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Las Vegas, a relatively large city that literally means “The Meadows” in Spanish, is the most populous settlement in the state of Nevada. Las Vegas is an internationally renowned tourist destination with a considerable amount of activities and attractions for every different interest and taste. Las Vegas was originally founded in the early twentieth century, and exploded in terms of population and economy over the course of the next century. Las Vegas currently has a population of just under two million residents, and advertises itself as the “Entertainment Capital of the World”. For better or worse, Las Vegas has also acquired another nickname - “Sin City” - because of the numerous adult entertainment venues that flourish in “The Meadows”. The most notable, and, relatively speaking, most innocent, of these is the casino industry, represented by world recognized names such as MGM, Fremont, the Golden Nugget, New York New York, and the Luxor.
In recent years, Las Vegas has been striving to redefine its often controversial image into more of a family-friendly atmosphere. Some notable examples of this include the huge arcades found at Circus Circus, tourist attractions revolving around Coca-Cola and M&Ms, and even a pirate show. Las Vegas also hosts a number of amateur baseball, basketball, and football teams as well as university squads, especially from the University of Nevada – Las Vegas. The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, a half-billion dollar project currently under construction in Union Park, will host Broadway shows and other theatrical performances once completed. Las Vegas already is home to an “Arts District”, which features a number of local artists and musicians, and the Southern Nevada Zoological-Botanical Park.
Las Vegas' numerous suburbs, as well as the city proper and the Las Vegas Strip, are served by the Clark County School District, which at last count was the fifth largest school district in the nation. The Clark County School District is characterized by very new facilities, excellent ratings, and outstanding teachers, and covers nearly all the communities surrounding Las Vegas. Many of these smaller cities/towns, including Henderson, Green Valley Ranch, Painted Desert, and North Las Vegas, are home to recently constructed shopping facilities and restaurants. Las Vegas maintains an outstanding public transportation system, and is served on a broader scale by the McCarran International Airport, the North Las Vegas Airport, and the Henderson Executive Airport.
Las Vegas' recent population boom resulted in the construction of a number of colleges and universities, including the relatively known University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), the University of Nevada Medical School, the University of Phoenix, Nevada State College, the College of Southern Nevada, Apollo College, and National University. Las Vegas is also becoming increasingly diverse as it continues its self-diversification from gambling capital of the world (it was recently surpassed by Macau, China) towards a retirement center and family friendly residential community. Las Vegas is also surrounded by a multitude of often-overlooked but relatively nearby scenic destinations, including Lake Tahoe and the Hoover Dam, which provides power for the city.
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