Reno, Nevada Population 2021

266,511
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Reno is a city located in Washoe County Nevada. It is also the county seat of Washoe County. With a 2020 population of 266,511, it is the 3rd largest city in Nevada (after Las Vegas and Henderson) and the 80th largest city in the United States . Reno is currently growing at a rate of 2.09% annually and its population has increased by 18.33% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 225,221 in 2010. Reno reached it's highest population of 266,511 in 2021. Spanning over 112 miles, Reno has a population density of 2,451 people per square mile.

The average household income in Reno is $81,700 with a poverty rate of 13.50%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,029 per month, and the median house value is $335,000. The median age in Reno is 35.8 years, 35.4 years for males, and 36.4 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: 75.42%
  • Other race: 8.51%
  • Asian: 6.65%
  • Two or more races: 4.78%
  • Black or African American: 2.81%
  • Native American: 1.04%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.77%
The current population of Reno, Nevada is 266,511 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 250,146.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 225,221.

Reno, Nevada Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021490,2567,3071.49%
2020482,9497,3071.51%
2019475,6427,3071.54%
2018468,3357,7301.65%
2017460,6056,8961.50%
2016453,7097,3801.63%
2015446,3296,2191.39%
2014440,1105,2321.19%
2013434,8783,6700.84%
2012431,2083,3070.77%
2011427,9011,9500.46%
2010425,9510.00%

Reno Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White185,92175.42%
Some Other Race20,9768.51%
Asian16,4016.65%
Two or More Races11,7894.78%
Black or African American6,9382.81%
American Indian and Alaska Native2,5741.04%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1,9010.77%
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Reno Population by Race

Reno Population Pyramid $2021

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Reno Median Age

35.8


Total

35.4


Male

36.4


Female

Reno Adults

There are 194,124 adults, (36,458 of whom are seniors) in Reno.

Reno Age Dependency

56.3

Age Dependency Ratio

23.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Reno Sex Ratio

Female

121,932

49.47%

Male

124,568

50.53%

Reno Population by Age

Reno Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Reno Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married67%33%
All48%52%
Male41.3%58.7%
Non Family35.6%64.4%
Female34.9%65.1%

48.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Reno Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All102,2832.3648
Non Family45,8801.3835.6
Married39,4413.1367
Female11,3523.2134.9
Male5,6103.1541.3

3.03

Average Family Size

2.36

Average Household Size

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Reno Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade7,1624.28%
9th to 12th Grade11,2796.73%
High School Graduate37,19422.20%
Some College41,94725.04%
Associates Degree13,7578.21%
Bachelors Degree34,50520.60%
Graduate Degree21,67812.94%
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Reno Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Reno Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White112,731107,39343,642
Hispanic31,75820,5203,957
Asian11,90610,9045,726
Other Race11,3936,7101,009
2+ Races5,3004,4551,499
Black4,7094,300997
Native American1,7081,600369
Islander1,097965136

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 95.26%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 48.09%.

Reno Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$38,205$42,096$33,269
Less Than 9th Grade$26,515$28,878$21,525
High School Graduate$31,377$34,198$27,467
Some College$35,409$41,541$30,775
Bachelors Degree$48,008$53,884$42,318
Graduate Degree$65,547$77,127$57,226

$38,205

Average Earnings

$42,096

Average Male

$33,269

Average Female

Reno Earnings by Educational Attainment

Reno Language by Age

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Reno Language

74.17% of Reno residents speak only English, while 25.83% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 17.71% of the population.

Reno Language

Reno Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White147,60217,85712.10%
Hispanic60,0269,94116.56%
Other20,9093,32815.92%
Multiple11,5192,16318.78%
Black6,5771,44321.94%
Asian16,1821,3428.29%
Native2,49745918.38%
Islander1,85538720.86%

13.50%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.10%

Male Poverty Rate

13.90%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Reno

The race most likely to be in poverty in Reno is Black, with 21.94% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Reno is Asian, with 8.29% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.69%. Among those working part-time, it was 20.95%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.59%.

Reno Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade17.18%
High School14.08%
Some College11.04%
Bachelors or Greater4.84%

Reno Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Unemployed38.44%
Female Unemployed35.81%
Female Employed8.95%
Male Employed7.39%

Reno Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Reno Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$58,790$81,700
Families$73,724$98,529
Married Families$92,277$117,576
Non Families$40,881$57,582
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Income by Household Type

Reno Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

42.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

42.3%

Male Marriage Rate

42.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Reno Married by Age and Sex

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Reno Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Reno Marital Status by Race

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Reno Marital Status

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16,383

Number of Veterans

14,849

Male Veterans

1,534

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam6,044
First Gulf War3,498
Second Gulf War3,378
Korea1,224
World War II380

Reno Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 744,555
35 to 543,601
75+3,266
55 to 643,118
18 to 341,843

Reno Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White14,3059.52%
Hispanic1,0642.65%
2+ Races5438.24%
Asian5333.95%
Black4898.37%
Other Race2161.52%
Islander17312.85%
Native American1245.77%

Reno Veterans by Race

Reno Veterans by Education

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8.49%

Veteran Poverty Rate

26.82%

Veteran Disability Rate

Reno Veterans by Education

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68.1%

Labor Force Participation

64.3%

Employment Rate

5.4%

Unemployment Rate

Reno Employment by Age

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Reno Employment by Race

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Reno Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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31.83%

Born in Reno

84.06%

Native Born

15.94%

Foreign Born

8.68%

Non Citizen

7.26%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

84.06% of Reno residents were born in the United States, with 31.83% having been born in Nevada. 8.68% 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

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021266,5115,4552.09%
2020261,0565,4552.13%
2019255,6015,4552.18%
2018250,1463,5311.43%
2017246,6154,4721.85%
2016242,1434,0611.71%
2015238,0823,9861.70%
2014234,0963,1091.35%
2013230,9872,0610.90%
2012228,9261,8650.82%
2011227,0611,4090.62%
2010225,65245,1722.26%
2000180,48046,6303.03%
1990133,85033,0942.88%
1980100,75627,8933.29%
197072,86321,3933.54%
196051,47018,9734.71%
195032,49711,1804.31%
194021,3172,7881.41%
193018,5296,5134.43%
192012,0161,1491.01%
191010,8676,3679.22%
19004,5009372.36%
18903,5630.00%

Reno Population by Year