About Washoe County, Nevada
Washoe County is a county in the U.S. state of Nevada. It was created on November 25, 1861, as one of the original nine counties of the Nevada Territory and is named after the Washoe people who originally inhabited the area. The county has a total area of 6,542 square miles, with an estimated population of 512,524 as of the 2024 census, making it Nevada’s second-most populous county. Its county seat and largest city is Reno. Washoe County is included in the Reno, NV Metropolitan Statistical Area. The county is dedicated to quality public service, effective communication, and integrity, and is home to over 6,600 square miles and nearly half a million residents. It offers various recreational and outdoor experiences, including parks, trails, and open space. Washoe County provides a wide range of services, including parks, libraries, emergency management, human and animal services, public health, and judicial process. It is also known for supporting community sponsorships such as ArTown, Hot August Nights, and the Great Reno Balloon Race. Washoe County is not directly connected to the Washoe County School District, as school districts in Nevada operate as independent special-purpose government units with separate administrative and fiscal oversight. The county is governed by its own seven-member board.