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Sparks Facts


March 15, 1905
City Slogan “It’s Happening Here”
Vision Statement Be the city of choice for residents, businesses and visitors
Mission Statement By establishing financial stability and an effective work environment during uncertain times, the City of Sparks will provide a safe environment, economic development, special events, cost-effective sustainable services, and opportunities for citizen involvement.
Area 38-plus square miles within City limits
Population est. 92,000 (2015)
2030 Projected Population 133,600
Total Square Miles 35.81 – as of April 2011
Elevation 4,410 feet above sea level
Location 39:32:39N 119:44:13W
The City of Sparks is northeast of Reno, at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, and southwest of Pyramid Lake in the Truckee Meadows.  The City is bisected by Interstate 80.
Sunny Days per Year Sparks is in a high desert climate, with four full seasons and sunshine about 290 days (80%) per year.
Annual Precipitation 8.26 inches per year
Total Employees Approximately 450 full time
Police Approximately 110 sworn officers
Fire Stations 5
Public Schools 2 – high schools; 3 – middle schools; 7 elementary schools
Post-Secondary Institutions 6 (regionally)
School District Washoe County School District
Parks 50
City Turf and Trees 150 square acres of turf and 92,300 trees
Residential Dwellings 21,500,000 square feet
Hotels and Motels 1,289,390 square feet
Commercial Office Buildings 21,628,041 square feet
Why the name “Sparks”? The City was called East Reno, New Wadsworth and Harriman, but those names did not suit the independent spirit of the new citizenry.  In 1904, the city was officially named the City of Sparks to honor then current Governor John Sparks. In 1905 Sparks became an incorporated city and in celebration, Governor Sparks hosted a barbecue for all the citizens of Sparks at his Alamo Stock Farm at Moana Springs (near the current site of the Reno Sparks Convention Center in Reno).