Reno, Nevada is blossoming into an attractive destination for young families to call home. “The Biggest Little City in the World” rebranded itself in 2011 as manufacturer-friendly, and the ensuing economic boom from tech giants like SolarCity, Tesla, Apple and Amazon is letting residents reap the rewards.
Reno gets its initial claim to fame as the little sister of Las Vegas, offering a smaller, more intimate gambling experience and plenty of other fun things to do alongside the blackjack table. While a gambling city might not seem like a draw for families, because of Reno’s robust gaming community and rampant tourism there are a smattering of highly rated restaurants, good schools and well-known annual events. Beyond the vibrant neon lights that illuminate the night sky, Reno and its surroundings offer families so much more than meets the eye. Here are 10 reasons why to consider moving to Reno.
Low Unemployment, Large Job Growth Forecast
Reno has one of the strongest job markets in the country for qualified job seekers. The unemployment rate in the greater Reno area has steadily decreased since 2011, from 30,879 in 2011 to 11,543 as of August 2016, according to Sierra Living. Plus, the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada, projected the Reno area will create 50,000 new jobs between 2015 and 2020.
Google’s Project Sunroof
Reno is set in a high desert and gets plenty of sunshine, so it’s a no-brainer that Google expanded its Project Sunroof to Reno. Project Sunroof is an online tool that helps homeowners decide if installing solar panels on their roof will reduce their energy costs. The program uses a combination of Google Earth maps, data about sun exposure and historical energy prices to evaluate the roof’s solar energy potential. Afterward, they can explore the short-term and long-term costs and savings associated with installing solar panels.
Reno Neighborhoods are Quiet
Outside of the glitz of the casino district, Reno is actually a fairly quiet town. To find a nice, quiet family home, check out the RentLingo noise index. The noise index is a map that shows noise levels across Reno (or any city, for that matter). The tool lets users compare daytime and evening noise levels based on decibel levels that are generated by the area’s proximity to busy streets, bars, restaurants, railways, current construction and few other factors.
Older Homes are Being Remodeled
Thanks to the bustling tech boom Reno is receiving, home sales and construction are on the rise. To discover how up-and-coming a neighborhood might be, use a tool like BuildZoom’s remodel mapping. BuildZoom is a firm that analyzes trends in the construction industry, and it is mapping every remodeling project in Reno. The company compiles data from the Reno’s building permits to provide homeowners with a free, public resource to help them better understand what’s happening in their neighborhoods, USA Today reports.
Tourism is Still Strong
Reno’s thriving tourism industry brings a wide variety of jobs for families with teenagers, specifically in the restaurant, hospitality and gambling industries. Reno’s proximity to Lake Tahoe also brings in plenty of seasonal recreation work thanks to the influx of tourists.
Public Education is Valued
Tech sector jobs generally pay quite well, and families who work within those industries can afford good schools for their children. The Reno region is home to several laudable K-12 schools and the University of Nevada-Reno.
The Great Outdoors are Truly Great Here
Reno gets hot in the summer and cold in the winter, which gives residents plenty of outdoor activities to partake on year-round. The area is well-known for its summertime biking, kayaking, fishing, and golf. When winter snowfall blankets the area, residents flock toward the Sierra Nevada mountains for downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and climbing.
There are Always Family-Friendly Events Occurring
Reno is a happening town. Although the city doesn’t draw quiet the intensity of attractions that Vegas does, Reno has at least one major community event every month. Some of the better cultural events in Reno for families include the month-long Artown arts and cultural festival in July, the Hot August Nights classic car rally, and the Great Reno Balloon Race in September.
Local sports fans have three teams across three sports to cheer for: the Reno Aces baseball team, the Reno Bighorns basketball team and the University of Nevada’s Wolf Pack football team.
Last, families who want to install musical creativity in their kids will enjoy the local performances that include classical music concerts at the university, Broadway musicals at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts and a rotating list of shows at the larger hotels and casinos.
Reno Flaunts its Art Scene
Reno has a vibrant art and culture scene that is full of frequent art walks and gallery showcases. The area is also home to the Nevada Museum of Art, Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum and the Animal Ark wildlife sanctuary.
Reno has Excellent Restaurants
Reno’s tourism draw also brings a robust selection of eateries. Reno is by far a foodie town, particularly with its Reno Bites festival, and families to can find practically every cuisine type. New restaurants often surface every month, sometimes every week, and plenty of establishments offer special wine dinners and food tastings.