When settlers entered Nevada for the first time, no one imagined this dry, unforgiving wasteland would bear some of the tastiest entertainment fruits of all time. Nevada’s seven biggest cities helped one of the nation’s top economies spring into action.
Take a look at the state’s cities boasting the largest populations, according to numbers from the Nevada government
1. Las Vegas – 586,536
Home to the world’s largest gaming resorts and superstars, Las Vegas packs quite a punch when it comes to population. This city houses more than half a million people, but it has other unknown facts as well.
FedEx CEO Fred Smith saved his company in the 1970s by gambling their last $5,000 in Vegas. He turned $5,000 into $32,000 playing blackjack, according to the Huffington Post.
This allowed FedEx to stay in business a few days longer, at which point he was able to raise $11 million to keep FedEx going.
2. Henderson – 267,270
Henderson was ranked the fastest growing city in the country from 1990 to 1998, according to its website
. And local residents have some weird collection hobbies. It has continued growing since then, adding residents and businesses.
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Its residents also have some unusual hobbies. Henderson optometrist M.J. Bagley used to collect eyeglasses from famous people, including Walter Cronkite and Benny Goodman, in the hopes of one day fulfilling his dream of opening The Famous People’s Eyeglasses Museum, according to the Las Vegas Sun
. He kept the glasses in his waiting room lobby.
3. North Las Vegas – 217,482
Las Vegas’ little brother may not have the Strip or more slot machines than people, but it has other pleasures for vacationers. The 98.44 square-mile city is located at the northern end of Las Vegas Valley, its website said
, and visitors will find sunshine 86 percent of the year.
4. Paradise – 185,304
Las Vegas has its own city within a city, sort of. Paradise, while not an official incorporated city, is listed with the U.S. Census Bureau as a census-designated-place
. Paradise contains McCarran International Airport, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and most of the Las Vegas Strip, including well-known hotels such as Caesars Palace, the Palms Casino Resort, and the MGM Grand.
5. Spring Valley – 176,712
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The Silver State’s fifth largest city is a land out of time. It is here some of America’s first civilizations started. Researchers claim Spring Valley was occupied in 5,500 B.C.E., according to Nevada State Parks
. The large rock outcrop near the center of the valley, known as the George Washington Rock, is considered to have been used as a look-out for ancient natives.
6. Sunrise Manor – 175,206
While not officially an incorporated city, Sunrise Manor does have the sixth largest population grouping in Nevada. This city is located at the bottom of one of the Silver State’s major mountain ranges. It is commonly, and mistakenly, referred to as Sunrise Mountain, the name of a smaller peak to the north of Frenchman Mountain, the Las Vegas Sun reported
7. Enterprise – 165,285
The Silver State’s seventh largest populated area is home to one of the nation’s first short-distance, low-cost airlines. Allegiant is a low-fare, nonstop scheduled air carrier provider. It has licenses from the U.S. Department of Transportation and Canada to fly scheduled and chartered flights, the company’s website said
. It was founded in 1997 in Fresno, California, and now houses its operations in Enterprise.
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