About Las Vegas
The Las Vegas Metropolitan area continues to grow and it accounts for more than 70 percent of Nevada’s population with more than two million people. The population is young, with a median age of 35.5, and diverse — approximately 40 percent of its residents are people of color.
Las Vegas is often named as one of the most entrepreneur-friendly cities in the country. According to CNN Money, "Las Vegas is becoming a popular landing spot for tech firms large and small. Popular online shoe seller Zappos moved its headquarters to the Las Vegas area, and data center operator Switch Communications launched in Las Vegas and is expanding very rapidly. Following in their footsteps are startups ranging from technology service providers to logistics companies that cater to retail, aerospace and defense companies. Low taxes have helped make Nevada a haven for small businesses. The state has no personal income or estate tax. The state also has no business income tax or franchise tax. Also, Nevada has more corporations — about 325,000 in a state with just 2.5 million people — than any other state except Delaware."
The quality of life makes Las Vegas an attractive place to live. The city is well known for its world class dining and entertainment; however, it also offers a host of outdoor activities, including golfing, hiking, rock climbing, biking, skiing, water sports, and camping. Within a 35-mile radius one can reach the beautiful Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Mount Charleston (which offers cool temperatures with skiing, hiking, and horseback riding), and Red Rock Canyon — one of the best rock climbing destinations in the country. In a wider radius, Southern Nevada is positioned to access some of the most beloved national parks in the west.
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts opened in 2012 and has been a fantastic addition to the arts and culture scene in Las Vegas, attracting Broadway shows, international dance troupes, and classical and jazz performances, among many other shows.
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