North Las Vegas, Nevada

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North Las Vegas, Nevada
City
Official seal of North Las Vegas, Nevada
Seal
Motto: Your Community of Choice
Location of North Las Vegas in Clark County, Nevada
Location of North Las Vegas in Clark County, Nevada
Coordinates: 36°13′43″N 115°8′48″W / 36.22861°N 115.14667°W / 36.22861; -115.14667
Country  United States
State  Nevada
County Clark
Incorporated May 16, 1946
Government
 • Type Council-Manager
 • Mayor John Lee
 • City Manager Qiong Liu
Area
 • Total 101.4 sq mi (262.6 km2)
 • Land 101.4 sq mi (262.5 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 2,205 ft (672 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 216,961
 • Density 2,141/sq mi (826.6/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 89030–89033, 89036, 89081, 89084–89087
Area code(s) 702
FIPS code 32-51800
GNIS feature ID 0847435
Website www.cityofnorthlasvegas.com

North Las Vegas is a city in Clark County, Nevada, United States, located in the Las Vegas Valley. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 216,961,[1] with an estimated population of 226,877 in 2013.[2] The city was incorporated on May 16, 1946. It is located in the Las Vegas metropolitan area and is the fourth largest city in the state of Nevada.

Geography[edit]

Mountains of the Las Vegas Range surrounding the exterior of North Las Vegas, 2006

Located in the southwestern United States in the Mojave Desert, North Las Vegas sits north and east of Las Vegas. According to the United States Census Bureau, North Las Vegas has a total area of 101.4 square miles (262.6 km2), of which 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.04%, is water.[1] In the Las Vegas Valley, several mountain ranges are nearby.

Climate[edit]

Due to its location within the Mojave Desert, North Las Vegas has a desert climate. Temperatures are generally mild in the winter and hot in the summer. Like most of the hot deserts of the United States, snowfall only occurs once every few years on average. In winter, temperatures rarely fall below freezing. In the summer, monsoons can reach the area, bringing heavy rain and thunderstorms.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 3,875
1960 18,422 375.4%
1970 36,216 96.6%
1980 42,739 18.0%
1990 47,707 11.6%
2000 115,488 142.1%
2010 216,961 87.9%
Est. 2013 226,877 4.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
[2]

2000 US census[edit]

As of the 2000 census, there were 115,488 people, 34,018 households, and 27,112 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,471.0 people per square mile (568.0/km²). There were 36,600 housing units at an average density of 466.2 per square mile (180.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 55.93% White, 19.02% African American, 0.82% Native American, 3.24% Asian, 0.53% Pacific Islander, 15.78% from other races, and 4.68% from two or more races. 37.61% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 34,018 households out of which 47.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.3% were married couples living together, 15.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.3% were non-families. 13.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.36 and the average family size was 3.67.

In the city the population was spread out with 33.9% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 34.3% from 25 to 44, 16.4% from 45 to 64, and 5.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 104.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $46,057, and the median income for a family was $46,540. Males had a median income of $32,205 versus $25,836 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,023. About 11.8% of families and 14.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.6% of those under age 18 and 8.8% of those age 65 or over. The United States Census Bureau listed North Las Vegas, as well as the Las Vegas metropolitan area, as one of the fastest growing regions in the United States.

Economy[edit]

Traditionally, manufacturing and warehouse distribution companies have dominated the local market. However, high-tech businesses, including solar and green technology, and custom manufacturing facilities are moving to North Las Vegas.[citation needed]

Master-planned communities in the city include Aliante and Eldorado. The Apex industrial Park is now a part of the city.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

North Las Vegas City Hall at night

Mayor and council[edit]

The city of North Las Vegas provides recreational amenities, police and fire protection, and water and wastewater services. The city, which was incorporated in 1946, encompasses 262.6 square kilometres (101.4 sq mi). The city operates under a council-manager form of government, with a mayor and four council members. The mayor is elected at large; and council members must live within, and are elected by their wards. The city has two municipal judges who are elected at large.

City management[edit]

The city manager and city attorney are appointed by, and report to the City Council. The city manager's administration consists of an Economic Development Division, Strategic Planning Division, community Outreach Division, Communications and Marketing Division and the following departments: Administrative Services, City Clerk, Community Services and Development, Finance, Fire, Human Resources, Police, Public Works, the North Las Vegas Library District, and Utilities.

The City of North Las Vegas operates an extensive system of open spaces, parks and leisure services. The city currently maintains 34 parks totaling more than 475 acres (192 ha) of developed park land. Six of the city's parks feature water amenities, including pools, ponds and spray pads. The city also runs two recreation centers, Neighborhood Recreation Center and Silver Mesa Recreation Center—each offering a full array of recreational and fitness classes, a gym and fitness room.

The city recently[when?] opened a third recreation center—SkyView Multi-Generational Recreation Center—focused on mufti-generational fitness and recreation. It is operated by the YMCA under contract to provide quality amenities and programs for residents of all ages.

North Las Vegas park officials recently[when?] completed 10 miles (16 km) of regional trails along the Lower Las Vegas Wash and along the Upper Las Vegas Wash. These paved trails connect with Southern Nevada's neon to Nature regional trail system, which is used for hiking, biking and leisurely strolls.

The North Las Vegas Library District operates three full-service libraries—North Las Vegas Library, Aliante Library and Alexander Library. Each offers public access computers, adult and children's programming and meeting rooms in addition to books, downloadable media, DVDs, magazines and newspapers. Each also provides wireless connectivity to the Web for patrons who wish to use their own electronic devices.

The North Las Vegas Library, located at 2300 Civic Center Drive, was the city's first library to open in 1966. Aliante Library opened to the public in May 2006, at 2400 W. Deer Springs Way. This library is nestled against the adjacent Nature Discovery Park, one of the most popular recreation amenities in North Las Vegas. Alexander Library, the City's newest state-of-the-art facility, opened in March 2009. Located at 1755 W. Alexander Road, is adjacent to a two-acre park that includes tot lots, shade structures, paved and lighted walking paths and demonstration gardens.

The city of North Las Vegas is near insolvency due to a severe financial crisis. The city reduced the number of police officers and government staff to help shave expenses. In 2013, the state of Nevada had considered a takeover of the city's finances but halted the takeover, at least for the moment, after the city vigorously initiated policies to address the financial crisis. Bankruptcy, like those filed by the cities of Harrisburg, Detroit, and Stockton, is not an option as Nevada does not allow its municipalities Chapter 9 protection. The city has been working to improve its financial situation. It was able to solve an $18 million budget gap with a union settlement over back pay. Some city positions that were vacant were eliminated and a hiring freeze was put into place. However, even with these steps, Fitch Ratings estimated the city's general fund deficit could drop to $142 million by the year 2021. The city's population, however, continues to grow and property tax revenue from an increased population could help reduce the city's budget deficit.

Education[edit]

North Las Vegas is home to the Cheyenne Campus of the College of Southern Nevada.[3] The institution covers an area of roughly 80 acres (32 ha) and provides for a broad variety of different courses.[4] The University of Nevada, Las Vegas is planning to open a branch in North Las Vegas near the I-215 Beltway.[4]

Primary and secondary school students in North Las Vegas are served by the Clark County School District (CCSD), the fifth-largest in the United States with over 300,000 students enrolled in any of its 357 schools.[5][6] CCSD has a workforce of over 35,000 people, and is considered a major employer in the county.[4][5]

Transportation[edit]

Domestic and international airline travel for the entire metropolitan area is handled at McCarran International Airport, south of Las Vegas, adjacent to the Las Vegas Strip.

The North Las Vegas Airport, formerly known as Sky Haven Airport, was established on December 7, 1941. A division of Vision Airlines operates tours to the Grand Canyon in Arizona from the airport.

RTC Transit provides bus service in the city, as it does throughout the Las Vegas metropolitan area.

The major highways/roads serving North Las Vegas are I-15, Clark County Highway 215, and Las Vegas Boulevard.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): North Las Vegas city, Nevada". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013 (PEPANNRES): Nevada". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Cheyenne Campus". College of Southern Nevada. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "2013 Community Report". North Las Vegas City Council. January 2013. p. 17. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Clark County School District: Overview". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  6. ^ Rodriguez, Michael (September 10, 2013). "Clark County School District enrollment reaches an all-time high of more than 313,000 students". http://www.ccsd.net/. Clark County School District. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 

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Coordinates: 36°13′43″N 115°8′48″W / 36.22861°N 115.14667°W / 36.22861; -115.14667