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Living a Singles Lifestyle in Reno, Nevada

As the 4th largest city in Nevada with a population of about 220,000, Reno is a large enough place for single people to be happy. It is famous for its nightlife and gambling which means there is always something to do at night other than stay home and watch TV. The larger and more successful hotel casinos include the Atlantis, the Peppermill and the Grand Sierra Resort. Reno is also a college town, which is other reason it is attractive to singles. University of Nevada-Reno and Truckee Community College make Reno are both present here. In 2004, the city completed a $1.5 million whitewater park on the Truckee River in downtown Reno - the facility now attracts paddlers from all over the region. There are 18 ski areas within 2 hours. 

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, s Some are for people of all ages, while others are more for active adults and 55+. (see link at left). According to the National Association of Realtors the median home value in Reno/Sparks was $595,200 during the first quarter of 2022. 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, and crime rate is high.

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.


The 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


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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