Also known as The Biggest Little City
Reno, Nevada…once known as the Divorce Capital, now known more for its quality of life as a medium sized city providing more than a mecca gambling destination or a new marital status. Located a mere 30 miles west of Truckee CA and just over 100 miles to Sacramento, CA, Reno is further west than Los Angeles, CA. The “Biggest Little City”, a name given as a result of the wide range of cosmopolitan amenities in a city of its relatively small size has become a desirable place for many to call home.
My love affair with Reno and Northern Nevada began as a teen in 1970, when I was led here by a Naval transfer with my family. Then, as an adult in 1995, I returned to the call of the Sierra’s and the echo of the Washoe Zephyr afternoon winds and made Reno my forever home and never looked back. I tell this story to those potential relocates who will listen and offer the many reasons for making it a forever home.
The “Biggest Little City” still offers a wide range of cosmopolitan amenities and now boasts a population of 251,000. Reno, situated in Washoe County, one of the State’s 17 counties has a population of 456,000 with neighboring City of Sparks, 100,000 residents. “Home Means Nevada” is the state’s song and Nevada is also dubbed the Silver State, a nick-name given during the Nevada silver rush in the 1880’s.
The entire Silver State’s population is estimated at just under 3 million. Some of the State’s more alluring qualities, no state income tax, less expensive worker’s compensation rates, a strong Dynasty Trust Law, and wide-open spaces for enjoyment. Lake Tahoe is located a mere 30 minutes from Reno and offer some of the finest North American ski resorts with winter and summer trails. It’s no wonder why many are considering Reno for their next move, for both work and play. Nevada is 85% Public Land and tips the scales with hiking trails, camping and fishing locales and “purple mountain majesty” sunsets.
While Reno’s cost of living is 7% higher than the Nation’s average, the summers are comfortably arid, and generally the temperature drop in the evenings can be as much as 30 degrees, making it a high desert oasis unlike its sister city to the south-Las Vegas. On average, Reno’s rainfall is less than 9 inches annually while the country’s average is 28 inches and to balance the precipitation, experiences on average, 252 days of sunshine a year. Sperlings, Best Places has given Reno an index rating of 7.5/10, which means it is more comfortable than most places in Nevada. Reno’s elevation is 4,506 feet above sea-level and for comparison, Las Vegas is 2,001 feet above sea-level. The distance between these cities, the State’s two largest populated cities is 449 miles and San Francisco is located 218 miles from Reno.
U.S. News & World Report has released a ranking of its 2018 Best Places to Live in the United States, and according to the list, Reno is near the top. Reno came in at 33rd place in the ranking of the country\’s 125 largest metropolitan areas. As reported by the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada’s Epic Report in January 2019 (EDAWN), by the end of 2023, the region’s population, employment and households will grow by 54,750 persons, 51,585 jobs and 22,559 households.
Reno-Sparks offers a region for everyone to enjoy both personally and economically, it’s no longer just a place to “get away” but a place to live and prosper. Reno’s airport is centrally located with many flights into and out of daily and Interstate 80, an east–west transcontinental freeway in the United States runs through Reno along with US Route 395a north-south Highway and Interstate 580 all of which allow easy access around, to and through the region.
Central to much, open to all and accessible in all four-seasons, this was my dream over 25 years ago, when I pulled up stakes in Southern California, moved my family and returned to add to canvas of some of the greatest childhood memories of skiing, kayaking, fishing, rock hounding, and old town visiting. It’s a lifestyle, a choice of quality over quantity in today’s hustle bustle big city life; and one which I draw upon to share with the newest residents of the Silver State and the town I call home, Reno.
About the Author – Reno-Sparks Real Estate Agent Kathy Wilson
I received my B.A. in Theater Arts from San Jose State University. After a very short stint in professional theater, I spent the next sixteen years involved in Law Enforcement in California. I have always been entrepreneurial owning businesses in both California and Nevada. The most recent being, Sonny’s Italian Restaurant in Reno, NV. I have been selling real estate in Nevada since 2009 and the sale of my restaurant, I am consistently in the top sales categories, receiving numerous top producer awards. I have lived in Reno, on and off since 1970 and permanently since 1995.
I’m married to a wonderful man, Keith Sietsema who sells building materials in the Reno-Sparks area. Between the two of us, we know market trends and work to stay ahead of the curve in real estate. We have a great blended family of my daughter, Megan and her husband,Ross, Keith\’s sons, Josh & Christopher and my Bonus daughters in Southern California. I love to ski, golf, fly fish, ride bicycles, walk, and act in community theater.
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