Seasonal and year-round recreation opportunities surround “The Biggest Little City in the World.” Washoe County is within a high desert at the foot of the Sierra Nevada. The area is perfectly suited for golf, winter sports, water recreation and more. The National Automobile Museum, Nevada Museum of Art, Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, Riverwalk District and Sierra Arts Foundation enhance the culture offering live and local entertainment. Major events such as the annual Rib Cookoff, Hot August Nights and Street Vibrations are held at local venues such as Reno Events Center, Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center and National Bowling Stadium.
Burning Man, Downtown Reno Wine Walk, Nevadafest, Reno River Festival and Nevada Day are one-of-a-kind events in the Reno area. The Reno Aces, Reno Bighorns and Nevada Wolfpack offer local live sporting events.
Reno, NV features a thriving economy surrounded by magnificent nature including the Truckee River, Lake Tahoe, Pyramid Lake and Sierra Nevada Mountains. The economy is comprised of gaming/entertainment, healthcare, entrepreneurial and technology-based companies. Tesla, Google, Amazon and Apple all operate locally. In addition, a large number work in education and healthcare at Washoe County School District, University of Nevada, Reno or Renown Regional Medical Center. Top Gun Naval Base in Fallon, Nevada is the Navy’s premier air-to-air and air-to-ground training facility.
National Geographic, Livability.com, CBS This Morning and MSNBC all recognized the Reno quality of live and attractive economic climate.
Reno is within the rain shadow of the Sierra Nevada range creating a steppe climate. Measurable precipitation falls on an average of 23 days each year with 24 inches of snow and 10 inches of rain accumulating annually. More than 250 days of sunshine, hot summers and cool winters are also the norm.
The discovery of gold in the mid-1850s led to the development of a modest mining community. A mining rush occurred just a few years later when silver was also discovered. Following the establishment of a railroad station Reno was officially formed in 1868. When Washoe County was expanded in 1871, Reno became the county seat.