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Henderson: Economy

Henderson: Economy

Major Industries and Commercial Activity

For most of Henderson's short history, the city has been a manufacturing center. Though its beginnings were fast and furious as a magnesium producer for World War II efforts, Henderson's economy today has diversified. The city is still a manufacturing center and a producer of metals and industrial chemicals, but its diversification includes a competitive marketplace for communications technology.

In the past two decades, city leaders, businesses, and the community have been working together to diversify the city's economy with aggressive programs to attract modern industries. The top industries showing growth in Henderson are education services, medical and biomedical technology, the supplier industry, and computer and electronic transfer. In addition, businesses that service senior citizens are sprouting up in the area as more seniors relocate there.

A modern "boom town," Henderson's growth shows no signs of slowing, as city estimates count nearly 6,000 people moving to the region each month. Major corporations with large offices or headquarters in Henderson include Levi Strauss & Company, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Ford Credit, and Good Humor-Breyers. Henderson's growing community and highly favorable business climate continues to attract businesses to the area.

Due only in part to Henderson's proximity to Las Vegas, it goes without saying that a large portion of economic gain stems from the tourism and services industry.

Items and goods produced: baked goods, clothing, food products

Incentive ProgramsNew and Existing Companies

Several city and state programs are available to assist new, current, or expanding businesses in the City of Henderson.

Local programs

The City of Henderson can offer partial exemption from public utilities license or franchise fees for gas or electricity; businesses must meet stringent requirements to take advantage of this program. The city's department of economic development staff, along with community resource partners, work together to provide relocating or expanding businesses with needed resources. The city's Redevelopment Agency, as part of the Downtown Investment Strategy plan, offers development incentives via grants, low-interest loans, and other financing to businesses for building improvements, equipment, start-up capital, and other expenses; two of the most successful programs are the Facade Improvement Program and the Revolving Loan Fund.

State programs

A variety of state programs exist for new, expanding, or established businesses in Henderson. The Sales Use and Tax Abatement Program offers tax breaks on eligible machinery and equipment for businesses with operations that are consistent with the state's economic diversification and development plans. The Sales and Use Tax Deferral Program defers taxes on qualifying equipment purchases of more than $100,000. Personal Property Tax Abatements are available for qualified new businesses.

Job training programs

The Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation offers a variety of job training services to both employers and job seekers, including applicant recruitment and screening, tax credit benefits, training programs and career enhancement programs, and labor market information. The Train Employees Now (TEN) program, administered by the State of Nevada Commission on Economic Development, helps new and expanding firms by providing intensive skills-based training programs tailored to the company's needs. The TEN program utilizes training providers such as local businesses and community colleges. The Family Support Center at Nellis Air Force Base offers job information and employer connections to spouses and family members of base personnel. A variety of programs exist through the area's educational institutions.

Development Projects

According to the city's office of economic development, 18 companies either expanded their existing facilities or established new oneseach developing or adding square footage of 5,000 feet or morein Henderson in 2003. Of those 18 companies, seven were manufacturing operations; the others are made up of services, software, educational, and office or headquarter space.

The Henderson Redevelopment Agency was created in 1995 and utilizes tax increment financing funds for projects in three designated areas of Henderson: downtown, Tuscany, and Cornerstone. In 2005 a variety of projects had set construction start dates or were already underway as part of the city's redevelopment plans, among those are projects totaling more than 230,000 square feet of residential, retail, and office space. A new amphitheater was under construction in the Water Street District, the city's arts and culture center. Other Water Street improvements include sidewalk expansions and beautification of pedestrian areas.

The Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas opened in 2003 in the new resort development area of Lake Las Vegas in Henderson. A spectacular, European villa-style hotel and spa, the hotel offers beautiful views from its 8 floors and 349 rooms. The hotel's $500 million price tag includes a 25,000 square foot full-service spa; two championship golf courses; a pool; 33,000 square feet of banquet, meeting, and ballroom space; and a 40,000 square foot casino.

In January 2005 ground broke on The Pinnacle, a $2 million, mixed-use structure on Water Street in downtown. The Pinnacle is expected to be finished in summer of the same year, and will offer a coffeehouse and bakery on the ground floor, with offices on the second and third floors. Parkline Lofts, under development in early 2005, is a loft-style, 65-unit condominium development in a targeted downtown redevelopment area. Water Street South, expected to be finished by the end of 2005, will consist of 30,400 square feet of retail and office space.

Economic Development Information: City of Henderson Economic Development, 240 Water Street, Henderson, NV 89009; telephone (702)267-1650.

Commercial Shipping

Southern Clark County is the hub of an extensive transportation network serviced by three highway corridors: Interstate 15, U.S. Highway 95, and U.S. Highway 93. More than 50 motor freight carriers serve the area. In addition, a variety of warehousing and support services are available in Clark County, including foreign trade zone accommodations, packaging support, and U.S. customs service. McCarran International Airport handles in excess of 600,000 pounds of arriving and departing cargo. McCarran International Air Cargo Center offers cargo storage and handling and operates in a designated Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ). Union Pacific Railroad runs northeast/southwest through Clark County, linking the area to markets in most states.

Labor Force and Employment Outlook

Henderson's rapid population expansion in the last several decades especially means that local businesses experience no shortages of labor supply. Area businesses draw from a southern Nevada workforce of more than 800,000 people. Additionally, the array of vocational and technical trade schools, higher education institutions, and opportunities for customized training programs enhance both business and employment prospects.

The following is a summary of data regarding the Henderson (including Las Vegas-Paradise) metropolitan area labor force, 2004 annual averages.

Size of nonagricultural labor force: 811,700

Number of workers employed in . . .

natural resources and mining: 400

construction: 88,100

manufacturing: 23,200

trade, transportation and utilities: 140,000

information: 10,200

financial activities: 46,000

professional and business services: 95,400

educational and health services: 53,900

leisure and hospitality: 247,600

other services: 23,500

government: 83,100

Average hourly earnings of production workers employed in manufacturing: $14.60 (Nevada average)

Unemployment rate: 4.2% (Las Vegas-Paradise; January 2005)

Largest county employers Number of employees
Clark County School District 20,000+
Clark County 9,000-9,999
Bellagio Hotel & Casino 8,000-8,999
MGM Grand Hotel & Casino 7,000-7,999
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino 7,000-7,999
Mirage Hotel & Casino 5,000-5,999
State of Nevada 5,000-5,999
Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino 4,000-4,999
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police 4,000-4,999
University of Nevada, Las Vegas 4,000-4,999

Cost of Living

Henderson's cost of living, as well as its housing prices, are somewhat above the national average.

The following is a summary of data regarding several key cost of living factors for the Henderson area.

2004 (3rd Quarter) ACCRA Cost of Living Index: 113.3 (U.S. average = 100.0)

2004 (3rd Quarter) ACCRA Average House Price: $353,798

State income tax rate: None

State sales tax rate: 7.5%

Local income tax rate: None

Local sales tax rate: 7.5%

Property tax rate: 2.9027-2.9468 (depending on tax district) per $100 assessed value (2005)

Economic Information: Sierra Pacific Power Company Economic Development; Grant Sims, Economic Development Manager; phone (775)834-3716; fax (775)834-3384; email gsims@sppc.com. City of Henderson Economic Development, 240 Water Street, Henderson, NV 89009; telephone (702)267-1650

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Henderson: Recreation

Henderson: Recreation

Sightseeing

Less than 20 miles southeast of Henderson is the Hoover Dam. A National Historic Landmark, and recognized as one of America's Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders by the American Society of Civil Engineers, the dam entertains more than a million visitors and tour-goers annually. Lake Mead National Recreation Area in nearby Boulder City offers opportunities for a leisurely afternoon outdoors or multi-day, multi-activity trips, and dinner or dinner-and-dance cruises are available on a Mississippi-style paddlewheeler.

Ghost towns of the Old West are popular tourist destinations; several exist within an hour's drive of the city. EthelM. Chocolates, a mainstay in Henderson though originating in Tacoma, Washington, offers tours of the chocolate factory (samples included) and the botanical cactus gardens on its grounds.

Arts and Culture

Henderson's Veterans Memorial Wall on Water Street honors not only those who have fought for their country, but those who played a part in Henderson's heritage. The wall was dedicated in 2004 and is inscribed with more than 1,000 names.

The Clark County Museum tells the story of southern Nevada in a variety of exhibits, including prehistoric dioramas, Native American collections, a walk-in mine, and a pueblo. Heritage Street, an outdoor exhibit of the museum, offers a look at the structures and homes of the early 1900s, including a replicated newspaper print shop, historic homes, and the 1932 Boulder City Depot. The Howard W. Cannon Aviation Museum at the airport tells of the history of aviation in the region.

The Nevada Chamber Symphony, founded in 1985, presents four concerts and a holiday pops series each season. Many performances are free at a variety of venues, some outdoors, throughout the city.

The Arts Council of Henderson, a nonprofit group, works to bring arts programming to Henderson residents. One of the Council's ventures is the annual Nevada Shakespeare in the Park, presented in cooperation with the city of Henderson, American Nevada Corporation, and the Clark County School District. Shakespeare in the Park presents one play per season over one October weekend, with a performance each day. An Elizabethan Festival precedes each daily performance. Theatre in the Valley presents community theater in a season of four to five shows per year.

Festivals and Holidays

The St. Patrick's Day Parade and Block Party, celebrating 39 years in 2005, is celebrated in March in downtown Henderson. For nearly a week in April the FLW Outdoors EverStart Series offers fishing competition action at Lake Mead. In late April at the Lake Las Vegas Resort, crews compete in the Dragon Boat Race and Festival. ArtFest happens over Mother's Day weekend in May in downtown Henderson's Water Street district, featuring more than 200 artists, music, food, and fun kids' events. Also in May, Bon Appetit magazine spends the weekend at several area hotels and resorts, offering culinary demonstrations, wine tastings, brunches, and dinners during the Annual Bon Appetit Wine & Spirits Focus. Fourth of July events and fireworks happen citywide. September features the Super Run Car Show, with car cruises and drag racing, concerts, and food at Water Street and various locations throughout the city. The Nevada Silverman, an iron-distance triathlon event in November, offers spectators and participants views of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Sports for the Spectator

While no sports teams reside in the city of Henderson, nearby Las Vegas offers enthusiasts many opportunities to cheer for their favorite sports. The Las Vegas 51s, triple A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, play minor league baseball at Cashman Field in Las Vegas. The AFL's Las Vegas Gladiators play professional indoor football at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Las Vegas Wranglers, members of the ECHL Division, also play at the Thomas & Mack Center. The new Las Vegas Strikers of the National Premier Soccer League play at the Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex. The University of Las Vegas offers collegiate sporting events in baseball, soccer, football, and basketball. The Las Vegas Moter Speedway offers NASCAR and other motor sports events. High-profile boxing matches are often scheduled in Las Vegas.

Sports for the Participant

Henderson and nearby areas are an outdoor lover's paradise. The city of Henderson offers visitors 621 acres of outdoor opportunities in 40 parksHenderson's parks and recreation system is nationally recognized. Among Henderson's outdoor amenities in the park system and beyond are 42 ballfields, 50 tennis courts, more than 11 miles of trails, and 10 golf courses. The city of Henderson's bird viewing preserve is a 147-acre migratory bird and wetland area featuring basins, ponds, and lagoons; signs, kiosks and nature trails guide visitors.

The Lake Mead National Recreation Area consists of a man-made lake in a massive crater created during the building of the Hoover Dam, offering opportunities for boating, swimming, kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, and fishing. Bootleg Canyon, also in Boulder city, is heralded as one of the best mountain biking spots in the U.S. and offers more than 20 miles of challenging terrain. Red Rock Canyon, a 197,000-acre National Conservation Area, presents a variety of outdoor opportunities, including hiking and biking trails, rock climbing, a visitor's center with interpretive programs, and Spring Mountain State Park. Ten area golf courses beckon year-round.

Shopping and Dining

The Galleria at Sunset mall is anchored by Dillard's, Robinsons May, JCPenney, and Mervyn's, and offers 140 stores and restaurants on two levels with fountains, skylights, and desert flowers in its indoor landscaping. The District at Green Valley Ranch, part residential development and part stylish shopping mecca, offers a "main street" shopping experience for its loft residents and visitors alike, with 40 upscale shops and restaurants on the development's street level. Shoppers looking for bargains can head to the Las Vegas Outlet Center, featuring 135 outlet shops. Shoppers in Henderson's Water Street District area will find a variety of unique shops, boutiques, galleries, and restaurants. The Country Fresh Farmers Market operates throughout the spring and summer on Fridays in the Water Street District. Henderson's variety of restaurants satisfy urges for area favorites like steak and Mexican food; other tastes tempted include French, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Greek, and Thai.

Visitor Information: Henderson Convention and Visitors Bureau, 200 Water Street, Henderson, NV 89009; telephone (702)267-2171; toll-free (877)775-5252; fax (702)267-2177; email info@visithenderson.com

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Henderson: History

Henderson: History

Spanish Move Through Area

Spanish explorers moved through Southern Nevada in the early 1800s, discovering and naming Las Vegas as a stop on their way to California. Mormon missionaries established a settlement and built a fort in 1855 in Las Vegas but didn't stay long. In the latter half of the century, Las Vegas, and with it the area that is now Henderson, was detached from Arizona territory to become part of Nevada. Small farming communities developed, but things were quiet in the area until construction on the Boulder Dam was begun in 1931, bringing thousands to the area for work.

A City Born Overnight

Southern Nevada had but a handful of residents in the early decades of the twentieth century. Henderson, quite literally, was created almost overnight in 1941, as building began on a plant that was, at the time, a massive undertaking in the middle of desert land. Magnesium and its importance in munitions and to the brewing war were the key to the city's beginning.

In 1941 a Cleveland, Ohio manufacturer named Howard Eells and his newly formed Basic Magnesium Inc. (BMI) company signed a contract with the U.S. Defense Plant Corp. to build the Basic Magnesium Plant. Only days after signing, the government asked Eells to expand the planned site to 10 times its original size, making it 1.75 miles long and .75 miles wide, the largest such magnesium plant in the world. More than 13,000 workerswhich was 10 percent of the entire state's population at the timelived in ramshackle housing or "tent cities" until construction began on a company town in 1942. Under scrutiny for attempting to profit from the war, Eells sold BMI to Anaconda Copper Mining Co. that year. Anaconda was charged with finishing the plant, and the burgeoning city was named not after Eells, but for former senator Charles P. Henderson for his role in helping to get the plant financed and built.

For the next few years, BMI exceeded its planned production rates and employees numbered 14,000 at peak production. However, by 1947 magnesium was no longer needed for defense, the plant closed, and more than half of the employees left. Almost as quickly as the city was built, it all but disappeared. Henderson stood in danger of becoming a ghost town, and in 1947 the U.S. War Asset Administration offered the entire city for sale as war surplus property. In a brochure created to help sell the city, a description was provided that outlined the housing, streets, alleys, sanitary systems, schools, general buildings, shops, churches, and other city amenities.

Last Ditch Effort Saves City

In an effort to save Henderson, the Chamber of Commerce convinced the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce to issue an invitation to the entire Nevada Legislature to come visit Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam). They were asked to evaluate the Basic Magnesium site and explore the possibility of construction of a power generator at the dam, which would bring new workers and provide work for those Henderson residents that remained. The plan workeda bill was unanimously approved, giving the Colorado River Commission of Nevada authority to purchase the plant. By 1953 signs of improvement were well underway and the city was officially incorporated, with a population of 7,410 residents.

Modern Henderson Emerges

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Henderson remained a relatively small factory town. In the early 1980s, the first master planned community, Green Valley, was plotted. Henderson's population in 1980 was 24,363; by 1990 it had more than doubled, and by the end of the twentieth century Henderson had reached 175,381. Local estimates project the 2010 population will reach 310,000 as a steady stream of new residents and businesses continue to be attracted to the area. By 1999 Henderson overtook Reno as Nevada's second largest city.

The city celebrated its 50 year birthday in 2003. Henderson's unparalleled growth in the past two decades shows little signs of slowing. It's no wonder that Nevada's second largest city, with a thriving economy, master-planned communities, world-class recreation, and proximity to several of the country's national and man-made treasures, is one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation.

Historical Information: City of Henderson, City Hall, 240 Water Street, Henderson, NV 89009. Nevada State Museum & Historical Society, 700 Twin Lakes Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89107; telephone (702)486-5205

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Henderson: Education and Research

Henderson: Education and Research

Elementary and Secondary Schools

The Clark County School District serves about 250,000 students in all of Clark Countya 7,927 square mile section of Nevadawhich includes the city of Henderson. Schools in the entire district total 186 elementary, 51 middle, 38 high schools, 28 alternative schools, and 8 special schools or programs. The large system is divided into five regions; the population of Henderson is served by the Southeast Region. Several grants were recently awarded the school system: the Local Plan grant provides $40 million for expansion and improvements to programs serving students with disabilities; the Gear Up program will provide $845,000 towards efforts to decrease dropout rates, raise academic achievement in the high schools, and develop college preparatory coursework; and the Library Books grant will provide $253,000 for library purchases in the elementary and secondary schools. A variety of magnet schools exist throughout the district, in addition to English as a second language programs, vocational training, language immersion, and fine arts specialties. The school district is constantly expanding; in 2002 the district reported a "typical year" as including 14,000 new students, 12-14 new schools, and 1,300 new employees.

The following is a summary of data regarding the Southeast Region of the Clark County School District public schools.

Total enrollment: 58,268 (2003-2004)

Number of facilities

elementary schools: 39

junior high/middle schools: 12

senior high schools: 9

other: 1 vocational trade center

Student/teacher ratio: 18:1 elementary; 30:1 secondary

Teacher salaries (2004-2005)

minimum: $37,354

maximum: $57,480

Funding per pupil: $5,501

Public Schools Information: Clark County School District, 2832 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89121; telephone (702)799-5011

Colleges and Universities

Henderson offers residents several major institutions of higher learning. The Community College of Southern Nevada (CCSN) system, with a campus in Henderson, educates more than 30,000 students in occupational training, university transfer preparation, continuing education, developmental education, and counseling and guidance programs. CCSN's top disciplines include dental hygiene, culinary arts, computing and information technologies, resorts and gaming, nursing and other health professions, automotive technology, air conditioning, and criminal justice. The University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) in nearby Las Vegas enrolls more than 20,000 area residents and confers undergrad, graduate, and doctoral degrees. UNLV also has a School of Dental Medicine and a School of Medicine; both educate students as well as provide low-cost health care to residents. Also in Las Vegas, the International Academy of Design & Technology offers twoand four-year programs in Fashion Design, Interior Design, and Visual Communications.

Libraries and Research Centers

The Henderson District Public Libraries operates four branches throughout the city and served nearly 700,000 visitors in 2004 with holdings of about 289,000 items in all branches. The newest of the branches, the Paseo Verde Library, was constructed in 2002 and houses a Genealogy Collection, a Government Documents Collection, library administrative offices, and a Friends of Henderson Libraries Bookstore and Coffee Shop.

The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District serves more than 850,000 area residents in all of Clark County with 24 branches and a comprehensive resource of informational materials. The district's Green Valley branch resides in Henderson. The Community Colleges of Southern Nevada library system, as well as the University of Nevada Las Vegas libraries, are available for public use as well.

The Desert Research Institute's (DRI) main research campus in Las Vegas carries out about 300 scientific research projects at any given time. Environmental research programs focus on three core divisions of atmospheric sciences, earth and ecosystems sciences, and hydrologic sciences. DRI maintains a library that is available to researchers and scholars. A variety of other specialized libraries and research centers are located in the area.

Public Library Information: Henderson District Public Libraries, 280 S. Green Valley, Henderson, NV 89012; telephone (702)492-7252

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Henderson: Communications

Henderson: Communications

Newspapers and Magazines

Henderson's only newspaper is the Henderson Home News, published weekly. The Showbiz Weekly is published in Henderson and covers local entertainment in Las Vegas. Henderson residents are also served by the daily Las Vegas Review-Journal, as well as by a variety of other publications coming from Las Vegas.

Television and Radio

Henderson's one commercial television station is a Fox network; the area is served by Las Vegas' five television stations and one cable station. No radio stations broadcast from Henderson, although residents enjoy programming from Las Vegas' 16 AM and FM channels.

Media Information: Henderson Home News, 2300 Corporate Circle, Suite 150, Henderson, NV; telephone (702)435-7700; fax (702)434-3527. Las Vegas Review-Journal, PO Box 70, Las Vegas, NV 89125; telephone (702)383-0211

Henderson Online

Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Available www.unlv.edu/ResearchCenters/cber

City of Henderson. Available www.cityofhenderson.com

Clark County School District. Available ccsd.net

Henderson Chamber of Commerce. Available www.hendersonchamber.com

Las Vegas-Clark County Library District. Available www.lvccld.org

Las Vegas Review-Journal. Available www.reviewjournal.com

Las Vegas Sun. Available www.lasvegassun.com

Nevada State Museum and Historical Society. Available dmla.clan.lib.nv.us/docs/museums/lv/vegas.htm

This Was Nevada (internet column on Nevada History from the State of Nevada Department of Culture, originally printed in the Henderson Home News). Available dmla.clan.lib.nv.us/docs/dca/thiswas/thiswas.htm

Selected Bibliography

Armstrong-Ingram, Jackson R., Henderson, Nevada: Images of America (South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2002)

Bowers, Michael W., The Sagebrush State: Nevada's history, government, and politics (Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2002)

City of Henderson, ed., An American Journey: Henderson, 50 Years (Henderson, NV: City of Henderson, 2004)

Hulse, James W., The Silver State: Nevada's heritage reinterpreted (Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2004)

Toll, David W., The complete Nevada traveler: the affectionate and intimately detailed guidebook to the most interesting state in America (Virginia City, NV: Gold Hill Pub., 2002)

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Henderson

Henderson:1 City (1990 pop. 25,945), seat of Henderson co., NW Ky., on the Ohio River, in an oil, coal, tobacco, corn, and livestock area; founded 1797, inc. as a city 1867. Transportation equipment; plastic, metal, and paper products; furniture; chemicals; machinery; and denim fabric are manufactured. There are flour mills and lumbering, aluminum smelting, and poultry processing industries. John J. Audubon lived in Henderson from 1810 to 1819. Nearby is Audubon Memorial State Park, with a museum and a bird sanctuary. Another attraction is the Ellis Park Racecourse, with annual thoroughbred racing. A branch of the Univ. of Kentucky is in the city.

2 City (1990 pop. 64,942), Clark co., SE Nev., in a desert area overlooking Las Vegas and surrounded by mountains; inc. 1953. Limestone is produced and plastic and metal products, foods, transportation equipment, and chemicals are manufactured. Henderson is a center for defense-related industries, specializing in large-volume chemical manufacturing. Hydroelectric power is supplied by Hoover Dam. The city was founded (1942) to provide houses for employees of a magnesium plant. The Southern Nevada Museum is there. Nearby Mt. Charleston and Lake Mead offer recreational activities.

3 City (1990 pop. 15,655), seat of Vance co., N N.C.; settled c.1811, inc. 1841. It is in an agricultural area that produces grain, soybeans, tobacco, poultry, and livestock. Manufactures include apparel, textiles, furniture, metal products, industrial minerals, mobile homes, and foods. Nearby Kerr Reservoir on the Roanoke River offers water sports.

4 City (1990 pop. 11,139), seat of Rusk co., NE Tex.; inc. 1877. It is a prosperous oil and natural-gas city. There is also agriculture (cattle and horses, vegetables, watermelons, nursery crops, timber), manufacturing (furniture, machinery, building materials, wood products), and meat processing. Originally a pinewoods lumbering town, then a cotton center, the city was transformed in 1830 when C. M. Joiner struck the first gusher of the fabulously rich East Texas Oil Field nearby. The site of an Old Shawnee village is in the area.

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Henderson: Population Profile

Henderson: Population Profile

Metropolitan Area Residents

1980: 528,000

1990: 852,737

2000: 1,563,282

Percent change, 19902000: 83.3%

U.S. rank in 1980: 72nd

U.S. rank in 1990: 53rd

U.S. rank in 2000: 32nd

City Residents

1980: 24,363

1990: 62,942

2000: 175,381

2003 estimate: 214,852

Percent change, 19902000: 169.4%

U.S. rank in 2000: 118th (State rank: 2nd)

Density: 2,200.8 people per square mile (2000)

Racial and ethnic characteristics (2000)

White: 148,181

Black or African American: 6,590

American Indian and Alaska Native: 1,236

Asian: 6,983

Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander: 728

Hispanic or Latino (may be of any race): 18,785

Other: 5,549

Percent of residents born in state: 18.7% (2000)

Age characteristics (2000)

Population under 5 years old: 11,939

Population 5 to 9 years old: 12,727

Population 10 to 14 years old: 12,491

Population 15 to 19 years old: 10,788

Population 20 to 24 years old: 9,884

Population 25 to 34 years old: 27,065

Population 35 to 44 years old: 29,937

Population 45 to 54 years old: 25,272

Population 55 to 59 years old: 9,868

Population 60 to 64 years old: 7,632

Population 65 to 74 years old: 11,222

Population 75 to 84 years old: 5,408

Population 85 years and older: 1,148

Median age: 35.9 years

Births (2002, Clark County)

Total number: 23,756

Deaths (2003, Clark County)

Total number: 12,751

Money income (1999)

Per capita income: $26,815

Median household income: $55,949

Total households: 66,555

Number of households with income of . . .

less than $10,000: 2,698

$10,000 to $14,999: 2,265

$15,000 to $24,999: 5,453

$25,000 to $34,999: 7,003

$35,000 to $49,999: 10,996

$50,000 to $74,999: 16,734

$75,000 to $99,999: 9,817

$100,000 to $149,999: 7,322

$150,000 to $199,999: 2,026

$200,000 or more: 2,241

Percent of families below poverty level: 3.9% (27.1% of which were female householder families with related children under 5 years)

2002 FBI Crime Index Total: 81,627 (Las Vegas MSA)

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Henderson

Henderson

Henderson: Introduction
Henderson: Geography and Climate
Henderson: History
Henderson: Population Profile
Henderson: Municipal Government
Henderson: Economy
Henderson: Education and Research
Henderson: Health Care
Henderson: Recreation
Henderson: Convention Facilities
Henderson: Transportation
Henderson: Communications

The City in Brief

Founded: 1941 (incorporated April 16, 1953)

Head Official: Mayor Jim Gibson (D) (since 1997)

City Population

1980: 24,363

1990: 62,942

2000: 175,381

2003 estimate: 214,852

Percent change, 19902000: 169.4%

U.S. rank in 2000: 118th (State rank: 2nd)

Metropolitan Area Population (part of Las Vegas MSA)

1980: 528,000

1990: 852,737

2000: 1,563,282

Percent change, 19902000: 83.3%

U.S. rank in 1980: 72nd

U.S. rank in 1990: 53rd

U.S. rank in 2000: 32nd

Area: 80 square miles (2000)

Elevation: 1,940 feet above sea level

Average Annual Temperature: 68.0° F

Average Annual Precipitation: 4.5 inches of rain

Major Economic Sectors: services, hospitality, retail, goods, government, construction

Unemployment Rate: 4.2% (Las Vegas-Paradise; January 2005)

Per Capita Income: $26,815 (1999)

2002 FBI Crime Index Total: 81,627 (Las Vegas MSA)

Major Colleges and Universities: Nevada State College; University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Community College of Southern Nevada

Daily Newspaper: Las Vegas Review Journal

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Henderson: Transportation

Henderson: Transportation

Approaching the City

McCarran International Airport serves Henderson, Las Vegas, and all of Clark County and southern Nevada. In April 2005 the airport debuted its $125 million expansion, consisting of an 11-gate wing that will allow the airport to handle an additional 3.1 million passengers annually. The 6th busiest airport in the nation, McCarran is served by 44 airlines. The Henderson Executive Airport accommodates private and general aviation aircraft.

Four major highways bring travelers into and out of Henderson: I-15, US 93/95, Highway 146, and the Southern Nevada Beltway (I-215). North-south I-15 links travelers to west to California and east to the East Coast via I-80, I-70, and I-40.

Traveling in the City

Amtrak Thruway provides bus service between Los Angeles, California, and Las Vegas. Greyhound provides bus service to and from nearby Las Vegas with connections throughout the west. The Citizens Area Transit (CAT) provides local bus service throughout Clark County; 305 buses cover 49 routes, providing transportation to nearly 150,000 riders each day.

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Henderson: Convention Facilities

Henderson: Convention Facilities

The Henderson Convention Center offers 10,080 square feet of column-free exhibition space, 3,765 square feet of meeting rooms, and a 500 square foot pre-function area. The center accommodates 1,000 people theater-style, 600 banquet-style, and 450 classroom-style. The Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas opened in 2003 in the new resort development area of Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, offering 33,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. Other hotels with convention facilities in Henderson include The Fiesta-Henderson Hotel Casino, Green Valley Ranch Resort, Hyatt Regency Lake Las Vegas Resort, and Sunset Station Hotel Casino. Citywide, there is more than 100,000 square feet of space available for meetings, conventions, or events; in total, there are 11 hotels in Henderson proper and more than 130 hotels within 15 miles of downtown Henderson.

Convention Information: Henderson Convention and Visitors Bureau, 200 Water Street, Henderson, NV 89009; telephone (702)267-2171; toll-free (877)775-5252; fax (702)267-2177; email info@visithenderson.com

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Henderson: Municipal Government

Henderson: Municipal Government

The city of Henderson received its charter only relatively recently, in 1965. The mayor and city council have legislative power of the city through the charter; the city manager is charged with executive duties and general administration of the city. The mayor and four city councilmen are elected at large on a nonpartisan basis, and councilmen must be from different wards of the city's four wards. Majority vote by the mayor and city council decides on all issues, including land use, business licensing, city ordinances, and city fund expenditures.

Head Official: Mayor Jim Gibson (D) (since 1997; current term expires 2009)

Total Number of City Employees: 2,781 (2005)

City Information: City Hall, 240 Water St., Henderson, NV 89009; telephone (mayor and council) (702)267-2085

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Henderson: Introduction

Henderson: Introduction

Henderson, Nevada was pronounced a "city of destiny" by then-president John F. Kennedy while on a visit to Southern Nevada during his brief time in office. Incorporated during World War II, Henderson became known only 10 years prior when it sprung up from the desert floor as the home of the Basic Magnesium Plant, which supplied the U.S. forces with magnesium for munitions and airplane parts during the war. Post-war, Henderson quieted as the plant closed and out-of-work residents sought greener pastures. Quick thinking and creativity by city leaders and developers brought money and new residents back to Henderson, saving it from "ghost town" status. Now a bustling metropolis making its own name in the shadow of a glittering Las Vegas, Henderson is the second largest city in Nevada.

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Henderson: Geography and Climate

Henderson: Geography and Climate

Henderson sits at the southern rim of the Las Vegas Valley. At an elevation of 1,940 feet above sea level, the city is only 7 miles southeast of Las Vegas and about midway between Las Vegas and Boulder City (home of the Hoover Dam). Residents and visitors enjoy warm weather, with an average temperature of just under 70 degrees most months of the year, low humidity, and very little rain. Winter snows are visible in the mountains, but snow is rare in the city.

Area: 80 square miles (2000)

Elevation: Averages 1,940 feet above sea level

Average Temperatures: January, 44.0° F; July, 88.0° F; annual average, 68.0° F

Average Annual Precipitation: 4.5 inches of rain

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Henderson: Health Care

Henderson: Health Care

St. Rose Dominican Hospitals operates three medical campuses, with the Rose de Lima Campus and the Siena Campus both in Henderson. The third facility, the San Martín Campus in Warm Springs, is slated to open in 2006. Rose de Lima, with 138 beds, offers emergency and surgical services, rehabilitation, obstetrical services, community out-reach, and kidney stone treatment services, among others. Siena opened in 2000 and is a 214-bed acute care facility with pediatrics services, neurosurgery, an open-heart surgery center, emergency department, obstetrics and surgical services, diagnostic imaging, and others. A variety of hospitals and clinics exist in nearby Las Vegas.

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