Las Vegas, with towering hotels and a 24-hour entertainment zone, seems busy and crowded. Visitors often wonder how many people actually live in Las Vegas and how things like rush hour and traffic congestion will affect their visit.
Las Vegas Population
Las Vegas has consistently seen growth in its population over the last 15 years and continues to grow. Commonly reported statistics represent that 2.2 million people make Las Vegas their home. That number actually includes all of Clark County, Nevada. The city of Las Vegas has a population of 632,912. Many who work in Las Vegas live in the surrounding small cities.
The 4.2 mile stretch of South Las Vegas Boulevard, or what is known as the Strip, is actually in unincorporated areas of Enterprise, Winchester and Paradise, not Las Vegas proper.
Based on its population, Las Vegas has a density of 4,376 people per square mile. Compare that with Los Angeles which has a population density of 7,544.6 people per square mile.
Las Vegas and the surrounding towns are becoming known as a place for people to retire. They are attracted by the sunshine, golf courses and, of course, gambling and entertainment.
When you ask people in Las Vegas where they live, it's not often that they will say they live in the city. Some surrounding neighborhoods of Las Vegas where people live include Paradise, Henderson, Spring Valley, Summerlin, and North Las Vegas. You'll hear these names when people are talking about local attractions and restaurants. And, the surrounding suburbs have casinos.
The valley where Las Vegas sits is actually not a very big place but you will get caught in traffic if you decide to venture off of the Las Vegas strip during rush hour. Streets get very congested in the morning and evening rush hours which are 7 - 9 a.m., and 4 - 6 p.m. Weekends can be hectic, especially in tourist areas. The Las Vegas Strip is pretty slow most of the time because there is so much going on and so much to slow down and see. During special holidays or events, the strip can be stop-and-go all the way.
Freeways in and around the Las Vegas strip are prone to traffic as visitors travel in and out of the tourist areas and residents travel to work, school and shopping in the suburbs.
Then, of course, there are construction delays. The Nevada Department of Transportation website lists construction projects, some of them in Las Vegas, that will cause delays and detours.
Getting Out of the Population Center
To avoid crowds and traffic, there are things to do outside of Las Vegas proper. You can stay out at the scenic Lake Las Vegas Resort in Henderson. The M Resort Casino, also in Henderson, is popular with gamblers, has reasonably priced rooms and an excellent seafood buffet. The Ethel M Chocolate factory and store and their cactus gardens are worth visiting. A nice outdoor suburban mall is The District at Green Valley Ranch with shaded passageways and high-end stores like Pottery Barn.
Another way to get out of the hustle and bustle is to go play golf. Las Vegas has more than 55 golf courses, most of the public.