20 Quirky Stats and Facts You Didn’t Think You Wanted to Know About Vegas

Until you’ve been there, it is impossible to accurately describe Las Vegas. The sheer numbers are a good start to getting to know the city better:

  • In 2015 42,312,216 visitors poured into Las Vegas. That’s more than the number of people living in California. Shoot, that’s more than inhabit small countries. Break that down by day, and you are looking at about 116,000 tourists every 24 hours. That is more than a fifth of the population that actually live there.

  • Apparently every single Vegas visitor spent at least one night last year. We should be thankful that there are 124,270 hotel rooms to house them all. Just at the MGM Grand alone they are washing 15,000 pillowcases a day and they only have 5,044 of those rooms inside their hotel.     

  • Out of the 20 biggest hotels listed in the United States, 17 of them can be found in Las Vegas.

  • On average, each Vegas tourist is spending around $103 a night just on their hotel room.
  • $292 about covers the eating and drinking expenses for a Vegas visitor.

  • Since the number 4 is considered unlucky in certain Asian cultures, many strip hotels have opted to go straight from floor 39 to 50.                

  • Just 16% of the tourists were visiting Las Vegas for the first time in 2016. Vegas is the repeat tourist trap, where people who are glutton for a good time just keep on coming back for more.

  • Only 5% of the people coming into Vegas say they have plans to gamble, yet 73% of them actually did in 2015.

  • Last year, the strip generated around $6.3 billion in gambling revenue, while your average visitor is budgeting around $560 for table games, slots and poker.

  • In total, the average tourist is spending close to 4 hours of each day in Vegas just gambling their money away.

  • There are over 1,700 licensed gambling joints in Las Vegas, a lot more than what most expect. That’s because every little drug store that has a slot machine also has to have the license to go along with it.

  • Nobody knows for sure who took home the biggest jackpot in Vegas. Imagine being that anonymous guy waiting on a game one minute, and looking at almost $40 million the next. Chances are you might not want to let your buddies know what just happened either.
  • The cheapest time to visit Vegas is always in December when the drop in visitors causes a major plunge in hotel room prices. The only other time of the year where you might find deals that good are during the dog days of July.

  • If you were to spread out the 15,000 miles worth of lighted neon tubing on the strip and downtown, you could stretch it from New York to Los Angeles and back again 3 times and still have a little left over to spare.

  • Approximately 315 marriage ceremonies are performed in Vegas every day, and most are not a drunken sham. Actor Michael Caine married his bride at the Little Chapel on the Green back in 1973, and their still going strong over 40 years later. Her name is Shakira BTW, but she’s no relation to the hip-swinging Latina singer.

  • Billy Ray Cyrus, Kelly Ripa, Bette Midler and Jon Bon Jovi are also on the list of Vegas I do’s that were said to last. Legendary songstress Bette Midler’s 1984 marriage to Martin Von Haselberg was even officiated by an Elvis impersonator! Now that’s Vegas.

  • Certain hotels –ahem Bellagio – use a special window effect to make them appear closer to you than they really are. Thus making it seem easy to just walk there. One window pane is actually covering 4 rooms on 2 floors, giving the allusion that the building is smaller.

  • The old Marina Hotel and Casino is still on the strip, only covered in green glass. Rather than imploding it, the MGM Grand incorporated the building into its new design. The long piece that comes off of the “stepped” tower facing the strip is actually what’s left of the Marina Hotel, which is why the rooms in this section seem a bit more dated and small.

  • The Vegas Sign is not the most photographed site on the strip. That honor goes to the Bellagio fountains, according to photo-sharing apps.

  • There are 1,200 nozzles used to make the Bellagio Fountain water shows and 4,500 lights. Each alluring performance changes depending on the music it has been set to. One of the most memorable is Claire De Lune, which also happens to be what’s playing as the Ocean’s 11 guys stare out over the lake after their big heist.

Bonus Fact (IMHO) – Vegas is the only city in the world that you can visit time and again, and still be surprised by something you find.