The town that calls itself "The Biggest Little City in the World" is now home to over 200,000 residents. Though the number of people living here has grown steadily in recent years, the town has managed to stay true to their nickname. Reno provides a much of the entertainment of bigger places like Las Vegas but on a smaller scale. For people looking for a more mountainous area, plenty of outdoor activities and a smaller town feel, the Reno area provides a unique alternative to Las Vegas. While still home to a variety of casinos and entertainment, Reno still gives you the feeling of being in the "old west" with a charming main street and more laid back feel than Las Vegas. Though it may seem that Reno is trying hard to become the next Las Vegas, the towns residents prefer this quieter more laid back atmosphere.
Set at an elevation of 4,400 feet with a backdrop of snow-capped mountains, Reno provides a setting that makes you feel as though you are not in Nevada. The higher altitude means winter and summer highs are consistently around 15 degrees cooler than Las Vegas and the area experiences around two feet of snow a year. Expect summer highs around 90 and January temps to average in the mid-40s. But be aware that summer lows consistently drop into the 40s. The nearby mountains provide countless recreational opportunities such as hiking, biking, fishing and snow-skiing. Nearby Lake Tahoe is less than an hour drive from the town.
Reno is alive with cultural opportunities. Every year, the town comes alive at any one of the dozens of festivals throughout the town. Residents enjoy everything from hot air balloon, art and food festivals to dances, symphonies, orchestra and ballet. Plus, the walking and biking trails set along the banks of the Truckee river provide for great recreational and park space that is a constant hub of activity in the summer time.
The University of Nevada Reno is home to 17,000 undergrad students and provides great continuing education courses for the 55+ crowd. In addition, for those seeking part time work, the Casinos are adamant about hiring retirees who are looking for extra income or a way to stay busy.
Real estate prices are somewhat less than the Las Vegas area but still above the national average. For people seeking retirement in the area there are several 55+ active retirement communities around Reno.