2010: 225,221, #89 in U.S, #3 in Nevada

1950: 32,500

2010 Metropolitan Area: 425,417, #116 in U.S.


Reno was established in 1868 along the Truckee River, just east of the Sierra Nevada. It became the most important settlement between Salt Lake City and Sacramento on the transcontinental railroad. Today, Reno has a downtown Riverwalk and a Whitewater Park with kayaks and rafts. The University of Nevada, Reno, is just north of downtown.


Tallest building: Silver Legacy Casino, 410 feet (1995)


Reno has no downtown department stores.


Amtrak’s California Zephyr goes west to Sacramento and Emeryville (near Oakland) and east to Salt Lake City, Denver, and Chicago from the old Southern Pacific station (1926, renovated 2006).


The Nevada Museum of Art and the National Automobile Museum are in the downtown area.


Reno and the Sierra Nevada
(Photo by Stan Shebs)


The Century Riverside 12 is a first-run movie theater located downtown. The Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts (1967) hosts the Reno Philharmonic and touring Broadway shows.


The Reno Aces, Triple-A Pacific Coast League affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, play at Greater Nevada Field (2009). The Lawlor Events Center (1983), on the campus of the University of Nevada, has sporting events, concerts, and other events.

Map of Downtown Reno

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