Reno, Nevada

Reno: The second most populous city in Nevada. It is located in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Reno is known for its casinos, its many outdoor activities, and its many attractions, such as the National Automobile Museum and the Truckee River Whitewater Park.


Reno is a city located in the county of Washoe in the U.S. state of Nevada. Its population at the 2010 census was 225,221 and a population density of 790 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 259,290 inhabitants.

The city was created 166 years ago in 1857.

Reno is a city situated in northwest Nevada, lying along the Truckee River. With a population of over 259,000, it is the third most populous city in Nevada after Las Vegas and Henderson.

History and Origins

Reno was founded in 1868 and grew significantly as a key railroad town. Gambling and tourism fueled much of its economy in the 20th century.

Key historical facts:

  • Originally named Lake's Crossing, renamed Reno after a Civil War general
  • Served as a legal divorce destination starting in the early 1900s
  • Legalized gambling in 1931, establishing tourism and casinos
  • Hosted major events like the National Bowling Championships

Economy and Major Industries

In addition to tourism, Reno's major industries today include technology, healthcare, education, manufacturing, and logistics. Top employers are:

  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • Washoe County School District
  • Renown Regional Medical Center
  • International Game Technology
  • Amazon Fulfillment Center

The city serves as a cultural and commercial hub.

Attractions and Things to Do

Top attractions include:

  • National Bowling Stadium
  • Outdoor recreation at the Truckee River
  • Auto museums like the National Automobile Museum
  • Nightlife scene downtown along Virginia Street
  • Special events like Hot August Nights and the Reno Air Races

Reno offers an array of casinos, entertainment, culture, and outdoor activities.

Reno locator map
Location of Reno on Nevada map.

Quick Facts about Reno

Population : 259,290 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Nevada (United States)
County : Washoe County
Postal code : 89500–89599
Phone Area Codes : 775
Area : 285.27 km2
Altitude : 4,505 feet / 1373 meters
Capital city : Reno is capital of Washoe County
Establishment : January 01, 1858 (166 years ago)
Time Zone : Pacific Time Zone
Local time : 01:36:44 (14th July 2024)
Density : 909 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 13.14% (2010-2020)
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Reno Nevada photo D Ramey Logan
Reno  Nevada photo D Ramey Logan image


Reno is located at 39°31'47"N 119°48'50"W (39.5296300, -119.8138000).

Reno map

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The population of Reno increased by 13.14% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 225,221 - census
2011 227,061 0.81% estimation process
2012 228,926 0.81% estimation process
2013 230,987 0.89% estimation process
2014 234,096 1.33% estimation process
2015 238,082 1.67% estimation process
2016 242,143 1.68% estimation process
2017 246,615 1.81% estimation process
2018 250,146 1.41% estimation process
2019 255,601 2.13% estimation process
2020 259,290 1.42% estimation process

Reno zip code is 89501. County name: Washoe, County fips: 32031

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People born in Reno (181)

People born in Reno, including Swiss politician and historian David Hiler, director and screenwriter Curtis Hanson, freestyle skier Shannon Bahrke, .


  • Jennifer Harman (American poker player) she was born in 29/11/1964
  • Eva Twardokens (American alpine skier) she was born in 28/04/1965
  • Dawn Wells (American actress) she was born in 18/10/1938
  • Chase Ellison (American actor) he was born in 22/09/1993
  • Chris Jones (American musician and composer) he was born in 11/11/1958
  • Inga Thompson (American racing cyclist) she was born in 27/01/1964
  • Scotty Bahrke (American freestyle skier) he was born in 19/07/1985
  • Marie Nyswander (Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst) she was born in 13/03/1919
  • Paul Laxalt (American politician (1922-2018)) he was born in 02/08/1922
  • Eric Whitacre (American composer) he was born in 02/01/1970
  • Kristoffer Polaha (American actor) he was born in 18/02/1977
  • Steven Lerud (American baseball player) he was born in 13/10/1984
  • Bryce Johnson (American actor) he was born in 18/04/1977
  • Sailor Jerry (American tattoo artist (1911-1973)) he was born in 14/01/1911
  • Gabriel Damon (American actor) he was born in 23/04/1976
  • James L. Reveal (U.S. botanist (1914–2015)) he was born in 29/03/1941
  • James David Santini (American politician (1937-2015)) he was born in 13/08/1937
  • Jaelyn Fox (American movie actress) she was born in 18/02/1988

Schools in Reno

College & universities near Reno, NV

Code Name City ZIP
476841 Paul Mitchell the School-Reno Reno (NV) 89502
182290 University of Nevada-Reno Reno (NV) 89557
457785 International Academy of Style Reno (NV) 89502-1559
454555 Milan Institute of Cosmetology-Reno Reno (NV) 89502
443669 Milan Institute-Sparks Sparks (NV) 89431

Stations (10)

Amtrak & bus stations near Reno, NV

Code Name Address Type
RNO Reno 280 North Center St. RAIL
SPX Sparks, Nevada (Thruway Buses) 1100 Nugget Avenue BUS
SPR Sparks, Nevada (Train Stop) Nugget Ave. east of 11th St. RAIL
TRU Truckee station 10065 Donner Pass Road RAIL
SOD Soda Springs, California 22002 Donner Pass Rd. BUS

Post offices near Reno

Post Office Name City ZIP
Downtown Reno New Post Office Reno (NV) 89501
University Ren Post Office Reno (NV) 89503
Washington Post Office Reno (NV) 89503
Galena Post Office Reno (NV) 89502
Ren Post Office Reno (NV) 89510

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Other cities in Washoe County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Washoe County , NV.

City Name Population Title
Sparks 106,900 The most populous city in Washoe County, Nevada.
Spanish Springs 15,064 Census designated place
Cold Springs 8,544 City in Nevada, United States of America
Sun Valley 1,406 Resort city in Blaine County, Idaho, United States

Distance to Other Cities

Reno distances to largest Nevada cities