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Milestones Timeline

  • Henderson has nationally accredited staff and departments -- the City of Henderson Fire, Police and Parks and Recreation Departments have all earned national accreditation.
  • Henderson has maintained the same property tax rate for the past twenty one years and continues to have one of the lowest rates in the Las Vegas metropolitan area, as well as the State of Nevada.
  • Henderson is nationally recognized for its outstanding parks and recreation system, having obtained national accreditation and receiving recognition for Excellence in Parks and Recreation Administration.
  • Although Henderson has a diverse community, the city has the highest median household income in Southern Nevada.
  • Henderson's 27 master planned communities are looked at as models throughout the southwestern United States. Developers fund roads, water, sewer and other infrastructure through Limited Improvement Districts. Developers also contribute land for school sites, park sites and fire stations. The costs for this infrastructure and amenities are included in the sale price of the home.
  • Henderson has the most strict development standards in Southern Nevada.
  • Henderson presently has 12 school sites set aside for future school construction.


  • Named Playful City USA by KaBOOM!
  • Named as one of United States Safest Cities by
  • Ranked second-best spring break destination in the country for families by


  • Top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by
  • Nevada Recreation and Park Society Citation Award
  • Tree City USA Growth Award and Tree City USA community presented by the Arbor Day Foundation
  • Accreditation Certificate from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA)
  • American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) Lifetime Achievement Award
  • U.S. Department of the Interior “Partners in Conservation Award”
  • Named Playful City USA by KaBOOM!
  • Named America's Second Safest City by Forbes
  • Named one of “America's 50 Best Cities" by Bloomberg BusinessWeek


  • Transportation Project of the Year presented by Southwest Contractor magazine to the City of Henderson for the Galleria Interchange project
  • 2010 Sustainable Practice Award presented by the American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • 2010 Architecture Citation Award presented by the American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • 2010 Award of Merit presented by the American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Platinum Award from the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA)
  • Technology Star of the Public Sector by the Technology Business Alliance of Nevada
  • Nevada Water Environment Association William D. Hatfield Award
  • Best Places to Retire If You Really Hate Paying Taxes, part of The 100 Best Moves You Can Make With Your Money, MONEY Magazine
  • Transportation Project of the Year Award 2010
  • River Mountain Trail designated a National Recreation Trail
  • VFW Post 3848 Top Law Enforcement Officer and Top Firefighter Team of the Year Awards
  • Community Pride Award
  • Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Customer Service Award
  • Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve named Wildlife Habitat Site by National Wildlife Federation


  • Voice of the People Award for Transformation by the International City and County Management Association (ICMA)
  • Twelve Spots for Retiring on Less Than You Think by the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association
  • American Water Works Association Safety Award
  • American Lung Association Clean Air Award and Clark County Department of Air Quality and Environmental Management clean air award
  • 2009 Mountain States Rising Star Award
  • National Association of Clean Water Agencies 2008 Platinum Peak Performance Award for the Kurt R. Segler Water Reclamation Facility
  • United States Green Building Council LEED Gold Certification for the North Community Police Station
  • 2009 Government Affairs Award by the Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce
  • Administrator of the Year Award by the National Forum for Black Public Administrators Las Vegas Chapter
  • Professional of the Year Award by the International Right of Way Association
  • National Association of Clean Water Agencies 2009 Platinum Performance Award


  • Named Playful City USA by Kaboom!
  • Governor's Arts Award by the Nevada Arts Council
  • Top 100 Best Places to Live by MONEY Magazine
  • Best of Las Vegas by the Las Vegas Review-Journal
  • Best Low-Tax Place to Retire by U.S. News and World Report
  • America's Most Boring Cities by
  • Center for Performance Measurement (CPM) Certificate of Distinction by the International City and County Management Association (ICMA)
  • Gold Award for Municipal Excellence by the National League of Cities
  • Operator of the Year & Laboratory Analyst of the Year by the Nevada Water Environments Association (NWEA)
  • Firefighter and Paramedic of the Year by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
  • Green Award for Best Small Public Project by the Las Vegas Business Press


  • Prevention Magazine named Henderson the 6th best walking city in America. (March 2007)
  • Center for Performance Measurement (CPM) Certificate of Distinction by the International City and County Management Association (ICMA)
  • Selected Henderson's DSC as one of only three local governments with the best development review process
    University of North Carolina's School of Government
  • Honor Award for Planning and Urban Design by the Colorado Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Most Secure Cities Award by Farmers Insurance
  • Gold Peak Performance Award by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies


  • MONEY Magazine ranked Henderson in the top 20 Best Cities to Live in America. (July 2006)
  • With the development of Lake Las Vegas Resort, Henderson is developing as a premier resort destination, similar to Scottsdale and Palm Springs. There are presently 3,169 hotel rooms in Henderson and approximately 150 more on the drawing board. (July 2006)
  • Nevada Young Architect Citation by the American Institute of Architects
  • Safety Award by the American Water Works Association
  • Excellence in Youth Sports Award by the National Alliance for Youth Sports
  • Cashman Good Government Award by the Nevada Taxpayers Association
  • MAXI Award finalist by the International Council of Shopping Centers
  • "Communicator of the Year" award by the International Association of Business Communicators/Las Vegas (IABC/Las Vegas)


  • Henderson, the fastest growing city in America from 1990 to 1998, remains one of the top five fastest growing cities in the nation. (2002 U.S. Census)
  • Henderson constructed the first public super recreation center and aquatic complex in Nevada, Black Mountain Recreation Center/Aquatic Complex, with a second that opened Summer 2000, the Whitney Ranch Recreation/Aquatic Complex. The City raised the bar when the 77,000 sq. ft. Henderson Multigenerational Complex opened in 2002.


  • December of 1999, Henderson surpassed Reno as Nevada's second largest city.


  • MONEY Magazine rated Henderson among the top 50 "Safest Cities" in the United States in 1997.
  • Henderson was also rated among the top 50 "Kid Friendly" cities in the United States in 1997 by Zero Population Growth, a Washington-based group.
  • With the passage and implementation of the 1997 bond issue, Henderson will have the most extensive trail system (jogging, biking, etc.) in the State.