Economic Development

Washoe County Quality of Life

Community Rankings

Reno Awarded 2014 Google eCity of Nevada

You know innovation efforts in your city are heading in the right direction when they’re recognized by GoogleThe Google eCity Awards recognize the strongest online business communities in all 50 states. These communities are leveraging the power of the interwebs to find new customers, connect with existing clients, and fuel their local economies. Reno joins the ranks of America’s leading cities in the digital economy.

Reno Ranked #54 on Livabilities 100 Best Places to Live 2015

With a livability score of 629, this is the second year in a row Reno has ranked on Livabilities 100 Best Places to Live. Livabilities’ evaluation of research studies and online articles have found that Reno’s economy, sustainability and housing market all contribute to the high quality of life we see everyday.

The Livability Index: Reno Labeled as Top City for People Under 35

This mention is not to get confused with Reno’s accolade of being ranked on Livability’s Top 100 Best Places to Live. The Livability Index by Vocativ measures the 35 Best U.S. Cities for People 35 and Under. The index is based on open-source Interwebs data that measures: salary, employment rates, costs of rent, public transportation and other lifestyle measurements important to millennials. At #32, Vocativ discovered Reno is more than just a “wacky cousin to Vegas” or the butt of jokes akin to Reno 911.

Reno’s Tech Community Featured in Entrepreneur and the New York Times

Before Reno landed Tesla in September, our tech community was already making waves in prominent national media outlets. The glowing articles in Entrepreneur and New York Times mentioned similar themes, including: the grassroots Startup Row community, our diversifying economy accompanied with business-friendly local government, and the low-cost and geographical convenience of our region that is situated a mere 45 minutes from the slopes and only 3 hours to Silicon Valley.

Source: City of Reno

Climate

Monthly Temperature (F)
2014 2015 2016 Mean
January 39.4 40.3 37.6 39.1
February 44.6 46.3 43.8 44.9
March 48.3 52.1 48.3 49.5
April 54.3 52.3   53.3
May 62.0 59.9   60.9
June 71.5 74.1   72.8
July 80.5 75.2   77.8
August 73.9 76.0   74.9
September 68.9 69.5   69.2
October 58.4 59.9   59.1
November 45.8 38.5   42.1
December 40.0 35.9   38.0
Annual 57.3 56.7 43.2 52.4
Monthly Snowfall (inches)
2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 Mean
July 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
August   0.0 0.0  
September 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
October 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
November 0.4 0.0 5.1 1.8
December 4.3 2.2 6.3 4.3
January 0.4 0.0 11.5 4.0
February 1.1 0.5 1.2 0.9
March   0.0 6.8 2.3
April        
May 0.0      
June 0.0 0.0   0.0
Season 6.2 2.7   4.5
Monthly Precipitation (inches)
2014 2015 2016 Mean
January 0.38 0.06 1.70 0.71
February 0.69 1.43 0.42 0.85
March 0.08 0.01 0.97 0.35
April 0.31 0.35   0.33
May 0.54 1.01   0.78
June   0.93   0.47
July 0.20 0.51   0.36
August 1.08 0.11   0.60
September 0.29 0.16   0.23
October 0.18 1.10   0.64
November 0.31 2.10   1.21
December 0.93 0.75   0.84
Annual 4.99 8.52   6.76

Source: National Weather Service Forecast Office, Reno Tahoe International Airport

Wind Speed & Direction
Location Prevailing Wind Direction Wind Speed*
Reno Tahoe International Airport W 6.1

Source: Western Regional Climate Center Wind Speed, Wind Direction, *mph, annual average

Humidity
Location AM PM
Reno 71 32

Source: Western Regional Climate Center

Sunny or Partly Sunny Days
Location Sunny Days Partly Sunny Days Sunshine Yearly
Reno 158 93 79%

Source: Current Results Research News & Science Facts

Elevation

The elevation in Washoe County is 5,367 feet.

Source: Sperlings Best Places

Return to TopSales Tax

The sales tax rate in Washoe County is 7.725%.

Source: Nevada Department of Taxation

Return to TopHousing

Housing Vacancy Rates (%)
Year Homeowner Rental
2014 2.4 8.3
2013 2.7 9.3
2012 2.7 9.8
2011 3.4 9.9

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, Selected Housing Characteristics

Housing Occupancy
Year Total Housing Units Occupied Housing Units Vacant Housing Units
# % # %
2014 185,685 164,461 88.6 21,224 11.4
2013 185,123 162,629 87.8 22,494 12.2
2012 185,289 163,902 88.5 21,387 11.5
2011 183,531 160,889 87.7 22,642 12.3

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, Selected Housing Characteristics

Average Selling Prices
Type Median List Price Median Sales Price
Single Family Home
3,500 sq. ft., 4 bedrooms
$156/sq. ft. $145/sq. ft.*
Single Family Home
2,500 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms
$156/sq. ft. $163/sq. ft.*
Townhouse
1,500 sq. ft., 2 bedrooms
$156/sq. ft. $163/sq. ft.*
Condominium
1,200 sq. ft., 2 bedrooms
$156/sq. ft. $163/sq. ft.

Source:Zillow, Feb. 2015, *Feb. 2016

Home Rentals/Apartments
Type Vacancy Rate (%) Average Monthly Rent ($)
Low High
All Homes N/A 1,468.00*
Studio Apartment 3.8 475 550
1 Bedroom Apartment 2.6 644 665
2 Bedroom Apartment 4.4 724 741
3 Bedroom Apartment 4.6 901 983
4 Bedroom Apartment N/A N/A N/A

Source: Annual Apartment Survey, Fourth Quarter 2014, provided by the Nevada Housing Division, *Zillow, Feb. 2016

Housing Value
Year Owner-Occupied Units < $99,999 $100,000 - $199,999 $200,000 - $499,999 $500,000 - $999,999 $1,000,000 +
# % # % # % # % # %
2014 93,950 16,329 17.4 30,356 32.3 38,522 41.0 6,853 7.3 1,890 2.0
2013 92,135 17,588 19.1 32,430 35.2 33,541 36.4 6,539 7.1 2,037 2.2
2012 93,233 18,154 19.5 34,859 37.4 31,565 33.9 6,101 6.5 2,554 2.7
2011 95,897 11,062 11.5 22,466 23.4 48,211 50.3 11,214 11.7 2,944 3.1

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, Selected Housing Characteristics

Housing Costs
Year Median Value Median Monthly Owner Costs
(housing units with a mortgage)
Median Rent
2014
$201,100
$1,630
$908
2013
$185,300
$1,586
$887
2012
$176,500
$1,564
$871
2011
$177,400
$1,628
$868

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, Selected Housing Characteristics

NAHB-Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI)
Metro Area Shares of Homes Affordable
for Median Income
Median Family Income
(000s)
Median Sales Price
(000s)
National
Affordability
Ranking
Regional
Affordability
Ranking
Albuquerque, NM MSA 73.2 59.4 186 121 12
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 59.6 76.8 262 177 67
Boise City-Nampa, ID 69.9 61.3 216 135 20
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 60.8 79.9 320 174 34
Flagstaff, AZ 57.1 59.4 250 185 38
Great Falls, MT 86.8 61.6 164 32 3
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 63.6 59.2 214 161 27
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA 29.8 91.1 556 214 57
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 56.5 73.9 295 189 41
Reno-Sparks, NV 57.8 63.5 260 184 37
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, CA 49.7 71.5 318 200 47
Salt Lake City, UT 71.9 72.2 255 126 15
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA 49.3 88.6 398 202 48

Source: National Association of Home Builders, Second Quarter 2015

Housing Comparison
City 2 Bedroom Apartment Rental**
cost per month ($)
3 Bedroom Home Price ($)*
Phoenix, AZ 1,002 305,967
Oakland, CA 2,200 800,000
Denver, CO 1,518 424,154
Boise, ID 835 276,482
Bozeman, MT 1,003 372,015
Albuquerque, NM 956 321,976
Las Vegas, NV 960 367,571
Reno-Sparks, NV 1,048 322,817
Portland, OR 2,558 477,483
Austin, TX 1,224 280,524
Salt Lake City, UT 963 306,139
Seattle, WA 1,963 577,890
Laramie, WY 873 279,500

Source: ACCRA Cost of Living Index, Third Quarter 2016
*2,400 sq. ft. living area new house, 8,000 sq. ft. lot, urban area with all utilities
**Two bedroom, unfurnished, excluding all utilities except water, 1 1/2 or 2 baths, 950 sq. ft.

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Return to TopMedical/Health Resources

Northern Nevada Medical Center

Northern Nevada Medical Center (NNMC) provides state-of-the-art medical services in a comfortable, accessible suburban setting. NNMC is the only local hospital with all-private rooms, and that means peace of mind for the thousands of patients served by the hospital each year.  Feturing the most up-to-date technology, NNMC is also known for the old-fashioned personal touch that is so important to patient comfort and healing.

Quality Counts.  NNMC is the only local hospital with certifications from The Join Commission in knee replacement, hip replacement and spin surgery.  NNMC is also certified as a Primary Stroke Center as well as an Accredited Chest Pain Center and is the only hospital in Nevada to hold all five of these distinctions.

Exceptional People. Exceptional Quality.  Experience the Difference.

Renown Health

Renown Health is northern Nevada’s largest integrated health network and a nationally recognized healthcare leader. Based in Reno, Renown serves a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California.

Renown offers access to more healthcare services than all other providers in the region. This includes four hospitals plus northern Nevada’s only NACHRI-affiliated Children’s Hospital and Children’s ER. Renown Regional is the region’s only accredited Trauma Center to treat seriously injured patients. Additionally, recognized areas of excellence include Institutes specializing in heart, cancer, robotics and neurosciences. This Top 100 integrated health network offers physician access at 16 convenient medical group locations and eight urgent care centers, and the region’s most trusted insurance provider, Hometown Health.

Saint Mary's Healthfirst
Saint Mary's is an integrated health network based in Reno, Nevada and comprised of regional medical center, wholly-owned HMO, PPO, TPA and MCO philanthropic foundation, joint venture outpatient surgery center. Saint Mary's Health Network has been named for the second year in a row to the list of the top 100 healthcare systems in the nation, published in Modern Healthcare Magazine.

Washoe Tribal Health Clinic*
The Washoe Tribal Health Clinic in Gardnerville is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is a family practice clinic for Native American patients. The two-doctor clinic has visiting specialists, audiologists and a dentist, but offers no urgent care. Appointments are necessary. Its phone number is (775)265-4215.

Nevada Physician Directory
With the help of the Physician Directory, you can make an informed choice of your doctor in the comfort of your own home, without searching through endless information. This site will help you locate, get acquainted with, and choose a new medical service provider in your area. The Physician Directory listings include all types of physicians for all of your medical needs. some listed areas follows, Naturopaths, Osteopath, Oncology, Dermatology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Endocrinology, Psychiatry, Radiology, Oncology, Cancer Specialists, Gynecology, Urology, and more.

Emergency Services
Washoe County has a variety of emergency services including Police, Fire, and Sheriff Departments, REMSA Ambulances, Care Flight, and Medic Air.

Return to TopEducation

Washoe County is home to 62 elementary schools, 14 junior high schools, 13 high schools, 1 k-12 school and 11 alternative/charter schools. In the Washoe County district, the average teacher/student ratio is 22:1, the average class size for English is 27, for Math 27, for Science 27 and for Social Studies 29.  The class of 2014 dropout rate was 1.30% and the class of 2014 graduation rate was 72.70%.

Source: Nevada Annual Reports of Accountability

School Enrollment

Year Population 3+ enrolled in school Nursery School/Preschool Kindergarten Elementary (Grades 1-8) High School (Grades 9-12) College or Graduate School
# % # % # % # % # %
2014 112,515 5,433 4.8 5,953 5.3 43,417 38.6 22,789 20.3 34,923 31.0
2013 111,119 5,497 4.9 5,681 5.1 42,970 38.7 23,197 20.9 33,774 30.4
2012 112,938 5,898 5.2 5,788 5.1 42,633 37.7 23,379 20.7 35,240 31.2
2011 109,704 5,177 4.7 5,454 5.0 43,467 39.6 23,157 21.1 32,449 29.6

Source: American Community Survey, Selected Social Characteristics

 

Summary of Standards-Based Test Performance
K-8
  Reading Writing Mathematics Science
ED AS MS ES ED AS MS ES ED AS MS ES ED AS MS ES
District 19 19 37 25 49 18 23 10 19 25 44 13 18 22 41 20
State 15 18 39 28 47 14 27 12 14 23 48 15 14 21 43 22
9-12
  Reading Writing Mathematics Science
ED AS MS ES ED AS MS ES ED AS MS ES ED AS MS ES
District 9 9 67 14 2 20 75 3 1 22 54 24 6 17 70 8
State 8 8 68 16 1 19 77 2 1 20 54 25 5 15 70 9

ED = Percentage of students performing in the lowest range of achievement (Emergent/Developing)
AS = Percentage of students performing in the Approaches Standards range of achievement
MS = Percentage of students performing in the Meets Standards range of achievement
ES = Percentage of students performing in the highest range of achievement (Exceeds Standards)

Source: Nevada Annual Reports of Accountability, 2013-14

Higher Education

University of Nevada, Reno (UNR)
U.S. News & World Report ranked UNR as one of America's best colleges and the Carnegie Foundation ranks UNR in the highest research category with institutions like Stanford, Harvard, Cal-Berkley, and UCLA. UNR provides a variety of programs including 70 bachelor's degrees, 70 master's programs, and 30 doctoral specialties. The colleges include: Engineering, Business Administration, Logistics and School of Medicine. UNR's Business Logistics Program is considered by the countries largest firms to be one of the top 10 in the United States. They also have a fully accredited MBA program. Supported research funding has more than tripled in the past 10 years to $87 million, which translates to a yearly economic impact in Nevada of nearly $200 million. Researchers at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, with a $9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, are finding innovative ways to fight cardiac arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats.

Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC)
TMCC serves over 11,000 students with programs leading to associate degrees and certificates in more than 40 academic and occupational areas. Offering academic and university transfer, occupational training, career enhancement workshops and classes just for fun, TMCC is the fastest growing college in northern Nevada.

Associate of Arts Degree | Logistics Management Emphasis
Introduces students to the tools and basic knowledge set of the logistics industry and discipline.

Bachelor of Applied Science | Logistics Operations Management
An applied four-year degree which provides students with the technical expertise and knowledge needed to meet the northern Nevada operations and logistics industry technical workforce needs.

Career College of Northern Nevada
Career College of Northern Nevada provides high quality education to students with varying levels of academic abilities. The college is committed to providing its students with the skills and technical knowledge needed for initial employment in entry level positions of business and industry. Recognizing that many graduates will want to advance to management and executive positions, the college offers its students not only the specific skills needed for immediate employment but also the opportunity to develop self-confidence, leadership abilities and a sense of responsibility. The students maximize their potential to obtain a good job, stable life, and respect.

Morrison University
Morrison University is an independent educational institution, dedicated to providing higher education opportunities leading to diplomas and associate degrees as well as Bachelor of Science degrees. Diploma and Associate degree programs are designed to meet the needs of students in developing marketable skills which enable them to establish careers in business, professional, and technical fields. The Bachelor of Science degree allows students to continue their education in business and management in order to fulfill their academic and professional aspirations and potential. The University recognizes that education is a lifelong endeavor, which enriches the quality of life as well as individual professional achievement.

University of Phoenix, Nevada Campus
The University of Phoenix is a private, for-profit higher education institution whose mission is to provide high quality education to working adult students. The University of Phoenix, Nevada Campus offers degree and certificate programs in Administration, Business, Counseling, Education, Human Services, Management, Nursing/Healthcare, and Technology. Courses are scheduled to meet the needs of working students.

Lake Tahoe Community College
Located in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., offers the first two years of a four-year degree, 38 different associate's degrees and 20 certificates. LTCC is one of 109 community colleges in the state of California. Students at LTCC enjoy small class sizes averaging 15 students per class and quality one-on-one instruction. The college offers a good neighbor policy for Nevada residents and tuition is only $28 a unit.

Return to TopCultural Organizations and Recreation

Reno Philharmonic
The Reno Philharmonic's mission is to produce inspirational orchestral performances of the highest quality for broad audiences, support exceptional educational and outreach programs, and provide leadership in the performing arts community.  The Reno Philharmonic offers diverse and comprehensive programming to the northern Nevada region through various entertainment and education opportunities.  During each season, the professional orchestra, you orchestras and all ensembles will perform approximately 60 concerts for over 70,000 people.  The Philharmonic and its education programs serve a diverse audience including minority populations and the disabled.  More than half of those served are children.

Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery)
The Discovery is dedicated to providing innovative, interactive, trans-disciplinary exhibits and leading-edge programming in a safe, nurturing and playful environment.  The 67,000 square foot children's discovery museum, located in downtown Reno, opened in September 2011.  The museum features eight permanent but ever-changing galleries and regularly hosts field trips, birthday parties, camps and family programming. 

Reno Chamber Orchestra
Provides various classical performances throughout the year at the Nightingale Concert Hall, located on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

Fleischmann Planetarium
Located at the University of Nevada, Reno, the Planetarium offers public starshows, school starshows by appointment, and public sky-viewing with our 12-inch telescope.

Nevada Opera
Nevada Opera is a non-profit organization which makes it their mission to impact the community with a variety of cultural programs and events. Their performances are designed to thrill you with nothing but the best musical fireworks.

William F. Harrah Foundation National Automobile Museum
It's like driving a century in just two hours. The National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection) lets you travel through time like few other places can. Just two blocks from the streets of downtown Reno, you'll walk down streets of the past. Its cars, sights, sounds, and places are yours to explore. Beyond the streets, you'll discover a century of automobiles: more than 220 antique, vintage, classic, special interest and one-of-a-kind wonders. You'll be dazzled by the cars of the stars. And the road doesn't end there. Find new discoveries in the Changing Exhibits Gallery and Masterpiece Circle. Chat with mechanics in the Automotive Shop. Shop in the unique Museum Store. Visit today and discover the cars you remember, in a way you'll never forget.

Nevada Museum of Art
The Nevada Museum of Art provides a forum for the presentation of creative ideas. We aspire to serve as a cultural resource for every member of the community. Through innovative programming and scholarship, the Museum provides the opportunity for people of all ages to encounter, engage, and enjoy a diversity of art experiences.

Artouring
Artouring invites you on a lively and fun adventure to cultural opportunities in Northern Nevada, including insider tours of artists studios otherwise unavailable to the public and exclusive docent tours of current world class exhibitions on display at the Nevada Museum of Art. The tour also includes a cooking demonstration and gourmet lunch at the Nothing To It! Culinary Center, La Vecchia, or The Cheeseboard & Wine Cellar.

Sparks Heritage Foundation and Museum
Located in Sparks, this museum houses early Sparks historical memorabilia.

Carson City
Nevada's capital city, located 30 miles south of Reno, is not only the center of state government but also one of the state's most historic communities. Wander the Kit Carson Trail, a self-guided tour of historic 19th century homes and buildings, or explore one of the city's museums. Tour the State Capitol, built in 1870, then dine at one of the city's many fine restaurants.

Donner Lake
Located 34 miles west of Reno/Sparks, this beautiful mountain lake is ideal for picnics, camping, fishing, sailing, and water skiing.

Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe is one of the world's clearest, deepest mountain lakes and a year-round playground for thrill seekers. In winter, enjoy world-class alpine and cross-country skiing at any of nearly two dozen ski resorts. In the warmer months, hit the lake's legendary waters via ski, personal water craft, kayak, sailboat or motorboat.

Tahoe Rim Trail
As of fall 2001, Lake Tahoe has one more attraction to offer visitors and residents: easy access to beautiful panoramic views, old-growth trees, majestic granite peaks, crystalline lakes, lush meadows and wildflowers that bring a spectrum of color to the region.

National Bowling Stadium
Built in 1995 and located in downtown Reno, this facility has been called the "Taj Mahal of Tenpins," by the Los Angeles Times and "Pin Palace" by USA Today. Features include 80 championship lanes, a video wall, an IMAX large-format theater, and the world's longest screen scoring display.

Pyramid Lake
This starkly beautiful, 27 mile long desert lake is located 34 miles north of Reno/Sparks. Pyramid's jagged rocks and tufa formations envelop chameleon-like waters that change with the seasons. The last remnant of a prehistoric sea, Pyramid Lake is today regarded as one of the best trophy lakes in the world for the great Lahontan cutthroat trout.

Sparks Marina Park
Located in Sparks north of Interstate 80, this is an 80-acre lake with fishing, swimming, boating, and beaches.

Virginia City
Located 30 miles southeast of Reno/Sparks, Virginia City is the famed site of the Comstock Lode, the world's most spectacular gold and silver discovery. Visitors can tour the mansions of 19th century millionaires, go underground into actual gold and silver mines, and enjoy a variety of events including the annual international camel races.

Wild Island
Located in Sparks, this water-fun resort features water slides, a wave pool, and a children's pool. It also includes a 36-hole miniature golf course, go-cart raceway cars, and a game center.

Golf
The Washoe County area is one of the state's most popular golf vacation destinations, boasting more than 50 championship golf courses within 90 minutes of Reno - in Carson City, Genoa, Dayton Valley, Sparks, Reno, and Lake Tahoe.

Hiking/Trails
Washoe County Trail Guide

Return to TopAnnual Events

Source: Northern Nevada Business Weekly's Book of Lists 2013

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Return to TopLibraries

Washoe County Library System

Return to TopFinancial Institutions

  • Bank of America
  • Bank of the West
  • City National Bank
  • Clearstar Financial
  • First Independent Bank of Nevada
  • Frontier Financial Credit Union
  • Gateway Bank Federal Savings
  • Great Basin Federal Credit Union
  • Greater Nevada Credit Union
  • Heritage Bank
  • Mountain America Credit Union
  • Mutual of Omaha Bank
  • Nevada Federal Credit Union
  • Nevada Security Bank
  • Nevada State Bank
  • Plumas Bank
  • Reno City Employees Federal Credit Union
  • Sierra Pacific Employees Federal Credit Union
  • Silver State Schools Credit Union
  • Sparks City Employees Federal Credit Union
  • Sun West Bank
  • Umpqua Bank
  • US Bank
  • Wells Fargo
  • Weststar Credit Union
  • Zions Bank

Source: Department of Training, Rehabilitation, and Employment (DETR)

Return to TopCost of Living

City Composite Grocery
Items
Housing Utilities Transportation Health
Care
Misc. Goods
& Services
Phoenix, AZ 98.6 94.6 98.6 95.2 102.1 95.3 100.5
Oakland, CA 152.4 134.5 237.9 107.4 125.7 114.7 114.9
Denver, CO 112.6 110.4 134.3 94.7 104.1 107.8 104.2
Boise, ID 92.0 86.3 83.2 84.1 119.0 101.6 93.9
Bozeman, MT 100.8 101.3 106.6 84.8 109.9 105.6 96.9
Albuquerque, NM 94.3 93.4 95.3 86.2 94.2 98.5 95.8
Las Vegas, NV 101.3 101.6 107.4 86.6 107.3 101.4 98.4
Reno-Sparks, NV 105.3 108.6 99.1 89.9 111.9 105.2 111.9
Portland, OR 128.2 117.2 175.1 80.9 109.0 108.3 116.6
Austin, TX 96.3 86.6 94.0 101.3 99.8 100.5 98.9
Salt Lake City, UT 93.1 93.9 90.5 8.5 108.6 92.3 94.3
Seattle, WA 143.1 122.3 179.0 126.5 131.0 126.3 132.4
Laramie, WY 91.8 98.2 85.2 98.4 99.5 99.5 89.2

Source: American Chamber of Commerce Association (ACCRA), Third Quarter 2016

Return to TopPublic Safety

Type of Crime Washoe County United States Average
Violent Crime 49.7 41.4
Property Crime 55.1 43.5

Source: Sperlings Best Places, June 2014.  Based on a scale from 1 (low crime) to 100 (high crime).  Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims.

Population Washoe
Crime Rate
Western States
Crime Rate*
National
Crime Rate
2014 435,853 27.74 N/A N/A
2013 434,439 29.19 32.57 31.13
2012 431,276 30.19 33.41 32.65
2011 417,379 28.27 33.52 33.11
2010 417,379 32.07 33.06 33.66

Source: State of Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles and Public Safety. Crime rate based on the occurrence of an index offense per 1,000 residents of the area. *Western States consist of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.