30 Interesting Facts About Las Vegas

Facts About Las Vegas

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Facts About Las Vegas

  • Las Vegas means “the meadows” due to water found in underground artesian wells.
  • The famous Las Vegas Strip is not located within the city limits of Las Vegas, it actually falls under the jurisdiction of Clark County.
  • Las Vegas has informally earned the nickname of “Sin City.”
  • The Las Vegas Metropolitan area is the most densely populated in the state with a population of more than 1.6 million.
  • After being founded in 1905, Las Vegas was incorporated as a city in 1911.
  • There are over 15,000 miles of neon tubing within the city.
  • More than 1,200 fountains are involved in the famous Bellagio Fountain show.
  • The largest sum won on the Las Vegas slot machines was at the Excalibur.
  • Standing tall at 550 feet and measuring 520 feet in diameter, the High Roller holds the record for being the tallest observation wheel on the planet
  • Las Vegas is home to more than half of the 20 largest hotels in the world.
  • Las Vegas hosts 300 weddings every day.
  • Las Vegas is considered the brightest spot on Earth, due to the concentration of lights on its hotels and casinos.
  • The Stratosphere is the tallest observation tower in the United States and the second tallest free-standing structure west of the Mississippi River, at 1,149 feet.
  • The sphinx at the Luxor is 101 feet taller than the original Great Sphinx of Giza.
  • The iconic “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign, which has never been located within municipal limits, was created in 1959 by Betty Willis.
  • Las Vegas is situated within Clark County, in a basin on the floor of the Mojave Desert, and is surrounded by mountain ranges on all sides.
  • Las Vegas is sometimes also referred to as the “Ninth Island of Hawaii;” because so many Hawaiians have moved to the city.
  • FedEx CEO, Frederick W. Smith saved his company by putting his last $5000 into gambling in Las Vegas. Luckily, he earned $32000 in return by playing Blackjack and saved his company.
  • The peaks surrounding Las Vegas reach elevations of over 10,000 feet and act as barriers to the strong flow of moisture from the surrounding area.
  • The elevation is approximately 2,030 ft above sea level.
  • The first racially integrated hotel-casino in Las Vegas was opened in the 1950s, called the Moulin Rouge.
  • There is Literally One Slot Machine for Every Eight Las Vegas Residents.
  • The city has a total area of 135.86 sq mi, of which 135.81 sq mi is land and 0.05 sq mi is water.
  • There’s estimated to be at least 1,000 people living beneath Vegas in underground tunnels
  • The largest bronze sculpture in America is housed in Las Vegas. The MGM Grand Hotel’s mascot, the bronze lion, weighing in at 50 tons.
  • In 1855, Mormon missionaries built a fort called ‘Old Mormon Fort;’ near a spring-fed creek. The Fort is considered the first permanent, non-native settlement in the Las Vegas Valley.
  • Consumption of shellfish in Vegas is over 60,000 pounds per day, that’s higher than the rest of the United States combined.
  • Las Vegas is the largest city within the greater Mojave Desert.
  • The highest temperature officially observed for Las Vegas, as measured at McCarran International Airport, is 117 °F, reached June 20, 2017, the last of four occasions. Conversely, the lowest temperature was 8 °F, recorded on two days: January 25, 1937, and January 13, 1963.
  • Annual rainfall in Las Vegas totals slightly more than four inches.


Facts About Las Vegas
Facts About Las Vegas
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