Clark County, Nevada

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Clark County is a county located in Southern Nevada. The county had a population of 1,375,765 at the 2000 census, and a 2008 estimated population of 1,996,542,[1] which accounts for over three-quarters of the population of Nevada. It contains the city of Las Vegas, the state's most populous city. Las Vegas has been the county seat since the county was created. The county was formed by the Nevada Legislature by splitting off a portion of Lincoln County on February 5, 1909,[2] and came into existence on July 1, 1909.[3]

Much of the county was originally part of Pah-Ute County, Arizona Territory before Nevada became a state. The county was named for William Andrews Clark, a Montana copper magnate and U.S. Senator. Clark was largely responsible for the construction of the Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad through the area, a factor heavily contributing to the region's early development.

Clark County is also a major tourist destination, with 150,000 hotel and motel rooms. The Las Vegas Strip, home to most of the hotel-casinos known to many around the world, is not located within the City of Las Vegas, but in unincorporated Paradise.

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