Clark County Nevada is an expansive swath of the Mohave Desert making up the southern Nevada. In the very north, Clark County includes Mesquite and Indian Springs, (northeast and northwest corners respectively) and the river resort of Laughlin in the southern tip. It serves as the seat of county government and also the southern operations for the State of Nevada entities. However, for the purpose of this discussion – we are only concerned with the unincorporated areas in the Las Vegas Valley and Metropolis.
Approximately ¼ of Las Vegas Metro’s population lives in unincorporated Clark County. That does not mean they are devoid of city like amenities like police, fire and emergency medical services however. Police is provided by Las Vegas Metro Police – a combined unit of the former Clark County Sheriff and City of Las Vegas Police. An elected Sheriff heads the department. Clark County Fire Department provides police and emergency medical services – and is cross supported and augmented by Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson Fire Departments.
The famous Las Vegas Strip is entirely in the unincorporated area, beginning at Sahara Blvd on the north end and extending to the M Resort on the south. At this time, South Point Casino and Events Center marks the effective south end of the Strip – but that will certainly change in the next few years.
Although, technically, the unincorporated areas are with different ‘towns’ including Paradise and Enterprise, these entities have advisory boards and no real governmental structure. The County is the de facto governing entity.
Several Master Planned Communities exist with in the unincorporated areas, including but not limited to: Southern Highlands, Mountains Edge, Rhodes Ranch, The Lakes and Summerlin South.
McCarran International Airport (LAS) serves as the main air transportation resource for all of southern Nevada. Henderson Executive Airport provides mostly private jet and private plane services. North Las Vegas Airport in the north, provides general aviation services including tours flights, private plane services, flight schools and also a base for some government planes including Metro’s Air Unit. Nellis Air Base is home to the Thunderbirds Aerial Demonstration Team. It is also the base of operations for Red Flag Joint Training with other units from around the USA and international defense partners.