Moving to Las Vegas – Relocation Overview

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Vegas – the place where anybody wants to go, the place of dreams and desires!

Las Vegas (often abbreviated as ‘Vegas’) is the most populous city in the state of Nevada, United States. It is the 28 largest city in the United States, and one of the biggest cities in the American West.

Also known as ‘The Entertainment Capital of the World’ and ‘Sin City’, Las Vegas is famous for its massive and lavish casino resorts, the unrestricted supply of alcocholic beverages, and adult entertainment available. Vegas is a popular place where fun loving people go to easily marry, and a preferred setting for entertainment film and TV productions.

Las Vegas got its name from the Spaniards, who once used the water in the area. In English, ‘Las Vegas’ means ‘The Meadows’.

Las Vegas is a relatively young city, officially founded in 1911. Decades before that, prospectors and commercial travellers realized the potential of the marshy area in southeastern Nevada. Enterprising individuals and organizations continually swoop in to expand and define the desert outpost.

The weather there is great; there are many jobs to choose from, and a lot of things to do in Las Vegas.

Geography and demographics

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 131.3 square miles (340.0 km?). The population of the city of Las Vegas is roughly 591,536, and the population of the Clark County where Vegas is situated, is 1,912,654. The median household income in Vegas is $47,320.


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Weather

Las Vegas has an arid desert climate, marked with very hot summers, mild winters, abundant sunshine year-round, and very little rainfall. On average, 294 days per year in Las Vegas are sunny. Temperatures in the 90s °F (mid-30s °C) are common in the months of May, June, and September, and temperatures normally exceed 100 °F (38 °C) most days in the months of July and August, with very low humidity. Winters are cool and windy, with the majority of Las Vegas’ annual rainfall coming from January to March. Showers occur less frequently in the Spring or Autumn. Snow is rarely observed.

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Accommodation

By simply following our guide here, you will easily find the best places you can choose to live, being they a house, an apartment, or anything else you might want.

Houses run $190-$300 a square foot depending. A good example is that an 1800 sq ft on 0.2 acre anywhere in Vegas that was built after 2003 will cost you $314,000 or more.

Estates that are more expensive generally runs the western ridge from Southern Highlands through Summerlin and up to Centennial Hills. Less expensive is North Las Vegas.

If you are not fully prepared for buying a house in Vegas, renting an apartment or a house might be a good option for you. Prices vary and start from $900 pm.

Prior to moving, you might want to just take a look at Las Vegas, and a good hotel to stay at is Courtyard Las Vegas Summerlin. Famous hotels and casinos in 1 are Excalibur, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Stratosphere. The Stratosphere Tower is is the tallest observation tower in the United States.

Jobs

You can usually find tech jobs with the state, county, cities and Bechtel (the super secret DOE agency that works in the Nevada Test Range on WMD stuff).

Casinos do hire tech people but it is not as common as many apply.

There are not any large tech companies, though. The service industry and construction represent the largest volume of new jobs.

Getting there

Airports

McCarran International airport provides commercial flights into the Las Vegas valley. The airport also serves private aircraft, domestic and international passenger flights, and freight/cargo flights. General aviation traffic generally uses North Las Vegas Airport, other airfields are also available.

McCarran International Airport is served by many domestic and international air carriers. Discount air carriers serving Las Vegas LAS include US Airways/America West, JetBlue, and Southwest. Getting from the LAS airport to your hotel/ apartment/ house is accomplished by airport shuttle (Bell Trans, $3.50-$10); rent-a-car; taxi ($10-20); or limousine ($35).

Major Highways

Interstate 15, towards the south, is a major gateway from Las Vegas to California, including Los Angeles and San Diego. To the north, it connects Las Vegas to Salt Lake city (UT), Pocatello (ID), Great Falls (MT), and finally reaches the United States – Canada border near Sweetgrass, Montana.

U93 is a north-south highway running from Wickenburg, Arizona to the Canadian border, close to Eureka, Montana. It is the main route to Phoenix, Arizona, and also connects Las Vegas to Twin Falls, Idaho, and Missoula, Montana.

U95 is a major freeway in the area of Las Vegas, and it is also known as Las Vegas Expressway. It runs from the Mexican Border, near San Luis, Arizona up to the Canadian border, in Boundary County, Idaho, crossing 5 states. It is a major route from Las Vegas to Reno and Carson Coty, Nevada.

Nevada State Route 160 connects south western Las Vegas to Pahrump, ending at the US95 highway near Crystal.

Highways are a bit overcrowded. For example, I-15 carries over 300,000 cars daily past the Strip while it was built to only carry 150,000.

Greyhound operates buses from Salt Lake City, Utah; Kingman, Arizona; and Los Angeles, California to Las Vegas.

Megabus travels daily to and from Los Angeles, with two trips in each direction. Buses arrive and depart from the Gray Line Customer Service Center, on the southwest corner of East Tropicana Avenue and South Swenson Street, kitty-corner from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas campus. Fares start at just $1 when reserved well in advance.

Due to service cuts back in 1997, Amtrak does not have a route through Las Vegas anymore. Amtrak now provides a daily bus route from Needles, California to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, and 2 buses daily to Las Vegas from Bakersfield, California as part of its service.

The Union Pacific Railroad is the only class one railroad to provide rail freight service to the city.

Cars, Renting a car

Registering the car you own is considered outlandish in Vegas due to the expected annual repayment of 1-1.5% of the retail value of the car in registration.

Renting a car at McCarran International Airport is fairly cheap and popular. The opening of the new rental car facility has increased the wait time to get your car. All the rental agencies are now located under a single roof and all use the same shuttle from the airport to the facility.

Las Vegas Boulevard is called ‘the Strip’, and there are numerous car rental offices on the Strip, therefore making it very easy to rent a car.

If traveling around the Strip, walking is a reasonable option as hotel-casinos and other sights are found close to each other.

Banks

All major credit cards are accepted.

Taxes

Sales tax runs 7.75%

Sights

Moving to Las Vegas

  • Bellagio. The Fountains of the Bellagio perform a magnificent display (set to music) every 15-minutes in the evenings, and also every hour on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Inside of the casino there is a tremendous flower garden, with displays changed every month or two. The casino also offers a fine-art gallery, although fees are charged. Bellagio is also home to one of the finest buffets on the Strip.
  • Flamingo Garden, 3555 Las Vegas Blvd S, Offers a great garden with Flamingos and other exotic birds, as well as koi and turtles.
  • Guggenheim Las Vegas in The Venetian
  • MGM Grand Lion Habitat. Offers a free lion habitat, with close-up viewing of several lions during the day.
  • Mirage. There is a “volcano” in front of the casino that errupts almost every hour in a terrific light show. Additionally there is a free white tiger enclosure within the casino, an impressive aquarium behind the check-in counter, and a dolphin habitat that can be viewed for a fee.
  • Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay. In the Shark Reef in the Mandalay Bay hotel (about $16 per person), the highlight is walking through a transparent tunnel with sharks, sea turtle, fish on all sides. Tickets are about $16 per person.
  • Fremont Street. Freemont Street is a pedestrian mall where most of the downtown casinos are located. Multimedia shows are displayed every night on a giant canopy over the street.
  • Golden Nugget. Aptly named, the world’s largest gold nugget is on display in the back of the casino.
  • Main Street Station. The urinals in the men’s room are mounted on a piece of the Berlin Wall. If you’re one of the fairer sex, ask an employee to let you see it, they almost always will accommodate you.
  • Star Trek: The Experience, (@ Las Vegas Hilton). Includes two well themed attractions with simulator rides & live actors in Trek costumes. “Quarks” bar awaits you at the finish of the attractions.
  • Las Vegas Chinatown. This is a place where one can experience Asian culture. It is located about 1 mile west of Treasure Island. You can get there if you take a westbound bus from the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Spring Mountain Road.
  • U.S. Route 95 at night. This route climbs gradually northwest of Las Vegas so that the Strip’s neon lights remain visible for a remarkably long distance, appearing as a luminous cloud from the furthest point.

Fun Facts

  • The city of Las Vegas celebrated its 100th birthday on May 15, 2005. The event celebrated the May 15, 1905 land auction when 110 acres of land in downtown Las Vegas were auctioned off.
  • A 1910 law made it illegal to gamble in Las Vegas. The Nevada Legislature later approved a legalized gambling bill in 1931.
  • The first hotel and casino to open in Las Vegas was the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino in 1906.
  • The Hoover Dam was completed in 1935. It took a total of 21,000 men five years to complete the structure.
  • The Moulin Rouge, the city’s first racially integrated hotel, opened in 1955.
  • In 1957, topless showgirls debuted on the Las Vegas Strip in “Minsky’s Follies” at the Dunes.
  • The famous “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign was created in 1959 by Betty Willis.
  • In 2004, more than 37 million people visited Las Vegas. Compare this to 1970 when a mere 6.7 million people visited the city.
  • More than 22,000 conventions were held in Las Vegas in 2004.
  • In 2004, visitors stayed an average of 3.6 nights.
  • More than 5,000 people move into the Las Vegas valley on a monthly basis.
  • Las Vegas is home to Clark County School District, the fifth largest school district, which currently handles more than 280,000 students.
  • The famous Las Vegas strip is for the most part, not within the city limits of Las Vegas. The majority of the strip is located within Clark County.
  • The Stratosphere Hotel and Tower, at more than 1,100 feet, is the tallest building west of the Mississippi and the fifth tallest building in the United States.
  • A marriage license costs $55 in Nevada. Many couples choose to marry in Nevada because there is no blood test or waiting period.
  • Fremont Street was closed to traffic in 1994. The Fremont Street Experience opened in December 1995.

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