Reno Population 2017

Reno has an estimated population of 237,000, which makes it the 4th most populous city in Nevada after Las Vegas, Henderson, and North Las Vegas. The Reno-Sparks metropolitan area, or Truckee Meadows, has a population of more than 500,000 people. The city proper has a population density of 2,186 people per square mile, or 844 people per square kilometer.

Reno Demographics

At the 2010 census, the racial composition of Reno was:

  • White: 74.2% (non-Hispanic: 62.5%)
  • Asian: 6.3%
  • African American: 2.9%
  • Native American: 1.3%
  • Pacific Islander: 0.7%
  • Other race: 10.5%
  • Two or more races: 4.2%
  • Hispanic or Latino of any race: 24.3%

9.6% of families in Reno, and 14.4% of the total population, live below the poverty line.

Reno History

Reno was first inhabited by the prehistoric Martis people. Pioneers began settling in the area in the 1850s, many of whom lived off subsistence farming and business from travelers on the California Trail. Gold was discovered nearby in 1850 which started a small mining community, but it was the discovery of silver in 1859 that started a mining rush.

To connect nearby Virginia City with the California Trail, Charles Fuller constructed a toll bridge cross the Truckee River that same year. It was renamed Lake's Crossing once it was sold to Myron Lake and it became the largest town in the county by 1864. Reno was established in 1868 after the First Transcontinental Railroad was completed and named after Major General Jesse Reno, a Union officer killed in the Civil War.

The economy grew as the Virginia and Truckee Railroad was extended. When the mining boom started to wane at the start of the 20th century, the business and economy of the state shifted to Reno and Las Vegas while mining communities became ghost towns.

Reno Population Growth

Between 2011 and 2012, Reno's population grew more than 1% as many people moved to the county from other parts of the United States. There may not be enough jobs to sustain the population growth, however, according to a Nevada State demographer. Washoe County had greater growth in the last decade, with year-to-year growth of over 10,000 three different times.

As the population of Washoe County and Nevada grow, the demographics are shifting. The non-Hispanic white population has dropped in every county between 2010 and 2014 except for three counties. In Washoe County, the non-Hispanic white population grew very slightly, with the Latino population growing 5%.

Reno Facts

  • Nevada produces 7% of the world's gold supply and is the third-largest gold producer after South Africa and Australia.
  • The famous Reno Arch was constructed in 1926 to promote the upcoming Transcontinental Highways Exposition the next year.
  • The city's slogan came from G.A. Burns of Sacramento, who won a $100 prize.
  • Before writing his books, Mark Twain worked as a reporter in nearby Virginia City.
  • There are thousands of very small earthquakes in Reno every year that are too minor to notice.
  • Reno was the divorce capital of the world through the 1940s due to its loose divorce requirements.
Year Population Change
2015 241,445 7.20%
2010 225,221 24.80%
2000 180,480 34.80%
1990 133,850 32.80%
1980 100,756 38.30%
1970 72,863 41.60%
1960 51,470 58.40%
1950 32,497 52.40%
1940 21,317 15.00%
1930 18,529 54.20%
1920 12,016 10.60%
1910 10,867 141.50%
1900 4,500 26.30%
1890 3,563 0.00%

Reno Population in 2017 Source:

Reno Race Data

Race Population Percentage
White 183,820 79.54%
Black or African American 6,845 2.96%
American Indian and Alaska Native 2,405 1.04%
Asian 14,712 6.37%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 1,683 0.73%
Some Other Race 12,771 5.53%
Two or More Races 8,867 3.84%

Population Pyramid

Reno Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Total Housing Units 102,888
Owner-Occupied Units 42,849
Renter-Occupied Units 49,434
Median Home Value $210,700
Median Rent $851
Vacancy Rate 10.3%
Houses With Mortgage 29,644
Houses Without Mortgage 13,205
Median Number of Rooms (per House) 4.8

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Reno for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 5.6% and the labor force participation rate is 66.3%.

Reno Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Average Household Size 2.47
Average Family Size 3.24
Married Couple Families 34,961
Male Householder (no wife) Families 4,866
Female Householder (no husband) Families 11,072
Non Family Households
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex) 7.5%
Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex) 0.6%