Last updated on July 19th, 2019
When you think of Las Vegas, visions of bright lights, entertainment, gambling, and celebrity-chef restaurants come to mind. Although the popularity of the infamous strip has made Las Vegas an internationally renowned resort destination, more and more people are making this vibrant city their home. In fact, Forbes ranks Las Vegas as the sixth fastest growing city in America based on its rising population, employment, wages, and economy. Those living in this thriving metropolis also enjoy its outdoor activities, art and culture, sports events, and family-friendly communities.
Healthy Job Market
While tourism and gambling employ many Las Vegas residents, construction, aerospace, technology, and healthcare are powering the city’s job market as well. Vegas is also attracting new businesses and startups, drawn by its cost effectiveness, ample space, tax advantages, and venture capital funding. This healthy economic activity is a key reason why, John Restrepo, principal at RCGEconomics, predicts the Las Vegas job market will grow by more than 60 percent through 2045.
Year-round Outdoor Activities
Sure, it gets hot in the summer, but Las Vegas boasts mild winters and beautiful springs and falls with little rainfall. By scheduling outdoor activities in the summer mornings and evenings, you can enjoy the scenic lakes and parks any time of year. Aside from the ever-popular Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam, some favorite outdoor recreation sites include:
Red Rock Canyon
Known for its red, white, and multicolored sand-stone landscape, Red Rock Canyon offers spectacular scenery, rare plants, and unique animal species. It can be explored by driving a 13-mile scenic loop, hiking or biking one of the many trails, or climbing the great boulders and rock faces of the canyon.
Just 30 minutes outside of Vegas is Lake Mead, the 16th largest manmade lake in the world. This popular destination offers year-round recreation with everything from kayaking, jet-skiing, sailing, boating, swimming, biking, fishing, hiking, and camping. It is also a gateway to the beautiful Black Canyon Water Trail.
Believe it or not, just 40 minutes north of Las Vegas you can ski down a snow-covered mountain at Mt. Charleston. Always 20 to 30 degrees colder than Vegas, Mt. Charleston is also a great place to hike and mountain bike during the summer.
Art and Culture
Aside from catching the attention of new businesses, Las Vegas is attracting all types of artists. An exciting place to witness the diversity of talent is the Arts Factory, which features galleries and work spaces for local artists. Cultural institutions, like the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, and numerous museums, including the newer Mob Museum and Neon Museum, are continually delivering experiences, education, and services to those visiting and living in Vegas.
People have long gambled on professional sports in Vegas, but the city never really had professional teams of its own until the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League arrived in 2017. The remarkable success of this team led the Women’s National Basketball Association to relocate the former San Antonio Stars, now known as the Las Vegas Aces, to the city as well. The National Football League is following suit with the Raiders, who are coming to Vegas in 2020. The influx of these professional teams is giving Vegas sports fans a lot to look forward.
There are a number of premium neighborhoods and outstanding schools in and around Clark County, Nevada. One of the most desirable, family-friendly places to live is Summerlin, a master planned community with large yards, beautiful homes, great schools, community tennis courts and pools, nearby parks and trails, and an amphitheater for performing arts. Equally popular is Henderson, which in addition to offering neighborhoods with many of the same amenities as Summerlin, is classified by Forbes as the second safest city in the United States. Toll Brothers has many more luxury communities, such as Inspirada, on our website.
The future is looking bright for Las Vegas with all signs pointing to continued growth. It is a place for everyone, from single professionals and young families to retirees, all of whom are moving to Las Vegas to enjoy its economic and recreational advantages. If you are interested in making Las Vegas your home, visit Toll Brothers to explore luxurious homes in some of the most sought-after locations in the city.