Las Vegas Metropolitan Area
(Courtesy of Las Vegas News Bureau)
2000 Population: 1.39 million
2009 Population: 1.9 million
Percent growth 2000-2009: 36.5 percent
Las Vegas saw huge gains early in the decade due to a robust economy that fueled gaming, tourism, and construction, but when the recession hit, Las Vegas's growth stalled. Still, the area saw the most growth of any metropolitan area during the 2000s, with North Las Vegas's population essentially doubling. In 2007, Hispanics made up 28 percent of the county, up from 22 percent in 2000. The Vegas metro area has one of the highest foreclosure rates and one of the largest inventories of vacant homes in the country.