Las Vegas (/lɑːs ˈveɪɡəs/) is the most populous city in the U.S. state
of Nevada and is also the county seat of Clark County, Nevada. Las
Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city for gambling,
shopping, and fine dining. The city bills itself as The Entertainment
Capital of the World, and is famous for its casino resorts and
associated entertainment. A growing retirement and family city, Las
Vegas is the 28th-most populous city in the United States, with an
estimated population by the U.S. Census Bureau of 583,756 as of 2010.
The 2010 population estimate of the Las Vegas metropolitan area was
Established in 1905, Las Vegas officially became a city in 1911. At the close of the 20th century, Las Vegas was the most populous American city founded in that century (a distinction held by Chicago in the 19th century). The city's tolerance for various forms of adult entertainment earned it the title of Sin City, and this image has made Las Vegas a popular setting for films and television programs. There are numerous outdoor lighting displays on Fremont Street, as well as elsewhere in the city.
The name Las Vegas is often applied to unincorporated areas that surround the city, especially the resort areas on and near the Las Vegas Strip. The 4.2 mi (6.8 km) stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard known as the Strip is mainly in the unincorporated communities of Paradise, Winchester, and Enterprise.