More people are betting on Las Vegas for jobs and affordable housing than any other metropolitan area in the country.
The Census Bureau reports that the area around the neon-washed center of America’s gambling industry grew fastest in the nation between 1990 and 1994 - jumping 26 percent in population, to more than 1 million.
The Census Bureau, as it does every two years, released population totals Monday for the nation’s 271 metropolitan areas and its more than 36,000 cities, towns and places.
Overall metropolitan-area population increased by 9.6 million, or 4.9 percent, and the areas were home to nearly 80 percent of U.S. residents. Population growth outside these areas was 2 million, or 3.9 percent.
The Las Vegas metro area’s population climbed from 852,646 to 1,076,267.