With only 90,000 people, Sparks is the perfect area to raise a family or enjoy the peacefulness of Northern Nevada during your retirement years. Sparks is nestled between the Carson and Virginia mountain ranges at nearly 4,500 feet of elevation. Living in Sparks allows you to experience all four seasons, with the weather being relatively mild and calm during fall, spring, and summer. People who move to Sparks do so for the quality of life — Reno is close by, but Sparks feels more secluded and comfortable for most people.

Overview of the Facts:

General Facts about the Neighborhood:

The area around Victorian Square is considered downtown Sparks and offers a variety of businesses, hotels, and homes. No matter what you're looking for, you're bound to find it in downtown Sparks. Enjoy all the comforts of a major metropolitan city with a small town feel.

Cost of Living:

Downtown Sparks is comparable to Reno when it comes to the cost of living, however, costs tend to be higher in Sparks when compared to the national average. For example, a cup of coffee in Sparks will run you $4.65, which is just over 9% higher than the national average. Gas tends to cost $3.41 a gallon, about 5% higher than the national average. The overall cost of living in Sparks is 1.2% less than the Nevada average but 1.8% higher than the national average.

Median Household Income:

The median household income in Sparks is $53,508, compared to $54,083 for the entire state of Nevada.

Median Home Prices:

The median home price in Sparks is $198,500 compared to $190,900 in Nevada and $181,400 nationally.

People with Children Under 18:

There were no statistics available on the number of people with children under age 18 in downtown Sparks, or Sparks as a whole.


Sparks is pretty diverse with about 12% of people being of German ancestry, following closely by over 10% of the population being of Irish ancestry. The population tends toward Caucasian and relatively well-educated. People have good, stable jobs and and many have completed at least a bachelor's degree when it comes to education.

Crime Rates:

Crime is very low in Sparks, according to 2012 statistics, the most recent available. According to those statistics there were 1.1 murders per 100,000 people. However, for crimes like auto theft, there were 259.8 per 100,000 people in 2012.

Who Lives Here?:

As mentioned above, people in Sparks tend to be well-educated, have long term careers. They are raising families and enjoy the quiet and relative safety living in Sparks offers.

What Should I Know About This Neighborhood?:

Sparks offers all the comforts of big cities in a small town atmosphere.

What should I Know About the Neighborhood Schools?:

Sparks is served by Anges Risley Elementary School, Sparks Middle School, and Sparks High School. The average student/teacher ratio is 18:1, regardless of age group.

Risley Elementary School has a rating of four on Great Schools. It serves kindergarten through sixth grade. The school leans toward being primarily Caucasian and Hispanic.

Sparks Middle School has a rating of three on Great Schools. It serves grades seven and eight. They have core values of social justice and equity with qualities of high expectations and collaboration among students, staff, and teachers.

Sparks High School has a rating of three on Great Schools. It serves grades nine through twelve. The school is ranked in the top 1,000 schools based on the number of advanced placement exams taken by its students. Their motto is "Students will graduate as productive citizens prepared to access a full range of post-secondary educational and career opportunities."

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