About Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas has a population of 613,599 residents, according to 2014 U.S. census estimates. The metropolitan area has over 2 million people. There are more than 41 million visitors to Las Vegas every year. The city was incorporated in 1911, although Mormon farmers settled the area in 1855. Spaniards traveling the Old Spanish Trail from Texas named the area Las Vegas.
Las Vegas draws tourists with its casinos, shows and other entertainment options most notably on the Las Vegas Strip and at the Fremont Experience in the revitalized downtown area. Outside the city limits, residents and visitors have easy access to Lake Mead, the Mojave Desert, Hoover Dam and Red Rock Canyon.
Las Vegas' metro area has over thirty universities, colleges and career schools within a 15 mile radius. College of Southern Nevada is one the largest in the area, with nearly 36,000 students as of fall 2014. It offers certificates, associate's and bachelor's degree programs.
University of Nevada in Las Vegas is a research university that awards bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Research areas at this school include unmanned aerial systems, health disparities, biomechanics and nanotechnology.
Nevada State College and Touro University are also found here, along with schools for cosmetology, health technology and proprietary institutions.
Las Vegas Economy
Gambling was legalized in the city in 1931, and from 1941 onward Las Vegas developed into a major entertainment center. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of February 2016, the strongest area of employment in the Las Vegas area is, by far, leisure and hospitality with approximately 276,500 jobs. Second is trade, transportation, and utilities with approximately 173,700 jobs. Third is professional and business services with about 124,000 jobs.