Millions of people flock to Las Vegas each year to gamble, drink, and have the time of their lives. If you don’t live in Las Vegas, it is one of the most exciting places in the world. If you do live in Vegas, you may see things a bit differently. Some of the very things that attract tourists make local residents cringe. And some of the very things that tourists don’t like about the city are sometimes things that locals embrace.
There are several things about Las Vegas that you wouldn’t understand unless you live there. Here are 12 such things.
1. The Strip is the Worst
People who are not from Vegas think that the strip if flashy and glamorous. People who live in Vegas feel completely different. We think that the strip is over crowded and it smells like alcohol and cigarettes. If we actually need to walk down the strip to get somewhere, we hate it. The crowds, the tourists, the costumes, and the nudity are things that we avoid. If we want to have fun, we head down to Fremont Street.
You can get really cheap alcohol, listen to live music, and see incredible ceiling light shows. This section of Vegas is the polar opposite of the strip. Unless you are from Vegas, you may never find out about this amazing area.
2. We all have central air
You won’t understand the blistering heat in Vegas during the summer unless you have actually experienced it first hand. Regardless of how long a person has lived in Vegas, it can be difficult to ever get used to the heat. You will never see a Las Vegas home that doesn’t have central air.
3. There Aren’t Many True Natives
If you were born and raised in Vegas, you are one of a few. Most people who live in Vegas come from somewhere else in the country or the world. Unless you live and work in Vegas and start meeting people, you wouldn’t know this.
4. What is Rain?
If you live in any place in the U.S., you are used to having a few rainy days each month. If you are from Vegas, you don’t rain too often. When it does rain, it is huge news. People forget how to drive and they don’t know how to dress or act. Rain is very obscure in Vegas.
5. Vegas Serves So Much Food, But Vegas Residents Don’t Partake
The buffets in Vegas are unbelievable. There are buffets that sell passes so that you can travel from all you can eat buffet to all you can eat buffet without stopping. For a modest fee, you can enjoy an all-day, all you can eat buffet. Most people who live in Vegas don’t eat at these buffets. We cook dinner in out kitchen just like people who live in every part of the U.S.
6. We Don’t Go to the Club
Just because there are clubs all over Las Vegas, it doesn’t mean that we all spend every weekend there. To a Vegas resident, the clubs are full of drunk, annoying tourists. Most of us don’t want to spend $15 on a mixed drink. Just because the clubs are here, it doesn’t mean we go to them.
7. Gambling is Everywhere, But We Don’t Even Notice Anymore
Most people who don’t live in Las Vegas believe that if you want to gamble, you need to go to the strip. If you are a Las Vegas resident, you know that this is not the case. You can visit the local pharmacy or convenience store, and find a slot machine. This seems crazy to tourists, but to Las Vegas residents, these things are an everyday thing that we don’t care too much about.
8. We Aren’t All Drunken Party Animals
Just because we live in Las Vegas, it doesn’t mean that every day is a vacation for us. This is where we work, where we raise our families, and where we have fun outside of the strip and the drinking. Just because we live here, it doesn’t mean that all we do is party.
9. Every Hour is Rush Hour
Wherever you live, you understand the struggles of rush hour. The crazy drivers and the bumper to bumper traffic are more than most people can handle. Unless you are from Vegas, you won’t really understand the real meaning of rush hour. People in this city work crazy hours, which means that there are always people on the road. Highway 95 and 215 are like race tracks. Each time you get behind the wheel in Vegas, you are taking your life into your own hands. If you aren’t from Vegas, you just wouldn’t understand.
10. It Isn’t Really “Sin City”
Vegas is called sin city, however, it is not as bad as people make it out to be. If you live in Vegas, you know that it is safe to take a walk alone in the city. Tourists have it in their heads that this city is dangerous and would never go out alone at night. Unless you live in Vegas, you won’t understand how safe the city actually is.
11. The Job Opportunities Are Endless
Most people believe that living in Vegas means that you are a stripper, a bartender, or an entertainer. This is not the case. Those of us who live here understand that living in Vegas means working a 9 to 5 job, in a grocery store, driving a truck. There are plenty of job opportunities that have nothing to do with the craziness on the strip.
12. Vegas is Nothing Like “The Hangover”
If you have ever seen the movie “The Hangover” and you are not from Vegas, you likely have an idea of our fair city that could not be further from the truth. The police would not taze you in front of a group of kids as punishment for stealing their car. You can’t be a moron who reads a book and then knock over a casino. Finally, Vegas residents don’t get drunk and then get married. Those of us who like here understand that that movie was a complete work of fiction from beginning to end.
The view that people who live in Vegas have of the city is much different than those who live in other parts of the country. This list just names just 10 of many things that you would only understand if you live in Las Vegas.