Washoe Country School District

July 28, 2014

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About the Area

Nearly seven million tourists visit northern Nevada annually. With miles of wide open spaces and beautiful mountain lakes, there is no mistaking why the area was recently named "Number One In The Nation For Outdoor Activities."
- by Rand-McNally


Washoe County is located in the western corner of Nevada and encompasses 6,905 square miles. This unique location puts Reno/Sparks/Lake Tahoe in close proximity to major U.S. cities: San Francisco - 226 miles; Los Angeles - 470 miles; Seattle - 754 miles; Las Vegas - 446 miles. Reno's elevation is 4,400 feet above sea level.


The high desert location offers four distinct seasons with a moderate year-round climate and very low humidity.


The Reno/Sparks population base is approximately 250,000 and is expected to increase 17 percent in the next decade. Figures released by the Nevada State Demographer's office show Nevada as one of the fastest growing states in the nation.


Besides the natural beauty and multi-recreational uses of Lake Tahoe, Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River, there are more than 85 local parks with playgrounds, bike paths, pools, sports fields and more. There is a new whitewater park in downtown Reno. Three theater complexes, 30 professional golf courses, 15 alpine and 8 cross-country ski resorts also serve residents.


The area is home to many nationally acclaimed performing arts groups including the Nevada Opera, Reno Philharmonic, Nevada Festival Ballet and the Reno Chamber Orchestra. More than 80 museums, galleries and various places of interest, including the Nevada Museum of Art, Wilbur May Museum, Nevada Historical Society, Fleischmann Planetarium, and the National Automobile Museum, enhance the area.

For frequently asked questions (FAQs) about employment with the Washoe County School District, click here.