Reno, Nevada Education and City Information

Reno is a midsize city and tourist and gambling center in Nevada. It is home to several public and private colleges offering undergraduate and graduate programs. Find out more about the city's attractions, population, history and schools below.

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About Reno, Nevada

Reno is the second largest city in Nevada, after Las Vegas, with a population of around 237,000, as of 2014 U.S. census estimates. It's median household income, over 2010-2014, was $46,489.

Situated next to the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, Reno offers a variety of outdoor activities to residents, including numerous ski resorts and opportunities for hiking, golfing and rafting. Attractions in the city include the National Automobile Museum, West Street Market and Reno Philharmonic, in addition to a variety of casinos, restaurants and retail stores. Lake Tahoe is nearby and offers residents access to water sports, such as fishing and sailing.

Educational Opportunities

The city is home to ten postsecondary institutions, including the University of Nevada - Reno, the oldest university in the State. The University of Nevada-Reno enrolls about 20,000 students in its bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. The university's online MBA programs were ranked as number 31 in the country, by U.S. News & World Report in 2016.

Truckee Meadows Community College is a 2-year public college in the city, with certificate and associate's degree programs for around 11,600 students. An assortment of career and specialty schools are also found here.

Economy and Industry Outlook

The original economy of Reno depended on subsistence farming before gold was discovered in Virginia City and then silver at the Comstock Lode. This silver had to be transported through the Truckee Meadows which led to Reno's development as an economic center. After the legalization of gambling in Nevada in 1931, Reno developed casinos and publicized itself as a tourist center.

As of 2010-2014 census data, Reno's top industries include educational services; health care and social assistance; arts, entertainment, and recreation; and accommodation and food services. These two areas had a combined total employment of over 40,000 persons.

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