Las Vegas is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Nevada and the county seat of Clark County. Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city known primarily for gambling, shopping, fine dining, and nightlife and is the leading financial and cultural center for Southern Nevada. The city bills itself as The Entertainment Capital of the World, and is famous for its casino–hotels and associated entertainment.
Las Vegas is situated within Clark County in an arid basin on the desert floor, surrounded by dry mountains. The Spring Mountains lie to the west. The elevation is around 2,030 ft (620 m) above sea level.
As of the census of 2010, there were 583,756 people, 211,689 households, and 117,538 families residing in the city. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.20.
The Clark County School District (CCSD) operates 357 schools as of the 2011-2012 school year, serving nearly 310,000 students and employing more than 37,000 people, 18,000 of them teachers.
Las Vegas is home to a wide range of post-secondary educational institutes including colleges, universities and vocational and business training schools.
The University and Community College System of Nevada (UCCSN) is a leader in higher education. The system is comprised of two doctoral-granting research universities (the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the University of Nevada, Reno), one state college (the Nevada State College of Henderson), one research institute (Desert Research Institute) and four community colleges, including the College of Southern Nevada.