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Henderson, Nevada

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Henderson is the fastest-growing large city (over 150,000 pop.) in the United States. Henderson is located in Clark County five miles southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 175,381. This number soon rose to 206,153, according to a July 1, 2002 Census estimate.


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History

In 1943, during World War II, the Basic Magnesium Plant (BMI) was constructed in the desert southeast of the City of Las Vegas, NV to help process magnesium for the war effort. In addition to the plant, a townsite was constructed to house and provide services to the workers and their families. By 1947, production of magnesium was no longer necessary, therefore, the 14,000 employees of the BMI moved away from the area. In 1947 the United States War Asset Administration offered the townsite for sale as surplus. The Nevada Legislature visited the site and determined that they wanted to save it and put forth an effort to purchase the property, which the state did on on March 27, 1947.

The City of Henderson was officially incorporated on April 16, 1953. On May 23, 1953, Henderson, with its population of 7,410, elected Dr. Jim French as the town’s first Mayor.

Originally about 13 square miles in size, the City quickly began to grow and flourish. Today, the City of Henderson has grown to more than 94.5 square miles (which includes the communities of Green Valley and Seven Hills) and is the second largest city in Nevada and one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.

City Government

The city received its charter from the State Legislature in 1965 establishing a Council/Manager form of government.

  • Current City Leadership is as follows:
  • James B. Gibson, Mayor
  • Philip D. Speight, City Manager (appointed)
  • Shauna M. Hughes, City Attorney (appointed)
  • Monica Martinez Simmons, City Clerk (appointed)
  • Amanda M. Cyphers, Councilman, Ward I
  • Andy A. Hafen, Councilman, Ward II
  • Jack K. Clark, Councilman, Ward III
  • Steven D. Kirk, Councilman, Ward IV
    • Henderson City Hall is located on 240 Water, Henderson, NV 89009

Henderson is home to Nevada State College.

Geography

Location of Henderson, Nevada
Henderson is located at 36°1'45" North, 115°1'31" West (36.029249, -115.025286)Template:GR.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 206.4 km² (79.7 mi²). 206.4 km² (79.7 mi²) of it is land and none of it is covered by water.

Demographics

As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, there are 175,381 people, 66,331 households, and 47,095 families residing in the city. The population density is 849.7/km² (2,200.8/mi²). There are 71,149 housing units at an average density of 344.7/km² (892.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 84.49% White, 3.76% African American, 0.70% Native American, 3.98% Asian, 0.42% Pacific Islander, 3.16% from other races, and 3.49% from two or more races. 10.71% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 66,331 households out of which 33.0% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.4% are married couples living together, 10.0% have a female householder with no husband present, and 29.0% are non-families. 20.3% of all households are made up of individuals and 5.0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.63 and the average family size is 3.05.

In the city the population is spread out with 25.1% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 32.5% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 10.1% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 98.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 96.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $55,949, and the median income for a family is $61,176. Males have a median income of $42,263 versus $30,483 for females. The per capita income for the city is $26,815. 5.6% of the population and 3.9% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 6.4% of those under the age of 18 and 4.7% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.


Nevada Flag of Nevada
Regions: Great Basin | Mojave Desert | Lake Tahoe | Las Vegas Valley
Largest cities: Carson City | Henderson | Las Vegas | North Las Vegas | Reno | Sparks
Counties: Churchill | Clark | Douglas | Elko | Esmeralda | Eureka | Humboldt | Lander | Lincoln | Lyon | Mineral | Nye | Pershing | Storey | Washoe | White Pine


External links

City of Henderson, Nevada (http://www.cityofhenderson.com/index.php)

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