Reno, Nevada Population 2020

260,258

Reno is a city located in Washoe County, Nevada. With a 2020 population of 260,258, it is the 3rd largest city in Nevada (after Las Vegas and Henderson) and the 85th largest city in the United States. Reno is currently growing at a rate of 1.81% annually and its population has increased by 15.56% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 225,221 in 2010. Spanning over 112 miles, Reno has a population density of 2,393 people per square mile.

The average household income in Reno is $75,128 with a poverty rate of 14.42%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $967 per month, and the median house value is $299,700. The median age in Reno is 35.6 years, 35.3 years for males, and 36.1 years for females. For every 100 females there are 101.9 males.

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: 76.42%
  • Other race: 7.70%
  • Asian: 6.50%
  • Two or more races: 4.81%
  • Black or African American: 2.71%
  • Native American: 1.06%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.79%
The current population of Reno, Nevada is 260,258, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 250,998. The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 225,221.
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020486,6208,4281.73%
2019478,1928,4281.76%
2018469,7648,4281.79%
2017461,3367,2021.56%
2016454,1347,5281.66%
2015446,6066,3101.41%
2014440,2965,2781.20%
2013435,0183,7270.86%
2012431,2913,3850.78%
2011427,9061,9500.46%
2010425,9560.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White185,42776.42%
Some Other Race18,6927.70%
Asian15,7806.50%
Two or More Races11,6824.81%
Black or African American6,5802.71%
American Indian and Alaska Native2,5661.06%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1,9060.79%

Reno Population Pyramid 2020

Reno Median Age

35.6


Total

35.3


Male

36.1


Female

Reno Adults

There are 190,161 adults, (35,001 of whom are seniors) in Reno.

Reno Age Dependency

56.4

Age Dependency Ratio

22.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Reno Sex Ratio

Female

120,166

49.53%

Male

122,467

50.47%

Reno Households and Families

Reno Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Reno Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married67.3%32.7%
All47.7%52.3%
Male41.3%58.7%
Non Family35.7%64.3%
Female33.2%66.8%

47.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All98,8442.447.7
Non Family44,9721.3835.7
Married37,3743.2167.3
Female10,9503.433.2
Male5,5483.2241.3

3.13

Average Family Size

2.4

Average Household Size

8.4%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.6%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Reno Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade8,1964.99%
9th to 12th Grade11,7037.12%
High School Graduate36,84622.42%
Some College40,73624.79%
Associates Degree12,8177.80%
Bachelors Degree33,30520.26%
Graduate Degree20,74812.62%

Reno Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White110,562104,66842,294
Hispanic31,51519,4943,837
Asian11,66410,4915,284
Other Race9,9325,950911
Multiple Races5,0064,2221,553
Black4,4023,985854
Native American1,7771,680267
Islander1,093945133

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 94.67%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 45.30%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$35,677$40,049$31,735
Less Than High School$24,233$26,896$19,669
High School Grad$30,227$31,522$26,359
Some College$33,255$39,030$30,348
Bachelors Degree$47,258$54,024$40,254
Graduate Degree$62,955$73,019$55,730

$35,677

Average Earnings

$40,049

Average Male

$31,735

Average Female

Reno Language

Reno Language by Age

Reno Language

74.32% of Reno residents speak only English, while 25.68% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 17.90% of the population.

Reno Poverty

Reno Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White145,66618,87912.96%
Hispanic59,03810,01016.96%
Other18,6243,16917.02%
Multiple11,3902,08918.34%
Asian15,5661,68310.81%
Black6,2081,59525.69%
Native2,45554722.28%
Islander1,86644523.85%

14.42%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.87%

Male Poverty Rate

14.98%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Reno

The race most likely to be in poverty in Reno is Black, with 25.69% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Reno is Asian, with 10.81% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.58%. Among those working part-time, it was 21.52%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 22.97%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School19.93%
High School15.63%
Some College11.24%
Bachelors or Greater5.04%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed41.69%
Male Unemployed34.05%
Female Employed8.84%
Male Employed7.48%

Reno Income

Reno Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$54,916$75,128
Families$69,237$91,009
Married Families$86,582$108,403
Non Families$37,822$52,933

Reno Marital Status

Reno Marital Status

Marriage Rates

41.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

41.6%

Male Marriage Rate

41.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Reno Married by Age and Sex

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 35-44.

Reno Marital Status by Race

Reno Veterans

15,988

Number of Veterans

14,560

Male Veterans

1,428

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam5,989
First Gulf War3,430
Second Gulf War2,807
Korea1,465
World War II442
Age Group Veterans
65 to 744,507
35 to 543,712
75+3,380
55 to 642,829
18 to 341,560
Name Veterans % of Total
White13,9569.35%
Hispanic1,2453.17%
2 or More5348.48%
Black4919.24%
Asian4423.37%
Other2512.03%
Indian1677.66%
Hawaiian14710.68%

$Reno Veterans by Education

8.79%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.90%

Veteran Disability Rate

Reno Employment Status

67.7%

Labor Force Participation

63.6%

Employment Rate

5.9%

Unemployment Rate

Reno Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

31.52%

Born in Nevada

83.97%

Native Born

16.03%

Foreign Born

8.87%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

83.97% of Reno residents were born in the United States, with 31.52% having been born in Nevada. 8.87% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020260,2584,6301.81%
2019255,6284,6301.84%
2018250,9983,8921.58%
2017247,1064,6301.91%
2016242,4764,1411.74%
2015238,3354,0341.72%
2014234,3013,1401.36%
2013231,1612,0920.91%
2012229,0691,9090.84%
2011227,1601,4100.62%
2010225,75045,2702.26%
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%