Las Vegas Taxi Cab Interview & Ride Downtown The Strip Harrah’s Casino

Las Vegas Taxi Cab Ride Downtown The Strip Harrah’s Hotel & Casino I decided to take a Taxi from my hotel to downtown Vegas on The Strip so I could get some video of it. It’s just a lot easier then driving your own car and having to worry about traffic and parking. You can just hop in a cab and let them worry about it. I had him take me to Harrah’s because I haven’t been there in a while and they have made a lot of changes to it so I wanted to check it out. Make sure to check out my other Las Vegas videos from this trip. Thank You for watching and please Share my Videos Comment on the Like them and Make sure you are Subscribed..;-)

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Living in Las Vegas: Las Vegas Cost of Living


I grew up in Northern California in town called Modesto and went to college in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 6 years before I moved to Las Vegas. In Forbes’ article of America’s Most Overpriced Cities 2014 five cities in Northern California made the list, with all three of the bay area’s biggest cities making the top 10.

#4. San Jose
#7 . San Francisco
#10. Oakland
#13. Sacramento
#19. Fresno

Forbes lists 20 overpriced cities, 9 of them are in California. Cost of living in Las Vegas was literally about half of what is was for me back in San Jose and housing prices are about 75% cheaper. I could easily rent a 3 bed/ 2 bath house less than 10 years old with a 2 car garage in Las Vegas for less than what a standard 2 bed/ 1 bath apartment with one parking space would cost in a complex built over 50 years ago in San Jose.

The cost of living in Las Vegas compared to the cost of living in California (San Jose) was a no brainer. Las Vegas cost of living wins hands down.

Living in Las Vegas: What about Henderson, Nevada?

So far in the past I have made quite a few videos on the subject of living in Las Vegas. I have had some people request videos about living in Henderson, NV as well. Some of Henderson’s first residents were workers who came to Southern Nevada to work on Hoover Dam in the 1930s. It did not become an official city in Clark County until 1953, and only had a population of around 7,000 people at the time.

Henderson is a popular destination for a lot of people looking at the pros and cons of moving to the Las Vegas area. Henderson is the second biggest city in the state of Nevada, after Las Vegas. Henderson has a population of around 270,000 people, and continues to grow. Even with the growth of Henderson, it still has a cost of living that is considered to be very affordable for a city its size.

One of Henderson’s traits is that it has the feeling of a small town, but the resources of a big city. It is close to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, and you can drive from many places in Henderson to the strip in under 20 minutes.

Henderson is a very popular choice for families looking to move to Southern Nevada. It is regarded for its nice neighborhoods, good school rankings and low crime. Compared to Las Vegas, Henderson has built a reputation for being a family friendly place, and a good environment to raise kids. Many people think that life in Henderson, NV is great because it is commonly considered to be one of the best areas to live in if you do not want to live in Las Vegas. You can find many reviews online about living in Henderson, NV, but I will certainly be covering living in Henderson more in the future on this channel. So if you’re thinking about moving to Henderson, rest assured that I have more content on the way for you!

Is Las Vegas a good place to live?

I think it depends.

It’s a good place to live if:

1) You have no kids. The education system here is dreadful. Unless you can afford to move to a neighborhood with a good school, it’s really not good. And the atmosphere is not kid friendly, Vegas is, after all, a place where people come to party and play. And the university system is not strong compared to next door California, or even Arizona. Depending on what your kid wants to major in, figure on sending him/her to a school outside of the state.

2) If you like to go out. Can’t beat the nightlife-it’s 24 hours with some of the best restaurants, shows and clubs in the country. And the variety of food is unbelievable. There are tons of places to get a late night meal and drinks and watch the world go by, or if you prefer clubbing, every resort has a club you can go to.

3) If you like the heat. Vegas is pretty easy to live in, there are no earthquakes, or hurricanes or any severe weather. It’s just very hot in the summer. It can get cold in the winter, but it rarely snows or rains hard.

4) If you are retired. If you don’t need a job to survive, cost of living is lower than in many cities, housing is extremely cheap especially if you are moving from a place like California or New York, and your income/pension will go farther-there is no state income tax.

It’s a terrible place to live if:

1) You have children. See first point above. Vegas has a horrid educational system, and a government that talks a good game but doesn’t do anything about it. Be prepared to shell out good money for either a private school or move to a neighborhood with a decent school. And the party atmosphere and the fast buck culture can warp a kid if the parents don’t get a hold of the kid and show them there is a world outside of the resorts and strip clubs. You as a parent will have to really pay attention and really work hard to combat the messages these kids will get regarding the casino/entertainment industry-it will be tempting for them to forgo higher education or vocational training to get a job in the casino industry with just a high school diploma. People can make good money doing mundane jobs like tending bar or waitressing to questionable jobs like working in a strip club (not all of them are seedy so the image is a glamourous one, especially to very young women who want to work as entertainers) in this town, and the lure can be overwhelming.

2) If you are a tech professional. Vegas’ economy does not support a lot of high paying professional jobs, especially tech jobs. The economy here is largely a service industry, with much of the population working in retail, food/beverage, hotel, or the gambling industry. If you don’t have a degree in law or medicine, you might have a pretty rough ride finding a job as a college educated professional. Vegas has one of the lowest rates of college educated people for a major city, and there is a reason for that-most jobs that are available do not require anything beyond a high school diploma.

3) If you have addiction issues of any kind. Vegas is not a place for people who cannot control their appetites.  Remember that this is a place whose very economy depends on people indulging their vices as much as they want to, and, believe me, EVERY vice can be satisfied here relatively easily. Whatever you want, you can get very easily, legal AND illegal. Don’t kid yourself if you are battling addiction issues. This place will eat you alive if you cannot handle yourself.

4) If you like culture. Vegas is pretty much a wasteland if you like the symphony, the opera, museums, or good Broadway caliber stage plays. Not much of that around like you’d see in a big city. UNLV might be the only place where you can find something once in a while, and there is a local orchestra, but other than that, there aren’t really any places one can go for a steady diet of cultural activities like you’d find in most major cities.  If you are an amateur performer, like I am, forget it-there is very little community theater or choruses or other opportunities for amateurs you can participate in.

5) If you are single and looking for a serious relationship/friends. Since I’m married, I haven’t directly had to deal with this issue, bu I’ve had  single people tell me that it is HARD to be single in Vegas-the quality of people available is pretty bad if you are looking for a serious relationship. The people they meet  are either looking to make a fast buck or they are simply into the partying atmosphere to the point where settling down isn’t something they want to do-they just want to play and have someone to play with.   Because of the glitz and the image, Vegas is very image conscious-lots of young, pretty people who can be shallow and well, shifty. Peter Pan syndrome is alive and well here-there are lots of men- and women-children who are into their looks and status floating around out here who populate the bars, clubs and other hot spots.  It is not uncommon to see middle aged men dressed like twenty-somethings, and middle aged women wearing revealing/tight clothing like far younger women. It is also a highly transient city-people don’t stay for long periods of time, especially now that the economy isn’t booming anymore. If you are an older person, there really isn’t a whole lot of community activities for you to indulge in, or opportunities to meet people unless you belong to a house of worship. Lots of older people spend their days at the local casinos playing video poker-it can be a sad thing to see.

6) If you are looking for a job. The unemployment rate is still rather high here, so don’t move to Vegas without a job. During the boom times, it was pretty easy to find a job since construction was booming and it created a ton of jobs everywhere. But now, that’s not the case-people have moved out of the city because their jobs dried up when the economy did. Have a job if you come here. Many jobs here, especially in the hospitality/entertainment sector are on a “who you know” basis-it’s pretty hard to come in from the outside and find a job that will pay you well if you don’t have anyone to help you.


What It’s Really Like to Live in Vegas

Every city has its oddball quirks and its unique cast of characters that make it what it is. But Las Vegas, with its 15,000 miles of neon lights and 40 million annual visitors, is a beast like none other. Imagine every good (and bad) night you’ve ever had in Vegas and then remember: People actually live here. This is what life is like as a Las Vegas local.

1. Your barometer of “normal” shifts dramatically and very quickly.
Things that would be appalling to see in any other city are just another Tuesday night in Vegas.

2. People who live in Vegas never go to the Strip.
It’s the equivalent of a New Yorker going to Times Square. It’s that bad. You do it because you have a friend in town who just haaaaaaaaaaaas to see it, and it’s the worst, because it’s always the worst, and you look forward to another six months passing before the next time you have to do it.

3. Las Vegas is a 24-hour town.
Just not the Strip. If you ever walked a casino floor around 4 a.m., it’s a pretty desolate scene. But once you get off the Strip, everything is 24 hours! We have 24-hour taquerias, ramen shops, bars, grocery stores, athletic clubs, pharmacies, gaming restaurants, Starbucks, smoothie shops. Do you really need a smoothie at 4 a.m.? Probably not, but the point is you can get one. Freedom!

4. You are the official ambassador to everyone else’s good time.
Which is fun. At first. But as the days and weeks and months wear on, you start to feel like, “Yo! Ilive here. I have a job here. On weekends, I just want to relax.” “Relaxing” is not following around a pack of “friends” I have only ever hung out with IRL once before, facilitating their bender and spending Friday and Saturday night out past sunrise, and sleeping off a hangover until Monday morning when you all go home and I have to go back to work. Glad you’re here, hope you have a swell time, I’ll be sure to “like” your Vegas pictures on Instagram, but let’s just leave it at that.

5. Every person you have ever known, met once at a party, crossed paths with through three degrees of separation, briefly interacted with on social media, or sort of maybe recognize the name of knows you live here and will hit you up to hang out.They’ll also want to get access to whatever free hookups you might have, because everyone in Vegas has access to free hookups to something.

6. Everyone here works at/with/for a casino.
Oh, not everyone. There are roughly 2 million people in the Las Vegas Valley, but more than 300,000 of those people work in the hospitality industry: They are your chefs, servers, bartenders, club hosts, hotel managers, blackjack dealers, housekeepers, valets, performers, etc. Of the remaining employable adults in the Las Vegas Valley, a sizable chunk of them work in hospitality support services (construction, health care), and the rest work for Zappos.

7. It’s hot in the summer.
You don’t even know. You can’t even comprehend heat like this. Items left in your car will actuallymelt.

8. But it’s lovely in the winter.
What’s that? Another 4 feet of snow and highs in the negatives? That’s a bummer. I’m at the pool.

9. There is a surprising amount of ethnic diversity.
Las Vegas is basically a suburb of California, and as such, we have large ethnic Latino and Asian populations. Which means more 24-hour taquerias and ramen shops, which is awesome.

10. Vegas is an outdoor lover’s paradise.
There are 52 peaks surrounding the Las Vegas Valley, none more than an hour away, and people climb all of them. There is also mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, skiing, horseback riding. Skip the Strip and explore the outdoors!


Las Vegas Grows to International Status

Las-Vegas-Planet-HollywoodThe famous Las Vegas gambling mecca in the Nevada desert has begun to expand, expand so much in fact, that the effects can be felt even across the ocean. With the hosting of the World Series of poker tournament in Europe, rather than in Las Vegas, where it is traditionally hosted in the Nevada desert has shown its willingness to expand its operations and include international competitors in the effort to popularize and publicize the game of poker.

While the city of Las Vegas itself has suffered some recent blows due to the slump in the housing market in the United States, the expansion plans of establishments such as the Las Vegas Sands Corporation into international markets and the hosting of world-famous poker tournament series such as the traditionally Las Vegas hosted World Series of poker tournament in European and global media markets are all good indicators that the international market for these types of Texas Hold’em poker tournaments is still quite lively.

It is very likely the recent slump at home that has led so many Las Vegas establishment proprietors to look outside the United States for auxiliary and ancillary means of income, as shorter and tighter revenues on the domestic front mean that it is necessary to shore up the incoming capital with significant additional income from other markets. The international community has come through in spades for the needs of the Las Vegas developers that have chosen to take this additional step to ensure their financial future, as well as the fiscal security of staff and investors in their monolithic corporation.

This responsibility to shareholders and staff members is first and foremost among the priorities of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, which has demonstrated in the past its aggressive marketing capabilities and ability to adapt to an ever changing market with the greatest of ease.

Regardless of the domestic situation and what ever subtle economic factors that have contributed to the reduced amount of growth in the United States market, Las Vegas establishment proprietors who focus on bringing world-famous Las Vegas shows and Las Vegas attractions to potential sources of income around the world, rather than apathetically waiting for it to come to them, stand to profit significantly.

With this proactive outlook and focus on expansion and remaining a force to be reckoned with financially, many Las Vegas establishments will very likely not only survive the recent downturn in domestic profits, but thrive with new sources of revenue from international visitors and travelers.

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What Are the Booming Industries in Las Vegas, USA?


Relocating for work is sort of the ultimate catch-22. You don’t want to move without a new job, but you can’t get a job in a new location until you’re actually living there. Your best bet for snagging Vegas jobs, then, is to either save up a lot of money and take the plunge or breeze into town for a week of pre-established, hardcore-job interviewing, and be ready to pack up your life within a week to move if hired.

There are some industries that one would naturally assume are booming, such as hospitality/leisure, construction and service, to name a few. This is true, but even bartender and waitress jobs require a lot of skill and a little bit of patience.

In Las Vegas news, The Nevada Economy in Brief states that Las Vegas Nevada lost 0.4% of its jobs last year, due to the economic downturn that affected all American cities. The housing bust has hurt the Vegas construction market temporarily, leaving 95,000 construction workers jobless. Construction suffered an 8.2% loss, although Las Vegas jobs are still higher for the industry than in other states.

Information jobs declined by 2.6%, financial activities decreased 2.4%, business services dropped 4.3% and leisure/hospitality jobs showed a 0.5% loss because of rising fuel costs. Although, experts suggest that this Las Vegas downturn is only temporary, since the city experienced explosive growth throughout the 80s, 90s and early 2000s.

According to “Monster”, there are more than 1,854 Las Vegas USA job offerings, including Package Handler (UPS), Hospitality Team Manager (Einstein Brothers Bagel), Service Associates (Wal-mart), Physician’s Assistant/Pharmacist/Physician (US Airforce), SCA Aircraft Mechanic (Computer Sciences Corp), Occupational Therapist (Life Care Centers of America), Manager of Game Development (Volt Services), Media Consultant (Yellowbook), Mobile Pet Stylist (PET Co), Food Service Director (SAGE Dining), 3-D Graphic Designer (HireSource Solutions), Account Executive (CBS Radio) and Middle School Teachers (Nobel Learning). For many workers in industries like health care, engineering or retail, the world is their oyster and there is no better location than Las Vegas Nevada, where world-class restaurants and the best in entertainment meets pleasant weather and picturesque natural surroundings.

According to the 2007-2008 Bureau of Labor Statistics, Las Vegas jobs in the Leisure and Hospitality industry currently include: 271,819 positions (25% total employment), offered by 4,920 employers, with average weekly wages of $619. Trade, Transportation and Utilities include 160,379 jobs (17% total employment), offered by 9,970 employers, with average weekly salaries of $658 per week.

Professional and Business Services include: 113,109 positions (12% total employment), offered by 10,651 employers, with weekly average salaries of $925. Construction jobs in Las Vegas Nevada are offering 102,199 positions (11%), from 4,389 employers, with average salaries of $1,017 per week. Lastly, Manufacturing occupations include 26,714 jobs (3%), from 1,186 companies, with average salaries of $854 per week.

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