Sparks, Nevada

Sparks: The most populous city in Washoe County, Nevada. It is located in the Reno metropolitan area. Sparks is known for its many casinos, its many parks and green spaces, and its many attractions, such as the Sparks Marina and the Victorian Square.


Sparks is a city located in the county of Washoe in the U.S. state of Nevada. Its population at the 2010 census was 90,264 and a population density of 959 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 106,900 inhabitants.

The city was created 120 years ago in 1903.

Sparks is a city in Washoe County, Nevada located just east of Reno. It has a population of over 105,000 residents, making it the fifth-largest city in Nevada.


Major employers in Sparks are distribution and manufacturing companies like Amazon, Pepsi, and Tesla's Gigafactory. Tourism, retail, healthcare, education, and government also provide jobs. The city offers business incentives for development.

Things To Do

Top attractions include the Sparks Marina, Outlets at Legends, Nugget Casino Resort, Golden Eagle Regional Park, and regular community events. The city provides outdoor recreation, arts, shopping, and nightlife.


Sparks is situated in a high desert valley between the Sierra Nevada and Virginia mountain ranges. The landscape features rugged hills, rivers, and abundant sunshine. The climate brings four mild seasons.

Real Estate

Housing ranges from established neighborhoods to new planned developments. Compared to Reno, Sparks offers very affordable homes, condos, and apartments. Prices rise near desirable areas.


Sparks provides easy access to Lake Tahoe resorts and Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Reno's amenities are just across the border. Sparks balances urban growth with natural high desert beauty and small-town charm.

Sparks locator map
Location of Sparks on Nevada map.

Quick Facts about Sparks

Population : 106,900 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Nevada (United States)
County : Washoe County
Head of government : mayor
Postal code : 89431–89436
Phone Area Codes : 775
Area : 94.11 km2
Named for : John Sparks
Altitude : 4,413 feet / 1345 meters
Establishment : January 01, 1904 (120 years ago)
Time Zone : America/Los_Angeles
Local time : 00:21:23 (18th April 2024)
Density : 1,136 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 15.56% (2010-2020)
Victorian Square  Sparks  Nevada image
Victorian Square Sparks Nevada
Victorian Square  Sparks  Nevada image


Sparks is located at 39°32'6"N 119°45'10"W (39.5349100, -119.7526900).

Sparks map

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The population of Sparks increased by 15.56% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 90,264 - census
2011 91,616 1.48% estimation process
2012 92,406 0.85% estimation process
2013 93,317 0.98% estimation process
2014 94,561 1.32% estimation process
2015 95,759 1.25% estimation process
2016 98,068 2.35% estimation process
2017 100,048 1.98% estimation process
2018 103,979 3.78% estimation process
2019 105,006 0.98% estimation process
2020 106,900 1.77% estimation process

Sparks zip code is 89431. County name: Washoe, County fips: 32031

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People born in Sparks (18)

People born in Sparks, including actress and musician Jena Malone, actress Mädchen Amick, 28th Governor of Nevada Jim Gibbons, .


  • Josh Weston (American bodybuilder and movie actor) he was born in 20/01/1973
  • Bruce Breslow (American businessman and politician) he was born in 02/02/1956
  • Lloyd Butler (American rower) he was born in 11/11/1924
  • Steve Portenga (American stock car racing driver) he was born in 22/05/1970
  • T. J. Bell (racecar driver) he was born in 25/08/1980
  • Vernon White (American mixed martial artist) he was born in 03/12/1971
  • Gabby Williams (French-American basketball player (1996-)) she was born in 09/09/1996
  • Kyle Roberts (American-football player (1992-)) he was born in 09/02/1992
  • Tony Regan (actor (1908–1988)) he was born in 11/08/1908
  • Kevin Partida (US association football player) he was born in 10/03/1995
  • Angelina Keeley (American charity organizer and political activist) she was born in 06/07/1989
  • Edwin F. Wagner (mathematician) he was born in 23/12/1933
  • Mabel Mariani Brown (instructor in English) she was born in 04/05/1907
  • Edwin L. Cantlon (physician) he was born in 24/07/1911
  • John E. Cantlon (American scientist) he was born in 06/10/1921

Schools in Sparks

College & universities near Sparks, NV

Code Name City ZIP
443669 Milan Institute-Sparks Sparks (NV) 89431
457785 International Academy of Style Reno (NV) 89502-1559
181941 Career College of Northern Nevada Sparks (NV) 89434-7905
182290 University of Nevada-Reno Reno (NV) 89557
476841 Paul Mitchell the School-Reno Reno (NV) 89502

Stations (10)

Amtrak & bus stations near Sparks, NV

Code Name Address Type
SPX Sparks, Nevada (Thruway Buses) 1100 Nugget Avenue BUS
SPR Sparks, Nevada (Train Stop) Nugget Ave. east of 11th St. RAIL
RNO Reno 280 North Center St. RAIL
TRU Truckee station 10065 Donner Pass Road RAIL
SOD Soda Springs, California 22002 Donner Pass Rd. BUS

Post offices near Sparks

Post Office Name City ZIP
Spark Post Office Sparks (NV) 89431
Ren Post Office Reno (NV) 89510
Downtown Reno New Post Office Reno (NV) 89501
Galena Post Office Reno (NV) 89502
Vista Post Office Sparks (NV) 89434

Other places with the same name (3)

  • Sparks , Georgia town in Cook County, Georgia, United States with a population of 2,015 people.
  • Sparks , Oklahoma town in Lincoln County, Oklahoma, United States with a population of 172 people.

Other cities in Washoe County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Washoe County , NV.

City Name Population Title
Reno 259,290 The second most populous city in Nevada.
Spanish Springs 15,064 Census designated place
Cold Springs 8,544 City in Nevada, United States of America
Sun Valley 1,406 Resort city in Blaine County, Idaho, United States

Distance to Other Cities

Sparks distances to largest Nevada cities