Spanish Springs, Nevada

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Spanish Springs is a census-designated place (CDP) in Washoe County, Nevada, United States. It is located in the northeastern part of the RenoSparks Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 9,018 at the 2000 census.



Sky Ranch Airport, a 2,000-foot (610 m)-long dirt airstrip, was located northeast of the intersection of Hwy 445 and Spanish Springs Road. This 1940s auxiliary field was the site of the first Reno Air Races, in 1964 and 1965, then was the location of the headquarters of the 126,000-acre (510 km2) Rocketdyne Nevada Field Laboratory. NFL was used in the late 1960s and early 1970s for testing rocket engines used in the Space Program.

The Sky Ranch airfield site has been covered by housing developments, which are expanding in the area as the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area expands.

Superfund site

Some portions of the former test area are listed as a Superfund environmental clean-up site. Debris, underground tanks and contaminated soil were removed by Rocketdyne, which put in numerous monitoring wells throughout the area and hosts periodic public meetings as the cleanup continues.


Spanish Springs is located at 39°39′30″N 119°41′42″W / 39.65833°N 119.695°W / 39.65833; -119.695 (39.658301, -119.695130)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 59.5 square miles (154.2 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 9,018 people, 3,014 households, and 2,531 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 151.5 people per square mile (58.5/km²). There were 3,078 housing units at an average density of 51.7/sq mi (20.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 92.59% White, 0.74% African American, 1.19% Native American, 1.40% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 1.72% from other races, and 2.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.78% of the population.

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