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Old 08-26-2011, 04:48 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Okay, so, here's the deal. I'm posted something similar to this in the Vegas thread already. My mom told me that her and my dad were discussing a possible move to Nevada next year probably during the summer. This is something they have talked about for YEARS, since I was young. They always planned to move to Vegas and a few times we almost did but the times were just never convenient I guess. Well now I'm out of high school and my mom's been out of a job since December and has been trying for months to get one but she just can't, and we can't afford to live where we live right now and we're moving in a few months when our lease is up to a cheaper area of the city (we live in San Diego) and basically they're thinking about just moving to Nevada next year. First it was Vegas but since there's two places that have VA Medical Centers (Vegas & Reno) and my dad is looking to get a transfer from there and my mom worked there for years as well and is looking to work there too, we have began to discuss Reno as well. We've never been there so obviously we will be making a trip but we have been to Las Vegas numerous times and not just in the downtown/tourist/strip area but the surrounding area (I even went apartment hunting there with a friend when I was younger) so we kind of know what that's like.

Basically I'm asking for your guys help here. What are the general pros & cons of living in the Reno area?

Also: What's the weather like year-round? I know it still gets pretty hot but I hear that the summers are often less brutal than Vegas? We're from San Diego and my mom and I don't handle the sun and heat all too well (although we are aware that this is dry heat and not humid) and I complain when it's 70 degrees out. I know that if we move we will have to adjust and we're okay with that. I'm much more comfortable in 30 degrees than I am in 80. Which brings me to ask about the winters there. I do know that Reno gets snow while snow is more rare in Las Vegas. My mom and I are really looking forward to living in snow! What's it like really? How much snow do you often get? And is there a storm season?

How's the public transportation since I feel I'm going to have to be using that often?

What are some community colleges in the area? I know of Truckee Meadows. Is that the only one? I'm in college right now and in an honors progam and it continues until next semester (spring) and then I'm out and planning to move there and go to community college to finish my associate's so I can transfer out of state.

What are some good areas to live and some areas to stay out of? Preferrably somewhere convenient to both the hospital and school?

AND, last but not least, WHATS OVER THERE? I know its near Lake Tahoe and Carson City but it seems like it's just kind of secluded. What's within a few hours drive?
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Old 08-26-2011, 06:35 PM
 
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Why can't you review the numerous previous discussions on this topic?
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Old 08-29-2011, 04:46 AM
 
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why can't you review the numerous previous discussions on this topic?
why do you have to be so nasty. If you dont want to help fine!
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Old 08-29-2011, 04:59 AM
 
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Okay, so, here's the deal. I'm posted something similar to this in the Vegas thread already. My mom told me that her and my dad were discussing a possible move to Nevada next year probably during the summer. This is something they have talked about for YEARS, since I was young. They always planned to move to Vegas and a few times we almost did but the times were just never convenient I guess. Well now I'm out of high school and my mom's been out of a job since December and has been trying for months to get one but she just can't, and we can't afford to live where we live right now and we're moving in a few months when our lease is up to a cheaper area of the city (we live in San Diego) and basically they're thinking about just moving to Nevada next year. First it was Vegas but since there's two places that have VA Medical Centers (Vegas & Reno) and my dad is looking to get a transfer from there and my mom worked there for years as well and is looking to work there too, we have began to discuss Reno as well. We've never been there so obviously we will be making a trip but we have been to Las Vegas numerous times and not just in the downtown/tourist/strip area but the surrounding area (I even went apartment hunting there with a friend when I was younger) so we kind of know what that's like.

Basically I'm asking for your guys help here. What are the general pros & cons of living in the Reno area?

Also: What's the weather like year-round? I know it still gets pretty hot but I hear that the summers are often less brutal than Vegas? We're from San Diego and my mom and I don't handle the sun and heat all too well (although we are aware that this is dry heat and not humid) and I complain when it's 70 degrees out. I know that if we move we will have to adjust and we're okay with that. I'm much more comfortable in 30 degrees than I am in 80. Which brings me to ask about the winters there. I do know that Reno gets snow while snow is more rare in Las Vegas. My mom and I are really looking forward to living in snow! What's it like really? How much snow do you often get? And is there a storm season?

How's the public transportation since I feel I'm going to have to be using that often?

What are some community colleges in the area? I know of Truckee Meadows. Is that the only one? I'm in college right now and in an honors progam and it continues until next semester (spring) and then I'm out and planning to move there and go to community college to finish my associate's so I can transfer out of state.

What are some good areas to live and some areas to stay out of? Preferrably somewhere convenient to both the hospital and school?

AND, last but not least, WHATS OVER THERE? I know its near Lake Tahoe and Carson City but it seems like it's just kind of secluded. What's within a few hours drive?
Pros: Reno is close to Lake Tahoe, SAC, San Fran, Napa, Idaho, Utah, Oregon,..So you can visit a lot of awesome places

Reno has a lot to do and has a decent nite life.

Reno is less expensive to live then most cities.

Reno Weather has cool summer evenings and the day time it will get hot but low to no humidity. Winters in reno are mild, We get very little rain year round.

Reno Public transportation is decent. but i HIGHLY suggest you have a car

Reno rezzy's are very friendly and helpful.

Reno is a safe place to live and the crime rate is low

Reno driving is a breeze.. not hectic at all just watch out for the Cal drivers who are the worst.

Cons > Unemployment rate is the highest, there are no local or state taxes but they get you in other ways

Drug epidemic with Meth and Heroin is getting very worry some and growing.
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Old 08-29-2011, 11:47 AM
 
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Basically I'm asking for your guys help here. What are the general pros & cons of living in the Reno area?

Pros: Quiet, safe, open space, relatively tolerable weather, lots of outdoor activities close to SF and Tahoe.

Cons: You have to travel for any real 'culture', if you have gotten used to city living with lots of grade a options you'll be sorely disappointed. Strip malls and big box stores are the rule, not the exception. Depressed economy, depressed real estate market and no sign of sunny skies in the near future.



Also: What's the weather like year-round?

Hot summers, usually 90-100 and very dry. Cool spring and fall (sweater weather) and cold winters. Snow varies, but its probably safe to say you'll get whacked with a few storms that dump 5"+ at a time. I heard this past winter stuck around into June.

How's the public transportation since I feel I'm going to have to be using that often?

Again, if you're from the middle of nowhere, its probably great. But, if you've lived in any major city you'll probably want to hang yourself from the bus stop sign. Get a car.

What are some good areas to live and some areas to stay out of? Preferrably somewhere convenient to both the hospital and school?

Nothing is dangerous in Reno...you'll get pocket areas where you'll find the "gangs" in Reno and the meth head trailer trash, but thats the exception, not the rule. I only lived there for a few months, but other long time residents have outlined areas that are less desirable.

AND, last but not least, WHATS OVER THERE? I know its near Lake Tahoe and Carson City but it seems like it's just kind of secluded. What's within a few hours drive?

Really.....nothing. You have Tahoe, that's the closet attraction. Carson City sucks and is smaller than Reno. Outside of that, you're in the middle of nowhere with SF being the closest cosmopolitan city.
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