Las Vegas, Nevada Population 2018

Las Vegas is the most populous city in Nevada and an internationally renowned resort city known for gambling, shopping, fine dining and its nightlife. Billed as the Entertainment Capital of the World, Las Vegas is quickly transforming into a popular family and retirement city as well and it is now the 31st most populous city in the state. In 2016, the city has an estimated population of over 600,000 residents.

The 2010 Census placed the population of Las Vegas at 583,756, but its population in 2016 is estimated at 623,747.

Las Vegas' estimated population of over 600,000 accounts for just the city proper. The Las Vegas metropolitan area has a population of over 2 million. When most people talk about Las Vegas, they refer to the city as well as areas beyond its city limits, especially the Las Vegas Strip (known for its resorts and casinos) or even the whole Las Vegas Valley.

The 4.2 mile stretch of South Las Vegas Boulevard, or what is known as the Strip, is actually in unincorporated areas of Enterprise, Winchester and Paradise, not Las Vegas proper.

Based on its population, Las Vegas has a population density of 4,376 people per square mile.

Las Vegas Demographics

According to the 2010 Census, the racial composition of Las Vegas was:

  • White: 62.1% (non-Hispanic: 47.9%)
  • Black or African American: 11.1%
  • Asian: 6.1%
  • Native American: 0.7%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.6%
  • Two or more races: 4.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino of any race: 31.5%

Non-Hispanic whites are still the largest ethnic group in Las Vegas. While their proportion of the city's population has declined (72% in 1990 to under 48% in 2010), their total numbers are still increasing.

Interestingly, Las Vegas is sometimes referred to as the 9th island of Hawaii because so many people from the state have moved to Las Vegas. As the Las Vegas Sun recently reported, about 20% of all Hawaiians have visited Las Vegas in one year, and many stay.

It's also worth noting that Las Vegas has one of the highest marriage (and divorce) rates in the United States. This is because Nevada marriages are easy to get, and it's easier to get a divorce in Nevada than most states in the country. Many people travel from other states just to get an easier divorce.

Las Vegas History

The first European to visit Las Vegas Valley was Raphael Rivera in 1829. The name comes from Spaniards in the Antonio Armijo party, however, who used water in the region before continuing on their path along the Old Spanish Trail.

In 1844, while the area was still part of Mexico, a group of observers and scientists for the US Army Corps of Engineers moved into the Las Vegas Valley. In 1855, after annexation by the US, Brigham Young assigned missionaries of the LDS Church to convert local Paiute Indians to Mormonism.

A fort was built in present-day downtown to serve as a stopping point on the "Mormon Corridor" between San Bernardino, California and Salt Lake. Mormons eventually abandoned Las Vegas in 1857 during the Utah War, and it became a railroad town.

By the early 20th century, Las Vegas was a popular railroad town and a staging point for nearby mines. As railroads were built across the country, the area became less important, although the construction of the Hoover Dam in 1935 led to some growth in population and tourism.

It was the legalization of gambling in 1931 that led to modern-day Las Vegas and the casino hotels it is now famous for. Developments starting going up, almost completely due to the scientists and staff working on the Manhattan Project, but organized crime figures quickly jumped in to finance and manage most of the large casinos in the beginning.

Las Vegas today is known for its tolerance of many forms of adult entertainment, which earned it the nickname Sin City, and it has become one of the most popular tourist destinations on earth.

Las Vegas Population Growth

Before the recession, Clark County's population was expected to top 2 million in 2006, but this figure has still not been hit. The county where Las Vegas is located should reach 2.5 million by 2031.

Las Vegas itself is steadily recovering from the recession. It's now the 11th fastest growing metropolitan area, according to Forbes, and it's finally pushing past the plateau it hit during the recession.

The area still has one of the highest foreclosure rates and largest inventories of vacant homes in the country, but it is attracting new people and new business. The Las Vegas-Paradise metropolitan area is expected to grow from 1.988 million in 2012 to 3.32 million in 2042. This is a 67% increase, and one of the largest expected population booms in the United States.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2017641,6769,9661.58%
2016631,71010,2291.65%
2015621,4819,9781.63%
2014611,5039,2761.54%
2013602,2276,7891.14%
2012595,4387,3941.26%
2011588,0443,2920.56%
2010584,752106,3182.03%
2000478,434220,1396.36%
1990258,29593,6214.60%
1980164,67438,8872.73%
1970125,78761,3826.92%
196064,40539,78110.09%
195024,62416,20211.33%
19408,4223,2575.01%
19305,1652,8658.43%
19202,300-100-0.21%
19002,4000.00%

Las Vegas Population in 2018Source: Thomas Wolf, www.foto-tw.de [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White392,375
Black or African American72,637
Some Other Race72,067
Asian40,054
Two or More Races28,829
American Indian and Alaska Native3,700
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander3,633

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Las Vegas Population Pyramid 2018

0%2%4%6%8% Male Population0%2%4%6%8% Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Las Vegas Median Age

37.4


Total

36.7


Male

38.1


Female

Las Vegas Adults

There are 466,104 adults, (85,248 of which are seniors) in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Age Dependency

61

Age Dependency Ratio

22.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

38.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Las Vegas Sex Ratio

Female

306,690

50.01%

Male

306,605

49.99%

Las Vegas Households and Families

Las Vegas Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Las Vegas Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married66.7%33.3%
All52.1%47.9%
Non Family43%57%
Male42.1%57.9%
Female37.5%62.5%

52.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Las Vegas Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All219,1872.7652.1
Married91,9483.4866.7
Non Family81,3081.3343
Female31,8213.837.5
Male14,1103.9342.1

3.45

Average Family Size

2.76

Average Household Size

7.2%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.5%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Las Vegas Households

Las Vegas Education

Las Vegas Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade29,0277.05%
9th to 12th Grade38,6669.40%
High School Graduate116,02628.20%
Some College103,61325.18%
Associates Degree31,9057.75%
Bachelors Degree60,47814.70%
Graduate Degree31,7277.71%

Las Vegas Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White214,400199,37760,183
Hispanic108,03265,6828,963
Black46,82240,4327,734
Other Race40,39022,6882,156
Asian30,29727,01912,323
Multiple Races12,03410,7773,034
Native American2,6322,027324
Islander2,2981,998312

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 92.99%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 40.67%.

Las Vegas Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$32,791$36,270$30,831
Less Than High School$24,067$25,105$22,769
High School Grad$29,188$31,520$26,090
Some College$33,939$39,072$30,511
Bachelors Degree$46,473$53,964$41,337
Graduate Degree$62,671$79,712$53,297

$32,791

Average Earnings

$36,270

Average Male

$30,831

Average Female

Las Vegas Language

Las Vegas Language by Age

Las Vegas Language

66.52% of Las Vegas residents speak only English, while 33.48% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 25.43% of the population.

Las Vegas Poverty

Las Vegas Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic195,24245,03923.07%
White276,29428,94910.48%
Black70,17418,73526.70%
Other71,10918,25025.66%
Multiple28,3265,17318.26%
Asian39,7834,44211.17%
Islander3,57176021.28%
Native3,65268218.67%

16.80%

Overall Poverty Rate

16.04%

Male Poverty Rate

17.55%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Las Vegas

The race most likely to be in poverty in Las Vegas is Black, with 26.70% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Las Vegas is White, with 10.48% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.52%. Among those working part-time, it was 18.21%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 24.51%.

Las Vegas Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School24.38%
High School15.89%
Some College11.76%
Bachelors or Greater6.28%

Las Vegas Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed33.64%
Male Unemployed31.41%
Female Employed8.32%
Male Employed7.22%

Las Vegas Income

Las Vegas Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$50,882$69,161
Families$60,078$79,005
Married Families$73,044$93,175
Non Families$33,839$48,535

Las Vegas Marital Status

Las Vegas Marital Status

Marriage Rates

42.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

43.6%

Male Marriage Rate

41.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Las Vegas Married by Age and Sex

Las Vegas Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35To44.

Las Vegas Marital Status by Race

Las Vegas Veterans

Las Vegas Veterans by War

43,872

Number of Veterans

40,042

Male Veterans

3,830

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam15,774
First Gulf War8,530
Second Gulf War7,231
Korea4,170
World War II1,709

Las Vegas Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
35 to 5411,126
65 to 7410,732
75+9,034
55 to 648,968
18 to 344,012

Las Vegas Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White33,35010.89%
Black6,04011.15%
Hispanic4,1713.17%
Asian1,6534.94%
2 or More1,3268.77%
Other9631.95%
Indian33511.64%
Hawaiian2057.52%

Las Vegas Veterans by Education

8.80%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.90%

Veteran Disability Rate

Las Vegas Employment Status

Las Vegas Employment by Age

63.7%

Labor Force Participation

56.5%

Employment Rate

10.6%

Unemployment Rate

Las Vegas Employment by Race

Las Vegas Employment by Education

Las Vegas Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

25.02%

Born in Nevada

78.96%

Native Born

21.04%

Foreign Born

12.07%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

78.96% of Las Vegas residents were born in the United States, with 25.02% having been born in Nevada. 12.07% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.