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Also known as mini Las Vegas, the city of Reno is known for its plethora of casinos and resorts. It is the third most populous city in the state, right after Las Vegas and Henderson. Did you know that before Las Vegas came into the picture, Reno was known as the gambling capital of the world? Here are some more fun facts about Reno alias " the Biggest Little City".

Reno River Festival

Image by Rick Cooper (Reno Whitewater Park) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)] via Wikimedia Commons

Fun Facts About Reno

Reno Demographic and Geographical Fast Facts

  • Reno is also county seat, situated in the US state of Nevada, Reno belongs to the Washoe County.

  • With a population of 225,221 (US Census 2010), Reno is stand third in population in the state, right after Las Vegas and Henderson.

  • The Reno-Sparks metropolitan area is the second largest metropolitan area, which includes both Storey and Washoe Counties, is the second largest metropolitan area in the state.

  • The parks in Reno are home to more than hundred and fifty different species of trees.

  • Reno only gets 7 inches of rainfall annually.

  • Even though Reno is known for being warm, the lowest temperature recorded over here is -17 degrees.

  • This city is a dwelling for several racial compositions including White (74.2%), Hispanic (24.3%) African American (2.9%), Native American (1.3%), Non-Hispanic White (62.5%), Asians (6.3%), Pacific Islander (0.7%), Other Races (10.5%) and Two or more Races (4.2%).

Reno History Fast Facts

  • Reno became the seat of Washoe County in the year 1871.

  • The famous Reno Arch was built during 1926 on Virginia Street with an aim of promoting the Transcontinental Highways Exposition.

  • Reno has been named after Jesse Lee Reno, who never visited the city.


Reno Government and Economy Fast Facts

  • Prior to 1950’s, Reno’s economy was mainly dependent on gambling.

  • While Las Vegas attracts tourists mainly from Phoenix and Southern California, Reno gets its share of tourists from San Francisco and Sacramento.

  • The Peppermill in Reno has been awarded as the most outstanding gaming resort by Casino Player Magazines.

  • The economy of Reno is also greatly dependent on its several annual events like Hot August Nights, Reno Air Races, Great Reno Balloon Race and others.

  • Several major companies like Braeburn Capital, Bally Technologies, GameTech and International Game Technology have their headquarters in Reno.

Reno Interesting and Important Fast Facts

  • Reno experiences about 1000 earthquakes every year, however, each of them are very low in magnitude to be felt.

  • Reno is also known as "The Biggest Little City in the World.

  • The city is known for holding the highest number of people playing checkers at a time in the Guinness World of Records.

  • It is illegal to abuse or use bad words in front of a dead body in Reno.

  • Reno was once known as the divorce capital, with a record of divorcing almost 30,000 couples between 1929 and 1939. This was due to very sloppy divorce laws.

  • The swimming pool in Cal Nevada Casino in Reno offers its guests a chance to swim in both California and Nevada at the same time.

  • Prior to Las Vegas, Reno was the gambling capital of the world before 1960’s.

  • The city of Reno has one slot machine for every 14 residents.

  • Casino Player magazine has awarded Reno the title of ‘Loosest Slots in America’ consecutively.

  • Basecamp Boulder Park in Reno is known for having the tallest rock climbing wall in the world.

  • Ron Toomer, who built the first ever upside down roller coaster, graduated from University of Nevada in Reno.

  • Reno is known as the second largest drunk city in the country.

  • Lake Tahoe, located near Reno, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country.
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