Las Vegas, Nevada Population 2021

667,501
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Las Vegas is a city located in Clark County Nevada. It is also the county seat of Clark County. With a 2020 population of 667,501, it is the largest city in Nevada and the 25th largest city in the United States . Las Vegas is currently growing at a rate of 1.23% annually and its population has increased by 14.35% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 583,756 in 2010. Las Vegas reached it's highest population of 667,501 in 2021. Spanning over 142 miles, Las Vegas has a population density of 4,708 people per square mile.

The average household income in Las Vegas is $79,657 with a poverty rate of 15.28%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,102 per month, and the median house value is $258,600. The median age in Las Vegas is 37.8 years, 37.1 years for males, and 38.5 years for females.

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.

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 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.

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 Demographics

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

  • White: 61.88%
  • Black or African American: 12.23%
  • Other race: 12.12%
  • Asian: 6.86%
  • Two or more races: 5.15%
  • Native American: 0.95%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.80%
The current population of Las Vegas, Nevada is 667,501 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 643,228.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 583,756.

Las Vegas, Nevada Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
20212,347,92040,6001.73%
20202,307,32040,6001.76%
20192,266,72040,6001.79%
20182,226,12044,4802.00%
20172,181,64042,8001.96%
20162,138,84042,1201.97%
20152,096,72043,5902.08%
20142,053,13035,9401.75%
20132,017,19027,9701.39%
20121,989,22027,3001.37%
20111,961,9209,3300.48%
20101,952,5900.00%

Las Vegas Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White392,78761.88%
Black or African American77,65012.23%
Some Other Race76,90712.12%
Asian43,5776.86%
Two or More Races32,7225.15%
American Indian and Alaska Native6,0210.95%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander5,1090.80%
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Las Vegas Population by Race

Las Vegas Population Pyramid $2021

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Las Vegas Median Age

37.8


Total

37.1


Male

38.5


Female

Las Vegas Adults

There are 483,706 adults, (94,639 of whom are seniors) in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Age Dependency

63.2

Age Dependency Ratio

24.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

38.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Las Vegas Sex Ratio

Female

318,217

50.13%

Male

316,556

49.87%

Las Vegas Population by Age

Las Vegas Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Las Vegas Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married67.8%32.2%
All52.7%47.3%
Male46.1%53.9%
Non Family42.4%57.6%
Female38.5%61.5%

52.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Las Vegas Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All231,9152.752.7
Married96,6493.4467.8
Non Family88,1211.3142.4
Female32,3543.7838.5
Male14,7913.8446.1

3.43

Average Family Size

2.7

Average Household Size

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Las Vegas Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade28,9796.70%
9th to 12th Grade36,7788.51%
High School Graduate119,20327.58%
Some College106,53824.65%
Associates Degree34,5507.99%
Bachelors Degree69,02815.97%
Graduate Degree37,1818.60%
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Las Vegas Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Las Vegas Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White215,076201,94668,026
Hispanic117,46274,53211,633
Black51,59146,0109,388
Other Race44,04925,3293,344
Asian34,71331,61814,145
2+ Races13,75812,2983,075
Native American3,9862,636364
Islander3,3272,909400

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 93.90%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 40.75%.

Las Vegas Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$37,195$40,718$33,771
Less Than 9th Grade$27,303$29,301$24,642
High School Graduate$31,922$35,849$28,329
Some College$37,364$41,985$33,451
Bachelors Degree$49,000$55,198$43,219
Graduate Degree$70,571$85,478$60,507

$37,195

Average Earnings

$40,718

Average Male

$33,771

Average Female

Las Vegas Earnings by Educational Attainment

Las Vegas Language by Age

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Las Vegas Language

66.92% of Las Vegas residents speak only English, while 33.08% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 24.97% of the population.

Las Vegas Language

Las Vegas Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic207,12941,08319.83%
White272,90725,3479.29%
Black75,26319,60326.05%
Other75,79115,44020.37%
Multiple32,0395,83518.21%
Asian43,3094,62110.67%
Native5,9321,66928.14%
Islander5,0221,01720.25%

15.28%

Overall Poverty Rate

14.52%

Male Poverty Rate

16.03%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Las Vegas

The race most likely to be in poverty in Las Vegas is Native, with 28.14% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Las Vegas is White, with 9.29% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.85%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.10%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 24.23%.

Las Vegas Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade23.02%
High School15.07%
Some College11.52%
Bachelors or Greater6.28%

Las Vegas Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed36.07%
Male Unemployed31.00%
Female Employed7.45%
Male Employed5.89%

Las Vegas Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Las Vegas Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$56,354$79,657
Families$69,563$92,910
Married Families$84,116$109,477
Non Families$36,222$53,652
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Income by Household Type

Las Vegas Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

43.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

43.9%

Male Marriage Rate

42.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Las Vegas Married by Age and Sex

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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

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Las Vegas Marital Status

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42,184

Number of Veterans

38,204

Male Veterans

3,980

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam14,150
First Gulf War9,360
Second Gulf War8,935
Korea3,065
World War II979

Las Vegas Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 5410,916
65 to 7410,317
75+8,892
55 to 647,721
18 to 344,338

Las Vegas Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White31,10710.10%
Black5,95110.17%
Hispanic4,4793.19%
Asian1,9435.23%
Other Race1,3262.53%
2+ Races1,2427.35%
Native American4128.86%
Islander2035.53%

Las Vegas Veterans by Race

Las Vegas Veterans by Education

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9.56%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.23%

Veteran Disability Rate

Las Vegas Veterans by Education

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62.8%

Labor Force Participation

58.2%

Employment Rate

6.7%

Unemployment Rate

Las Vegas Employment by Age

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Las Vegas Employment by Race

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Las Vegas Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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26.06%

Born in Las Vegas

79.03%

Native Born

20.97%

Foreign Born

11.29%

Non Citizen

9.69%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

79.03% of Las Vegas residents were born in the United States, with 26.06% having been born in Nevada. 11.29% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Las Vegas Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021667,5018,0911.23%
2020659,4108,0911.24%
2019651,3198,0911.26%
2018643,2287,9661.25%
2017635,2628,7241.39%
2016626,5389,0511.47%
2015617,4879,5111.56%
2014607,9768,4251.41%
2013599,5516,2761.06%
2012593,2756,6691.14%
2011586,6062,0300.35%
2010584,576106,1422.02%
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 by Year