From its beginnings as a rough-and-tumble “Old West” settlement to its its current incarnation as “The Entertainment Capital” of the United States, Las Vegas has had many faces and has changed a great deal over the past nearly two centuries.
The simple discovery of a spring is what started the development of one of the fastest-growing cities in American history. A small party of New Mexican traders traveling along the Spanish Trail discovered a lush freshwater oasis which they named las vegas – “the meadows” in Spanish.
According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the greater Las Vegas area (the cities of Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Boulder City and unincorporated areas of Clark County) has a population of 619,419 people in 2014. In comparison, the entire state of Nevada has 2.7 million people.
FACTOID: In 1922, the population of Las Vegas was 22
With 28.3 million visitors as of August 2015, Las Vegas is one of the most popular tourist destinations… and why wouldn’t it be? There is no shortage of things to do (and not just gambling!), beautiful hotels to stay at, and sights to see.