Best Retirement City - Reno

See why many believe that Reno is the best city to retire

For those who are looking for top notch entertainment while still being close to nature, Reno, NV is definitely worth a closer look. Known as "The Biggest Little City in the World", Reno boasts excellent golf, entertainment, nightlife, and even casinos. Even with all of the in-town excitement, Reno is also a great choice for those who love everything about the great outdoors. The town sits near the Sierra Mountains, and is surprisingly less than an hour drive from Lake Tahoe. The city of just over 220,000 people is far more laid back than Las Vegas, giving you the ability to take an occasional casino trip, but without all of the glitz and glamour. Reno provides plenty for the active senior, whether it is a visit to an art gallery, a hike up the mountain, or a spin of the roulette wheel. Click the tabs to the left to learn more about what it's like to retire in Reno!

City Highlights

  1. Excellent dining and nightlife
  2. Large variety of outdoor activities
  3. Less than one hour from Lake Tahoe
  4. Tax-friendly state for retirees
  5. Strong healthcare

Potential Drawbacks

  1. Can feel touristy at times

At a glance



Median age:


Median Household Income:

$ 46,489

Nearest City with Population of 200k+:

Sacramento, CA

Population Growth Last 3 Years




Age Breakdown (%)

  • 55 and under
  • 55 to 64 years
  • 65 to 74 years
  • Over 75

Gender breakdown over 65 years (%)

  • Men
  • Women


Closest Airport:

Reno-Tahoe International Airport

Distance to Closest Airport:


Closest Major Airport:

Reno-Tahoe International Airport

Distance to Closest Major Airport:


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