Reno, Nevada Population 2023

278,577

Reno is a city located in Washoe County Nevada. Reno has a 2023 population of 278,577. It is also the county seat of Washoe County.Reno is currently growing at a rate of 1.79% annually and its population has increased by 5.48% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 264,116 in 2020.

The average household income in Reno is $93,306 with a poverty rate of 12.57%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Reno is 36.4 years, 36 years for males, and 36.8 years for females.

Reno is a city in the state of Nevada, which is commonly known for its casinos. Located in the northwestern part of Nevada, it is the county seat of Washoe County and the most populous city in Nevada outside of the Las Vegas metropolitan area. Reno is located in the high desert valley at the foot of the Sierra Nevada about 26 miles north of the capital, Carson City, and 22 miles northeast of Lake Tahoe and it is known as "the Biggest Little City in the World."

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 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 The Nevada State Demographer, Washoe County had more significant 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 tiny 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.

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 and to earn a coin or two, a man named Charles Fuller constructed a toll bridge across 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 economics of the state shifted to Reno and Las Vegas while mining communities became ghost towns.

Reno Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Reno was:

  • White: 68.99%
  • Other race: 10.48%
  • Two or more races: 8.5%
  • Asian: 6.94%
  • Black or African American: 3.36%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.88%
  • Native American: 0.85%
State
Nevada
Land Area (mi²)
108.7 sq mi
Density (mi²)
2,561.80/sq mi
Growth Rate
1.79% (4,906)
Growth Since 2020
5.48% (14,461)
The current population of Reno, Nevada is 278,577 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 264,116.

Reno, Nevada Population 2023

Population by Race

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White

Other race

Two or more races

Asian

Black or African American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Native American

Reno Population by Race

Reno Population Pyramid 2023

Reno Median Age

36.4

Total

36

Male

36.8

Female

Reno Adults

There are 205,679 adults, (39,790 of whom are seniors) in Reno.

Reno Age Dependency

56.7

Age Dependency Ratio

24

Old Age Dependency Ratio

32.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Reno Sex Ratio

Female129,14949.69%
Male130,76450.31%

Reno Population by Age

Reno Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

3.02

Average Family Size

2.37

Average Household Size

48.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Reno Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Reno Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Reno Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 84.19%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 42.6%.

Reno Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$42,537

Average Earnings

$48,519

Average Male

$37,432

Average Female

Reno Earnings by Educational Attainment

Reno Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Reno Language

76.29% of Reno residents speak only English, while 23.71% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 15.22% of the population.

Reno Language

Reno Poverty by Race

rate

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12.57%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.03%

Male Poverty Rate

13.12%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Reno

The race most likely to be in poverty in Reno is Black, with 29.97% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Reno is Asian, with 8.87% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.1%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.23%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 24.68%.

Reno Poverty

rate

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Reno Poverty Rate by Education

rate

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Reno Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Reno Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Reno Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

42.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

42.3%

Male Marriage Rate

41.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Reno Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Reno Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Reno Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Reno Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

16,099

Number of Veterans

14,068

Male Veterans

2,031

Female Veterans

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Reno Veterans by War

count

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Reno Veterans by Age

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Reno Veterans by Race

Reno Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

14.44%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.16%

Veteran Disability Rate

Reno Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

67.8%

Labor Force Participation

64.3%

Employment Rate

4.9%

Unemployment Rate

Reno Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Reno Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Reno Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

30.54%

Born in Reno

81.62%

Native Born

15.06%

Foreign Born

7.67%

Non Citizen

7.39%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

81.62% of Reno residents were born in the United States, with 30.54% having been born in Nevada. 7.67% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Reno Place of Birth

Note: data after 2021 is projected based on recent change

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Reno Population by Year