Like Henderson, North Las Vegas is a city, but is often considered a Las Vegas neighborhood. dominating the northeast section of the Las Vegas Valley, North Las Vegas is home to an estimated 224,387 residents, making it the third largest city in Nevada after incorporated Las Vegas and Henderson. North Las Vegas has been in the news recently due to its severe budget issues and the high likelihood that the city is headed for state intervention, dis-incorporation and possibly insolvency due to the City Council's inability to pass a budget. North Las Vegas has been hit harder than the rest of Las Vegas by the housing crisis, placing this venerable city in a state of flux. Despite these issues, North Las Vegas remains one of the fastest growing cities in the US.
"North of Las Vegas"
The City of North Las Vegas was officially incorporated on May 6, 1946, but settlers first joined the native population in the 1860s. The City was officially founded in 1917 and Tom Williams is generally considered to be the municipalities "founding father." The city began to see growth with the building and later expansion of nearby Nellis Air Force Base.
"Your Community of Choice"
North Las Vegas has seen tremendous population growth in the last decade. From 2000 to 2009 the population nearly doubled as the Las Vegas Valley became saw the largest influx of new residents (including this author) of any place in the United States. A economy fueled by tourism jobs created an economic boom unlike any other since the days when Nevada was in the throes of the silver rush. The housing crisis has hit North Las Vegas particularly hard.
While primarily a residential area, North Las Vegas does have a Planetarium located at the College of Southern Nevada. Some of the best shopping int he Valley can be found at the Las Vegas Premium Outlets North, a haven for bargain hunters.
North Las Vegas has been hit hard by the housing crisis, leading city leaders to provide helpful information on the city's website. The median house value is currently valued at $100,800, a more than 50% plummet from the 2007 median price. While these prices are definitely bad news for current residents who bought at the height of the market, it does provide a great incentive for new residents tot he Valley to consider North Las Vegas.
North Las Vegas is located about 8 miles north/northeast of the Central Strip. I-15 passes right through the heart of the city, providing easy access to Downtown, the Strip and combined with the 215 Beltway providing access to the rest of the Valley. Travel time can vary as the 15 can be a huge traffic cluster.
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