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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Sparks is a suburb of Reno with a population of 98,524. Sparks is in Washoe County. Living in Sparks offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Sparks there are a lot of bars and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Sparks and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Sparks are highly rated.
About Sparks...
Population
98,524

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$275,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,057
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    43%
  • Own
    57%
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Sparks Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    341
    282.7
  • Murder
    3.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    66.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    85
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    556.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,500.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    326.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 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
    36%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    13%

Working in Sparks

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$60,785
National
$55,322
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Sparks Reviews

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Sparks is a really peaceful city. The people are really kind and the environment is tidy and clean. The public schools are really good and the teachers are super nice. Sparks is a city where you can feel extremely safe. There's a lot of diversity too, as well as having many different types of job opportunities!
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Sparks is one of the friendliest cities in Western Nevada. No matter what you’re looking for its guaranteed to be in downtown Sparks. The overall cost of living is lower than Nevada’s cost of living. Sparks lets you live through all four seasons, with the weather being relatively perfect through each season. The city of Reno is close but living in Sparks is less chaotic.

Sparks is one of Nevada’s most diverse cities. The crime rate in Sparks in low. Sparks citizens are well-educated, while raising respectful children. Sparks have many public schools in which two schools were opened in 2019.
Overall a very beautiful place to live, If you love nature you will love this place.
Sparks is a town in Nevada with a population of 96,786. Sparks is in Washoe County. Living in Sparks offers residents a dense 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.