Don't believe all the negative comments!
I was born in Las Vegas and have a ton of family that live here. I was raised in CA but visited family here regularly and I returned to live here almost 5 years ago. You cannot believe everything that you read! If you are considering relocating here...come and see for yourself. Like every big city there are good parts of town, and not so good parts. I just purchashed a beautiful brand new home in the growing SW part of town. The entire area is brand new, there is still lots of open land, not a ton of people and I have a killer view of both the mountains and the strip. Another beautiful part of town is the NW. Great mountain views, still lower priced homes and all very new and yet close to town/work. Unemployment rates are extremely low here...you will find a job quickly and not just at the casinos. Not a single one of my friends or family members work at a casino. By living here you have the benefit of a desert environment (no snow), you're in close proximity to Lake Mead for water sports, Mt Charleston for skiing and great weekend trips (i.e. Laughlin, Bullhead City, Sedona, Flagstaff, Los Angeles, Mesquite, etc!)Plus you can find decent paying jobs (and no you don't have to know someone, I looked in the paper)and yet you have all the entertainment/recreational options that come with being in Las Vegas: concerts, shows, great restaurants, great shopping, etc. Las Vegas has it's def perks and benefits and downsides for some. You just have to know what you're looking for in a place to live and come visit first!