41 million visitors, 24/7/365 action: A better look at Las Vegas, by the numbers


Steve Marcus

Tourists take photos at the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign Saturday, March 14, 2015, on the Strip.

Mon, Aug 17, 2015 (2 a.m.)

Las Vegas is a 24/7/365 destination. Our city hosts more than 40 million visitors each year, is the economic lifeblood of Nevada and is home to the majority of the state’s 2.8 million residents. Here, we present a look at our city and state, their history, infrastructure, government and entertainment, by the numbers.

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In this Thursday, May 9, 2013, file photo, two Allegiant Air jets taxi at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.


Airplane take-offs and landings at McCarran International Airport in 2014


Hotel rooms in the valley in 2014


Years it would take a person to spend one night in every hotel room on the Strip


Average gambling budget per Las Vegas visitor


Pillows fluffed at MGM Grand in 2014


Exotic dancers working in the valley on an average day


People who work as prostitutes in Las Vegas, where prostitution is illegal


Women who work in Nevada’s legal brothel industry

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Chippendales alumni Terry Lenley, Michael Rapp and Dino Manriquez perform during the Chippendales 35th anniversary celebration Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at the Rio.


White Fruit of the Loom tank tops the 20-member cast of “Chippendales” tears through each year


Condoms performers in “X Burlesque” give audience members each year during the “Mile High” scene

110 gallons

Amount of Crown Royal that Carrot Top gives audience members each year. The comedian loves to share shots with fans during his show.

50 tons

Weight of the bronze lion outside MGM Grand. It is said to be the largest bronze sculpture in the Western Hemisphere.


Toilet paper rolls used by the Blue Man Group at Monte Carlo in 2014. The show’s grand finale includes cascades of toilet tissue.

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Couples watch the show at Bellagio Fountains on Monday, March 16, 2015, on the Las Vegas Strip.


Shows performed by the Bellagio fountains in 2014


Sum of all the numbers on a roulette wheel

1.5 million

Gallons of water in the “O” pool. The water is kept at 88 degrees, and the pool can be transformed into a dry stage in seconds.

3.2 million

Visitors to the Adventuredome at Circus Circus in 2014

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The Heart Attack Grill in downtown Las Vegas on Tuesday, October 8, 2013.


Calories in the Octuple-Bypass Burger at the Heart Attack Grill downtown. Diners who weigh more than 350 pounds eat for free.


Cost of the most expensive hamburger in Las Vegas, the Fleurburger 5000 at Fleur in Mandalay Bay. It is made with wagyu beef, foie gras and truffles, and served with a bottle of 1995 Château Petrus 5000. Twenty six were sold last year.


Massages and facials given at Spa Bellagio in 2014


Pounds of crab legs served at the Buffet at Aria in 2014


Cost of a package at Drai’s nightclub that includes the use of a private 737 jet that seats 50, a 210-second fireworks show and 100 bottles of Dom Perignon Champagne

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G2E gamers take Wonder Woman for a spin.


Residents for every slot machine in Las Vegas

10,000 pounds

Combined weight of all the jewelry worn in “Jubilee” since the show began


Starbucks locations in Las Vegas. The city is the 10th most Starbucks-saturated city in the world. Seoul, South Korea, is No. 1, followed by New York City, then Shanghai.


Inches of rain recorded in the valley in 2014

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Pedestrians walk along South Eastern Avenue in an unsuccessful attempt to avoid getting wet during a heavy rainstorm moving across the Las Vegas Valley on Thursday, August 13, 2015.


Inches of rain recorded in Las Vegas in 1941, the wettest year on record. By comparison, annual average precipitation in Atlanta is 48.6 inches.


Inches of total rainfall in 1953, Las Vegas’ driest year on record


Area, in square miles, of Nevada. The state is the seventh largest in the United States.


Gallons of gasoline sold in Clark County in February

$8.25 per hour

Minimum wage in Las Vegas

50 percent

Greater risk among Las Vegans of committing suicide, compared with residents nationally


Approximate gallons of water used per person per day in the valley

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Father Courtney Edward Krier, left, offers assistance to Edward Samaan, 63, while he completes community hours during the Wednesday morning free breakfast for the needy at St. Joseph's Traditional Catholic Church in downtown Las Vegas October 2, 2013.


Practicing Catholics in Clark County


Mormons in Clark County


Orthodox Jews in Clark County


Muslims in Clark County


Number of year-round rivers or streams in Nevada. All but one — the Colorado River — end in inland basins or dry lake beds known as playas. Only about 10 percent of the state’s rivers and streams are year-round.

5,500 feet above sea level

Nevada’s average elevation

479 feet above sea level

Lowest point in Nevada, along the Colorado River, just south of Laughlin


Miles of drainage tunnels beneath Las Vegas. If laid end to end starting at the Spaghetti Bowl, the tunnels would stretch to about 50 miles northeast of Los Angeles.


Nevada’s ranking for government workers. Nevada employs the third fewest public workers per capita of any state in the country, just 195 per 10,000 residents.

75 percent

Share of public workers in Nevada who are teachers

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A view of Barrick's Bullfrog Mine near Beatty during the 25th Annual Southern Nevada Earth Science Education Workshop Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The gold and silver mine was in operation from 1988 to 1999. The tour also included a trip the ghost town of Rhyolite. Teachers spent the first day of the workshop focused on classroom activities related to rocks and minerals.


Number of active gold mines in Nevada

19.1 percent

Share of Nevadans who are foreign-born. The national average is 12.9 percent.


Nevada’s global ranking as a gold producer, after China, Australia and South Africa. Nevada supplies three quarters of all the gold mined in the United States.

13,140 feet

Height of Nevada’s tallest mountain, Boundary Peak, in the White Mountains, just a few miles from the California border. In fact, the peak was part of California before an 1892 geological survey moved it within state lines.


Year Area 51 was established by the Central Intelligence Agency to develop and test military projects.

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License plates are sold along with other extraterrestrial-themed souvenirs at the Little A'Le'Inn, located nine miles up the road from the military testing base known as Area 51, in Rachel, Nev., Aug. 20, 2013. Last week, the CIA released a classified report officially confirming the existence of the military testing base famously rumored to have researched UFOs and alien life, though residents of the area have long known about it.


Population of Area 51 in September 1960 when the site was chosen as a test hub for the Archangel-12 stealth plane. Area 51 was selected because of its remote location, easy access and good weather — even though a longer, sturdier runway and a fuel tank farm had to be built.


Population of Area 51 four years later. By the time the first A-12 arrived in 1961, three shuttle flights a day ferried CIA staff from Burbank to Las Vegas.

117 degrees

Hottest temperature recorded in Las Vegas, recorded on three separate dates in July 1942, July 2005 and June 2013.


Homeless people in Southern Nevada in 2014, roughly 2 percent of the region’s total population

50 feet

Length of the Shonisaurus popularis ichthyosaurs — extinct marine reptiles — that swam in the ocean that covered central Nevada 225 million years ago. Ichthyosaur fossils can be seen today at Berlin-Icthyosaur State Park in Austin, Nevada, which contains the largest known Shonisaurus popularis ichthyosaur fossil in the world.


Times Nevada has failed to vote for the winner of the presidential election


Average number of burglaries per hour in the Las Vegas Valley

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Volunteers and biologists spotted 132 bald eagles at Lake Mead National Recreation Area Jan. 15 during an annual eagle survey. Bald eagles migrate from the north and can traditionally be spotted at Lake Mead NRA from late-November to March.


Visitors to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in 2014. Lake Mead is the sixth-most visited place in the national park system.

45 million pounds

Weight of the reinforced steel the federal government bought to build the Hoover Dam


Average monthly payroll during the dam’s construction

26 million acre feet

Capacity of Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States. On average, the lake holds enough water to flood the entire state of New York 1-foot deep.

4.5 million cubic yards

Amount of concrete used to build the Hoover Dam, enough to build a two-lane road from Seattle to Miami or a 4-foot-wide sidewalk around the Earth at the equator

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A loop of Hoover Dam aboard a Papillon helicopter on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in Boulder City.

660 feet

Thickness of the Hoover Dam at its base. It is as thick as two football fields measured end to end.

726 feet

Height of the Hoover Dam. That’s 171 feet taller than the Washington Monument and twice as tall as the Luxor.

4.2 billion kilowatt-hours

Average annual net generation for the Hoover Powerplant from 1947 through 2008


Number of men who built Hoover Dam


Number of workers who died building Hoover Dam. It’s a myth that their bodies are buried in the dam.

1,149 feet

Height of the Stratosphere, Clark County’s tallest building


Stairs in the Stratosphere

Sources: Vegas.com, U.S. Census Bureau, UNLV, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, Institute of International Education, Central Intelligence Agency, U.S. Forest Service, UNLV Center for Gaming Research, Nevada Department of Wildlife, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Nevada150.org, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, City of Las Vegas, U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, GLS Research, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Las Vegas Valley Water District, VCU Center on Society and Health, National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigations

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