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|— Unincorporated town —|
|Clark County, Nevada|
|• Total||46.7 sq mi (121 km2)|
|• Land||46.7 sq mi (121 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||2,057 ft (627 m)|
|• Density||4,777/sq mi (1,844/km2)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|GNIS feature ID||0845094|
|Website||Paradise Town Advisory Board|
Paradise is an unincorporated town and census-designated place and part of Las Vegas Township in Clark County, Nevada, United States. The population was 223,167 at the 2010 census. As an unincorporated town, it is governed by the Clark County Commission with input from the Paradise Town Advisory Board. Paradise was formed on December 8, 1950.
Paradise contains McCarran International Airport, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and most of the Las Vegas Strip. Many tourists visiting the Las Vegas area are actually spending most of their time in Paradise rather than in the City of Las Vegas. However, downtown is in Las Vegas. Despite this, Paradise remains relatively unknown since the unincorporated Paradise, NV does not appear in postal addresses. The United States Postal Service has assigned "Las Vegas, NV" as the place name for the ZIP codes containing Paradise. At about 225,000 people, if Paradise were to be an incorporated city it would be either the fourth or fifth largest city in the state, after Las Vegas (585,000), Henderson (260,000), and North Las Vegas (229,000) -Reno has a population of about 225,000. Paradise is the most populous CDP in the United States, except for Honolulu which is not separately incorporated from its county government, and officially recognized as a CDP and CCD by the Census Bureau.
In 1950, mayor Ernie Cragin of Las Vegas, looking to fund an ambitious building agenda and pay down the city's rising debt, sought to expand the city's tax base by annexing the Las Vegas Strip which is unincorporated territory. A group of casino executives, led by Gus Greenbaum of the Flamingo, lobbied the county commissioners for township status which would prevent the city from annexing the land without the commission's approval. The commission voted to create the unincorporated township of Paradise on December 8, 1950.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the census-designated place (CDP) of Paradise (which may not coincide exactly with the town boundaries) has a total area of 46.7 square miles (121 km2), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 186,070 people, 77,209 households, and 43,314 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 3,947.3 people per square mile (1,524.0/km²). There were 85,398 housing units at an average density of 1,811.6 per square mile (699.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 72.51% White, 6.59% African American, 0.77% Native American, 6.52% Asian, 0.59% Pacific Islander, 8.37% from other races, and 4.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 23.47% of the population.
There were 77,209 households out of which 24.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.7% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.9% were non-families. 31.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.04.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 21.2% under the age of 18, 10.8% from 18 to 24, 33.3% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 109.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.0 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $39,376, and the median income for a family was $46,578. Males had a median income of $31,412 versus $25,898 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $21,258. 11.8% of the population and 8.1% of families were below the poverty line. 15.3% of those under the age of 18 and 7.6% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
- National Atomic Testing Museum
- Elvis-A-Rama Museum
- Liberace Museum
- Marjorie Barrick Museum
- Pinball Hall of Fame
- Orleans Arena
Clark County School District serves Paradise as well as all of Clark County.
See also 
- "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Paradise CDP, Nevada". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 13, 2012.
- Kanigher, Steve (July 18, 2003). "Las Vegas: Bright lights, but not a big city". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
- Moehring, Eugene P. (2000). Resort city in the sunbelt: Las Vegas, 1930-2000. University of Nevada Press. p. 87. ISBN 0-87417-356-6.
- "Paradise". Key to the City. Retrieved 2010-08-05.
- "Census of Population and Housing (1790-2000)". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2010-07-17.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
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