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Best Neighborhoods In & Around Reno, NV

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
South Reno, Reno767.721,203
Northwest, Reno735.926,555
Old Northwest-West University, Reno711.220,849
Southwest, Reno683.435,520
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East Reno, Reno653.538,120
North Valleys, Reno659.632,035
South Central, Reno653.725,682
Northeast, Reno641.623,736

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Attractions10/10
Community8/10
Nightlife7/10
Dining8/10
Shopping8/10
I have lived in many places around the world through the years and I have found that each place has its pluses and minuses. You have to find out what is most important to you. For me and my family we want to be around family (my family is in Northern CA and Reno), a place with lots of sun but not hot, I don't like the cold or rain, amenities of a city but dislike crowds, and we need access to the mountains. We have lived everywhere from San Francisco Bay Area or the suburbs of Denver to a small mayan village on a beautiful lake in the mountains of Guatemala (while very beautiful, very inconvenient). We have lived in Reno on 4 separate occasions and currently live here (and don't think we will leave). Below are my honest reflections about Reno.WEATHERLots of sun is important to me and Reno has plenty. The rare thing is that it is generally not that hot (in comparison to other very sunny cities, ie Phoenix, Las Vegas...). The key to the weather here is that it is dry. Most people don't quite understand the dry. It makes the hot less hot because your body can cool itself without feeling sweaty and the cold feels less cold (I grew up in the damp SF area BRRR...). Summers will get into the 100s at times but as I said before, it doesn't feel too bad. The winters are cold but tame. It gets into the teens and has enough snow to make the occasional snowman but the snow rarely stays for more than a day or two. The other key to Reno weather is the wind. It can get windy here. There are parts of town better than others but in general, it is a windy place.THINGS TO DOOptions abound here. Reno has the same amount of things to do as any extremely large metropolis but it still is a small city. That's why its called the "biggest little city". We don't have the big pro sports teams but there is a minor league baseball team and soccer team with the stadium that provides great family fun. Many of the touring Vegas shows also come to Reno so there are plenty of concerts, shows, live theater, comedians... Dining options also abound. One of the best unique options in Reno is the sushi. The sushi here is uncommonly good and all the sushi restaurants have "all you can eat" as the mainstay for about $26. There are great restaurants with urban vibes downtown, quaint bakeries, franchise places in malls, pretty much any ethnic or style of restaurant possible.When we lived in Fort Collins CO it was very similar to Reno. One of the main differences is Reno's proximity to California. Fort Collins had the mountains and snow but no way to escape it. Reno is only 2 hours from Sacramento and warm weather in the winter if you need a break. within a day trip distance is Yosemite, San Francisco, Napa vineyards, the ocean as well as many of the other things that make CA a diverse and beautiful place. The outdoors needed a separate paragraph. There is a network of paved bike trails in town, especially the one along the Truckee river that extends all the way through the city. Tahoe isn't just nearby but very close. Tahoe would need a review in and of itself to describe all the activities from kayaking, skiing, waterskiing, hiking. It is breathtaking and amazing. It would be a great place to live except it is sooo expensive, very cold, and lacking daily conveniences I need which are here in Reno.FAMILY AMMENITIESHere I wish Reno was better. I have 6 kids. While Reno has plenty of outdoor activities and is becoming better in this area it cannot compare to places like Fort Collins CO or other specifically family friendly towns. There are plenty of parks and lots of stuff to do as a family but most of them cost money (Art Museum, Children's Museum, Aces Baseball Stadium, Ice Skating...). The best free family activities come during the month of July when the entire city celebrates Art Town for the entire month. Look it up, it is great for families, which leads to the next category...FESTIVALSHere it is really hard to beat Reno. For a city of this size, it has an enormous amount of festivals and celebrations and big ones too. Hot August Nights is probably one of the worlds biggest classic car festivals lasting a week in early August. There is the Hot Air Balloon Races (2nd largest in the world), the National Air Races (planes), National Rib Cookoff, Street Vibrations (motorcycles), Art Town, World championship kayak competition … the list just keeps going. Just about every month there is some festival going on.CULTUREThe culture of Reno carries with it much of the culture of Nevada in general as it is right next door to the capitol Carson City. This culture is a bit "wild West" meaning it is based in the "Don't bother me and I won't bother you" mentality. The benefit is that rules and regulations are more relaxed and neighbors are generally helpful and friendly. The downside is the lack of focus on social services for the disadvantaged making it a harder place for the poor. The culture has been shifting for the past 20 years or so. Years ago the place was founded in gaming but is has steadily moved away from that to outdoor activities. The mountains are so close you can visit them on your lunch break. This being such a nearby resource, the culture includes hiking and biking in the summer and skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. It is not very politically based society so neither Democrat nor Republican. Our family is multi-ethnic, some members being Caucasian, Black and Hispanic. Reno has no majority race among children and a slight majority of white among adults. The primary breakdown is white and Hispanic. There is an up and coming Asian and East Asian community. Unfortunately the Black community remains very small. Diversity here isn't great but it isn't monolithic as many places are. Differing cultures are definitely accepted here.EDUCATIONHere is Reno's big downside, public education here is bad (as is all of NV). Unfortunately, part of the culture doesn't value funding social programs and education falls in this category. We homeschooled so it wasn't an issue for us. There are good charter schools or other programs but if you are looking at Reno and have school age kids, this will have to be considered. For higher education, University Of Nevada, Reno is a great school and has lots of community support especially for the sports teams.COST OF LIVINGThere seem to be good jobs here of various types. Tech jobs are on the rise. The pay seems to be sufficient for a good lifestyle, maybe a little on the low side. Housing, whether buying or renting is getting expensive (as is everywhere) but I figure that will correct itself in the coming few years. It is no where near the cost of living in neighboring CA so in that regard it is a bargain which is why many of Reno's new population are from CA.SUMMARY - Best PartsI love that Reno has both Snow and Summer but both are mild. I love that Reno is sunny almost every day. I love that Reno is almost part of Tahoe and the mountains can be enjoyed every day in both view and in hiking. I love that Reno has the resources of a big city while still being quite small (dining, university, entertainment). I love that Reno is right next to the wonderful things of CA without actually being a part of the CA mess (I grew up in CA). I love the cultural focus on the outdoors. Of the many places we have lived, we decided Reno would be our home. The weather is great (though I still don't like the cold), our family is nearby, all the diversity nature has to offer is a daytrip away (including CA), there is always something to do and some festival to attend, and our mentality mostly matches the culture here.Kinda lengthy review. Reno isn't for everyone. It is dry, education is poor and there aren't great social services but it has world class outdoor activities and plenty of sun to enjoy them. The biggest thing is to figure out what is most important to you.
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