With 5,000 people moving here each month, somebody had to spill the beans!

Clark County’s Population Drops During the Past Year

In Business Las Vegas reports in this week’s edition that Clark County’s population “dropped during the past year after decades as one of America’s fastest growing counties”.

So much for our tagline.

In the last year, the county lost about 10,000 people.  Most folks believe this is the first drop in population in nearly 40 years.

Here’s the data (according to the Clark County Comprehensive Planning Department):


2008 1,986,146
2007 1,996,542
2006 1,912,654
2005 1,815,700
2004 1,747,025
2003 1,641,529
2002 1,578,332
2001 1,498,279
2000 1,428,690
1999 1,321,312
1998 1,246,193

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One Response to “Clark County’s Population Drops During the Past Year”

  1. Ted Newkirk
    November 22nd, 2008 6:22 pm

    I think history will look back at this as one of the best things that ever happened to Las Vegas. The city got way to hot (popular) around 2002 through 2006.

    A zillion reality shows and constant Access Hollywood and TMZ type coverage brought in a couple hundred thousand carpetbaggers who had no love or respect for what is Las Vegas and who really thought that the kind of money flowing around town the past few years was the norm!

    These “here today, gone later today” people are finally leaving, and good riddance. They literally just about screwed up and destroyed a good thing. The long-time regulars who visit 3-6 times a year and Europeans who visit once or twice a year (both are the lifeblood of our tourism economy) were getting sick of the “new” Las Vegas.

    Side Note: Soft tourism numbers are being blamed on the soft economy, but I have far more people saying they aren’t visiting as much because of the reasons cited above than those complaining that they simply can’t afford to visit. At the end of the day, a Vegas vacation is still pretty cheap.

    Am I affected by some of the economic brunt? Yes. Just as I was after 9/11. (Granted, I make money hand over fist during the booms, so it all evens out). Do I mind, knowing that it is flushing the town clean of people who should have never moved here in the first place? Not at all. Small price to pay.

    18-24 months from now, most everyone living here will once again be people who moved here and are living here for the right reasons: Enjoying and embracing Las Vegas, the area, the live-and-let-live lifestyle.

    Those who could live anywhere and specifically choose Las Vegas, are proud of Las Vegas, don’t bitch about it, and don’t want to change it.

    To the carpetbaggers who only moved here to cash in on the boom and are now going bust: Don’t let the door hit your a** on the way out, and don’t come back!

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