The township of Reno was founded in 1868 when Myron Lake, landowner and entrepreneur, offered 80 acres of his land as a town site to the Central Pacific Railroad in exchange for a train station at his crossing. Within a month, trains were running six days a week through Reno, a depot hotel was opened for business, and a post office was established. Lake's Crossing was the first name for the Reno area. In 1903, Reno was incorporated, named after Civil War General Jesse Reno. In 1928, Reno celebrated the completion of the transcontinental highway system by revealing the first lighted "Biggest Little City in the World" arch. Reno draws people for it's proximity to year-round outdoor activies- golf, skiing, horseback riding, ballooning, biking, kayaking and all sorts of adventuring. The cost of living and home prices have dropped as of late, making Reno an attractive alternative to larger Western cities. With a favorable tax and business climate along with an ideal climate, Reno is an up and coming choice for buyers.

Physical Environment
Located in the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains, and minutes away from Lake Tahoe, the Reno community sits at 4,400 feet above sea level and is surrounded by natural beauty and limitless recreational opportunities. The Reno region has access to over 16 alpine ski resorts and over 40 golf courses.

Business Environment
Many Fortune 500 companies have a significant presence in Northern Nevada. These companies represent a range of top multi-national brands that have chosen Reno/Sparks/Lake Tahoe in which to do business because of Nevada's tax-friendly environment and unparalleled quality of life.

While a summer afternoon high may exceed 90 degrees, a light jacket or sweater is often needed after sunset. Nights with low temperatures over 60 degrees are rare. Afternoon temperatures in the winter are moderate. This mild climate and abundant sunshine allow for full time access to recreation and make Reno an attractive year-round destination.

Reno: 180,480
Sparks: 66,346
All of Washoe County: 333,486

Reno is at an elevation of 4,400 feet (1,341 meters) above mean sea level. To the West, the Sierra rises from elevations of 9,000 feet (2,743 meters) to 11,000 feet (3,352 meters) feet. Lower mountains to the East reach 6,000 feet (1,828 meters) to 7,000 feet (2,133 meters).

Notable Rankings

  • Ranked 2 as the "Best State for Business" (Chief Executive Magazine 01/01/06)
  • Ranked 3 among the "Best Places to Live" (Men's Journal 03/16/05)
  • Ranked top 3 "Hot Residential Markets" (Forbes Magazine 03/01/04)
  • Ranked 3 in the nation for "Growth in Women-owned Firms" (Center for Women's Business Research (04/28/04)
  • Ranked in the top 5 "Best States for Business" (Development Counselors of New York 09/20/05)
  • Ranked 21 in the "Best Performing Cities" (Milken Institute 02/01/2006)
Total Area: 85 square miles
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