Reno : Nevada

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What Reno is like for active adults
Reno, "The Biggest Little City in the World",  is the 4th largest city in Nevada with a population of about 220,000. It is near the slightly smaller city of Sparks in the northwest corner of Nevada. Reno came to fame in the 20th century when people from the east, particularly New Yorkers, came here to get a quickie divorce. Gambling is very important to Reno's economy, although it is no longer the gambling capital of Nevada. The larger and more successful hotel casinos include the Atlantis, the Peppermill and the Grand Sierra Resort.The downtown has had some renewal work since several casinos closed.   The nearby Sierra Nevada Mountains and deserts make this a great area for people who like the outdoors. University of Nevada-Reno and Truckee Community College make Reno a college town. It has a full supply of cultural and sporting venues. 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.  Reno is near 3 major bodies of water - Lake Tahoe, the Truckee River, and Pyramid Lake
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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

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. But in early 2013 the median home value was listed at $195.3.  Nevada is a tax paradise with no state income tax and the 49th highest tax burden. See our mini-guide to Nevada retirement.

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What is special about this retirement community
Outdoor recreation is readily accessible from Reno, thanks to its desert, Lake Tahoe, and the nearby Sierra Nevadas,
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What is not special about this retirement community
Reno is very windy and dry. Thanks to overbuilding, there are a lot foreclosures and unemployed. Some people are upset about crime in Reno.
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What kinds of people like retiring here
People who like gambling and/or living near the mountains and lakes might like it in Reno. There are a lot of active adult communities to choose from. Test
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Local economy is driven by
Gambling, tourism, health care, and education are important to the local economy.
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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").
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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.
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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.
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Medical facilities

Renown Medical Center, Saint Mary's Medical Center

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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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Valuable Links
Wikipedia page for Reno
Nevada Retirement Guide
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Facts about RENO
  • State: NV
  • Environment: Urban,Suburban,College Town,Mountain,Desert,Outdoor Oriented,Singles,
  • City Population: 100,001+
  • Median age of Population: 0-24
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 20,001-40,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: No
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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