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KRNV News 4 Anchor Joe Hart takes you on a journey across Reno to show why people love living here.

Reno Downtown

Downtown Reno as seen from the University of Nevada, Reno campus. Mount Rose and the Sierra Mountains are in the background.

In the heart of the Sierra Nevada sits Reno, which wasn't always the popular destination for outdoor and indoor entertainment enthusiasts that it is today. Its history was built on mining, and for decades the town's prosperity was based on gold, silver and other precious metals. Although Reno and the surrounding areas still have active mines today, the city is much more immersed in recreation, the arts and interesting cuisine. Most residents will tell you that it's called The Biggest Little City for this reason: it is very urbanized but still has a small-town feel. Gaming, vintage cars, dancing and hip restaurants may define the city now, but Reno is very much attached to its heritage and rural roots.

Most don't know that Reno is within hours of major metropolitan meccas such as San Francisco and minutes from world-class mountain resorts including Squaw Valley in Lake Tahoe. Squaw Valley was home to the 1960 Winter Olympics and the community is actively courting the events' return in the near future. If the plethora of winter sports activities isn't enough, the surrounding Reno area also is home to more than 50 renowned golfing venues. The PGA tour's Barracuda Championship (formerly Reno-Tahoe Open) is hosted at Reno's Montreaux Golf and Country Club.

The city boasts four striking seasons, which allows its residents to participate in countless recreational activities. In addition to outdoor fun, locals favor the many festivals and annual events Reno has to offer. The Reno Rodeo, Artown, The Reno River Festival, Hot August Nights, The Great Reno Balloon Race, National Championship Air Races, Street Vibrations and the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off are just a few. In between numerous events, locals also enjoy checking out new exhibits at the Museum of Art, the Discovery Museum and the Automobile Museum. For more culture, citizens attend fantastic performing arts shows at the Pioneer Center, and for a little more adventure, they'll enjoy a game at the National Bowling Stadium which features 78 lanes and can hold more than 1,000 spectators.

There's never a dull moment in the city. Almost every season is jam-packed with sporting events, from minor league baseball team, Reno Aces, to NBA development team, Reno Bighorns and the never-disappointing University of Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack athletics teams.

After attending all these events, one is sure to build up an appetite. Luckily, being the tourist destination that it is, Reno is home to some of the best restaurants in the region. Eclectic palates need not worry – in Reno, you can find any type of food, whether it's a Greek affair, French feast, vegan cuisine or an indulgent Awful Awful Burger.

Not to be overshadowed by the attractions, Reno really is a great little city for business, living and fun. The cost of living is 5.8 percent lower than the national average and has a median commute time of 18.6 minutes. The city also is ranked in the Top 50 Bike Friendly Cities in the country and continually is improving bike lane area expansions.

We can't forget to mention that while working and residing here, residents benefit from no income tax, no inheritance tax and no estate tax. The combination of lifestyle and financial incentives has proven irresistible to such headlining employers as Tesla, Microsoft, Amazon and Apple.

Education is impressive with a major Tier One university, a community college, an excellent selection of public, private and charter schools and the nationally recognized Davidson Academy for the gifted and talented.

When you come to visit or stay, don't forget to bring your dog. Reno offers entire parks dedicated to our fur-friends and even restaurants welcoming them on certain days of the week.

With a population approaching half-a-million encompassing its surrounding areas, Reno remains as golden as its mining heritage. It's made up of long-time, multi-generational Nevada residents and newly converted Renoites who can't imagine leaving once they've established their roots. Whether you identify with the country lifestyle or the more modern scene, in Reno there truly is something for everyone.

Great Reno Balloon Races