What I learned about moving to Reno, Nevada

my relocation journey

If you’re thinking about moving to Reno Nevada or the surrounding areas, you’re really going to want to read this blog post first. 

As someone who moved here from across the country, I understand the challenge of envisioning your life in a new city from afar. One of the most pressing questions you might have is, “Can I afford to live there?” 

Let’s dive into the cost of living and lifestyle in Reno, and why this city has captured my heart over the past decade.

Why Reno?

Reno’s appeal isn’t just about its vibrant lifestyle and beautiful landscapes; it’s also about the financial advantages. 

One of the biggest draws is the lack of state income tax, which can make a significant difference in your cost of living. The close proximity to California also means that many people are relocating here, driving economic growth and development.

Cost of Living in Reno

Despite the influx of new residents and the rising cost of living, Reno remains relatively affordable compared to major cities like New York. Here are some key statistics to help you understand the financial landscape:

  • Overall Cost of Living: Reno is 28.3% less expensive than New York City, excluding rent.
  • Cost of Rent: When you include rent, Reno is 54.9% less expensive than New York City.
  • Monthly Expenses: For a family of four, the estimated monthly cost is around $3,500 (excluding rent). For a single person, it’s approximately $995.
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Dining Out in Reno

As a major foodie, this is one of the best perks of moving to Reno Nevada. Reno is known for its eclectic and culturally diverse food scene. 

Whether you’re a foodie or just enjoy dining out occasionally, you’ll find plenty of options.

 The average cost for a meal for two at a mid-range restaurant is about $65, excluding drinks. The city also boasts numerous upscale dining establishments and cozy, local eateries.

Utilities and Housing Costs

Basic utilities (electricity, heating, cooling, water, and garbage) for a 915 square foot apartment will cost you around $160 per month. Larger homes, like mine, which are about double that size, have nearly double the utility costs.

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Childcare and Education

If you have or plan to have children, you’ll need to consider childcare and education costs. Full-time preschool or private kindergarten will set you back about $1,000 per month per child. Some schools offer sibling discounts, but it’s still a significant expense to factor into your budget.

Rental Market

The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in desirable areas like downtown or Midtown is around $1,600 per month. When you compare this to the average net salary in Reno, which is about $3,100 per month, it might seem like there’s a discrepancy. 

This discrepancy highlights a trend: many people relocating from California can work remotely, earning higher wages while benefiting from Nevada’s lower cost of living.

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Final Thoughts

The relationship between the cost of living and average income in Reno might seem challenging at first glance. 

However, for those able to work remotely, this can be a significant advantage. For locals, the rising costs present challenges, but the overall quality of life and economic opportunities continue to grow.

If you’re thinking of moving to Reno Nevada, or if you’re already here and thinking about buying or selling real estate, I would love to help you. Feel free to book a free, no-obligation call with me to discuss your needs and develop a strategy. 

And if you haven’t already, make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel for more updates on the Reno lifestyle, housing market, and all things real estate.

Thank you for reading, and I look forward to connecting with you soon!

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