About Las Vegas and Henderson
Spanish for "the meadows," Las Vegas was founded by Mormon missionaries who were then followed by westward-traveling pioneers and, later, by the men who built Hoover Dam.
Las Vegas is situated at the southern tip of Nevada in the Great Basin – the western region between the Sierra Nevada and Wasatch mountain ranges. Its official elevation is 2,174 feet, and the valley encompasses nearly 600 square miles of land. Mountains surround the region and reach their highest elevation – 11,918 feet – at Mt. Charleston.
According to the Nevada Development Authority (NDA), the Las Vegas Valley has a workforce of nearly 1 million, and the population increases by more than 5,800 each month. While hospitality remains the area’s largest field, new jobs are being created in the high-tech, telecommunications and manufacturing industries. www.nevadadevelopment.org
The cost of living in Las Vegas is lower than in many comparably-sized cities, there is no state personal income tax and property taxes are moderate.
The valley boasts an extraordinary quality of life with its wonderful year-round climate, beautiful communities, access to great entertainment and fine dining, cultural and recreational opportunities.
Getting in and out of Las Vegas is easy, with more than 50 carriers serving southern Nevada through McCarran International Airport, the 7th busiest airport in North America.