Henderson is a city of spread-out suburban subdivisions. On low-density South Water Street, mid-20th century commercial buildings with Southwestern Revival architectural overtones mingle with sleek modern structures like the City Hall complex. Rarely does a building reach higher in the sky than one of the many transplanted date palms along the commercial corridor.
Lake Las Vegas, formed with as much earth as the Hoover Dam has concrete, is the city’s showcase landmark. The Henderson Pavilion is the largest open-air performance center in Nevada, and is contained under a unique canopy-style roof. Railroad Pass on Boulder Highway is the oldest operating legal casino in the United States, having taken its first bets in 1931. Other historic casinos and lounges include the Rainbow Club, the Eldorado, and the Emerald Island Casino.
The Henderson population explosion has meant primarily single-family homes going up for sale in the city’s real estate market – 84,104 such properties exist today. Recent real estate trends have generated 7,579 townhouses with 1,293 other residential properties mixed in. Apartments for sale have become increasingly common – today the city has 7,787 condo units. Henderson boasts 2,371 apartments and 170 multi-family buildings.
The commercial real estate market tilts toward retail and office properties, 1,566 in all. Henderson remains linked to its industrial heritage with 524 such properties and 35 sites zoned for mixed-use. Much of the undeveloped vacant land in sprawling Henderson still belongs to the federal government, but there are 11,019 privately held vacant lots to potentially build a dream home on.
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada oversees all bus services in the Las Vegas Valley, giving Henderson residents a wide range of access possibilities on public transportation.
Clark County oversees the Henderson roster of 29 public primary schools, 9 middle schools, and 9 high schools. Students have several options for higher education, including pursuing a baccalaureate degree at Nevada State College.
Henderson Hospital offers comprehensive and acute care, while St. Rose Dominican provides a full range of rehabilitative and surgical services. St. Rose Dominican Hospital, with its 100-foot Spanish-tiled bell tower and soothing healing garden, has also been named one of the 10 most beautiful hospitals in the world by Healthcare Business & Technology.
The chances of violent crime in Henderson are 1 in 575 – less than half the national average and well below state odds of 1 in 144. Property crimes are also less common in Henderson with a 1 in 52 chance of burglary or theft.
Henderson residents enjoy a blend of casual culture and outdoor recreation. The city has fashioned an arts district out of historic Water Street with galleries, classes and a two-day Art Festival over Mother’s Day weekend. The city presents similar community celebrations throughout the calendar year at the Henderson Events Plaza, including a Southwestern desert version of WinterFest. Other local favorites include the St. Patrick’s Day Festival, the Henderson Heritage Parade and Festival in April, and the Super Run Classic Car Show in September.
Foodies can head to the Henderson Farmers Market, open every Thursday. Indulging in one of Ethel M Chocolates’ liqueur-filled candies is a Henderson tradition, and outside the factory there’s a 3-acre botanical garden with 350 species of cactus from around the world in which you can walk those calories off. To landscape their own real estate with native plants, Hendersonians explore the city’s Acacia Demonstration Gardens. Outdoor types can revel in the city’s 64 parks and recreation areas, totaling 37 miles of hiking trails.
Gambling Henderson-style is more of a low-key affair, with family casinos catering to locals and often hosting senior nights. The Emerald Island Casino even showcases slot machines that only take pennies.