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Reno is a city in Washoe County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named after Union Gen. Jesse Lee Reno, who was killed in the Civil War.
The latitude of Reno is 39.529N. The longitude is -119.812W.
It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 4,505 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 193,882.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Reno demographic reports
Reno is on the Truckee River, at the base of the Sierra Nevada.
Former and merged names include:
· Fullers Crossing
· Lake's Crossing
· Lake's Bridge
After the Central Pacific Railroad was built in 1868, the town became an important link for the gold and silver mines of Virginia City.
Gambling, marriage and divorce became important contributors to the local economy.
When other states began lengthening residency requirements for divorce, Nevada shortened its requirements. More than 32,000 divorces were granted in the county from 1929 to 1939, at a time when Reno's population was just 18,000.
Public transportation: Citifare (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1,255. The number of murders and homicides was 11. The violent crime rate was 6.4 per 1,000 people.
Reno received national attention for 1920 divorce of "America's Sweetheart," actress Mary Pickford (who then married actor Douglas Fairbanks)
Filming location for:
· 1992 movie, "Sister Act"
· 1961 movie, "The Misfits"
Well-known residents have included:
· Julia Mancuso, 2006 Olympics gold medal winner (alpine skiing - giant slalom)
· Curtis Hanson, director and producer
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
- Reno Film Festival - May 2-6, 2007
- Great Italian Festival - Oct. 6-7, 2007
- Reno Rodeo - June 15-23, 2007
- Reno Celtic Celebration - Oct. 6-7, 2007
- River Festival - May 10-13, 2007
- Reno Jazz Festival - April 26-28, 2007
Dates often change. Check Reno web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Foundation Orchestra, Reno Philharmonic, Reno Chamber Orchestra, Nevada Opera
Nearby parks & recreation:
National Wild Horse & Burro Center, Pyramid Lake, Pyramid Lake hot spring, Smith Truckee River Walk
Scenic roads: Mount Rose Scenic Byway, Pyramid Lake Scenic Byway
Reno attractions: Fleischmann Planetarium, May Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Wild Island
Historic sites and museums: National Auto Museum, Keck Museum, May Museum, Nevada Historical Society Museum, Sparks Heritage Museum
Colleges and universities:
University of Nevada, Morrison College, Truckee Meadows Community College
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 127
All the people you saw on the streets in Reno were obviously there to get divorces.
-- Home Country
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Ancestry & family history
14% of Reno residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Reno ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Reno was $22,520, compared with $21,587 nationally.
25% of Reno residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Reno festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- River Festival - M
- Great Italian Festival - O
- Reno Jazz Festival - A
- Reno Rodeo - J
- Reno Film Festival - M
- Reno Celtic Celebration - O
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Reno festival web sites:
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Median rent in Reno, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $582. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,290.
Libraries in Reno include Duncan-Traner Library, Galena Community Library, North Valleys Library, Northwest Library, Reading & Information Referral Ctr, Senior Center Library, Sierra View Library, Washoe County Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Reno include Reno Gazette-Journal
TV stations in Reno include KAME, KNPB, KOLO, KREN, KRNV, KRXI, KTVN.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KUNR.
Washoe County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Reno political report.
Reno restaurants taking online reservations include Famous Murphys ... View restaurants
The average commute time for Reno workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 46 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Reno between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 2.5 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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