Paradise is an unincorporated town and census-designated place in the Las Vegas metropolitan area in Clark County, Nevada, United States. The population was 223,167 at the 2010 census. As an unincorporated town, it is governed by the Clark County Commission with input from the Paradise Town Advisory Board.
Paradise contains McCarran International Airport, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and most of the Las Vegas Strip, including well-known hotels such as Caesars Palace, the Bellagio, and the MGM Grand. Therefore, many tourists visiting the Las Vegas area are actually spending most of their time in Paradise, rather than in the City of Las Vegas. Despite this, Paradise remains relatively unknown, since "Paradise, NV" does not appear in postal addresses. The United States Postal Service has assigned "Las Vegas, NV" as the place name for the ZIP codes containing Paradise. Nonetheless, if Paradise were to be incorporated, it would be one of the largest cities in Nevada.
In 1950, mayor Ernie Cragin of Las Vegas, looking to fund an ambitious building agenda and pay down the city's rising debt, sought to expand the city's tax base by annexing the Las Vegas Strip. A group of casino executives, led by Gus Greenbaum of the Flamingo, lobbied the county commissioners for township status, which would prevent the city from annexing the land without the commission's approval. The commission voted to create the unincorporated township of Paradise on December 8, 1950. This was only the beginning of a campaign by the county commission to protect its own authority by limiting the growth of Las Vegas and other cities in the county.
In April 1951 the town of Paradise "A" was founded, followed by a Paradise "B" in January 1952. Paradise "A" was renamed Winchester, Nevada and Paradise "B" was renamed to Paradise, Nevada in 1953.
At the 2000 census, Paradise was the largest unincorporated community in the United States. In terms of population, Paradise had more residents than many major cities.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the census-designated place (CDP) of Paradise (which may not coincide exactly with the town boundaries) has a total area of , all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 186,070 people, 77,209 households, and 43,314 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 3,947.3 people per square mile (1,524.0/km ). There were 85,398 housing units at an average density of 1,811.6 per square mile (699.5/km ). The racial makeup of the CDP was 72.51% White, 6.59% African American, 0.77% Native American, 6.52% Asian, 0.59% Pacific Islander, 8.37% from other races, and 4.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 23.47% of the population.
There were 77,209 households out of which 24.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.7% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.9% were non-families. 31.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.04.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 21.2% under the age of 18, 10.8% from 18 to 24, 33.3% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 109.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.0 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $39,376, and the median income for a family was $46,578. Males had a median income of $31,412 versus $25,898 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $21,258. 11.8% of the population and 8.1% of families were below the poverty line. 15.3% of those under the age of 18 and 7.6% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
Clark County School District serves the Paradise area.
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