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Old 03-27-2011, 11:11 PM
 
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Hey Everybody,

My wife and I are completely tired of California and are ready to move. We have visited the Reno/Sparks area a couple of times and have really enjoyed it. The following is somethings that we have considered;

We are on the right side of the political spectrum. We are both gun owners. We believe in the rights of the people. We do not support government handouts.

The weather in the Reno area is actually something that we would look forward to because where we live now is practically overcast and 60 degrees all year long. I am sure that some people would love that but, honestly, it is depressing. Long story short we are looking for a place with seasonal change, but change that isn't too overly dramatic.

Cost of living where we live now is outrageous. Gas is $4.00 a gallon right now. Average rent for a one bedroom apartment is $950. Houses average in the 300ks. Between the state and federal taxes I net about only 2/3 of my pay. Sales tax is 8.75% Can somebody make a Nevada comparison to these numbers?

Our only real concern is finding work before we move. We know that Nevada is one of the hardest hit states in terms of unemployment so we feel that it is going to be a real challenge to find work. My wife works for a grocery store chain and more than likely can transfer to a store in the Reno Area. Currently I make more more money for the household. However, I work in the hardware retail business(management level) I know that I have the skills and the experience to do the work the question is "Is anyone hiring?" If anybody can chime in on this it would be great.

Thank you in advance for your replies. If there is anything else to take into consideration, or any advice, please let me know.
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Old 03-28-2011, 05:50 PM
 
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Hey Everybody,

My wife and I are completely tired of California and are ready to move. We have visited the Reno/Sparks area a couple of times and have really enjoyed it.

Same as I. Visiting and residing are 2 very different things.

We are on the right side of the political spectrum. We are both gun owners. We believe in the rights of the people. We do not support government handouts.

Gun laws are great here, no denying that.

The weather in the Reno area is actually something that we would look forward to because where we live now is practically overcast and 60 degrees all year long. I am sure that some people would love that but, honestly, it is depressing. Long story short we are looking for a place with seasonal change, but change that isn't too overly dramatic.

Be careful what you wish for, I thought I'd enjoy a bit of snow...wrong. I hate it as much as ever. I miss the year round climate of the Bay, if you're an active (running, biking, etc) person the winter is really depressing.

Cost of living where we live now is outrageous. Gas is $4.00 a gallon right now. Average rent for a one bedroom apartment is $950. Houses average in the 300ks. Between the state and federal taxes I net about only 2/3 of my pay. Sales tax is 8.75% Can somebody make a Nevada comparison to these numbers?

Gas is close to 3.90 for regular, rent is cheap (my 2k ft home is only $1,400/mo), homes are inexpensive to buy here, but for a reason, tax is 7.7x%, no state income tax.

Our only real concern is finding work before we move. We know that Nevada is one of the hardest hit states in terms of unemployment so we feel that it is going to be a real challenge to find work. My wife works for a grocery store chain and more than likely can transfer to a store in the Reno Area. Currently I make more more money for the household. However, I work in the hardware retail business(management level) I know that I have the skills and the experience to do the work the question is "Is anyone hiring?" If anybody can chime in on this it would be great.

The job market here is decimated. Don't let anyone convince you otherwise, and even if you do find a comparable job, you will take a pay cut to reflect the cost of living. You existing bills, sadly, stay the same. Be VERY careful here, Reno is a micro economy largely dependent on gaming. And casinos are laying off dealers and closing table games. Pay attention to the writing on the wall.

Thank you in advance for your replies. If there is anything else to take into consideration, or any advice, please let me know.
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Old 03-28-2011, 09:29 PM
 
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SixDemonBag,

So do you regret your decision? Or was it just kind of a trade off? What do you like about the area and what do you hate?
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Old 03-29-2011, 09:10 AM
 
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You better be sure you like snow an wind and HOT summers.

As per Government handouts there is a large population in Reno, Sparks, Carson who are on government assistance ........ sadly the areas mentioned have a large group of toothless addicts who live on assistance and take advantage of it. you also have very educated and once employed who are also on Government assistance do to the loss of jobs.

If you have a grip with Gov. Handouts this is NOT the area for you. The more people loose their jobs the more government handouts. PS and if they worked for it they deserve it. Its not their fault that they lost their jobs do to OBAMA CHANGE
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Old 03-29-2011, 09:49 AM
 
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SixDemonBag,

So do you regret your decision? Or was it just kind of a trade off? What do you like about the area and what do you hate?
Reasons for a move vary, so I can only speak for myself. I was tired of CA's draconian laws, crowds, etc. I thought Reno was a good middle ground, especially after taking the advice of some people who were born/raised here. Unfortunately I took their word as gospel and neglected to do my own research.

What I found was an economically depressed town with nothing going for it. Sure people talk about the river, lake and mountains, but those things aren't paying your bills. So unless you're wealthy (and have the means to stay wealthy once you move here), don't get distracted by the snow capped mountains.

What I like: great gun laws, lax car laws, you can generally do as you please with little interference from 'the man', nice outdoor recreation when the weather permits and the residents are generally friendly, good people.

What I don't like: strip malls everywhere, chain restaurants abound, the city and people can generally be described as run down, no variety outside of 'medium' meaning if you have a hankering for 'high end' anything, you're hauling it to SF. Basically the city is a very hollow place, but I suppose any gambling town can be described as such.

In a nutshell, yes, I regret it. And I'm moving in less than 2 weeks to illustrate how much I regret it.

I don't want to scare or discourage you, but I just want to give my honest opinion so you don't end up where I am 10 months from now.
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:02 PM
 
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that was a great post Sixdemonbag But, i have a questin about the lax car laws and little interfearance with the MAN...... then again I am thinking of Carson City. seems THE MAN has nothing better to do but be in your business and giving out tix an stoping cars for no reason is over done.........

Guess your right Reno PD is not that bad at all.
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Old 03-29-2011, 01:47 PM
 
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that was a great post Sixdemonbag But, i have a questin about the lax car laws and little interfearance with the MAN...... then again I am thinking of Carson City. seems THE MAN has nothing better to do but be in your business and giving out tix an stoping cars for no reason is over done.........

Guess your right Reno PD is not that bad at all.
I've heard from a coworker who is from CC that the cops there like to bust balls. I guess there isn't anything else going on down there for them to occupy their time.

I haven't had any interaction with RPD or NHP, both seem pretty relaxed and only pull people over who are blatantly doing something wrong. My car is pretty loud and conspicuous, so I know I've been noticed, guess they have bigger fish to fry.

To put it into perspective, I've been pulled over in the same car with less done to it in CA, had the book thrown at me and sent to the state ref. All the while I was pulled over on a pretense because the cop knew he had a good chance of finding what he was looking for.
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Old 03-29-2011, 03:17 PM
 
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I agree I was pulled over 2 times in Reno and didnot have my Registration or insurance and they were cool no ticket I explained I was confused with my GPS and they were VERY understanding...That don't fly always in Carson. Also I was in Stateline I was feeling Ill at a restaurnt and I let a friend of mine drive me to a friends in Stateline instead of CC and he was speeding and went through a red light LOL does not have a DL and he was written up has to go to court but the officer was very understanding and saw I was ill. I was coming down with a flu. I am just glad my friend did not get arrested. SOME will arrest you for that.
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Old 04-07-2011, 10:10 AM
 
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SixDemonBag says: What I don't like: strip malls everywhere, chain restaurants abound, the city and people can generally be described as run down, no variety outside of 'medium' meaning if you have a hankering for 'high end' anything, you're hauling it to SF. Basically the city is a very hollow place, but I suppose any gambling town can be described as such.

First of all, exactly which city of 200K anywhere in America doesn't have strip malls and chain restaurants everywhere? However, I honestly think you never made a real effort. The whole midtown area of Reno has a lot of nice independent stores and restaurants, from Cal Ave down to Plumb Ln. Strip malls and chain restaurants is a feature of America not Reno. You say the city and people are run down. In a previous post you noted the older strip malls in town, but my idea of rundown is vacant lots, graffiti, weeds in the parking lot, abandoned lots. Your idea is a strip mall that looks 20 years old. If that's the case, once again, every city in America has run down areas. Downtown Reno and E 4th Street look run down, but everywhere else, the city looks just fine. As for the people, where do you hang out downtown and E 4th Street? None of my friends are "run down" looking or acting. They are passionate, creative, ambitious people, most employed. No it's not yuppie-town, but for a city of 200K there are few cities that size that are yuppie-town except perhaps some upscale bedroom suburb next to a large city. And if you really want high-end anything, why not live in SF, LA, or Vegas? The general assumption is, people with money who want to spend money and be around people with money, don't live in cities of 200K.

I'm sorry you regret moving here and are leaving, but it's probably for the best. It's unfortunate that you never got to see the city that I see here and the people I've met here. Yes, there are plus and minuses, but for a city this size, it has a lot of great things going for it.

Here's a list of cities with populations around 200K and let's see if you think any are better than Reno? Tacoma, Yonkers, Laredo TX, Shreveport LA, Durham NC, Chula Vista CA, Montgomery AL, Fremont CA, Lubbock TX, Modesto CA, Chandler AZ, Akron OH, Scottsdale AZ, Garland TX, Ft Wayne IN. Do they have incredible outdoors w easy access to one of the world's greatest ski areas? Yonkers? Do they have low crime? Montgomery AL?
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Old 04-07-2011, 03:20 PM
 
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First of all, exactly which city of 200K anywhere in America doesn't have strip malls and chain restaurants everywhere? However, I honestly think you never made a real effort. The whole midtown area of Reno has a lot of nice independent stores and restaurants, from Cal Ave down to Plumb Ln. Strip malls and chain restaurants is a feature of America not Reno. You say the city and people are run down. In a previous post you noted the older strip malls in town, but my idea of rundown is vacant lots, graffiti, weeds in the parking lot, abandoned lots. Your idea is a strip mall that looks 20 years old. If that's the case, once again, every city in America has run down areas. Downtown Reno and E 4th Street look run down, but everywhere else, the city looks just fine. As for the people, where do you hang out downtown and E 4th Street? None of my friends are "run down" looking or acting. They are passionate, creative, ambitious people, most employed. No it's not yuppie-town, but for a city of 200K there are few cities that size that are yuppie-town except perhaps some upscale bedroom suburb next to a large city. And if you really want high-end anything, why not live in SF, LA, or Vegas? The general assumption is, people with money who want to spend money and be around people with money, don't live in cities of 200K.

I'm sorry you regret moving here and are leaving, but it's probably for the best. It's unfortunate that you never got to see the city that I see here and the people I've met here. Yes, there are plus and minuses, but for a city this size, it has a lot of great things going for it.

Here's a list of cities with populations around 200K and let's see if you think any are better than Reno? Tacoma, Yonkers, Laredo TX, Shreveport LA, Durham NC, Chula Vista CA, Montgomery AL, Fremont CA, Lubbock TX, Modesto CA, Chandler AZ, Akron OH, Scottsdale AZ, Garland TX, Ft Wayne IN. Do they have incredible outdoors w easy access to one of the world's greatest ski areas? Yonkers? Do they have low crime? Montgomery AL?
Honestly, I don't have the time or energy to go back and forth over an opinion. You see things differently than I do, thats fine. I hope the OP takes in both accounts and can better formulate future plans. Just keep in mind you have a unique view of Reno, mention Reno to most people elsewhere and wait for the reaction.

I'm from a big city, lived in major cities and Reno is nothing of the such. Its 'medium' at best in both quality and quantity. There isn't much arguing there. Yeah, theres worse, theres better and theres comparable. If you're the type to see potential in a dead lawn then Reno may be up your alley.

If you're coming here from Tiny Town USA, you'll probably be in awe. If you're coming here from any cosmopolitan city (or looking for big city amenities) you'll wish you were dead.

Anyway, OP, good luck in your future and hopefully you can see this place through rose colored glasses, cause I and most sure as hell can't.
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