Reno & Sparks
Reno is the county seat of Washoe County, Nevada, United States. The city has a population of about 220,500 and is the most populous Nevada city outside of the Las Vegas metropolitan area. It sits in a high desert valley at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Reno, known as The Biggest Little City in the World, is famous for its casinos, and is the birthplace many world famous gaming establishments like Harrah’s Entertainment, John Ascuaga’s Nugget and the historical Harolds Club. Reno is bordered to the east by the city of Sparks. The Reno-Sparks metropolitan area is informally called the Truckee Meadows or the Reno/Sparks area, and consists of about 400,000 residents.
The population was 180,480 at the 2000 census; in 2010, its population was estimated at 225,221, making it the third-largest city in the state after LasVegas and Henderson, and the largest outside of Clark County. Reno lies 26 miles (42 km) north of the Nevada state capital, Carson City, and 22 miles (35 km) northeast of Lake Tahoe.
Reno shares its eastern border with the city of Sparks and is the larger of the principal cities of the Reno-Sparks, Nevada Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), a metropolitan area that covers Storey and Washoe counties. The MSA had a combined population of 425,417 at the 2010 census.
Sparks, It’s Happening Here! Is the nearby community east of Reno that is a hub of commerce, industry and new development. Along with a friendly downtown area, the beautiful Victorian Ave. has dining, shopping and entertainment.
Sparks is the home of the Legends at Sparks Marina, an award winning shopping destination and Sparks is well known for the John Ascuaga’s Best in the West Rib Cook-Off Festival as well as many friendly community events.
Sparks was originally started by the Southern Pacific Railroad company, when they moved rail workers from Wadsworth, NV during the construction of a new switching house. The Southern Pacific Railroad built a switch yard and maintenance sheds, gave workers plots of land and the city was born. The city that sprung up around them was first called Harriman after E. H. Harriman, president of the Southern Pacific. The city was quickly renamed Sparks after John Sparks, the Governor of Nevada in 1904.
Called one of “The Best Places to Start a Small Business” by Newsweek, Sparks has a friendly local government and a business friendly atmosphere. The city has its own modern fire, police and hospital services. This small friendly community is known for community events, live music in the summer, Hot August Nights cruises and more!
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