Although generally just lumped in as “Las Vegas”, the area sits in the bowl of 4 different mountain ranges. Las Vegas Metro covers several different incorporated cities, some unincorporated county area, plus a few other locales you will hear mentioned.
Explored individually are: City of Las Vegas, City of North Las Vegas, Henderson City, unincorporated Clark County, City of Boulder City, Mt. Charleston, Primm, Mesquite, Mt. Charleston, Blue Diamond and Pahrump/Nye County.
Las Vegas Metro area is the core of Clark County, the southern most county in the state. In addition to the cities of Las Vegas, Henderson and North Las Vegas all in the bowl, there are unincorporated towns/townships that fall under the management of Clark County and the County Commissioners in the population base. As they have no actual standing – they get no mention here.
Since the 1990s the Las Vegas Valley has seen exponential growth with almost a tripling from 742,000 in 1990 to more than 2 million estimated in 2015. The Las Vegas Valley remains one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States. In its relatively short history has established a diverse presence in international business, commerce, urban development and entertainment. When compared to New York, Chicago and Los Angeles – Las Vegas has become and over night success as an iconic and an often visited tourist destinations for the world. In 2014, a record breaking 41 million visited the Las Vegas area, producing a gross metropolitan product of more than $100 billion.
Although casino and tourism will likely remain an economic mainstay for the foreseeable future, the valley is rapidly diversifying as a shipping and distribution hub and a light manufacturing base. Also growing quietly under the radar is a number of technology call centers providing services as American companies are moving phone support back on to American soil.
The decision of the National Hockey League and the National Football League to allow pro-teams to be here is also a sign of the growing clout the Las Vegas Metro Area is gaining as more then just gambling.