Sparks, Texas

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Population in 2010: 4,529. Population change since 2000: +52.3%
Males: 2,284  (50.4%)
Females: 2,245  (49.6%)
Median resident age:  28.7 years
Texas median age:  34.0 years

Zip codes: 79927.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $23,826 (it was $21,964 in 2000)
Sparks:

$23,826
TX:

$51,704

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $7,202 (it was $6,068 in 2000)

Sparks CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $39,089 (it was $37,200 in 2000)
Sparks:

$39,089
TX:

$132,000

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $140,851; Detached houses: $147,477; Townhouses or other attached units: $121,686; In 2-unit structures: $87,972; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $92,246; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $155,980; Mobile homes: $51,305; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $9,881

Median gross rent in 2013: $534.

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  • Races in Sparks, TX (2010)

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    • 4,48899.1%Hispanic
    • 190.4%American Indian alone
    • 130.3%White alone
    • 60.1%Black alone
    • 30.07%Asian alone

Races in Sparks detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Sparks: 80.9 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Current Local Time: MST time zone

Land area: 1.34 square miles.

Population density: 3,372 people per square mile   (average).

Sparks,TX real estate house value index trend

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For population 25 years and over in Sparks:

  • High school or higher: 37.1%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 0.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Unemployed: 9.9%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 22.3 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Sparks CDP:

  • Never married: 27.4%
  • Now married: 50.2%
  • Separated: 14.5%
  • Widowed: 3.0%
  • Divorced: 4.8%

1,434 residents are foreign born (38.6% Latin America).

This place:

38.6%
Texas:

16.5%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $345 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $800 (2.1%)

Sparks satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: El Paso, TX (13.4 miles , pop. 563,662).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Phoenix, AZ (363.4 miles , pop. 1,321,045).

Nearest cities: Horizon City, TX (1.6 miles ), Socorro, TX (1.8 miles ), Clint, TX (2.4 miles ), Agua Dulce, TX (2.5 miles ), San Elizario, TX (2.6 miles ), Morning Glory, TX (2.8 miles ), Homestead Meadows South, TX (3.2 miles ), Homestead Meadows North, TX (3.5 miles ).

Latitude: 31.68 N, Longitude: 106.24 W

Sparks household income distribution Sparks home values distribution

Property values in Sparks, TX

Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

7.6%
Texas:

5.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (35%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (9%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (8%)
  • Manufacturing (8%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (8%)
  • Other services, except public administration (7%)
  • Health care and social assistance (25%)
  • Wholesale trade (14%)
  • Public administration (12%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Other services, except public administration (8%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction and extraction occupations (25%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (16%)
  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (10%)
  • Transportation occupations (8%)
  • Production occupations (8%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (21%)
  • Sales and related occupations (12%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (12%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (11%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (10%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (7%)
  • Material moving occupations (7%)

Work and jobs in Sparks: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Sparks, Texas

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Sparks-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Texas state average. It is 85% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/14/1995 at 00:32:56, a magnitude 5.7 (5.6 MB, 5.7 MS, 5.7 MW, Depth: 11.1 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 195.8 miles away from the city center
On 1/4/2006 at 08:32:32, a magnitude 6.7 (6.1 MB, 6.7 MS, 6.6 MW, Depth: 8.7 mi, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 427.8 miles away from Sparks center
On 3/12/2003 at 23:41:32, a magnitude 6.5 (5.5 MB, 6.5 MS, 6.4 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 440.8 miles away from the city center
On 5/19/1940 at 04:36:40, a magnitude 7.2 (7.2 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 562.1 miles away from the city center, causing $33,000,000 total damage
On 6/28/1992 at 11:57:34, a magnitude 7.6 (6.2 MB, 7.6 MS, 7.3 MW, Depth: 0.7 mi) earthquake occurred 621.9 miles away from Sparks center, causing 3 deaths (1 shaking deaths, 2 other deaths) and 400 injuries, causing $100,000,000 total damage and $40,000,000 insured losses
On 1/2/1992 at 11:45:35, a magnitude 5.0 (4.6 MB, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 189.6 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in El Paso County (9) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 2
Emergencies Declared: 7

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 5, Fires: 2, Flood: 1, Storm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Sparks topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Sparks:

  • FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE HORIZON DIALYSIS (Dialysis Facility, about 4 miles away; EL PASO, TX)
  • NEW HOPE COMMUNITY LIVING V I (Hospital, about 5 miles away; EL PASO, TX)
  • ALMAR HOME HEALTH CARE CORP (Home Health Center, about 5 miles away; EL PASO, TX)
  • DAVITA EAST DIALYSIS (Dialysis Facility, about 6 miles away; EL PASO, TX)
  • REVIVE HOME CARE INC (Home Health Center, about 6 miles away; EL PASO, TX)
  • HIGHLANDS REGIONAL REHABILITATION HOSPITAL (Hospital, about 6 miles away; EL PASO, TX)
  • FOUNDATION SURGICAL HOSPITAL OF EL PASO Acute Care Hospitals (about 6 miles away; EL PASO, TX)

Amtrak station near Sparks:

  • 17 miles: EL PASO (700 SAN FRANCISCO AVE.) . Services: ticket office, fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, vending machines, free short-term parking, paid long-term parking, call for car rental service, taxi stand, public transit connection.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Sparks:

  • El Paso Community College (about 11 miles; El Paso, TX; Full-time enrollment: 19,576)
  • Vista College (about 13 miles; El Paso, TX; FT enrollment: 3,453)
  • The University of Texas at El Paso (about 17 miles; El Paso, TX; FT enrollment: 18,008)
  • New Mexico State University-Dona Ana (about 52 miles; Las Cruces, NM; FT enrollment: 5,640)
  • New Mexico State University-Main Campus (about 52 miles; Las Cruces, NM; FT enrollment: 14,497)
  • Western New Mexico University (about 142 miles; Silver City, NM; FT enrollment: 2,456)
  • Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus (about 152 miles; Roswell, NM; FT enrollment: 2,212)

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El Paso County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 329. This is significantly worse than average.

City:

329
U.S.:

74

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2012 was 0.647. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 2.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.647
U.S.:

0.303

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2012 was 16.4. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 2.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

16.4
U.S.:

6.6

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2012 was 0.323. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 2.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.323
U.S.:

1.929

Ozone [ppb] level in 2012 was 23.4. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 2.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

23.4
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 97.4. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 2.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

97.4
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 12.0. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 2.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

12.0
U.S.:

9.1

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2008 was 0.0150. This is about average. Closest monitor was 2.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.0150
U.S.:

0.0147
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 50.4%
(100.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 50.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 10.3% for American Indian residents, 60.5% for other race residents)
Average household size:
This place:  3.7 people
Texas:  2.8 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  85.3%
Whole state:  69.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  5.1%
Whole state:  6.0%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 1.0% of all households
  • Gay men: 1.0% of all households

Sparks compared to Texas state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Median age below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • House age below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

21.1
Texas average:

14.4

Sparks travel time to work - commute Sparks mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (65%)
  • Electricity (19%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (11%)
  • Wood (3%)
  • No fuel used (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Sparks CDP (based on El Paso County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic345,95055
Evangelical Protestant87,056329
Other16,67540
Mainline Protestant10,14546
Black Protestant1,70312
Orthodox6473
None338,471-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 116
El Paso County:

1.59 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

1.47 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 11
This county:

0.15 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 41
El Paso County:

0.56 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

1.11 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 216
El Paso County:

2.96 / 10,000 pop.
State:

3.95 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 444
Here:

6.08 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.13 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

7.5%
Texas:

8.9%
Adult obesity rate:
El Paso County:

24.0%
Texas:

26.6%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

12.3%
State:

15.7%

5.58% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($33,350 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.58%
Texas average:

7.14%

0.36% of residents moved from foreign countries ($2,157 average AGI)
El Paso County:

0.36%
Texas average:

0.08%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Dona Ana County, NM  0.31% ($28,647 average AGI)
from Maricopa County, AZ  0.14% ($28,145)
from Bexar County, TX  0.14% ($34,114)


4.75% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($37,696 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.75%
Texas average:

6.69%

0.21% of residents moved to foreign countries ($1,774 average AGI)
El Paso County:

0.21%
Texas average:

0.10%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Dona Ana County, NM  0.35% ($29,763 average AGI)
to Bexar County, TX  0.23% ($38,719)
to Maricopa County, AZ  0.13% ($31,449)

Strongest AM radio stations in Sparks:

  • KELP (1590 AM; 50 kW; EL PASO, TX; Owner: MCCLATCHEY BROADCASTING)
  • KAMA (750 AM; 10 kW; EL PASO, TX; Owner: TICHENOR LICENSE CORPORATION ("TLC"))
  • KBNA (920 AM; 10 kW; EL PASO, TX; Owner: TICHENOR LICENSE CORPORATION ("TLC"))
  • KSVE (1150 AM; 10 kW; EL PASO, TX; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • KHEY (1380 AM; 5 kW; EL PASO, TX; Owner: CCB TEXAS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KTSM (690 AM; 10 kW; EL PASO, TX; Owner: CCB TEXAS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KXPL (1060 AM; daytime; 10 kW; EL PASO, TX; Owner: K-FINA RESULTS, INC.)
  • KROD (600 AM; 5 kW; EL PASO, TX; Owner: REGENT LICENSEE OF EL PASO, INC.)
  • KVIV (1340 AM; 1 kW; EL PASO, TX; Owner: SPANISH CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING OF EL PASO, INC.)
  • KSNM (570 AM; 5 kW; LAS CRUCES, NM; Owner: SUNRISE BROADCASTING INC.)
  • KINF (1020 AM; 50 kW; ROSWELL, NM; Owner: JAMES CRYSTAL HOLDINGS OF NEW MEXICO, INC.)
  • KKOB (770 AM; 50 kW; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KICA (980 AM; 50 kW; CLOVIS, NM; Owner: BROADCAST ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION)

Strongest FM radio stations in Sparks:

  • KTSM-FM (99.9 FM; EL PASO, TX; Owner: CCB TEXAS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KOFX (92.3 FM; EL PASO, TX; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • K219BX (91.7 FM; EL PASO, ETC., TX; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • KSII (93.1 FM; EL PASO, TX; Owner: REGENT LICENSEE OF EL PASO, INC.)
  • KINT-FM (93.9 FM; EL PASO, TX; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • KHEY-FM (96.3 FM; EL PASO, TX; Owner: CCB TEXAS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KLAQ (95.5 FM; EL PASO, TX; Owner: REGENT LICENSEE OF EL PASO, INC.)
  • KHRO (94.7 FM; EL PASO, TX; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • KPRR (102.1 FM; EL PASO, TX; Owner: CCB TEXAS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KPAS (103.1 FM; FABENS, TX; Owner: ALGIE A. FELDER)
  • KVER (91.1 FM; EL PASO, TX; Owner: WORLD RADIO NETWORK, INC.)
  • KXCR (89.5 FM; EL PASO, TX; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • KBNA-FM (97.5 FM; EL PASO, TX; Owner: TICHENOR LICENSE CORPORATION ("TLC"))
  • KTEP (88.5 FM; EL PASO, TX; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO)
  • K212EO (90.3 FM; EL PASO, TX; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Sparks:

  • KTSM-TV (Channel 9; EL PASO, TX; Owner: COMCORP OF EL PASO LICENSE CORP.)
  • KVIA-TV (Channel 7; EL PASO, TX; Owner: NPG OF TEXAS, L.P.)
  • KSCE (Channel 38; EL PASO, TX; Owner: CHANNEL 38 CHRISTIAN TELEVISION)
  • KINT-TV (Channel 26; EL PASO, TX; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • KFOX-TV (Channel 14; EL PASO, TX; Owner: KTVU PARTNERSHIP)
  • KTYO (Channel 48; LAS CRUCES, NM; Owner: COUNCIL TREE COMMUNICATIONS VI, L.P.)
  • KTFN (Channel 65; EL PASO, TX; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • KDBC-TV (Channel 4; EL PASO, TX; Owner: KDBC-TV LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KCOS (Channel 13; EL PASO, TX; Owner: EL PASO PUBLIC TELEVISION FOUNDATION)
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Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 partial tract)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED8$128,0111$138,4403$134,5901$15,020
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$00$01$103,9700$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED1$132,1100$03$130,8231$31,890
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN1$67,0700$01$179,2600$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$00$00$0
Choose year:  2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 1999

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0103.20

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2008
(Based on 1 partial tract)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
NumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1$119,260
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED0$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$0
Choose year:  2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 1999

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0103.20

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

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  • #60 on the list of "Top 100 least-educated cities"
  • #97 (79927) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of residents speaking Spanish at home"
  • #5 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest carbon monoxide air pollution readings in 2005 (ppm)"
  • #5 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM10) 24-hour air pollution readings in 2005 (µg/m3)"
  • #6 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #9 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual air pollution readings in 2005 (µg/m3)"
  • #9 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
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