Las Vegas, Nevada Population 2020

662,000

Las Vegas is a city located in Clark County, Nevada. With a 2020 population of 662,000, it is the largest city in Nevada and the 26th largest city in the United States. Las Vegas is currently growing at a rate of 1.33% annually and its population has increased by 13.40% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 583,756 in 2010. Spanning over 142 miles, Las Vegas has a population density of 4,670 people per square mile.

The average household income in Las Vegas is $76,483 with a poverty rate of 15.77%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,057 per month, and the median house value is $234,700. The median age in Las Vegas is 37.7 years, 37.1 years for males, and 38.2 years for females. For every 100 females there are 100.1 males.

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: 62.17%
  • Other race: 12.47%
  • Black or African American: 12.17%
  • Asian: 6.62%
  • Two or more races: 4.86%
  • Native American: 0.92%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.80%
The current population of Las Vegas, Nevada is 662,000, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 644,644. The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 583,756.
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20202,328,32148,3372.08%
20192,279,98448,3372.12%
20182,231,64748,3372.17%
20172,183,31042,7631.96%
20162,140,54742,4421.98%
20152,098,10543,8422.09%
20142,054,26336,2601.77%
20132,018,00328,3101.40%
20121,989,69327,6831.39%
20111,962,0109,3660.48%
20101,952,6440.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White389,57062.17%
Some Other Race78,13112.47%
Black or African American76,28312.17%
Asian41,4746.62%
Two or More Races30,4394.86%
American Indian and Alaska Native5,7580.92%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander4,9820.80%

Las Vegas Population Pyramid 2020

Las Vegas Median Age

37.7


Total

37.1


Male

38.2


Female

Las Vegas Adults

There are 475,673 adults, (90,968 of whom are seniors) in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Age Dependency

62.9

Age Dependency Ratio

23.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

39.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Las Vegas Sex Ratio

Female

313,089

49.96%

Male

313,548

50.04%

Las Vegas Households and Families

Las Vegas Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Las Vegas Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married68.2%31.8%
All52.5%47.5%
Non Family42.3%57.7%
Male42.1%57.9%
Female38%62%

52.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All226,3962.7352.5
Married94,3273.4568.2
Non Family85,1891.3242.3
Female32,2323.8238
Male14,6483.942.1

3.45

Average Family Size

2.73

Average Household Size

7.4%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Las Vegas Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade28,7676.79%
9th to 12th Grade37,4118.82%
High School Graduate117,87227.80%
Some College105,57924.90%
Associates Degree32,8347.74%
Bachelors Degree66,44115.67%
Graduate Degree35,0408.27%

Las Vegas Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White214,848201,02065,583
Hispanic114,28771,66911,119
Black49,55143,7828,693
Other Race43,88324,9693,120
Asian32,47929,29713,122
Multiple Races12,64311,4112,964
Native American3,7542,678366
Islander3,2112,757381

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 93.56%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 40.40%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$35,928$40,144$32,228
Less Than High School$25,682$26,936$22,749
High School Grad$31,314$34,945$27,583
Some College$36,453$41,331$32,258
Bachelors Degree$48,928$56,017$42,277
Graduate Degree$68,748$84,305$58,324

$35,928

Average Earnings

$40,144

Average Male

$32,228

Average Female

Las Vegas Language

Las Vegas Language by Age

Las Vegas Language

66.96% of Las Vegas residents speak only English, while 33.04% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 25.11% of the population.

Las Vegas Poverty

Las Vegas Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic203,88042,30920.75%
White273,47126,6189.73%
Black73,85619,68126.65%
Other77,18417,11522.17%
Multiple29,8184,93716.56%
Asian41,1594,25710.34%
Native5,7081,53026.80%
Islander4,8921,03921.24%

15.77%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.39%

Male Poverty Rate

16.16%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Las Vegas

The race most likely to be in poverty in Las Vegas is Native, with 26.80% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Las Vegas is White, with 9.73% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.98%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.57%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 24.03%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School22.80%
High School15.64%
Some College11.65%
Bachelors or Greater6.13%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed36.81%
Male Unemployed34.07%
Female Employed7.56%
Male Employed6.30%

Las Vegas Income

Las Vegas Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$54,694$76,483
Families$66,150$88,672
Married Families$81,560$104,304
Non Families$35,563$51,899

Las Vegas Marital Status

Las Vegas Marital Status

Marriage Rates

42.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

43.5%

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

42,088

Number of Veterans

38,164

Male Veterans

3,924

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam14,551
First Gulf War9,011
Second Gulf War8,256
Korea3,380
World War II1,123
Age Group Veterans
35 to 5410,711
65 to 7410,546
75+8,797
55 to 648,084
18 to 343,950
Name Veterans % of Total
White31,37810.28%
Black5,89710.44%
Hispanic4,1783.04%
Asian1,8445.22%
2 or More1,2608.07%
Other1,0682.02%
Indian45510.69%
Hawaiian1865.10%

$Las Vegas Veterans by Education

9.86%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.31%

Veteran Disability Rate

Las Vegas Employment Status

63.1%

Labor Force Participation

57.9%

Employment Rate

7.6%

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

25.88%

Born in Nevada

79.21%

Native Born

20.79%

Foreign Born

11.54%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

79.21% of Las Vegas residents were born in the United States, with 25.88% having been born in Nevada. 11.54% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020662,0008,6781.33%
2019653,3228,6781.35%
2018644,6449,0161.42%
2017635,6288,6781.38%
2016626,9509,1101.47%
2015617,8409,5651.57%
2014608,2758,4981.42%
2013599,7776,3661.07%
2012593,4116,7761.16%
2011586,6352,0290.35%
2010584,606106,1722.02%
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%