Paradise, Nevada

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Coordinates: 36°4′55″N 115°7′29″W / 36.08194°N 115.12472°W / 36.08194; -115.12472

Paradise, Nevada
Census-designated place
The Strip, largely located within Paradise
The Strip, largely located within Paradise
Location of Paradise in Clark County, Nevada
Location of Paradise in Clark County, Nevada
U.S. Census Map
U.S. Census Map
Coordinates: 36°4′55″N 115°7′29″W / 36.08194°N 115.12472°W / 36.08194; -115.12472
Country United States
State Nevada
Area
 • 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)
Population (2010)
 • Total 223,167
 • Density 4,777/sq mi (1,844/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
Area code(s) 702
FIPS code 32-54600
GNIS feature ID 0845094
Website Paradise Town Advisory Board

Paradise is a census-designated place (CDP) in Clark County, Nevada, United States. The population was 223,167 at the 2010 census.[1] 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.[2]

Paradise contains McCarran International Airport, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and most of the Las Vegas Strip. Paradise contains most tourist attractions in the Las Vegas area, not including downtown. Despite this, Paradise remains relatively unknown. All Paradise ZIP codes have Las Vegas mailing addresses. Paradise is the most populous CDP in the United States, except for Honolulu.

History[edit]

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.[3] 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.[3] The commission voted to create the unincorporated township of Paradise on December 8, 1950.

In April 1951, the town of Paradise "A" was founded, followed by a Paradise "B" in January 1952. Paradise "A" was renamed Winchester, Nevada and Paradise "B" was renamed Paradise, Nevada in 1953.[citation needed]

Geography[edit]

Looking west toward Paradise Road and the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise

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.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 24,477
1980 84,818 246.5%
1990 124,682 47.0%
2000 186,070 49.2%
2010 223,167 19.9%
source:[4]

As of the census[5] 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.

At the 2000 census, Paradise was the largest unincorporated community in the United States[citation needed], except Honolulu 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.

Culture[edit]

Education[edit]

Clark County School District serves Paradise as well as all of Clark County.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ Kanigher, Steve (July 18, 2003). "Las Vegas: Bright lights, but not a big city". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Moehring, Eugene P. (2000). Resort city in the sunbelt: Las Vegas, 1930-2000. University of Nevada Press. p. 87. ISBN 0-87417-356-6. 
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing (1790-2000)". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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