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Reno, Nevada

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Welcome to Reno ...

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

When the people of Reno refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Renoite<1>

From the  Census Estimates for 2017, Reno has a population of 248,853 people<2> (see below for details).

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.

The community of Reno is 5,030 feet [1,533 m] above sea level.<3> 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

Reno lies within the (775) area code.

Population Details ...

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 (that had a count of 180,480 people).

Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, Reno had an population of 248,853 people. This is an increase of 10.49% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 37.88% since the 2000 Census).

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

Communities near Reno ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance and not the distance if you are going to drive it.<4>.

Community   DirectionDistance
Copperfield - Historic   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
Golden Valley   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
Hidden Valley   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
Lawton   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
Lemmon Valley   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
Lockwood   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Reno.

Communities Also Named Reno ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 23 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, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Texas (2).

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

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Reno. We make it easy to see an overhead view of the cemetery.
  • 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 community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Reno. Our list includes 75 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Reno:

Websites for Reno ...

Official Website:
Chamber of Commerce:
Junior League:

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 get an overview with links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Reno, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information and a map of those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Reno.

Search for Local Businesses ...

People are finding Google's 'Search-by-Location' to be a useful tool when planning visits to this area. We have prepared the following searches to help you find businesses, travel and vacation activities that are in (or close to) Reno. It's likely that the search results won't include all of the businesses that are in this area, but the results should give you a good foundation for further searches.

LodgingGas StationsBanks
Bed & BreakfastTruck StopsATMs
RestaurantsAuto RepairReal Estate
 RV RepairRentals
PharmacyAuto PartsChurches
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AttractionsMotorcycle Parts 
 DentistsPost Offices
Auto RentalChiropractors 
Auto LeasingVeterinarians 

Business Owners: To appear in the above search results, your business will need to be listed with the Google Places service. Please use the below link to learn about and register for the free service.

If you find an error or if your business wasn't included in the results, please contact Google to register your business or report an error. We simply link to 'Search-by-Location' and have no control over their results. Only a registered owner/operator can add their business or correct mistakes - we can not do it for you.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Nevada

About Washoe County

About Nevada

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Reno:

The official website for Washoe County:

The official website for State of Nevada:

Footnotes ...

<1>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.

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<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Reno.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Reno - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in Reno. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Reno) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Reno. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Reno

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Reno. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.5358, Longitude: -119.8012     [Map].

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<5>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Reno.


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