Sparks is a gateway to Reno to the west, Pyramid Lake to the north, and the rest of Northern Nevada to the east. While many people refer to this area as the “Reno/Sparks” area, you will find that Sparks has an ambiance and an energy all its own.
Its setting along the western edge of the Virginia Range gives residents a 360 degree view of the surrounding ranges including the breathtaking Sierra Nevada. Sparks is a 45 minute drive to the north shore of Lake Tahoe, and less than 20 minutes to the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Park, slated to become the world’s largest.
With a current population of 91,684 and projected growth of 40% during the next 20 years, Sparks is poised to take advantage of the future. It has all of the amenities of a large city with a vibrant collection of housing options. Everything from upscale condominiums to rural ranches can be found within 15 minutes of each other.
The current median home price of $191,925 is a historic 5 year low and is lower than Reno to the immediate west. The housing in the Sparks area reflects its status as a newer community, with the average age of a home being 20 years versus the Reno area, where the average home age is 40 years.
The Sparks Chamber of Commerce is reflective of the strength of the business community and boasts over 1,800 chamber members and businesses. While many areas in Nevada are showing little to no business growth, Sparks is exploding with new retail and restaurant options such as the Legends at
Sparks Marina and Victorian Square. Tour the Legends at Sparks Marina.
If it is family fun you are seeking, Sparks is the place to be. The Wild Island Water and Adventure Park open all summer and is full of everything from a gentle river to water slides that will thrill every member of your family. Jump Man Jump is an indoor play zone that will keep your kids busy for hours. For outdoor fun, visit the amazing Gold Eagle Regional Park. If you want learning and fun combined, you can visit the Sparks Heritage Museum, and the Children’s World Learning Center. The new Sparks Marina Park offers walking paths, playground, dog park, picnic facilities and more.
If you are coming to Sparks to visit Nevada’s world famous casinos, there are plenty of options including Terrible’s Rail City, Western Village, and Sierra Sid’s For live entertainment and nationally known acts, look no further than John Ascuaga’s Nugget, a premiere resort that attracts travelers from around the globe.
The events in Sparks are year round and varied, with everything from hometown favorites like the Hometown Farmers Market at Victorian Square from mid June until the weekend before Labor Day. Then the internationally famous Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off is the big attraction Labor Day weekend. Then there is a tradition with the Sparks Hometown Christmas.
Whether you seek a slow or fast pace, a family friendly atmosphere or an evening out for adults, or an urban or rural neighborhood, Sparks has every option at your fingertips.