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Clark County Highlights
To provide responsible, progressive, and results-oriented government that is responsive, accessible, and accountable to our citizens, ensuring their right to cost-effective and open government.
Tourism's economic impact on Clark County for 2019 was nearly $10 billion, including $6.5 billion spent on gambling on the Las Vegas Strip, according to Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority data. There are 149,422 hotel/motel rooms. The average visitor to Las Vegas was 45 years old, stayed 3.4 nights at an average daily room rate of $129, spending $527 gambling. Las Vegas welcomed 42.1 million visitors and all of Clark County saw 45.6 million visitors (including Laughlin and Mesquite). Travelers who drove to Southern Nevada was estimated at 120,244, while 51.5 million arrived by plane. The average party has 2.2 adults and has a gaming budget of $541, spending an average of 2.2 hours per day gambling. Tourists from other nations was 53 percent, 23 percent come from Southern California and 21 percent are first-time visitors.
Clark County is governed by a seven-member County Commission, elected from geographic districts on a partisan basis for staggered four-year terms. Commissioners biennially elect a chairperson who serves as the Commission's presiding officer. The Commission in turn hires a county manager, who is responsible for administrative operations. The chairman is Marilyn Kirkpatrick (seated in August 2015, elected chairman in January 2019 and January 2021). The vice chairman is Jim Gibson (seated in July 2017, elected vice chairman January 2021). The other commissioners are Justin Jones (seated January 2019), William McCurdy II (January 2021), Ross Miller (January 2021), Michael N. Naft (January 2019), and Tick Segerblom (January 2019). Yolanda King has been county manager since December 2016.
Clark County employs more than 10,000 in 38 departments. It has a fiscal year general fund budget of $1.5 billion and a total budget for FY2020 of $8.2 billion. The County is known for its strong ending-fund balance, overall financial strength and an investment-quality credit rating. It retains the best bond ratings of any local government in the state with an “Aaa” from Moody’s Investors Service and an “AA+” from Standard & Poor’s. The County has committed to policies supporting these high standards in the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights.
Clark County government operations include management of University Medical Center, the only hospital in the Las Vegas Valley offering a top-rated trauma care unit, state-of-the-art Burn Care Center and a one-of-kind Children's Hospital. With nine QuickCare facilities around the valley, UMC makes accessing quality health care convenient for Southern Nevada families. The hospital was honored for its cardiac care.
Clark County, formed in 1909, is named for Sen. William Andrews Clark (1839-1925), who established the railroad that linked Los Angeles with Salt Lake City. Las Vegas was founded in 1905 after Clark’s railroad, which made stops here, purchased land for a town site and sold lots by auction, creating downtown Las Vegas. Clark County is the most populous of Nevada’s 17 counties with 2.3 million residents and 70 percent of the state’s population.
Incorporated & Unincorporated Areas
As a “city” government, Clark County responds to the needs of 1 million residents in the urban unincorporated areas. Sahara Avenue, which crosses the Strip on the north side of the Sahara Hotel & Casino, is the municipal boundary for the City of Las Vegas. Those residing south of this line receive their traditional urban services from Clark County rather than from any of the County’s five cities: Las Vegas (pop. 670,700), Henderson (pop. 330,300), North Las Vegas (264,800), Boulder City (pop. 16,500) and Mesquite (pop. 25,500). The services provided there include all those functions normally associated with a city, such as public works, building inspections, fire protection, parks and recreation, etc. View a jurisdictional map of significant destinations such as Downtown Summerlin, the Las Vegas Convention Center and Sam Boyd Stadium within the Clark County-Las Vegas Valley area. (Population numbers are rounded)