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Where to Retire in Reno and Home Prices

Some of the larger buildings in the downtown buildings such as the Comstock have been converted to residential use.There are many new developments here, some of which have problems with foreclosures and defaults. Some are for people of all ages, while others are more for active adults and 55+. (see link at right).

Nevada has been one of the hardest hit states in the recession of 2008-10. According to the National Association of Realtors the median home value in Reno/Sparks had dropped to about $156,600 in mid 2011.  By the first quarter of 2016, the median home sale price had recovered to $291,400, and by the the fist quarter of 2017 it had risen to $320,300.  Nevada is a tax paradise with no state income tax and the 49th highest tax burden. See our mini-guide to Nevada retirement.

What is special about Reno

Outdoor recreation is readily accessible from Reno, thanks to its desert, Lake Tahoe, and the nearby Sierra Nevadas,

What is not special about Reno

Reno is very windy and dry. Thanks to overbuilding, there are a lot foreclosures and unemployed. Some people are upset about crime in Reno.

Climate and Physical Environment

Reno is the northwest corner of Nevada very near the city of Sparks. It sits in the rain shadow of the Sierra Nevada, so it only gets about 7" of rain per year. The average July high temperature is 91 and the average January low is 22. The wettest month is January (1").

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Reno has a full range of cultural institutions including museums, orchestras, galleries, the Nevada Shakespeare Company, the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, and an active library system. Reno holds several events and festivals throughout the year. They include Hot August Nights, which is a classic car convention. There are also minor league teams for most professional sports.

Crime

The City-Data.com Crime Index in Reno is 420 vs. the national index of 320.  It is higher than the U.S. average in all categories of crime.

Medical facilities

Renown Medical Center, Saint Mary's Medical Center

Transportation

Reno has an active bus transportation system, RTC Ride. Amtrak serves Reno. The Reno/Lake Tahoe Airport provides convenient air service. Reno is about average in walkability and biking when compared to other communities.

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