Sparks, NV Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Sparks, Nevada - Basic Facts

The City of Sparks is the 9th largest city in Nevada with a population of 96,064 as of July 1, 2016. Sparks ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Nevada. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Sparks is located at latitude 39.5693 and longitude -119.7069 in Washoe County. The formal boundaries for the City of Sparks (see map below) encompass a land area of 36.17 sq. miles and a water area of 0.17 sq. miles. Washoe County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 4,413 feet.

The City of Sparks (GNIS ID: 2411949) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Nevada is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Sparks is located within Warm Springs-Truckee Canyon Division of Washoe County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Sparks population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Sparks: Harriman.

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Sparks, NV Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 96,064
Population in Households 95,745
Population in Familes 76,768
Population in Group Qrtrs 319
Population Density1 2,656
Diversity Index2 69


Total Households 35,129
Average Household Size 2.73
Family Households 23,676
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 38,333 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 19,542 (51.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 15,588 (40.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,204 ( 8.4%)
Median Home Value $226,293
Average Home Value $262,863


Median Household Income $52,728
Average Household Income $65,946
Per Capita Income $24,468
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.0% 1.19%
Households 0.76% 1.04%
Families 0.75% 1.04%
Median Household Income   2.1%
Per Capita Income   1.71%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Sparks, NV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Sparks to the other 131 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Nevada by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 9 94th
Population Density1 # 10 93rd
Diversity Index2 # 23 83rd
Median Household Income # 59 56th
Per Capita Income # 76 43rd

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Nevada Census Data Comparison Tool.