Boulder City, Nevada

Boulder City, Nevada

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Boulder City is a city in Clark County, Nevada, United States. It is approximately 20 miles from the City of Las Vegas. As of the 2000 census the population was 14,966, with a 2006 estimated population of 15,005.


Boulder City was originally built in 1932 by the Bureau of Reclamation as housing for workers who were building Hoover Dam (the original name of the dam was Boulder Dam). It was designed by landscape architect Saco Rienk DeBoer. Alcohol sales, membership in unions and all forms of gambling were prohibited in the city. The Bureau did not relinquish control of the city until 1958. Boulder City was officially incorporated on January 4, 1960, and the city council selected pharmacist Robert N. Broadbent as the first mayor.

The city charter, approved by the residents, prohibited gambling within the city limits. This provision still exists, making Boulder City one of only two locations in Nevada where gambling is illegal (The other is Panaca). The Hacienda Hotel and Casino, which has a Boulder City mailing address, is officially located on a parcel of private land within the boundaries of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and is not officially within city limits.

Alcohol sales were permitted in 1969.


Boulder City is located at coor dms|35|56|24|N|114|53|8|W|city (35.940127, -114.885443)GR|1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 202.7 square miles (524.9 km²), of which, 202.6 square miles (524.8 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.01%) is water. This ranks Boulder City as the largest city in Nevada by land area and 35th in the country, but gives it a low density rate of only about 78 people per square mile.

Boulder City maintains strict controls on growth, limited to 120 building permits per year. Hotels are also restricted to no more than 35 rooms. These restrictions are defined in the [ city code] Chapter 11, Section 41.


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 14,966 people, 6,385 households, and 4,277 families residing in the city. The population density was 73.9 people per square mile (28.5/km²). There were 6,979 housing units at an average density of 34.4/sq mi (13.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.54% White, 0.71% African American, 0.72% Native American, 0.71% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 1.27% from other races, and 1.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.34% of the population.

There were 6,385 households out of which 23.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.8% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.0% were non-families. 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.79.

In the city the population was spread out with 20.4% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 21.3% from 25 to 44, 29.3% from 45 to 64, and 23.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females there were 97.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $50,523, and the median income for a family was $60,641. Males had a median income of $42,041 versus $30,385 for females. The per capita income for the city was $29,770. About 4.7% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.4% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.

Government and Politics

The City of Boulder City is a special charter municipality which operates under the council-manager form of government. The City Council comprises five members, including the Mayor, who acts as presiding officer for City Council meetings. The City Manager is appointed by the City Council and executes the policies and directives of the City Council. The most ironic feature of political life in Boulder City is that the current mayor, Roger Tobler, is a libertarian, and yet the town was created by the national government.


Boulder City has the most advanced Flight line system in the world, two municipal golf courses, a city pool, racquetball complex, lighted tennis courts, athletic fields, BMX bicycle track, ample mountain hiking trails, and is only a few miles away from Lake Mead. Nevada's first municipal airport is still in operation today, accommodating private planes, skydiving trips, and scenic aerial tours of Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon.


Boulder City's four public schools fall under the jurisdiction of the Clark County School District. Boulder City High School serves grades nine through 12 and has an average enrollment of 700-750 students. Garrett Middle School serves grades six through eight, Martha P. King Elementary School serves grades three through five, and Mitchell Elementary School serves grades K through two. [" [ 2008-09 Elementary School - Southeastern Attendance Boundaries] ." "Clark County School District". Accessed September 28, 2008.] [" [ 2008-09 Middle School - Northern Attendance Boundaries] ." "Clark County School District". Accessed September 28, 2008.] [" [ 2008-09 High School - Southern Attendance Boundaries] ." "Clark County School District". Accessed September 28, 2008.]

Boulder City also houses a small, satellite campus of the College of Southern Nevada.

Hoover Dam in marketing

The proximity of Hoover Dam to Boulder City is reflected in many of the businesses in the historic Downtown district, which is home to the Boulder Dam Hotel, home of the Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum (the hotel is named after the dam's former name). The Boulder City Chamber of Commerce has used the slogan "Best City By A Dam Site" in promotions, and the city hosts an annual festival of short subject films dubbed "The Dam Short Film Festival".


*Boulder City Hospital

Points of interest

* Alan Bible Botanical Garden
* Hoover Dam
* Lake Mead
* Bootleg Canyon
* Bootleg Canyon Flightlines

Notable residents

May 1998 "Playboy" playmate Deanna Brooks was born in Boulder City in April 1974.

Boulder City residents Desi Arnaz, Jr. and his wife Amy are the owners of the Boulder Theatre, a former cinema converted into a live theatre, which is home to the Boulder City Ballet Company [] .

Paul C. Fisher and his Fisher Space Pen company are located in Boulder City.

External links

* [ Official Boulder City website]
*wikitravel|Boulder City
* [ Dam Short Film Society] (Boulder City Film Festival)
* [ Boulder City News]
* [ Boulder City Flightlines-ZipLines]


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