International Hub of the World
Las Vegas is fast becoming one of the most racially diverse cities in the country. People from all over the world have adopted this city as their home for a number of good reasons – whether it’s the sunny weather, affordable housing, excellent quality of life, or various job opportunities. Because of this, Las Vegas is likened to a cauldron of multiple cultures of different ethnicities. This vibrant mix of people makes Las Vegas attractive to a foreigner because it just feels like being at home. There is always something to entice and satisfy one’s craving of home, whether it’s the food of your country or just being in a community with the same cultural background. All over the city, there are signs and complexes that represent a certain culture, and it seems second nature to hear someone speak a language other than English. It is comforting to be different and still have that sense of belonging. Las Vegas has certainly embraced its diversity and continues to welcome every visitor and immigrant from all over the world.
For students living on a budget, let alone international students who are out of their comfort zone, Las Vegas is the perfect place to settle in because the cost of living is very affordable. Las Vegas ranks 41st among all the major cities in the United States. The cost of living is slightly below average for all major expense indices such as groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, and healthcare. Although housing prices are slowly increasing steadily, there are still many affordable options for those who are looking for a house to rent or own. A studio apartment in San Jose, California costs almost double compared to renting one in Las Vegas. A person can buy a meal at an inexpensive restaurant for less than $15, or splurge for a three-course meal for less than $60. Cheap cost of living does not mean poor quality of life, however. Las Vegas, after all, is a city that is modern and progressive; you can easily live comfortably on a budget.
Las Vegas welcomes a little over 40 million visitors from all over the world every year. Moreover, Las Vegas has about 2 million residents that come from different walks of life and different cultural backgrounds. It is because of this melting pot of cultures that brought about numerous restaurants of different varieties. There are the high end restaurants by top chefs like Gordon Ramsey, Bobby Flay and Mario Batali. On the other hand, there are small scale restaurants that offer great Asian, Indian, Persian, and Mexican cuisine, to name a few. It’s a relief to know that eating on a budget doesn’t just entail a trip to a fast food restaurant, and craving for an exotic meal does not mean hopping on the next plane to that country.
Always Something to do
Las Vegas is best known for its lavish casinos, extravagant hotels and world class restaurants. It has earned its nickname, Sin City, since many of its visitors come here for the fun-filled weekend of gambling and indulging on adults-only entertainment on the strip. It is surprising to others, but not to the locals, that Las Vegas has far more to offer than just an extravagant party-filled weekend. For the theater and music lovers, establishments such as the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Sin City Opera offer shows for everyone all year round. There is always something happening in the city to cater to anyone’s taste — Food and Wine Festival, Comic Con, multiple dance competitions, film and music festivals, to name a few. There are also the great outdoors not far from the city. The Red Rock Canyon, a National Conservation Area, just 17 miles west of the strip, is famous for its large red rock formations and is a must-see for hikers, rock climbers, or anyone who loves nature. Other national parks not far from the city are Lake Mead, Spring Mountain Ranch State Park and Valley of Fire State Park —- all national parks worth exploring. Las Vegas always has something to offer to your enjoyment, for the party-goer, theater lover or for the nature enthusiast in you.