Located in northwestern Nevada (by the Sierra Nevada), Reno hardly needs any introduction. For many, this desert city is the smaller cousin of Las Vegas, but for those who know it well know there is much more to be said about Reno. The stark mountains and its proximity to Lake Tahoe make it an attractive tourist destination. Throw in a combination of casinos and exclusive shopping options and it is not hard to see why it earned the nickname of "The Biggest Little City in the World". Reno is a growing city with a population of close to 237,000, a 4.9% increase since 2010.
The world famous casino and hotel conglomerate Caesars Entertainment Corporation began operations right here. The casinos and related travel and hospitality industries continue to be the major employers in Reno. Along with being Nevada's "other" gambling town, the natural beauty attracts hordes of visitors to the numerous resorts located here. Its strategic proximity to California is fortuitous because it makes for a great pit stop for tourists before they move on to the Golden State. Reno is a relatively smaller sized city, but that doesn’t mean it lacks in any way. Reno ranks very high in tourist reviews, both for its amenities and its world class hotels and golf courses.
It’s not all just gambling fun for adults either. Like Vegas, it is quickly growing a reputation for being a fun place for families to visit. For a good time with the kids, visit the nature trails around the Galena Creek Park, specialty museums like the National Automobile Museum and the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum, or the Animal Ark zoo. The various educational events held throughout the year are great for kids as well. With 67.4% of the population over 16 years of age gainfully employed (which is above the national average), Reno offers a good place to settle down.