Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 47–62 | Cite as

Not in my backyard: Las Vegas residents protest casinos

  • William N. Thompson
  • R. Keith Schwer
  • Richard Hoyt
  • Dolores Brosnan


Casino gambling is becoming increasingly attractive to jurisdictions facing severe fiscal crises. Evidence suggests that casinos bring jobs and increased government revenues. However, attitudes and concerns of local residents regarding the location of casinos in their community should be considered in decisions regarding casino legalization. This paper analyzes the importance of factors associated with the selection of homes by persons living in the Las Vegas metropolitan area. A random survey of 967 recent home purchasers was analyzed. Proximity to a casino is of some importance to home purchasers. As expected, purchasers of more expensive homes and those with children in the household were more concerned about casino locations than others. But casinos were not the only concern of purchasers. Crime, industrial plants, and potential nuclear waste route locations were of greater concern than casino proximity. On the other hand, casino locations were of greater concern than shopping centers and fast food restaurant locations.


Local Resident Fast Food Nuclear Waste Industrial Plant Shopping Center 
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© Human Sciences Press, Inc 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • William N. Thompson
    • 1
  • R. Keith Schwer
    • 1
  • Richard Hoyt
    • 1
  • Dolores Brosnan
    • 1
  1. 1.The Center for Business and Economic ResearchUniversity of Nevada, Las VegasLas Vegas

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