By Fred Halstied

LAS VEGAS (KXNT) – If you hate the vehicle and pedestrian traffic in Las Vegas or the numerous construction projects, then brace yourself for even more of it all.

Recent Census figures show Nevada’s largest county is getting more crowded. The Census Bureau said Clark County welcomed nearly 47,000 new residents between July 2015 and July 2016.

It’s the third-highest number of new arrivals in the nation after Arizona’s Maricopa County and Harris County in Texas, which includes the Houston area. The Las Vegas Valley is the 14th fastest-growing metro area by number and 25th by percentage.

The state Demographer’s Office predicts Nevada will be home to 3 million people by July 2018.

Demographer Jeff Hardcastle said the Silver State is benefiting from what he calls a “natural increase” with migration from other states playing less of a role.


  1. Immigrant families grow much faster than non-immigrant families not only here but across the nation and in Europe. Recent reports in various EU media report the same phenomenon, that non-immigrant parents have a negative birth rate while immigrant populations have a much higher birth rate that more than offsets for that negative rate.
    Nevada and particularly Clark County have high immigrant populations which not only increase but have high birth rates compared to non-immigrant Nevadans. Other States like North Carolina and others are reporting the same exact population trends.
    For better or worse, in two decades America will no longer resemble what todays adults remember from their childhoods just as preceding generations found the same to be true.

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