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Most populous city in the US state of Nevada

  • Las Vegas is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Nevada.
  • It is the county seat of Clark County.
  • The city is internationally renowned major resort city known primarily for gambling, shopping, and fine dining and is the leading financial and cultural center for Southern Nevada.
  • The city bills itself as The Entertainment Capital of the World
  • It is famous for its consolidated casino–hotels and associated entertainment.
  • With a population at the 2010 census of 583,756, it is the 31st-most populous city in the United States.
  • It is one of the top tourist destinations in the world.
  • 17 of the 20 biggest hotels in the U.S. are in Las Vegas.
  • Established in 1905, Las Vegas was incorporated as a city in 1911.
  • The city's tolerance for various forms of adult entertainment earned it the title of Sin City.
  • Las Vegas often refers to the city plus some areas beyond the city limits, especially the resort areas on and near the Las Vegas Strip, and sometimes the entire Las Vegas Valley.
  • Shrimp consumption in Las Vegas is more than 60,000 pounds a day which is more than the rest of the country combined.
  • It would take 288 years for one person to spend one night in every hotel room in Las Vegas.
  • About 150 couples get married in Las Vegas each day.
  • A 1910 law made it illegal to gamble in Las Vegas. The Nevada Legislature later approved a legalized gambling bill in 1931.
  • The Golden Gate Hotel and Casino opened in 1906 is the first hotel and casino to open in Las Vegas.
  • Bugsy Siegel named his Las Vegas casino "The Flamingo" for the long legs of his showgirl.
  • The Imperial Palace on the Las Vegas strip was the nation's first off-airport airline baggage check-in service.
  • Las Vegas has more hotel rooms than any other place on earth.
  • In 1931 the Pair-O-Dice Club was the first casino to open on Highway 91, the future Las Vegas Strip.
  • In 1957, topless showgirls debuted on the Las Vegas Strip in “Minsky’s Follies” at the Dunes.
  • Las Vegas is home to Clark County School District, the fifth largest school district, which currently handles more than 311,000 students.
  • If you are in Las Vegas, you are not allowed to buy drinks for more than three persons besides yourself at any one given time.
  • The world’s biggest mechanical neon sign is that of the cowboy in Las Vegas.
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