You may be curious about Las Vegas, the people that live there and the visitors that flock there for fun and gambling. Some of these facts can be used in a Las Vegas trivia game. Some of them are totally useless but fun. And some of them might be rather important things to know. But to start off, we have a very surprising fact about the Las Vegas Strip. It's not in Las Vegas!
Vegas Facts and Trivia
We all think we know about Las Vegas. It's a glitzy "sin city" in the middle of the Nevada desert, right? But Las Vegas has more secrets than "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas." Las Vegas has some rather surprising facts.
- The most iconic part of Las Vegas is not actually in Las Vegas, It's actually in Paradise Nevada. Las Vegas is home to downtown Las Vegas and a tiny piece of the Las Vegas Strip. The rest of The Strip is in an unincorporated town named Paradise, Nevada
- The Oldest Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas is the Golden Gate Hotel in Downtown Las Vegas. It opened in 1906
- The year the first casino was licensed - 1931
- Approximate number of Las Vegas city residents - 623,747
- The first Jerry Lewis/Muscular Dystrophy Telethon ever was held there on Sept. 6, 1971
- Number of people moving to Las Vegas annually - 60,000
- Number of conventions hosted annually - 3749
- Average number of Vegas weddings per day - 315
- Number of local golf courses - 37
- Number of gallons of water used in Las Vegas per person, per day - 219
In the Casino
Whether you have $20 to spend or $200,000, you'll probably succumb to a casino visit during your Las Vegas stay. And we've got facts on casinos, too. The biggest Las Vegas land-based casino is the Venetian and the most profitable is Wynn Las Vegas.
- Year first casino was licensed 1931
- Current number of licensed gambling places in Las Vegas 1701
- Number of slot machines in the city - 197,144
- Average visitor's gambling budget per trip - $541
- Clark County's gaming revenue - $10 Billion
- Minimum limits for high rollers in gambling salons - $300,000
The Las Vegas Strip, actually Las Vegas Boulevard, is where you'll find most of the iconic hotels and tourist attractions. But it wasn't always the center of everything glitzy.
- The Flamingo, built in the 1940s, was the anchor for the famous row of casinos on The Strip
- The amount in miles of lighted neon tubing on The Strip and Downtown - 15,000
- Las Vegas Boulevard, where The Strip is located, used to be called the Arrowhead Highway, and then, the Sunset Strip
- Price for a prime acre of land on The Strip - $11 million
There's more to Nevada than Las Vegas. The capital is Carson City. It's a desert state with tons of soft green sagebrush so Nevada is known as the "Sagebrush State." It's also called the "Battle Born State" because it became a state in 1864, during the Civil War.
- Percent of Nevada land owned by the federal government - 87
- Paved roads in Nevada, in miles - 5429
- Dirt or gravel roads in Nevada, in miles - 33,010
- Nevada's population growth since 1990, in percentage - 83.3
- Nevada's prison-population growth since 1990, in percentage - 100.4
- State's nationwide rank in gold production - 1
- Cost of Nevada marriage license - $35
- The average cost of filing for divorce in Nevada - $450
Hotel Facts and Figures
In the mid-1970s Las Vegas had about 35,000 rooms. Last count there were almost 150,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas. And, the more elaborate, the better.
- The Bellagio chocolate fountain is certified by Guinness World Records as the largest chocolate fountain in the world. It is 27 feet tall and has over 500 feet of stainless steel piping
- Number of hotel rooms - 148,896
- Average number of pillowcases washed daily at MGM Grand - 15,000
- Average nightly room rate - $129
- The Riviera Hotel stood for 60 years before it was imploded in 2016
- The Bronze lion outside of the MGM Grand Hotel weighs 50 tons
Show Me the Money
Gambling is big money in Las Vegas and the state of Nevada. But not everyone is involved in the gambling industry. The cost of living in the area is close to the national average and the median home value in Las Vegas is $260,100. Las Vegas home values have gone up 15.9% over the past year, according to Zillow.
- Annual state gaming revenue - $9 billion
- Percentage of visitors who say they come to Vegas mainly to gamble - 5
- Annual state gaming revenue - $9 billion
- Percent of Nevada's general fund fed by gaming-tax revenue - 43
- Average monthly apartment rent - $850
- Median home value - $260,100
- Average price for an acre of land in the Valley - $161,000
- Price for a prime acre of land on the Strip - $11 million
While the city of Las Vegas is home to 623,747, Clark County is a huge population center of over two million.
- Approximate number of Clark County residents - 2,200,000
- Percentage of county's population over 24 years old with a college degree - 13.8
- Percentage of residents who claim to be religious - 82.2
- Percentage of the population registered to vote - 42.2
46 percent of Las Vegas visitors arrive by air, with 54 percent arriving via ground transportation. But no matter how they arrive, they keep coming—in droves.
- Annual visitors to Las Vegas - 36.7 million
- Percentage of visitors from Southern California - 26
- Percentage of visitors from other countries - 16
- Percent of visitors who end up gambling during their stay - 87
- Hours per day average visitor spends gambling - 3.9
- Nights the average visitor stays - 3.5
- The average age of a visitor - 44.3
- Percentage of visitors who are millennials - 38
- Percentage of visitors traveling with someone under 21 - 8
Just as the visitors have their secrets, so does the town. One secret is getting out. The downtown area is growing in popularity. Places like Downtown Container Park, a unique shopping, and restaurant scene built in and around shipping containers, is family-friendly and a great place to go during the day or in the evening. Not everyone knows. And, there are insider secrets to be discovered.
- There is a two-way mirror in the bathroom of the guestrooms at Cromwell Hotel
- Level 1.5 at Chandelier Bar at Cosmopolitan has a drink called a Verbena. It is not on the menu but it is the most popular drink at the hotel
- Drinks are still free in Las Vegas as long as you are gambling
- Not all swimming pools are for guests only. If they allow gambling, they are open to the public
- There is a secret restaurant at the Cosmopolitan resort with 8 seats as well as a pizza place that has no name and cannot be found on its website