Las Vegas is the largest city in the state of Nevada, located in southeast Nevada. The area is currently one of the fastest-growing in the entire U.S., keeping Las Vegas movers busy. Tourism is what Las Vegas is most known for, and the city depends on its revenue for economic prosperity.
Las Vegas's economy is mainly tourism driven. Recently, efforts have been made to attract other industries into the city. Such industries include manufacturing, banking, and commerce. Tax requirements are minimal in Las Vegas, so these efforts have gone well thus far.
European settlers first came to Las Vegas in 1854 where Paiute Indians inhabited the land. The army built Fort Baker in the area in 1864. By the 1900s, fresh water was available to the city which allowed for further growth. The city was incorporated in 1911. Gambling was legalized in the city in 1931. Large casinos and hotels started to be built in the next ten years which helped give the city national recognition. Initially, many of these buildings were believed to be supported by organized crime groups. Recently, the downtown area of Las Vegas has been trying to attract some people away from the Las Vegas Strip.
McCarran International Airport is within 11 miles of the city. There are no major professional sports teams in the area, although several recreational activities and smaller collegiate and professional teams exist. The Las Vegas Motor Speedway is host to several racing events each year. Gaming is the biggest attraction in the city, with numerous famous hotels and casinos located within the city. Additionally, there are several nightclubs and bars to attend. Nearby attractions include the Hoover Dam and Nellis Air Force Base. The city has made efforts in recent years to attract a more diverse audience to its city including families and older visitors. Newly built areas include a Chinatown area as well as a monorail through the city.