Reno, Nev.

America’s Best Places Rank: 44th
Population: 213,772
Mayor: Bob Cashell

Why it’s ranked: Close enough to Tahoe for great skiing and solid hiking in the summer, Reno is a good city for the outdoorsman and gambler alike. Home to the National Bowling Stadium, as well as a host of casinos, bars, and restaurants, Reno pretty much rocks. It got knocked down a few notches on this list due to a high foreclosure rate paired with high unemployment.

How it ranked:
Percent with bachelor's degrees: 28.2
Percent under poverty level: 14.7
Median household income: $49,917
Violent crime rate: 666.5
Property crime rate: 3,986.2
School score: 73.36
Pro sports teams: 0
Foreclosure rate: .0286
Percent Unemployment: 12.5
Park acres per 1,000 residents: 11.1
Bars: 108
Restaurants: 520
Museums: 30
Colleges: 6
Libraries: 15
Air Quality Index: 92
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