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Top Reasons to Live in Sparks NV

  • Sparks, Nevada is a close-knit, family-friendly city that is flush with recreational opportunities, good schools, and low-priced homes with growing values. Part of the allure of Sparks is its many unique qualities, including the Nugget Casino Resort, Victorian Square, and the Outlets at Legends. Sparks has plenty of activities, from sports at the Golden Eagle Regional Park to its craft beer culture led by the Great Basin Brewing Company. With so much good stuff, it's no wonder Sparks is called the City of Promise.

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  • Housing Statistics Sparks has a population of 90,264, according to the 2010 census, and people have been pouring in at a rate of roughly three percent per year. The annual residential turnover is low too, meaning people stick around once they settle here. It's currently at about 16 percent. The average price for a home in the first quarter of 2013 was $286,430, with the median price estimated at $152,875 for the same time period. There are almost an even number of owners and renters here. The fairly cushy eight percent vacancy rate in Sparks means you shouldn't have much trouble finding a place. Those not able to buy, but eager to, should consider rent to own houses as possibilities.
  • Local Sports Sparks natives prefer to get busy playing rather than watching professional teams, as evidenced by the plethora of recreational areas, parks, and open spaces available for use. The 100-plus-acre Golden Eagle Regional Park & Sports Complex is the most popular: It features six softball fields, four baseball fields, four volleyball courts, two bocce ball courts, and a pro shop. There is also swimming at the Alf Sorensen Community Center, located in between Shadow Mountain Park and Van Meter Park, a necessity in the hot summers.
  • School Systems Sparks schools are operated by the Washoe Country School District. There are currently five high schools, four middle schools, and 20 elementary schools. There are also three private schools running in Sparks. Alyce Savage Taylor Elementary School is considered the best quality grade school, Lou Mendive and Yvonne Shaw are the best middle schools, and Edward C. Reed and Spanish Springs are the top high schools in the area. School quality can vary greatly depending on the district, so buyers with families will want to check the assigned district before investing.
  • Neighborhoods Sparks is home to six main neighborhoods, but there are additional subdivisions of interest for serious buyers. Some spots are more family-friendly and others are more walkable, with great local amenities including retail and recreation.