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Get to know North Las Vegas

North Las Vegas is an entirely separate town from Las Vegas, founded by one Thomas L. Williams in 1919, who hoped to create a city without the rowdiness of its neighbor. Williams offered free land and water to any church wanting to establish itself, but in an ironic twist, much of the land was bought by bootleggers instead. The bootleggers developed a system of underground tunnels to connect their various speakeasies, which wouldn’t be the last twists and turns in the town’s development as it grew through the years. More recently, planned communities have been built in North Las Vegas that almost function like smaller towns within the greater municipality. Aliante, opened in 2003, is one of the largest of the newer planned communities, with lots of parks, a golf course, and a lake within its boundaries. There are plenty of residences outside of the planned communities as well, with the older homes more likely to be independent of an HOA.

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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.