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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