Best Cities 2010: Las Vegas, NV

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Best Cities 2010: Las Vegas, NV

Vegas is famous for its casinos, but don’t forget to check out nearby Death Valley, the Grand Canyon or the Hoover Dam

City: Las Vegas

State: Nevada

Best Cities Overall Rank: 100

About Las Vegas:

The average number of weddings that take place in Las Vegas each day is 315.

Las Vegas is the largest metropolitan city in the U.S. that was founded in 20th century.


County: Clark

Population: 558,383

Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitor’s bureau website

Newspaper with the largest circulation: Las Vegas Sun

Las Vegas blogs:
The Coin Bucket
Fear and Parenting in Las Vegas

Las Vegas‘s Facebook page: Follow Las Vegas on Facebook

Las Vegas‘s Twitter page: Follow Las Vegas on Twitter


Education rank: 94

High School graduation rate 2008: 65.10%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 2

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0.36

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 11

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 1.97

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 254

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 18.80

Total Expenditures Per Student: $10,485


Health rank: 88

Quality children’s hospitals: 1

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.18

Quality Pediatricians: 0

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 1


Safety rank: 87

Violent Crimes, 2008: 13,324

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 2,386.17

Sex Offenders: 1,059

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 189.65


Economy rank: 101

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 25.70

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 13.80

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 1,004.39

Median Home Sale Price: $131,500

5-Year Home Value Index: -13.81%

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 57.99%

Recreation Rank: 71

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 4,037

Parkland per 100,000: 722.98


Photo courtesy of Lasvegaslover