- Laughlin, Nevada
official_name = Laughlin, Nevada
settlement_type = CDP
image_caption = Laughlin at night, with the Colorado River in foreground
mapsize = 250px
map_caption = Location of Laughlin in Clark County,
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 231.8
area_land_km2 = 228.2
area_water_km2 = 3.6
area_total_sq_mi = 89.5
area_land_sq_mi = 88.1
area_water_sq_mi = 1.4
area_water_percent = 1.55
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 7076
population_density_km2 = 37.2
population_density_sq_mi = 96.4
timezone = PST
utc_offset = -8
timezone_DST = PDT
utc_offset_DST = -7
latd = 35 |latm = 8 |lats = 30 |latNS = N
longd = 114 |longm = 37 |longs = 7 |longEW = W
elevation_m = 170
elevation_ft = 558
postal_code = 89028-89029
area_code = 702
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 32-41000
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 0856066
Laughlin is a
census-designated place(CDP) in Clark County, Nevada, United States. As of the 2000 census, the population was 7,076. Laughlin is a port located on the Colorado River 94 miles (152.3 km) south of Las Vegas. Directly across the river from Laughlin is Bullhead City, Arizona, which has four times the population of Laughlin (approximately 39,000) and supplies much of the workforce.
Laughlin's name comes from Don Laughlin who bought the southern tip of Nevada in 1964 (informally called South Pointe). Laughlin operated the 101 Club in Las Vegas. He opened what would become the Riverside Resort which offered all-you-can-eat chicken dinners for 98 cents, 12 slot machines and two live gaming tables, and 8 motel rooms -- 4 of which were occupied by Don Laughlin's family. Laughlin wanted to call the community "Riverside" or "Casino" but the Post Office opted for Laughlin instead. [http://www.a2zlasvegas.com/hotels/laughlin/histlaug.html]
Officially, Laughlin is not incorporated as a municipality. It is governed by the Clark County Board of Commissioners, which receives advice from the appointed Laughlin Town Advisory Board, which in turn is headed by a Town Manager (instead of a Mayor). Police protection is provided by the
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department(LVMPD), and fire protection by the Clark County Fire Department.
Laughlin is the third most visited
casinoand resortdestination in the state after Las Vegas and Reno, and is one of the top 5 destinations for American RVenthusiasts. [cite web |url=http://www.co.clark.nv.us/Administrative_services/Laughlin/LTMO_Homepage.htm |title=Laughlin Town Manager's Office |accessdate=2007-04-28 |format= |work= ] The unincorporated township is named for founder Don Laughlin, an Owatonna, Minnesotanative who owns the Riverside Resort and Casino.
Laughlin is advertised as a more family-friendly venue than its contemporaries, and as such has a greater emphasis on outdoor and family activities as opposed to the greater glitz and adult entertainment found in Las Vegas or Reno. Many of the casinos that line the Colorado River are linked by an unofficial pedestrian thoroughfare known as the "Laughlin Riverwalk".
In April 2002, Laughlin was the scene of the
River Run Riot, a major fight between two rival California motorcycle gangs, the Hells Angelsand the Mongols. Between 70 and 100 gang members were involved in the violence which resulted in three deaths and multiple gunshot and knife injuries.
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According to the
United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 89.5 square miles (231.8 km²), of which, 88.1 square miles (228.2 km²) of it is land and 1.4 square miles (3.6 km²) of it (1.55%) is water.
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As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 7,076 people, 3,177 households, and 1,995 families residing in the CDP. The population densitywas 80.3 people per square mile (31.0/km²). There were 4,127 housing units at an average density of 46.8/sq mi (18.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 89.06% White, 2.81% African American, 0.62% Native American, 2.29% Asian, 0.18% Pacific Islander, 2.74% from other races, and 2.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.56% of the population.
There were 3,177 households out of which 19.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.7% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.2% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.61.
The population is spread out with 18.3% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 23.3% from 25 to 44, 33.6% from 45 to 64, and 18.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 97.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.0 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $36,885, and the median income for a family was $40,104. Males had a median income of $27,854 versus $20,973 for females. The
per capita incomefor the CDP was $21,097. About 7.5% of families and 9.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.7% of those under age 18 and 1.9% of those age 65 or over.
Big Bend Water District
Big Bend Water District provides water for Laughlin.
Beginning in 2001, the
Tropicana Express Hotel and Casinohas been the host for the Talent QuestNational Finals. The contest is held in the third week of September, where qualifying singers compete for the top spot in Male and Female Pop/Rock/R&B and Male and Female Country/Western.
New Year's celebrations are often chaotic, since the neighboring town of Bullhead City, Arizona (in the
Mountain Time Zone) is one hour ahead of Laughlin (in the Pacific Time Zone). Revelers are known to ring in the new year in Bullhead City, and then cross the river into Laughlin to ring it in again one hour later.
Laughlin River Runstarted in 1983 and now is billed as the "West Coast's Largest Motorcycle Event On The Banks Of The Colorado River",Fact|date=April 2007 with thousands of avid motorcyclist attending annually each spring, usually in later April.
Clark County School Districtserves Laughlin.
Residents are zoned to Bennett Elementary School (K-5), Laughlin Junior High School (6-8) and
Laughlin High School(9-12). [" [http://ccsd.net/schools/zoning/maps/esSE.pdf 2008-09 Elementary School - Southeastern Attendance Boundaries] ." " Clark County School District". Accessed September 28, 2008.] [" [http://ccsd.net/schools/zoning/maps/msNorth.pdf 2008-09 Middle School - Northern Attendance Boundaries] ." " Clark County School District". Accessed September 28, 2008.] [" [http://ccsd.net/schools/zoning/maps/hsSouth.pdf 2008-09 High School - Southern Attendance Boundaries] ." " Clark County School District". Accessed September 28, 2008.]
Laughlin in popular culture
In 2007, the television show "
Viva Laughlin", based on the popular BBCtelevision serial "Blackpool", was reformatted to take place in Laughlin, Nevada. The show was broadcast on CBSin the USA, E! in Canada, and the Nine Networkin Australia. Reaction to the show was so overwhelmingly negative that all three networks canceled the show after only two episodes.
Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport
* [http://www.co.clark.nv.us/Administrative_services/Laughlin/LTMO_Homepage.htm Laughlin, Nevada]
* [http://www.tejasthumpcycles.com/News/Laughlin.River.Run.News.php Current Laughlin River Run News]
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