Laughlin, Nevada

Laughlin, Nevada
Laughlin at night, from the Arizona side of the Colorado River

Laughlin is a Census Designated Place that is governed by a town council appointed by the Clark County Board of Commissioners. Back in 1964, Don Laughlin, the operator of the 101 Club in Las Vegas, bought what was then called South Pointe: the whole southern tip of Nevada. He built an eight room motel (his own family occupied 4 of the rooms) and installed 2 gaming tables and 12 slot machines. He also offered guests all-you-can-eat chicken dinners for $0.98. From that humble beginning grew what is now the 3rd most visited resort and casino center in Nevada. Laughlin himself wanted to call the place Riverside but the Post Office chose Laughlin and that name stuck. The city has opted to advertise itself as a more family-oriented center than Las Vegas or Reno and has put greater emphasis on developing family and outdoor activities in the area. Across the Colorado River is Bulhead City, AZ, with 4 times the population and home to many of the workers in Laughlin.

The Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area begins at the southern limit of Laughlin.

Laughlin, Nevada
A view of Laughlin from Spirit Mountain Wilderness to the northwest
Hot air balloons over Laughlin
Fast Facts about Laughlin, Nevada
Laughlin, Clark County, NV 89028, 89029
Elevation: 558'
Latitude: 35.1415°N
Longitude: 114.6185°W
Resident Racial Breakdown:
White Non-Hispanic: 82.4%
Hispanic: 10.6%
African-American: 2.8%
Native American: 1.4%
Other: 2.7%
Two or More Races: 2.3%
Korean: 1.1%
High School or Higher: 81.3%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 10.6%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 2.0%
2009 Estimates:
Population: 9,337
Males: 4,614
Females: 4,723
Median Resident Age: 46.5 Years
Estimated Median Household Income: $46,872
Estimated Median Home Value: $242,083
Population Density: 106 People per Square Mile
2009 Cost of Living Index for Laughlin: 91.8
Major Industries:
Entertainment & Recreation, Lodging & Food Services, Educational Services, Construction, Retail Services, Utilities, Finance & Insurance Services, Real Estate Services, Government, Health Care, Broadcasting & Telecommunications
Unemployed: 2.9% logo
Photos of Laughlin at night and with hot air balloons courtesy of the Nevada Commission on Tourism.
Photo of Laughlin from Spirit Mountain courtesy of Stan Shebs, CCA ShareAlike 3.0 License.
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