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Reno, Nevada: Best Place to Live, Work, Visit, and Retire

Updated on August 31, 2018
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Ms. Inglish is a successful Employment & Training pro, setting Midwest regional records with tens of thousands placed in gainful employment.


Best Places in America

From 2010 to 2017, Reno was named by and others as one of the ten best American communities in which to live, start a business, celebrate holidays, and enjoy an emerging green community. By 2018, the city was still ranked among the top 35 out of thousands.

Change Makes a Family Friendly Town

Reno, Nevada was once known as The Divorce Capital of the World, based on the fact that residency for divorce proceedings could be established in a very short time. Reno has also been called Sin City and The Neon Babylon because of the numerous divorces and the popularity of resort hotels and gaming establishments. In the 21st century, all that changed.

The Reno lifestyle is moderation in everything. Four seasons and none of them are too long, too cold or too hot.

— Peter, on Sperling's Best Places

Reno Economic Growth Best in the Nation

The Reno-Sparks Metro, is the official seat of Washoe County, with access to many government jobs.

The city enjoyed 30% employment growth overall in the decade from 1998 - 2008 and continued to grow new jobs through 2018, Nevada is the fastest growing economy in the USA.

A new level of increases began in December 2012, with February 2014 seeing over 8,000 job openings and September 2018 featuring over 9,500 advertised jobs.

This growth boosts local and state economy, joining with the Greater Las Vegas Area's economic health. These two metro statistical areas together provide the bulk of all new businesses and new jobs in the entire state. One hallmark of this growth is the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center, the largest such center in the world. located a few miles to the south of the metro area.

Two metro statistical areas together provide the bulk of all new businesses and new jobs in the entire state: Las Vegas and Reno.

Reno NV City Hall:
Reno, NV 89501, USA

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The city of Sparks is a few miles to the east.

Truckee River Walk, featuring the National Automobile Museum:
10 Lake St, Reno, NV 89501, USA

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Paiute Indian Colony:
1715 Kuenzli St, Reno, NV 89502, USA

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Downtown Reno - Truckee River Walk.Fountain on the river walk.
Downtown Reno - Truckee River Walk.
Downtown Reno - Truckee River Walk. | Source
Fountain on the river walk.
Fountain on the river walk. | Source

Reno's Truckee River was named after the Northern Paiute Medicine Chief, Truckee. His Paiute name was Wuna Mucca, meaning "The Giver of Spiritual Gifts."

Paiute Medicine Chief, Truckee.
Paiute Medicine Chief, Truckee. | Source

Historic Paiute Nation People

The Paiute people are divided into three groups, all of which live in Nevada:

  1. Northern Paiute and Panamint: California, Idaho, Nevada, and Oregon.
  2. Owens Valley Paiute: California and Nevada.
  3. Southern Paiute: Arizona, lower California, Nevada, and Utah.

Reno Air Show: Popular tourist attraction.
Reno Air Show: Popular tourist attraction. | Source

Business and Job Market

Business Development in the Desert

Major General Jesse L. Reno served in the 9th Army Corps during the American Civil War, dying a hero. He had also fought at Bull Run, so the local community named their town after him in 1868.

A 1776 Spanish horse trail near Reno became a wagon trail and then a highway that led to automobiles, trucks, and a toll bridge that began as a log laid across the Truckee River. early on, many rode the trail to Spanish colonies, the California Gold Rush, industries grew with the traffic, and Reno was founded.

The post-Civil War town lived on mining (at least 17 minerals are still extracted locally in the 2010s), brothels, and gambling houses, but the 21st century brought additional revenue from not only entertainment and casinos, but also health, education, and technologies.

New Business Highlights

  • AeroSpec NDT Services joins the American Southwest in aerospace industry leadership. The employee pool is to average over $31.00 per hour in wages.
  • Apple broke ground in 2018 for large multi-million warehouse in the downtown area in 2018. A new expansion of its data center is planned for the area as well on Highway I-80.
  • EdgeCore is building a giant new data facility to open in the area, with at least 50 new employees yet to be hired are estimated to start at a wage of about $24.00.
  • Ellsworth Adhesives will open a huge manufacturing and distribution plant in May 2019, with distribution of adhesive-related materials and a range of equipment for several industries in the US - and Mexico unless the Trump Administration intervenes. Average wages will be over $30.00 per hour.
  • Monin will open an 80,000 ft2 facility for the manufacture of beverage syrups and concentrates, sweeteners and flavorings. Hundreds of positions will open up.

General Reno's son, Jesse W., invented the escalator.

Largest Employers in Reno-Sparks Area

The largest area employers include echnologies and healthcare companies:

  1. Cisco Systems
  2. Alere Medical Technology.
  3. Microsoft Licensing, GP
  4. International Game Technology: The world's largest slot machine manufacturer.
  5. Charter Communications: Cable TV & Internet. Large provider in Canada and the USA.
  6. Employers' Insurance: Workers' Compensation Insurance.
  7. Reno Tahoe Technology Center: Tech education and development.
  8. Washoe Medical Center, South: Surgical Center.

Reno's Top 10 Hot Jobs in High Demand Thru 2024

  1. Architecture and Engineering; Construction: especially mining, aerospace, and building industries, including IT sectors.
  2. Production and Extraction, Materials Moving: Manufacturing and mineral extraction.
  3. Education: K-12 and college teachers/instructors.
  4. Community and Social Services
  5. Food Preparation and Service
  6. IT: Computer and math-related jobs.
  7. Life, Physical, and Social Sciences
  8. Business and Financial Operations
  9. Healthcare Practitioners, Techs, and Healthcare Support
  10. Protective Services

Mining Jobs, Especially in Gold and Silver

  1. Nevada Mining Association: gold, silver, other. Jobs pay up to $50.00+ per hour. An annual mining convention is held in early September.
  2. Golder Associates
  3. Ledcor
  4. EP Minerals, LLC
  5. Komatsu
  6. Martin Marietta Materials
  7. Delta Fire Systems, Inc.
  8. U.S. Silica

Summary of Most Well-Paid High Demand Jobs

  1. Doctors: Pediatricians are the highest paid professionals in the area.
  2. Judges and Magistrates
  3. Elevator Installers and Power Line Installers
  4. Materials and Other Engineers, especially in aerospace industries.
  5. Police/Detective and Fire Department Supervisors
  6. Elementary and Secondary School Administrators
  7. Teachers of Environmental Science in high school and college, followed by mainstream teachers in K-12 classrooms.
  8. Teachers of College-Level Biology, Chemistry, Economics, and Math
  9. Industrial Designers
  10. IT: Operations Research and Information Security Analysts

Employers Advertising the Most Jobs

  1. Renown Health and Premiere Health
  2. Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen: Chain restaurants.
  3. St. Mary's Regional Medical Center
  4. Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
  5. Marriott International, Inc.
  6. Vail Resorts: Skiing and accommodations.
  7. Round Table Pizza
  8. Tesla: Automobile maker and aerospace industries.
  9. University of Nevada at Reno
  10. Sierra Nevada Corporation

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Well maintained retro motels and motor courts add to the charm of Reno, Nevada.1906 Adams Farwell. National Automobile Museum.
Well maintained retro motels and motor courts add to the charm of Reno, Nevada.
Well maintained retro motels and motor courts add to the charm of Reno, Nevada. | Source
1906 Adams Farwell. National Automobile Museum.
1906 Adams Farwell. National Automobile Museum.

Travel and Tourism Jobs and Recreational Opportunities

  • Animal Ark. This is a refuge for injured wildlife, including big cats and raptors. 1265 Deerlodge Rd, Reno, NV 89508
  • Annual Hot Air Balloon Race: First week in September. 1425 E. Greg Street
    Sparks, NV 89431. Event is held at Rancho San Rafael Park.
  • National Automobile Museum; 10 Lake St, Reno, NV 89501. Open standard daytime business hours, seven days a week.

Indigenous History and Tourism

During the Glacial Period of history some 12,000 years ago, ice melt in the mountains eroded the Nevada floor each summer into what are now gullies and riverbeds in areas that attract tourists and school groups.

Early Native Americans here were the Anasazi - the Ancient Ones, still holding fascination for visitors. Pow Wows, native arts, and resort areas make up part of the Native American business enterprise in and around Reno.

Native venues attract many tourists away from some non-tribal resorts, but the owners of those establishments have become consultants sell large numbers of supplies to these tribal businesses.

The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony became a federally recognized tribe in 1934.

Higher Education for Job Seekers and Students

A number of faculty and staff positions can be found at the following institutions.


* Morrison University

* University of Nevada Reno: Campus Information

Career Colleges and Similar

  1. Career College of Northern Nevada
  2. Truckee Meadows Community College
  3. Meadows Bible Institute
  4. Nevada School of Insurance
  5. Northern Nevada Real Estate

Technical and Vocation Schools

  • Regional Technical Institute
  • Western Truck Driving School

Sports Opportunities for Jobs and Spectator Entertainment

Sports for entertainment, recreation, and even career opportunities are available in the larger Reno area of Nevada at the following organizations.

College Level Sports

  • Nevada Wolf Pack: Football & Basketball

Additional Sports

  • Reno Silver Sox: Golden Baseball League

  • Raiders Hockey (ECHL)

  • The National Bowling Stadium: "United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Opens" competitions every 3 years. 300 N Center St, Reno, NV 89501. The video below shows the regionally known "Cheetah Pattern."


  • Banning D. Nevada's Economic Outlook: 2018 Blue Skies Ahead. Nevada Business, 2018. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  • EDAWN - Economic Development in Reno-Sparks-Tahoe. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
  • Tanza L. and Abadi, M. The 50 best places to live in America for 2018. Business Insider, 2018. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; April 2018: Highest paying jobs in Reno-Sparks Metro Area.

© 2008 Patty Inglish MS


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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thanks for that info - sounds like a nice place to live.

    • SMcGuire45 profile image


      11 years ago from Nevada

      Reno really isn't fast paced at all, it's nothing like Las Vegas. Really in most parts of the city you wouldn't even know it's a gaming town or that it's home to roughly 350,000 people.

    • Bueller's Way profile image

      Bueller's Way 

      12 years ago from Massachussetts

      If there isn't a job here, there is always a job someplace else. Though I think Reno might be a bit fast paced for many.

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      Dr. Helen Borel 

      12 years ago from New York City

      Patty Inglish, MS...very complete overview of the job prospects out there. Thx for the valuable info...when I come West, I'll look into these. all the best, Creativita


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