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.