Las Vegas, Nevada Population 2019

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 favorite family and retirement city as well, and it is now the 31st most populous city in the state. In 2016, the city had 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 Diversity

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 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 critical, 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 the 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.

Las Vegas Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Las Vegas was:

  • White: 62.65%
  • Other race: 12.25%
  • Black or African American: 12.25%
  • Asian: 6.66%
  • Two or more races: 4.81%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.72%
  • Native American: 0.66%
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
White389,475
Some Other Race76,183
Black or African American76,145
Asian41,394
Two or More Races29,895
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander4,479
American Indian and Alaska Native4,091

Las Vegas Population Pyramid 2019

Las Vegas Median Age

37.4


Total

37


Male

37.8


Female

Las Vegas Adults

There are 471,791 adults, (87,615 of whom are seniors) in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Age Dependency

61.8

Age Dependency Ratio

22.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

39

Child Dependency Ratio

Las Vegas Sex Ratio

Female

311,123

50.05%

Male

310,539

49.95%

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%
All51.8%48.2%
Non Family42.3%57.7%
Male40.3%59.7%
Female36.9%63.1%

51.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All221,5842.7751.8
Married94,0153.4766.7
Non Family81,2061.3342.3
Female32,1103.8336.9
Male14,2533.9540.3

3.45

Average Family Size

2.77

Average Household Size

7.4%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Las Vegas Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade28,7716.86%
9th to 12th Grade38,0979.09%
High School Graduate118,16528.19%
Some College104,29924.89%
Associates Degree32,7257.81%
Bachelors Degree63,60415.18%
Graduate Degree33,4397.98%

Las Vegas Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White212,664198,21562,581
Hispanic112,47470,26710,182
Black49,34443,1428,555
Other Race43,07624,3102,531
Asian32,02528,82212,756
Multiple Races12,54811,3332,963
Islander2,9582,507330
Native American2,8402,259327

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 93.21%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 39.83%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$34,554$38,018$31,312
Less Than High School$25,014$26,250$22,247
High School Grad$30,481$33,492$26,816
Some College$35,236$40,381$31,194
Bachelors Degree$47,145$54,968$41,502
Graduate Degree$65,826$82,886$54,569

$34,554

Average Earnings

$38,018

Average Male

$31,312

Average Female

Las Vegas Language

Las Vegas Language by Age

Las Vegas Language

66.39% of Las Vegas residents speak only English, while 33.61% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 25.44% of the population.

Las Vegas Poverty

Las Vegas Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic200,69543,80321.83%
White272,68227,29210.01%
Black73,45518,98225.84%
Other75,21918,20124.20%
Multiple29,4105,39718.35%
Asian41,1014,52811.02%
Native4,03880820.01%
Islander4,37675417.23%

16.15%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.63%

Male Poverty Rate

16.67%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Las Vegas

The race most likely to be in poverty in Las Vegas is Black, with 25.84% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Las Vegas is White, with 10.01% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.19%. Among those working part-time, it was 18.00%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.92%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School23.77%
High School15.12%
Some College11.43%
Bachelors or Greater6.19%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed34.48%
Male Unemployed31.39%
Female Employed8.15%
Male Employed6.71%

Las Vegas Income

Las Vegas Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$53,159$72,694
Families$62,786$82,972
Married Families$76,912$98,248
Non Families$35,003$50,334

Las Vegas Marital Status

Las Vegas Marital Status

Marriage Rates

43.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

43.8%

Male Marriage Rate

42.3%

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 Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Las Vegas Marital Status by Race

Las Vegas Veterans

42,597

Number of Veterans

38,782

Male Veterans

3,815

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam14,927
First Gulf War8,919
Second Gulf War7,871
Korea3,682
World War II1,313
Age Group Veterans
35 to 5410,973
65 to 7410,611
75+8,621
55 to 648,330
18 to 344,062

Las Vegas Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White32,34210.64%
Black5,68710.09%
Hispanic4,2163.11%
Asian1,7775.08%
2 or More1,2377.90%
Other9961.92%
Indian33710.48%
Hawaiian2216.46%

Las Vegas Veterans by Education

9.37%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.42%

Veteran Disability Rate

Las Vegas Employment Status

63.6%

Labor Force Participation

57.6%

Employment Rate

8.8%

Unemployment Rate

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

25.50%

Born in Nevada

78.78%

Native Born

21.22%

Foreign Born

12.01%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

78.78% of Las Vegas residents were born in the United States, with 25.50% having been born in Nevada. 12.01% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.