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Overview

Introduction to Reno

Reno, Nevada is known as the "Biggest Little City in the World" and is famous for its casinos and for being the birthplace of Harrah’s Entertainment, one of the largest gaming corporations in the world. It is also the headquarters for International Game Technology, which is responsible for manufacturing a majority of the world’s slot machines. European pioneers settled in Reno in the 1850s, and the discovery of silver in the area led to a boom of epic proportions. The mining boom declined in the early 20th century, and casino gambling was legalized in 1931.

Reno Culture

Despite its reputation as a casino haven, Reno also has a thriving arts community. The Nevada Museum of Art allows visitors to engage and enjoy a range of art, and the Art District in downtown Reno has a wide array of coffeehouses, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Stremmel Gallery houses the area’s best in contemporary paintings, drawings, mixed media, and sculpture. Ancient rock art sites and walking tours provided by the Historic Reno Preservation Society capture the spirit of the West that is still embodied in contemporary Reno culture. The award-winning Nothing To It Culinary Center offers cooking classes and other hands-on culinary adventures. Reno’s performing arts companies include the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, the Reno Chamber Orchestra, the Nevada Opera, the Broadway Comes to Reno series, and many community theaters.

Reno Sports and Leisure

Reno has a large number of gyms and fitness facilities where members can enjoy basketball, racquetball, swimming, or consulting with a personal trainer. Golf is huge here, and Reno has world-class courses like PGA Tour host Montreux Golf and Country Club. Reno has the National Bowling Stadium, which is a destination for any bowling enthusiast. The Stadium was the site of the final bowling showdown scenes in the movie "Kingpin." Ballooning is a popular sport in Reno, and the Great Balloon Race is held here every September. Recreational vehicles are also popular in the area, allowing people to explore northern Nevada.

Reno Outdoors

The Reno area has a variety of outdoor experiences for different outdoor tastes. There are many places to take a leisurely Sunday drive and take in the sights. There are places to walk along old wooden sidewalks in an original Comstock silver rush town. Wild horses roam in the hills and alpine lakes are abundant. There are fifteen ski resorts within an hour’s drive of Reno, and they offer something for the beginner and the advanced extreme thrill seeker. Reno’s parks give people the chance to walk next to a river or picnic with family and friends. Cyclists, divers, climbers, hikers, hunters, horseback riders, and fishermen will all find plenty to do in Northern Nevada.

Reno at Night

Nightlife is the name of the game in Reno. There are more nocturnal adventures to be had here than in most larger cities. Gaming is huge, from conventional reel slot machines to the new multi-coin, multi-game videos. Blackjack, poker, and keno slot machines are everywhere. Table games are also abundant, such as blackjack, roulette, craps, poker, baccarat, and pai gow. For those not in the mood for gambling, there are numerous showrooms that offer headliner celebrity entertainment, R&B sessions, golden oldie revues, rock concerts, country-western shows, and comedy. There is world-class dining and many hot nightclubs as well.

People

Total Population 234,161
Male Share of the Population 50.5%
Female Share of the Population 49.5%
Senior Citizens 13.1%
Employed Population 16+ 112,030
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 41.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 30.3%
Median Earnings25+ $31,733
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,754
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,739

Wealth

Median Family Income $61,229
% Above Poverty Level 81.7%
% Below Poverty Level 18.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.7%
% Using Public Transportation 2.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 34.8%
Median Gross Rent $851
Median House Value $210,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 43.1%
US/American 0.1%
English 8.6%
Irish 11.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Reno Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 111 miles NE of Sacramento, California
County Washoe
Metro Area Reno
Standard Zip Codes 89501, 89502, 89503, 89506, 89509, 89510, 89511, 89512, 89521, 89523
P.O. Box Zip Codes 89504, 89505, 89507, 89513, 89515, 89520, 89533, 89570
Company Zip Codes 89555, 89557, 89595, 89599
Phone Area Codes 775
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.529
Longitude -119.812

Reno Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station RENO CANNON INTL AP
Distance 4 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 46 F
Apr Temp 33 to 64 F
Jul Temp 51 to 91 F
Oct Temp 34 to 70 F
Annual Precip 7.4 inches
Station STEAD
Distance 7.1 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 43 F
Apr Temp 33 to 60 F
Jul Temp 54 to 87 F
Oct Temp 35 to 66 F
Annual Precip 10.4 inches
Station VIRGINIA CITY
Distance 17.1 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 40 F
Apr Temp 34 to 54 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 40 to 61 F
Annual Precip 14.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Reno, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Anderson Acres (89506)

Black Springs (89506)

Bordertown (89506)

Cottonwood Creek (89510)

Galena (89511)

Golden Valley (89506)

Hidden Valley (89502)

Lawton (89503)

Lemmon Valley (89506)

Mogul (89523)

Palomino Valley (89510)

Panther Valley (89506)

Pleasant Valley (89511)

Pyramid (89510)

Rancho Haven (89506)

Red Rock (89506)

Sand Pass (89510)

Sierra (89506)

Silver Knolls (89506)

Somersett (89523)

Stead (89506)

Steamboat (89511)

University (89507)

Virginia Foothills (89511)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Sparks 93,437 $62,616

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Reno Public Libraries

Library
Washoe County Library System
301 S CENTER ST
Reno, Nevada
(775) 327-8364
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Reno Hospitals

RENOWN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1155 MILL STREET
(775) 982-4100
Emergency Service: Yes

SAINT MARYS REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
235 W 6TH ST
(775) 770-7300
Emergency Service: Yes

RENOWN SOUTH MEADOWS MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
10101 DOUBLE R BLVD
(775) 982-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Reno High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

NORTH VALLEYS HS
1470 EAST GOLDEN VALLEY
775-677-5499
Serves 1,953 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

MCQUEEN HS
6055 LANCER
775-746-5880
Serves 1,877 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.6

RENO HS
395 BOOTH STREET
775-333-5050
Serves 1,831 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.7

GALENA HS
3600 BUTCH CASSIDY WAY
775-851-5630
Serves 1,689 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.1

WOOSTER HS
1331 EAST PLUMB LANE
775-333-5100
Serves 1,471 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

HUG PROCTOR HS
2880 SUTRO
775-333-5300
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,242 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

WASHOE HS
2880 SUTRO STREET
775-333-5150
Serves 497 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.2

I CAN DO ANYTHING CHARTER SCHOOL
1195 CORPORATE BLVD. SUITE B
775-857-1544
A Charter School.
Serves 334 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.1

TMCC MAGNET HS
7000 DANDINI BOULEVARD
775-674-7660
A Non-traditional School
A Magnet School.
Serves 161 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 29.3

RAINSHADOW COMMUNITY CHARTER
434 WASHINGTON STREET
775-322-5566
A Charter School.
Serves 79 students.

HOMEBOUND
425 EAST NINTH
775-348-0271
A Non-traditional School

WITTENBERG HALL
1255 MILL STREET
775-238-2777
A Non-traditional School

OCCUPATIONAL CTR
1251 FOSTER DRIVE
775-322-6299
A Vocational School
A Magnet School.

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