Although Reno is known as the northern gambling center for Nevada the increase in California Indian gaming casinos has really hurt the casinos of Reno and Sparks. It is much lesser known for being "the new Silicon Valley" and also for the growth of other technical and engineering businesses. One of the United States' quickest expansions in population is taking place here and at 225,221 as of 2010, it is the second largest city in Nevada.
At the 4,000 foot elevation, Reno gets snow in the winter and warm high desert heat in the summer. And being on the east side of the Sierra Nevada range, the area gets high winds frequently.
Sparks, Nevada is a suburb of Reno to the north east. It includes an area where Hotels and Casinos have been built much like its neighbor. That area is know as Victorian Square. It is as fa…