Jean, Nevada is a largely a commercial area located twelve miles north of Primm and the California border on Interstate-15. It is an unincorporated community that does not have any available housing. In Jean, there are numerous business including the Gold Strike Hotel and Gambling Hall (“Gold Strike”), a Nevada Highway Patrol substation; the Jean Conservation Camp, a minimum-security all-female prison operated by the Nevada Department of Corrections; the Goodsprings Township Courthouse, and the main post office for the surrounding areas.
Jean was named after the wife of George Fayle, former Clark County Commission chairman who built the Fayle Goodsprings Hotel in nearby Goodsprings. The community is at an elevation of 2,841 feet. It is thirty miles south of Las Vegas in the Mojave Desert. Las Vegas Boulevard, of the famed Las Vegas Strip, ends about a mile south of Jean and is an alternate route to Interstate-15 to Las Vegas.
The first casino that opened in Jean was the Pop’s Oasis Casino. It closed in 1988. In 1990, the Gold Strike opened and is now the lone casino in Jean. MGM Mirage owns the Gold Strike. The hotel has 811 recently remodeled standard rooms and suites with hair dryers, ironing boards, in-room coffeemakers, and cable television. The hotel also has a seasonal heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi. Nightly rates are typically about $30 on weekdays and $50 on weekends, depending on the season. The Gold Strike also has several restaurants, including a buffet that costs about $10 and features Prime Rib. The casino at the Gold Strike has over 800 slots, table games, live poker, and a sports book.
Jean is the location of the 89019 zip code’s main post office. There are technically no residents in Jean but residents of the unincorporated communities of Primm and Sandy Valley may have “Jean” listed as the city in their mailing address. The Jean Airport, also known as the Jean Sport Aviation Center, is just south of the town. It is popular with skydivers and glider aviators and is operated by the Clark County Department of Aviation. The area of this airport is the proposed site of the Ivanpah Valley Airport, which if constructed, would be an international airport serving the Las Vegas area.