Henderson is the second largest city in the state of Nevada. In recent years, the border between Henderson and Las Vegas has become virtually nonexistant. One city butts up against the other. Las Vegas, and all it has to offer, is just a short drive away from this quiet community! One area of Henderson, Green Valley, was the first master planned community in the state. The city is also home to many affluent residential neighborhoods.
The city is part of the Las Vegas metropolitan area, which spans the entire Las Vegas Valley. Henderson occupies the southeastern end of the valley, at an elevation of 1,864 feet (568 m). Henderson is known for its supply of magnesium during World War II. With the decline of magnesium production, the Nevada legislature approved a bill that gave Nevada's Colorado River Commission the authority to purchase the industrial plants, and Henderson was incorporated in 1953. Henderson is the location of Lake Las Vegas, and was ranked No. 66 in "Best Places to Live" by CNN Money. It was also ranked second in Forbes' list of "America's Safest Cities" in 2011. The township of Henderson first emerged in the 1940s during World War II with the building of the Basic Magnesium Plant. Henderson quickly became the main supplier of magnesium in the United States, which was called the "miracle metal" of World War II.