the population of las vegas is 609,488 people total, las vegas's lcation is in western nevada, the continents of las vegas is in north america. las vegas was founded on may 15 in 1905. john c fremont was the first american to have founded las vegas. las vegas was never the capital of anything but is known as the capitol of the world. las vegas sits in a basin within the mojave desert an as sucht he area surrounding kas vegas is dominated by desert vegetation and is surrounded by fry mountain ranges. las vegas is known for gambling. some of the very famous historic sites in las vegas are in binoin's horseshoe casino, golden nugget casino, the mirage casino, and the fremont street casino.