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Pros

-Tax climate
-Attractive setting
-Nearby mountains

Cons

-Growth and sprawl
-Rapid cost increases
-Employment sustainability


What Bert Has To Say About Reno-Sparks Metro Area


The self-described “Biggest Little City in the World” is growing up to be a not-so-little city, combining its traditional heritage as a transportation, mining, and gambling center with distinct features of a California satellite. Rapid growth has brought a more diverse amenity base and family-friendly environment that is quite desirable. A favorable tax climate and strategic location as a distribution point to northern California has generated commercial and industrial development.

The city has a lively but somewhat quirky downtown mixing older casinos and entertainment venues with modern commercial buildings, convention facilities, and modern casinos. Gambling and entertainment don’t dominate as they do in Las Vegas to the south. Sparks to the east is a commercial and industrial center but is starting to grow as a less expensive suburban alternative. The Sierra Nevada and Lake Tahoe areas to the west offer a wide range of recreational opportunities, with national forests and world-class ski areas.

The growth surge has led to considerable California-style sprawl into the desert, mainly south and northwest. Commercial zones close to downtown and the airport are also crowded and unattractive. The more appealing residential areas lie in the rising Sierra foothills to the southwest. The negatives reflect the California influence, bringing rapidly increasing costs as well as air quality and traffic issues.

Reno is located at the west edge of Truckee Meadows in a semiarid plateau lying in the lee of the Sierra Nevadas. To the immediate west, the Sierras rise to elevations of 9,000 feet to 11,000 feet. Desert hills to the east reach 6,000 feet to 7,000 feet. The Truckee River, flowing from the Sierras eastward through Reno, drains into Pyramid Lake. Landscape is primarily sagebrush desert with lush forests in the mountains to the west. The climate is high desert with daily temperature ranges often exceeding 45 degrees. While summer afternoon highs may exceed 90, a light jacket is often needed shortly after sunset. Nights with low temperatures over 60 are rare. Summers are dry and mild with occasional hot spells. Winter afternoon temperatures are moderate. The rain shadow from the Sierras blocks the brunt of Pacific storms in winter. Most precipitation falls from December through March, mainly as mixed rain and snow. Brief late afternoon thunderstorms are common in summer. Sunshine is abundant in all seasons. First freeze is mid-September, last is early June.


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Quick Facts About Reno


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Reno is 7.10 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Reno jobs have Increased by 2.95 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Reno's cost of living is 1.90% Higher than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Reno's population is 226,305 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 21.17 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 19 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Reno is $188,600. Home appreciation the last year has been 19.80 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Reno public schools spend $9,627 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 19.9 students per teacher in Reno.

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A response to SRKEEGAN and why I love RENO
Thank you srkeegan, I am another California transplant and love Reno to death, because of the mountains, benevolence shown to my family/myself since I moved here, and... (read more)
A response to SRKEEGAN and why I love RENO
Thank you srkeegan, I am another California transplant and love Reno to death, because of the mountains, benevolence shown to my family/myself since I moved here, and... (read more)
reno is not what you think
My family and I have lived here for close to three years. We moved here from Los Angeles, when I was dislocated from my work. The rent here is inexpensive, the food is... (read more)
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