Clark County is all that, county spokesperson says

the great county of Clark
All the stars are in the UC
the great county of Clark
All the stars are in the UC

“It’s that time of year,” writes Clark County Public Information Officer Erik Pappa, “when I send out my annual note to the news media about Clark County.”

Well, there has been a lot of turnover in the media in the last year, and even some new organizations altogether (you’re reading one now). So a note “about Clark County” isn’t a bad idea.

And Clark County, as it turns out, is a jurisdiction of monumental significance.

Referencing a map showing the county’s boundaries, Pappa writes:

As you can see, large swaths of the valley are NOT in any city but rather in unincorporated Clark County, including the entire Las Vegas Strip (defined as Sahara Avenue south to the Welcome sign), the Welcome to Las Vegas sign, the Las Vegas Convention Center, UNLV and its Thomas & Mack Center, McCarran International Airport, Sam Boyd Stadium, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Chinatown, T-Mobile Arena (home of the Vegas Golden Knights), Mandalay Bay (home of the WNBA Las Vegas Stars), the Raiders football stadium, Wet ‘n’ Wild, Downtown Summerlin (home of Las Vegas Ballpark & the Las Vegas 51s baseball team as well as the home of the Vegas Golden Knights practice facility, City National Arena), and much more.

Unincorporated Clark County also has a million people — “We have, for instance, 50 percent more people than the City of Las Vegas (648,000),” Pappa wrote. “If the unincorporated County were a city, it would be the largest in the state by far.”

Looks like “the unincorporated County” is the big cheese. Maybe everyone should start calling it “the UC.”

So to recap, Las Vegas is teeny tiny town that doesn’t even have the real Welcome to Las Vegas sign, and Clark County is the bomb. Good to know.

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.


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