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Get to know Henderson

Suburban Henderson lies about 15 miles south of Las Vegas, but it’s a city in its own right: A whopping 320,000 people live in this scenic community, making it the second-most populous city in all of Nevada. Other than looking pretty, Henderson’s historical raison d'être was mining magnesium, the “miracle metal” that helped allied forces win World War II through its use in everything from shell casings to airplane parts. Today, you’ll find a good mix of commerce, industry, and housing, including 27 master-planned communities. While its bigger, better-known neighbor is but a short drive away, you’ll find plenty to keep busy right here. The Water Street District forms the beating heart of Henderson’s downtown district, where a vibrant redevelopment is still unfolding. Other star attractions include Lion Habitat Ranch, Cowabunga Bay water park, and Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area, an ancient Native American petroglyph site with nearly 50,000 acres to explore.

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Living in Las Vegas

What happens here stays here—and you should, too. Las Vegas represents the largest city in Nevada and America’s 26th-most overall, claiming some 2.2 million residents with its surrounding communities in Clark County. It’s also a boomtown in the truest sense: Just over 100 years ago, the entire Las Vegas Valley was predominantly bare desert, making the region the largest to be both founded and fully developed in the 20th century. While the touristy draws of Vegas need little introduction, it’s an equally exciting place to live and work, nearly doubling in population just through the 1990s. Tech, ecommerce, and other sectors support more travel-centric players in the local economy, with countless others holding conventions in the area regularly. Highway access keeps Los Angeles, San Diego, and Phoenix within a few hours’ reach, with high-speed rail service under development to Southern California.