, Las Vegas isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Las Vegas are a mix 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.

One of the benefits of being a big city like Las Vegas is having a public transportation system, but in Las Vegas the transit system is the mode of choice for lots of people getting to and from work every day. You will find many people using the bus for their daily commute, even though other transportation options exist. If you ask these commuters, many will tell you that not having to drive in the snarl of big city traffic is one of main reasons for leaving the car at home, or even not owning a car at all. With so many people taking the bus Las Vegas benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.

The education level of Las Vegas citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 23.16% of adults in Las Vegas 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.

In addition, Las Vegas has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (21.22%).

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