Reno is located in Nevada in the Washoe County. The 2000 census recorded an estimated 180,480 people, 73,904 households, and 41,681 families residing in the city. The city’s nickname is “The Biggest Little City in the World” because of the nightlife and various casinos. In fact, the nationally known casino, Harrah’s Entertainment, was founded in Reno.
Some of the larger casino hotels in the city include Atlantis, the Peppermill and Grand Sierra Resort. The locals tend to gravitate towards the bars and clubs in the downtown area. Both tourists and residents can enjoy the various theaters such as the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, Bruka Theatre and the Reno Events Center.
The city is nestled in the Sierra Nevada just west of the Great Basin’s edge. As for Reno’s climate, the winters usually have light snow, and the summers have highs above ninety degrees. The city has several universities including University of Nevada at Reno, Truckee Meadows Community College, and Nevada School of Law and Old College. The Reno area has various seasonal recreation activities. In the summer, residents flock to the Pyramid Lake and Lake Tahoe, but in the winter skiing and ice skating are more prominent.