Henderson is a city in
County, Nevada, United States within the Las Vegas metropolitan
It is the second largest city in Nevada, after Las
Vegas, with an estimated population of 252,064 in the 2008 Census Bureau
. It occupies the
southeast end of the Las Vegas
at an elevation of approximately .
The city received its charter from the State Legislature in 1953
establishing a Council/Manager form of government. Current City
- Andy A. Hafen, Mayor
- Mark T. Calhoun, City Manager
- Elizabeth Macias Quillin, City Attorney (appointed)
- Monica Martinez Simmons, City Clerk (appointed)
- Gerri Schroder, Councilwoman, Ward I
- Kathleen Boutin, Councilman, Ward II
- Jack K. Clark, Councilman, Ward III
- Steven D. Kirk, Councilman, Ward IV
Henderson is located at (36.03972, -114.98111).
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the city has a total area of
79.7 square miles (206.4 km²), all land.
As of 2006, according to the city, the city measured
94.5 square miles (244.7 km²).
The mountains that surround Henderson mostly have gentle slopes.
Range is the range closest to the city and most of this
range is covered by black rocks from a volcanic explosion millions
of years ago.
These mountains reach an average height of
about . The landscape consists of desert with barely any water. The
only water that is in the city is from washes like Duck
According to the 2000 census
, there were
175,381 people, 66,331 households, and 47,095 families residing in
the city. The population density
was 2,200.8 people per square mile (849.7/km²). There were 71,149
housing units at an average density of 892.8/sq mi
(344.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 80.49% White
, 3.76% African American
, 0.42% Pacific
, 3.16% from other races
, and 3.49% from two
or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 13.71%
of the population.
There were 66,331 households out of which 33.0% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 56.4% were married couples
living together, 10.0% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 29.0% were non-families.
20.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.0% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.05.
In the city the population was 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 were 65 years of age or older. The median age for
the city was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 98.4 males.
For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $55,949, and the
median income for a family was $61,176. The per capita income
for the city was
$26,815. About 3.9% of families and 5.6% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 6.4%
of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over.
The city is served by Citizens
(CAT) with its network of bus routes which run
throughout the Las Vegas
is served by four major highways: Boulder Highway (State Route 582), which is the main
thoroughfare connecting with Las Vegas and Boulder City; Lake Mead Parkway
(State Route 564); Interstate 515 and Interstate 215. State Route 146, also known as Saint
Rose Parkway, connects Interstate
15 near Sloan with
Interstate 215 in Green Valley.
This stretch is formerly a
part of Lake Mead Parkway which is a direct link to Henderson for
motorists traveling in and out of Southern California
is home for the Henderson Executive Airport. The main airport for the metropolitan area is
International Airport, located northwest of the city.
Street numbering is different within the city of Henderson than
with the rest of the Las Vegas Valley. The center of Henderson lies
within the intersection of Water Street and Lake Mead Parkway. The
Henderson Police Department for years referred to Lake Mead Parkway
(and its former name Lake Mead Drive) as "146", while Boulder
Highway is often referred as "93", its former highway
Henderson is linked with one railroad line, which is the Henderson
spur of the Union Pacific
. This line originally ended in Boulder City, but the
southern terminus was later moved to near the vicinity of the
"Interstate 215/Interstate 515 interchange".
The City of Henderson celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2003. The
township of Henderson emerged in the 1940s to supply the country
with magnesium, the "miracle metal" of World War II. Although "born
in America's defense," Henderson's future after the war was
uncertain until April 16, 1953 when city incorporation papers were
Henderson was "born in America's defense" ten years prior to its
incorporation during World War II with the building of the Basic
Magnesium Plant. The plant supplied the US War Department with
magnesium for incendiary munition casings and airplane engines,
frames, and other parts. Mayor Jim Gibson's grandfather, Fred D.
Gibson, was one of the original engineers sent to Great Britain to
learn the secret of creating the "miracle metal" which would
eventually help the United States and the allies win the
war.However, in 1947, magnesium production was no longer necessary
for defense and most of the 14,000 BMI employees moved away.
Enrollment in the school system was reduced by two thirds and well
over half the townsite houses, built to house plant workers, went
vacant. In 1947 the United States War Asset Administration actually
offered Henderson for sale as war surplus property.
In an effort to save the city, the Nevada Legislature spent a
weekend visiting Henderson evaluating the possibility of state
administration of Basic Magnesium. Within days of the visit, the
legislators unanimously approved a bill giving the Colorado River
Commission of Nevada the authority to purchase the industrial
plants. Governor Vail Pittman signed the Bill on March 27, 1947,
helping save Henderson from becoming war surplus property.
With the help of local industry, the City of Henderson, Nevada, 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 in size, the City quickly
began to grow and flourish. Today, the City of Henderson has grown
to and is the second largest city in Nevada. The city's official
slogan "Henderson—a Place to Call Home" reflects a community that
enjoys small town values while benefiting from big city
An increasing number of major shopping malls, movie theater
complexes, restaurants and casino resorts offer residents a variety
of choices for leisure time in Henderson. The city also borders
Las Vegas and is not too far from the world-famous Las Vegas Strip.
"Shakespeare in the Park" celebrated its
tenth anniversary in 1996, a testament to Henderson's long standing
support for the arts and cultural programs. The City also boasts
the largest recreational facility – the Multigenerational Facility
at Liberty Pointe – in Nevada as well as Nevada's only scenic Bird
Preserve. The city supports a variety of other cultural events as
well, many of which are held at the outdoor amphitheater, the
largest one of its kind in Nevada.
is located just a few miles from McCarran International Airport;
Executive Airport, recently acquired by Clark County, is planned for
major renovation and development as a reliever airport to
Master-planned residential areas include
Anthem, Anthem Country Club, Black Mountain Vistas, Calico Ridge,
Champion Village, Green
Valley Ranch, Inspirada, Lake Las Vegas, MacDonald Highlands, MacDonald Ranch, Madeira
Canyon, Seven Hills, Sun City
Anthem, Sun City MacDonald Ranch, Tuscany Residential Village, and
Rocket fuel factory fire
the PEPCON rocket fuel
factory became engulfed in fire.
There were multiple
explosions, some measuring over 3 on the Richter
earthquake scale. Two people
were killed. The explosion spurred the development of Henderson
from industrial to the largely residential area it is today. There
are no signs of the Pepcon explosion today, and the site now
consists mostly of office buildings.
The 20th Best Place to Live
In 2006, Money
Henderson 20th in its annual list of the top 100 places to live in
One of the Most Walkable Cities
Prevention magazine tapped Henderson
in 2007 as the sixth best walking city in America ahead of San Diego,
California and just behind Seattle, Washington.
Henderson has more than of trails.
- Henderson, like its larger neighbor Las
Vegas, is frequently featured on the TV drama, "CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation" as the location of residence of a victim or
other person of interest, although the majority of the show's
filming takes place in California.
- The "Real CSI" documentary featured the Henderson Police
Department (HPD) Crime Scene Analysts/Investigators.
- The classic scene in the James Bond
film Diamonds Are
Forever in which Bond (portrayed by Sean Connery) nearly gets cremated alive was
filmed at Palm Mortuary's Henderson location. Later in the movie he
is dumped into a pipeline. The scene is near Trailer Estates on
Lake Mead Blvd. The construction office for the Lake Mead to Las
Vegas Water pipeline was located there during the building of the
pipeline and the filming of the movie.
Sweethearts, starring Julia Roberts and John Cusack,
featured many scenes filmed at Lake Las Vegas.
Henderson is served by two major daily newspapers, the Las Vegas Review-Journal
Las Vegas Sun
(they are both
distributed together). There is also the weekly Henderson Home News
, and the Henderson/Green Valley View
Fox Television affiliate KVVU is licensed
to broadcast from Henderson.
- Tony Curtis, actor
- Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, motivational
speaker link title
- Brandon Flowers,
The Killers vocalist
- Janet Jackson, singer
- Gladys Knight, singer
- Toni Braxton, singer/actress/vegas
- Nancy Walton
Laurie, daughter of Wal-Mart co-founder James "Bud"
- Mike Matusow, professional poker player
- Pierre Omidyar, eBay founder
- Flavor Flav, rapper
- Marie Osmond,
- Wanderlei Silva, mixed martial
- Josh Towbin, car salesman featured
in King of Cars
- Hunter and Michael Tylo, actors
- David Sklansky, professional
- Celine Dion, singer
- Jonathan Ogden, former Baltimore
Ravens Pro Bowler
- Smokey Robinson, singer
- Jason Giambi, Colorado Rockies first baseman
- Sheena Easton, Pop Singer
- Mike Durbin, former professional
ten-pin bowler and PBA Hall of
- Alex DeLeon and Cash Colligan, vocalist and bassist of pop punk
band The Cab
The Clark County School
provides elementary and secondary public education.
Henderson is the location for 29 elementary schools, nine middle
schools, and nine high schools. Five of the nine high schools are
public schools. A tenth high school, Silverado High School,
also serves parts of Henderson but is located in the unincorporated
area of Clark County (Paradise).
Colleges and universities
Henderson is home to several colleges and universities.
Touro University Nevada, a
private Jewish university related to Touro College in New York City. Another is Nevada State College, a baccalaureate college in the Nevada System of Higher
The University of Southern Nevada
a private university which awards degrees in nursing, pharmacy, and
business, is located in Henderson. The College of Southern Nevada, a
community college based in Las Vegas, maintains a branch campus in Henderson.
California's National University
also maintains a campus in the city.
Several for-profit colleges also operate in the city, including
The Art Institute of Las
, Las Vegas College
the Nevada branch of the ITT
Points of interest
- Lelande Quick, Miracle Metal from Nevada Hills, Desert Magazine, June 1944, pages 10-13
- MONEY Magazine: Best places to live 2006:
Henderson, NV snapshot
- Top 100 Best Walker-Friendly Cities -
- Craig McLean talks to the Killers' singer Brandon
Flowers | | guardian.co.uk Arts
- Las Vegas Business Press :: News : Inspirada brings
'New Urbanism' feel to Henderson community
- Media Info Center
- 72os.com - Poker League, Poker Community - David
Sklansky - Player Profile