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  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Sparks is a town in Nevada with a population of 96,786. Sparks is in Washoe County. Living in Sparks offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Sparks there are a lot of bars, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Sparks and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Sparks are above average.
About Sparks...
Population
96,786

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$244,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$997
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    43%
  • Own
    57%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    313.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    2
    6.1
  • Rape
    54.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    105.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    592.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,688.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    418.1
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    37%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    13%

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Coming from the Houston, TX area, I have been a bit disappointed in the affordability, job opportunities, and nightlife in Sparks. However, it is fairly close to downtown Reno and Lake Tahoe, which offers a variety of attractions. Also, there are many nearby hiking trails and parks that can be fun on a sunny day. For me, the best part about Sparks is that is a fairly dog friendly area!
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I love living in Sparks, Nv! It's a very family oriented city, with a lot of kid friendly events in the downtown area. It also has many great schools and nice, quiet neighborhoods. Most neighborhoods are close to shopping and there are many parks to take your children to. They'll never be bored. Sparks is a great place to raise a family!
Living in Sparks Nevada has it's good points and it's bad. Some positives are that it is close to many outdoor options, such as the Truckee river, Lake Tahoe, great hiking and off-road spots across mountains and desert, good fishing, and not to mention 24 hours of casino activity. Some negatives for Sparks would be gunshots often heard in the summertime, especially on the weekends, people crawling through your doggie door at 4:45 am on New Year's Day, and 24 hours of casino activity isn't actually all that great. But besides those few negatives, and the fact that people drive extremely slow on the freeways around here, and I do mean slow, like 45 in a 65 with minimal traffic out, it's pretty cool.