Reno is a city in the northwest section of the U.S. state of Nevada, approximately 22 miles (35 km) from Lake Tahoe. Reno is known as “The Biggest Little City in the World” Reno is the county seat of Washoe County. The city sits in a high desert river valley at the foot of the Sierra Nevada and its downtown area (along with Sparks) occupies a valley informally known as the Truckee Meadows. The city is named after Union Major General Jesse L. Reno, who was killed in action during the American Civil War at the Battle of South Mountain on Fox’s Gap.
Reno, with an estimated population of 250,998 as of 2018, is the third-most populous city in Nevada after Las Vegas and Henderson, both of which are part of the Las Vegas Valley. Reno is part of the Reno–Sparks metropolitan area which consists of all of Washoe and Storey counties.