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Welcome to Reno ...

The city of Reno is located in Washoe County<1> and is the County Seat for Washoe County.

Reno was established in 1850.

The origin (or the toponymy) of Reno: Named after Jesse L. Reno (1823-1862); a Major General for the Union Army who was killed at Fox's Gap during the Battle Of South Mountain.

When the people of Reno refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Renoite<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Reno has a population of 256,058 people<3> (see below for details).

The community of Reno is 5,030 feet [1,533 m] above sea level.<4> In other words, the elevation of Reno is about 1 mile [or ~1½ km] above sea level.

Time Zone: Reno lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

The telephone area code for Reno: (775)

Websites for Reno ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Junior League:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Reno had an population of 256,058 people. This is an increase of 13.69% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 41.88% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Reno had a population of 225,221 people (or 53.45% of the total population of Washoe County). This makes Reno the county's most populous community.

The population of Reno represents 8.34% of the population of Nevada (which has 2,700,551 people), making it the state's 3rd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 225,221 people, the population of Reno increased 24.79% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 180,480 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Reno.

Communities Also Named Reno ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 22 communities that are also named Reno - they are located in Alabama, Alberta, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas (2), Michigan (2), Minnesota (2), Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Texas (2).

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Reno.

Communities near Reno ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Reno.

  • Raleigh Heights
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Raleigh Heights
    • Raleigh Heights is located in Washoe County
  • Sun Valley
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the north)
  • Golden Valley
    (5 miles [8 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Golden Valley
    • Golden Valley is located in Washoe County
  • Hidden Valley
    (5 miles [8 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hidden Valley
    • Hidden Valley is located in Washoe County
  • Lawton
    (5 miles [8 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lawton
    • Lawton is located in Washoe County
  • Vista
    (5 miles [8 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Vista have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vista
    • Vista is located in Washoe County
  • Mogul
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mogul
    • Mogul is located in Washoe County
  • Lemmon Valley
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lemmon Valley
    • Lemmon Valley is located in Washoe County
  • Lockwood
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lockwood
    • Lockwood is located in Storey County
  • Verdi - Mogul
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the west)
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Verdi - Mogul. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<7>
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Verdi - Mogul
    • Verdi - Mogul is located in Washoe County

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Reno. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Reno.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Reno. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Reno.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Reno. Our list includes 75 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Reno.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Reno ...

Looking for more information about Reno? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Reno, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Reno.

Adding Reno to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Reno in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Reno was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<8>

From that list, the Reno post office opened in 1868.

We also found Reno in the book titled List of Post Offices in the United States (1870).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Reno.

The official website for Reno:

The official website for Washoe County:

The official website for State of Nevada:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Nevada's counties, including Washoe, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Reno refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Reno may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Reno.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Reno - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<7>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<8>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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