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A+ Sparks Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D Sparks Cost of Living Cost of living is 4% higher than Nevada
1077% more expensive than the US average
1033% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Sparks cost of living
D- Sparks Crime Total crime is equal to Nevada
Total crime
3,17515% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3215% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
1%Year over year crime is up
Sparks crime
D Sparks Employment Household income is 2% higher than Nevada
Median household income
$54,1962% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$27,0399% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%31% higher than the US average
Sparks employment
B- Sparks Housing Home value is 9% higher than Nevada
Median home value
$208,70013% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$9712% higher than the US average
Home ownership
57%11% lower than the US average
Sparks real estate or Sparks rentals
D+ Sparks Schools HS graduation rate is equal to Nevada
High school grad. rates
82%2% lower than the US average
School test scores
n/aequal to the US average
Student teacher ratio
18:110% higher than the US average
Sparks K-12 schools or Sparks colleges

Living in Sparks, NV

Located in the state of Nevada, Sparks is a medium-sized city with a population of 94,718 residents. At 78%, the majority of the Sparks population is White; this is followed by 6% Asian and 3% Black. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Sparks are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 21% of the population also speak Spanish. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Sparks might be a good fit as 72% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 56% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

Living in Sparks can be a positive experience for anyone moving to the city. Having said that, in the state of Nevada, there are many desirable places to live, so choose wisely! Using the livability score which includes data from categories like cost of living, education, employment, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Sparks and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Sparks to Nevada and the national average.

With a livability score of 72/100, Sparks is ranked #8,673 in the United States and #28 in Nevada. If we probe a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Sparks has higher than average scores for the following: amenities (A+) and housing (B-). There are some categories that Sparks scores poorly for, including: crime (D), cost of living (D) and employment (D). It might be worth taking a closer look to figure out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Sparks has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: D'Andrea Golf Club, Northgate Golf Club, and Pure Country Dance Hall and Saloon.

Finding affordable real estate and apartments for rent in Sparks can be tricky. Having said that, this area might be the place to get the best of both worlds. Based on factors like home/rental affordability and appreciation rates, this area has received an above average score in the housing category.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Sparks is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Sparks come in at $208,700, which is 8.9% higher than the Nevada average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Sparks, the home price to income ratio is 3.9, which is 8.3% higher than the Nevada average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Sparks area were 11.6% and 5 year appreciation rates were 14.1%.

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Compare Sparks, NV Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Sparks, NV

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
South Reno, Reno76721,203
Northwest, Reno739.226,555
Old Northwest-West University, Reno714.320,849
Southwest, Reno696.335,520
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
East Reno, Reno662.638,120
North Valleys, Reno6511.432,035
South Central, Reno654.725,682
Northeast, Reno643.423,736

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PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Verdi, NV7312.41,399
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Washoe Valley, NV7216.82,950
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City Council does not care

Most of Sparks is okay. But in older areas, complaints to the city council just go ignored. Right now, a backyard shed exists at 10## Palmwood which is directly behind my property. That is the most horrendous eye-sore, fire hazard and danger to the community residential hazard which I have ever seen in my 72 years. The shed is made out of pipes, flooring, tin, plywood, blocks, linoleum, and miscellaneous scavenged material. Mice live under the shed and forage into neighbors yards. At least one snake lives in the ugly mess. Pieces of the roof blow off occasionally. It has electrical service inside the shed that cannot possibly be safe. The front of their house is beautiful, but the shed which I have to see every time I look out the window are have a BBG outside is obnoxious. The City of Sparks has no regulations regarding sheds. Its private property. I'm inviting all Sparks citizens to drop by my house and bring your camera. I'll show you something you will not believe. Pls. email me at for an appointment.
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Check out the Parks in Sparks, NV!

While on a cross country trip in May of 2010, my husband and I spent a long weekend in the delightful city of Sparks, Nevada. Sparks is full of gorgeous parks, such as Sparks Marina and Golden Eagle Regional Park, and is characterized by a desert like climate and a 4,500 foot elevation. My favorite thing about Sparks was the gorgeous weather. Sparks is sunny 80% of the year, despite the presence of full seasonal variation.

As gambling fanatics, we decided to stay at the John Ascuaga's Casino Resort. We stayed on the twentieth floor of the resort, which provided us with a phenomenal view of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Our room was luxurious and our beds were comfortable. The best part of the resort was being within walking distance from the casino!

While I enjoyed the casino and the weather the most, my husband's favorite part of my trip to the city of Sparks was our visit to Golden Eagle Regional Park. As a sports enthusiast, he was very impressed with the 1.4 million square feet of artificial turf. Golden Eagle is truly a family park, as it was designed to host sports activities for people of all ages, including children. The only negative part about our trip to Sparks was our departure!
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Source: The Sparks, NV data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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