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Las Vegas is a very large city located in the state of Nevada. With a population of 632,912 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 (14.19%), sales jobs (12.78%), and food service (10.23%).

Of the large cities in America, Las Vegas is one of the most car-oriented. This is reflected in the urban landscape, which features highways, wide streets, parking lots, and shopping centers of all sizes. It is also reflected in the statistics: 0.80% of people in Las Vegas drive to work in their own car everyday, most often alone. So, if you're going to live in Las Vegas, you'll need to learn to love driving. Alternative forms of transportation aren't very widely used or supported.

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 citizens of Las Vegas are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 22.41% of adults in Las Vegas having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Las Vegas in 2010 was $26,388, which is upper middle income relative to Nevada and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $105,552 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 32.20% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Las Vegas include Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.

Las Vegas also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 21.04%.

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