North Las Vegas is a city in Clark County, Nevada, United States. As of the 2006 Census Bureau estimate the city has a total population of 197,567. Approximately 1,200 new residents make North Las Vegas home each month. Estimations put the population at over 521,303 by the year 2020.
Many people do not realize that North Las Vegas is a separate city from Las Vegas. The City of North Las Vegas was incorporated in 1946 and encompasses 82.2 square miles that stretches across the northern rim of the Las Vegas Valley. North Las Vegas is probably best known for being near, but not the home of, Nellis Air Force Base.
Most of the Nevada tourism that does come to North Las Vegas is predominantly focused on the Nellis Air Force Base. The Weapons Museum inside of the base is one of the lesser known tourist sites in Nevada. However, if you have always been interested in military history, the weapons museum is worth a visit.
The Planetarium in North Las Vegas also attracts a bit of Nevada tourism. It features a series of weekly films about astronomy, as well as an astronomy store. The Planetarium is located in the Community College of Southern Nevada.
North Las Vegas is ideally located, with recreational activities such as fishing, skiing, hiking, biking, camping, and sightseeing available year-round. Lake Mead is just a few miles from North Las Vegas and consists of 500 miles of shoreline. Mt Charleston offers residents the opportunity to snow ski, hike, camp, and picnic and is just a 30-minute drive from North Las Vegas.