Sparks, Nevada

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Sparks is a city in Washoe County, Nevada, United States, located east of Reno, Nevada. The population was 66,346 at the 2000 census. As of July 1, 2008, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the population has grown to 88,602. It is often referred to as half of a twin city (i.e. "Reno-Sparks").



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 24 square miles (62 km2), of which 23.9 sq mi (62 km2) of it is land and 0.1 sq mi (0.26 km2) (0.25%) of it is water. Stormwater surface runoff from the city drains into the Truckee River, a sensitive hydrological element because it empties into Pyramid Lake, which has no outlet and is the habitat of two endangered species.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 66,346 people, 24,601 households, and 16,630 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,773.6 inhabitants per square mile (1,070.9 /km2). There were 26,025 housing units at an average density of 1,088 /sq mi (420 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 78.38% White, 2.40% African American, 1.18% Native American, 4.99% Asian, 0.50% Pacific Islander, 9.11% from other races, and 3.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 19.70% of the population.

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