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Land in Clark County, Nevada—The Silver State—Is Your Golden Opportunity

Perhaps one of the most famous (or infamous) counties in the West, Clark County, Nevada, home to Sin City, is worth so much more than a weekend visit to the Las Vegas Strip. In a county full of mountains, valleys, large waterways, and compelling desert landscapes, Clark County is so much more than just a game of chance. Because as those who’ve purchased land here will tell you, closing the deal on land in Clark County feels a little like hitting the jackpot.

History of Clark County Nevada

Nevada History

Clark County, Nevada and the Past 10,000 Years

The story of the land we now call Clark County in the State of Nevada begins sometime around 10,000 years ago. Or at least that’s the time period that all of the archaeological evidence that's been uncovered in the Tule Springs Preserve dates the human artifacts to.

The evidence suggests that humans were present in the Las Vegas Valley as early as 600 CE, and the area was an important travel corridor for the Anasazi, Yuman, and Southern Paiute peoples. The Southern Paiute considered the Las Vegas Valley and southern Nevada as their sacred lands.

Some of the first non-Indigenous people to visit this area of Nevada were explorers, fur trappers, and traders. They traveled overland, many along the Spanish Trail from Santa Fe to Los Angeles.

By 1855, settlers of the Mormon Church had come to the area from Utah, attempting to establish a halfway outpost between their settlements in Salt Lake City and the City of Los Angeles.

They weren’t entirely successful at first. They built a 150-square-foot fort that they later abandoned because life in this uncharted desert landscape proved to be unforgiving without any established infrastructure. Water always was—and is still is—a concern in this desolate desert landscape.

The popularity of the area continued to grow, however, despite the hardships, and enterprising pioneers with governmental support fueled by the American Westward Expansion reinvigorated the colonization of the area. Efforts to irrigate the desert were picked up where the Mormons had left off.

By 1902, the region had the eye of railroad barons, and the San Pedro, Los Angeles, and Salt Lake railroads began to stretch across the land in Clark County. This drew even more settlers, farmers specifically, who were keen to make a better life for their families by cultivating the desert with water that was being piped throughout the area from wells.

An area that would eventually become the massive City of Las Vegas became an important water stop for railroads, wagon trains, and those en route to California to strike it rich with gold. The Las Vegas Valley and all of Clark County continued to grow and haven’t stopped since the county’s official dedication in 1909.

The creation of Hoover Dam in the 1930s also helped to fuel Clark County’s (and Sin City’s) massive growth. The incredible dam project swelled the town of Boulder City by more than 20,000, and this large influx of predominantly male workers was the catalyst for large-scale entertainment. Clark County details that the creation of showgirl performances and casinos can be attributed to Las Vegas business owners—and also the Mafia crime lords.

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Clark County Namesake

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Senator William Andrews Clark
Montana Senator and copper magnate, William Andrews Clark, was quite influential in the growth of the Las Vegas Valley and surrounding areas. His influence was so important to the region that the newly-created Clark County was named after him after it split off from Lincoln County in the southern portion of the state of Nevada.

With the help of Utah Senator Thomas Kearns, Clark’s main influence was bringing the railroad to the area, an important turn of events that launched the Las Vegas area into a boomtown.

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Perhaps one of the most famous (or infamous) counties in the West, Clark County, Nevada, home to Sin City, is worth so much more than a weekend visit to the Las Vegas Strip. In a county full of mountains, valleys, large waterways, and compelling desert landscapes, Clark County is so much more than just a game of chance. Because as those who’ve purchased land here will tell you, closing the deal on land in Clark County feels a little like hitting the jackpot.

Clark County, NV Demographics

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Land in Clark County is abundant. The county measures nearly 8,000 square miles, with a density of 247 people per square mile. Almost 2.3 million people call Clark County home, making it the most populous county in the State of Nevada, and the 11th most populous county in all of the United States.

Interestingly, the county comprises only 7% of Nevada’s total land area, yet a whopping 74% of all of the residents in the state live there. This gives Nevada the title of one of the U.S.’ most centralized states.

We’ll give you one guess who the largest employers are in Clark County… If you said “the casinos” then you hedged your winning bets carefully. Here in Clark County, the casinos that line the Las Vegas Strip, (and others that are located farther afield) employ roughly 165,000 people, almost 17% of the region’s total employment (pre-pandemic figures). Additionally, in casino-adjacent and tourism-related fields, another 70,000 folks found jobs that were directly supported by the county’s massive tourism revenue.

Land for sale in the uber-urban core of the county is likely only within the grasp of large-scale developers. But, in the more rural areas, outside of the hustle and bustle, land in Clark County, Nevada can be acquired by regular folks. Those looking to put down roots for their families, or to realize their ranching dreams, or even to buy a parcel for hunting or recreation will love Clark County.

Land Watch, a popular land listing website, says Clark County, Nevada ranks 12th among the state’s 17 counties in land for sale. Through a combination of rural properties for sale in Clark County, ranches for sale in Clark County, and hunting land for sale in Clark County, there’s about a billion dollars of land up for grabs—spanning a total land area of 2,974 acres of Clark County property.

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Why should you buy land in Clark County, NV?


Why Clark County, Nevada
Why land in Clark County? Well, why land anywhere? Land is land, and whether it is raw, slightly improved, or heavily developed, purchasing land is a purchasing possibility. If you are one of those who are delighted by desert landscapes, then Clark County is right for you. Who wouldn’t want to be in a beautiful valley surrounded by mountain ranges for neighbors? We are hard-pressed to think of anyone…


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Buying land in Clark County is not a quick game of chance. It's part of a longer strategy where a minimal investment in land wins big in the end. The House isn’t going to take all of your money here unless, of course, you planned it that way while building your dream home.


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