The reason you cannot get real numbers out of Las Vegas is because everyone, and I mean everyone, is in on the scam. This is because Las Vegas is a single industry town; tourism. Sure, Las Vegas has a core industry of being a rail road stop, however, Las Vegans have become comfortable living beyond their cities means.
Las Vegas has always had the worst education system in the nation. The public transit system is essentially useless, unless you live on Flamingo or Tropicana and you work at a casino.
Las Vegas has broken mental health system. Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas has been investigated by federal investigators for the mistreatment of psychiatric patients. It got so bad, the feds actually closed one of their clinic in 2014. The way it works in Las Vegas is there is no health care for mental patients. That's why there are so many homeless people roaming the streets. It got so bad, that the Las Vegas City Council voted to approve a law that would ban homelessness. To circumvent the U.S. Constitution's 8th Amendment, the city council constructed a bill that would make an exception if there are no beds in the shelters available. The shelters in Las Vegas will not house anyone who is visibly intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. Therefore, when the mentally ill get kicked onto the streets by the the hospitals they almost immediately get arrested, unless they can get into a shelter. The problem is that 99% of the mentally ill in Las Vegas also suffer from substance abuse, This impossible contingency was constructed by Mayor Goodman and passed but by city council in 2019.
Clark County is on the hook for $750,000,000 stadium is the casinos cannot pay the minimum hotel tax. Anyone working for the government in Clark County; cops, teachers, fire fighters, DMV employees, road workers, DOT, etc; will be affected by the casinos not meeting the minimum reserve payments of $16 million every six months for 25 years or so. The last two times, the County needed to dip into the Allegiant stadium reserves.
Those are just three items of infrastructure off the top of my head that no one in the county is concerned about. The metrics the local use to determine is their city is thriving are:
I mention Ikea and Dave & Busters because Las Vegas did not have those when the Jedi first moved to Las Vegas in 2013. I remember seeing John Heck on Fox-5 Las Vegas doing report after report on the new Dave & Busters before the Dave & Busters was built. He said. "Now that Las Vegas has exceeding 2 million people, we can get our very Dave & Busters and maybe even an Ikea next." Sure enough, in 2016, Las Vegas got their first Ikea. Oh, the new locals were so pleased. About the locals...
There Are Two Types of Locals: Las Vegas locals and California Transplants.
There are two type