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Survey: Las Vegas is Growing and Residents Hopeful

LAS VEGAS -- Believe it or not, Las Vegas is growing. The new Las Vegas Perspective was released Tuesday detailing what parts of the valley grew, what shrank and where the city is going.

There's a lot of good news in the book. Surprisingly, the population grew despite the number of construction and other jobs lost.

The number of occupied houses also rose and so did the average household income.

The population surpassed 2 million in Clark County last year. All urban areas, with the exception of Boulder City, reported growth.

The average age in the valley is 36 and it's split almost 50-50 along gender lines.

Fifty-two-percent of residents are Caucasian, 28-percent are Hispanic, 9-percent are African American and 6-percent are Asian, along with a handful others.

Experts say most of the people surveyed are more concerned about health care and education than about the foreclosure crisis.

"You're really starting to see people focusing on the national economy, the health care issue, and you're seeing a refocus on things like education -- believing that education is the silver bullet and that we're really falling behind with a graduation rate of where less than one out of every two graduates from high school. That's something we probably need to fix and it's a condition precedent to our economic recovery," said Jeremy Aguero with Applied Analysis, the company that conducted the surveys of residents.

Aguero says the local economy will start recovering as soon as people across the country start spending money like they used to. 

He says more Las Vegans are seizing this buyer's market to get a house cheaply. Once more houses start to sell, the next thing people will buy are durable goods, like household items and cars.

About 75-percent of the people surveyed believe over the next five years the local and national economies will grow, so they want to stay in Las Vegas. 

KLAS-TV is a sponsor of the Las Vegas Perspective.