The city bills itself as The Entertainment Capital of the World, and is famous for its mega casino–hotels and associated entertainment. A growing retirement and family city, Las Vegas is the 29th most populous city in the United States, with a population of 603,488 at the 2013 United States Census Estimates. The 2013 population of the Las Vegas metropolitan area was 2,027,828. The city is one of the top three leading destinations in the United States for conventions, business, and meetings. In addition, the city’s metropolitan area has more AAA Five Diamond hotels than any other city in the world, and is a global leader in the hospitality industry. Today, Las Vegas is one of the top tourist destinations in the world.
Established in 1905, Las Vegas was incorporated as a city in 1911. At the close of the 20th century, Las Vegas was the most populous American city founded in that century (a similar distinction retained by Chicago in the 19th century). The city’s tolerance for numerous forms of adult entertainment earned it the title of Sin City, and has made Las Vegas a popular setting for films, television programs, and music videos.
Las Vegas is generally used to describe not just the city itself, but areas beyond the city limits — especially the resort areas on and near the Las Vegas Strip — and the Las Vegas Valley. The 4.2 mile (6.8 km) stretch of South Las Vegas Boulevard known as the Las Vegas Strip is in the unincorporated communities of Paradise, Winchester, and Enterprise, located in Clark County.
LAS VEGAS McCARRAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
- 1 mile (1.6 km.) from the Strip
- 3.5 miles (5.6 km.) from the Convention Center
- 5 miles (8 km.) from Downtown
- Las Vegas McCarran is ranked 8th busiest in the world by the Airports Council in Washington, D.C.
Serves 51 air carriers including:
- 24 scheduled
- 2 helicopter services
- 8 commuter
- 17 charter
- Averages 980 flights a day.
Direct flights to 58 U.S. cities, 1 European city
- In the first four months of 2001, 18.5 million passengers passed through McCarran.
- 36.8 million passengers passed through in 2000.
- 1.2 million of those were international passengers.
- The 1.3 million square-foot (1.04 million square meter) terminal has 92 gates that cover 2,820 acres. There are 5,000 cars that use the parking facilities per day where passengers utilize the tram to some terminals. There is a baggage control computer ramp and moving pedestrian walkways. It is a Class A port-of-entry, has a bilateral agreement with Canada, and features international signage.