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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Reno is a city in Nevada with a population of 239,732. Reno is in Washoe County and is one of the best places to live in Nevada. Living in Reno offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Reno there are a lot of bars, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Reno and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Reno are above average.
About Reno...
Population
239,732

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$265,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$906
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    53%
  • Own
    47%
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Reno Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    456.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    69
    40.7
  • Robbery
    120.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    425.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,557.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    416.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    13%

Working in Reno

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$52,106
National
$55,322
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Reno, NV has been a great college town to reside in for these past 5 years. I was able to attain my undergrad and go back to school for Nursing. Despite the drug and alcohol problem that lingers throughout downtown, it brings in quite a diverse environment from the Sacramento and Bay Area. Every day the town grows and expands due to large corporations stepping in and making residence outside the town!
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I love Reno with my whole heart. It really such an amazing and beautiful city. If you are not a fan of extremely big town or extremely small towns, then Reno Nevada is the right place for you because it is perfect in size. We are not called the biggest little city in the world for no reason. There is a lot to do here from great dining, to amazing places to hike and beautiful views. Lake Tahoe is only 45 mins away from here! Reno has one of the best sunsets I have ever seen.
When I moved to Reno in 2009, it was a far different place than it is now. The population has exploded. There is a housing shortage, the infrastructure development has not kept pace with the growth. The local economy cannot afford to pay most of the city's residents living wages, and living with roommates is common across all age ranges. The homeless population has also exploded. Violence has increased. Emergency services are understaffed and overworked, and their response times to incidents (of which I have been involved in several, due to my line of work) is becoming longer and longer, if they respond at all (also an increasingly frequent issue).

That all being said, it is a beautiful area, and there are jobs left and right (unless you get to work at Tesla/Panasonic or a Degree Requiring Job, they don't pay well, but they are there). There is an increasing amount of things to do, and for the time being, the city remains a party town, with many, many options for staying out 24/7.