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Sparks is a city in Washoe County, in the Reno-Sparks metro area.

The community was named for Gov. John Sparks.

The latitude of Sparks is 39.535N. The longitude is -119.751W.

It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 4,413 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 77,295.


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Median household income
Local
$45,745
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Sparks demographic reports
Sparks is on the Truckee River.
Former and merged names include:
· Harriman
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 358. The number of murders and homicides was 3. The violent crime rate was 4.7 per 1,000 people.
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include It's a Grind, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Best in the West Rib Cook-off - Aug. 29-Sept. 3, 2007
  • Brew Ha Ha Festival - Jan. 19, 2007
  • Euro Fest - June 8-10, 2007
  • Oktoberfest - Sept. 28-29, 2007
Dates often change. Check Sparks web sites and events links in the sections below.
Scenic roads: Pyramid Lake Scenic Byway
Historic sites and museums: Sparks Heritage Museum
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 94
Quotes:
The trees in Sparks are a dead give-away that Nevada is not merely the home of sin and shame and cheap divorces and open gambling and Basque sheepherders and the Wingfield banks. It was and to some extent still is a part of the Mormon country?
-- Mormon Country
Wallace Stegner

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Sparks demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Washoe County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Reno area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 89431 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

15% of Sparks residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Sparks ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Sparks was $21,122, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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18% of Sparks residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Sparks, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $628.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,201.


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Libraries in Sparks include Mendive Community Library, Sparks Library ... View libraries

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Washoe County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Sparks political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Sparks workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 12 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Sparks between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.8 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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“ The trees in Sparks are a dead give-away that Nevada is not merely the home of sin and shame and cheap divorces and open gambling and Basque sheepherders and the Wingfield banks. It was and to some extent still is a part of the Mormon country? ”
~ Mormon Country
Wallace Stegner

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