Home to UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium, Whitney Nevada is one of the principal suburban communities to the east of Las Vegas. With a population just shy of 24,000 (2010 census), Whitney has enjoyed a gradual neighborhood resurgence over the last several years with businesses slowly recovering economically, and housing projects now being constructed on vacant land.
Other eastern areas of Las Vegas are the resort community of Lake Las Vegas, and the more moderately priced Calico Ridge, both with combined populations of approximately 40,000.
Still further to the southeast, overlooking the 112 mile long Lake Mead (North America’s largest man-made lake), Boulder City plays host to many of the areas most prized water-related activities. Boating, water skiing, fishing, swimming, and sunbathing are just a sampling of what’s available. The area around the lake also has numerous coves with rocky cliffs and isolated sandy beaches perfect for exploring or just escaping from the commotion of everyday life.
Things To Consider: As one of the less expensive communities in the Las Vegas Valley with a cost of living index below the national average, Whitney has many affordable options for prospective residents. Monthly rent averages less than $1,000 with the median home price hovering somewhere between $150,000 and $200,000. The city is also comfortably located directly along interstate 15.
Located approximately 25 miles from the glitter of the Las Vegas Strip (93/95 North to Las Vegas), Boulder City prides itself on maintaining a relaxed, peaceful lifestyle . . . a true oasis in the heart of the desert. Residents enjoy a quaint, small town atmosphere, historic charm and an excellent quality of life with a low crime rate and high quality police and fire services. As of the 2010 Census, the population of the city was just over 15,000 with a very low overall density of 74 people for every square mile, making Boulder City the largest city in Nevada by land area and the 35th largest in the country at 202 total square miles.
Worth noting is the fact that Boulder City is also one of only two cities in the whole of Nevada that prohibit gambling.
Schools: Whitney schools include: Whitney Elementary, Sister Robert Joseph Barry Elementary, Cynthia Cunningham Elementary, Francis Cortney Middle School, and Las Vegas High School just north of the community on E. Sahara Ave.
Four public schools lie within the community of Boulder City, each falling under the jurisdiction of the Clark County School District. Andrew J. Mitchell Elementary School serves grades K through two, Martha P. King Elementary School serves grades three through five, Elton and Madeline Garrett Middle School serves grades six through eight, and Boulder City High School serves grades nine through twelve with an average enrollment of 700-750 students. Boulder City is also home to one non-profit private religious elementary school, Grace Christian Academy, which offers a Christian education for grades kindergarten through six. Additionally, Boulder City houses a small outpost campus of the College of Southern Nevada.
Attractions: Some of the major attractions within the eastern portion of Las Vegas are Royal Links Golf Course, Wildhorse Golf Course and the Tuscany Golf Club in Calico Ridge. Without having to make the quick trek west to the Strip to take in a little gambling, there’s nearby Sam’s Hotel and Gaming Hall along with other assorted gaming stops. Las Vegas Horseback Tours are just west of Boulder Highway and in case horse racing’s your game, be sure to check out Horsemans Park on Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Boulder City claims over 100 different kinds of fun activities to engage in such as stroll the Historic Downtown District (Pearl Street and Mapleton), visit historic Hoover Dam, enjoy the nearby Lake Mead and National Recreation Area (mentioned in the introduction above), or take in a Black Canyon River Raft Tour. There’s also Bootleg Canyon, one of the world's Epic Trails, Nevada Southern Railroad Museum, Alan Bible Botanical Garden, Boulder City Golf Course, Boulder Creek Golf Club, year-round swimming pools and a racquetball complex, tennis courts, ample hiking trails, and a BMX bicycle track. Boulder City offers 36 dining establishments, six spiritual/religious establishments, two parks and playgrounds, national parks, and one casino. Visitors/residents can enjoy a handful of additional entertainment opportunities as well like local skydiving trips, and scenic aerial tours of Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon, all operated out of Boulder City Municipal Airport.
Businesses: Aside from the usual assorted small local community businesses, the major employers in east Las Vegas are: Clark County School District, Eldorado Energy, Bureau of Reclamation, Boulder City Hospital, National Park Service, Rocky Research, City of Boulder City, and Papilion Helicopters. Current statistics put the local unemployment rate at 5% for Boulder City and approaching 13% for Whitney.
3070 S. Nellis Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89121
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