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Population in 2010: 4,529. Population change since 2000: +52.3%
Males: 2,211  (48.8%)
Females: 2,318  (51.2%)

Median resident age:  25.8 years
Texas median age:  30.8 years

Zip codes: 79927.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $27,713 (it was $21,964 in 2000)
Sparks:

$27,713
TX:

$50,740
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $7,590

Sparks CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $43,750 (it was $37,200 in 2000)
Sparks:

$43,750
TX:

$129,200
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $54,381; Detached houses: $65,947; Mobile homes: $29,902

Median gross rent in 2012: $511.

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  • Hispanic - 4,488 (99.1%)
  • American Indian alone - 19 (0.4%)
  • White alone - 13 (0.3%)
  • Black alone - 6 (0.1%)
  • Asian alone - 3 (0.07%)

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Sparks: 81.9 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: United States (2.5%).

Current Local Time: MST time zone

Land area: 1.34 square miles.

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

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For population 25 years and over in Sparks:

  • High school or higher: 39.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 0.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Unemployed: 16.4%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 22.3 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Sparks CDP:

  • Never married: 21.9%
  • Now married: 57.7%
  • Separated: 14.7%
  • Widowed: 0.9%
  • Divorced: 4.8%

1,680 residents are foreign born

This place:  45.0%
Texas:  16.4%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $292 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $634 (1.7%)

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 July 2013:
Here:

9.3%
Texas:

6.7%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (19%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (16%)
  • Retail trade (14%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (14%)
  • Manufacturing (10%)
  • Other services, except public administration (10%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (7%)
  • Manufacturing (20%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (17%)
  • Health care and social assistance (16%)
  • Public administration (11%)
  • Educational services (9%)
  • Wholesale trade (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Carpenters (11%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (10%)
  • Material moving workers except supervisors and laborers and material movers, hand (10%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (9%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Construction laborers (6%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (13%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (7%)
  • Other food preparation and serving workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (5%)
  • Operations specialties managers except financial managers (5%)

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Earthquake activity:

Sparks-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Texas state average. It is 100% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 2/23/1992 at 16:17:52, a magnitude 3.4 (3.4 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 83.3 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG)

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).
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Hospitals/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)

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 10 miles; El Paso, TX; Full-time enrollment: 10,943)
  • The University of Texas at El Paso (about 17 miles; El Paso, TX; FT enrollment: 12,687)
  • New Mexico State University-Dona Ana (about 52 miles; Las Cruces, NM; FT enrollment: 3,159)
  • New Mexico State University-Main Campus (about 53 miles; Las Cruces, NM; FT enrollment: 14,681)
  • Eastern Arizona College (about 222 miles; Thatcher, AZ; FT enrollment: 2,285)
  • The University of Texas of the Permian Basin (about 231 miles; Odessa, TX; FT enrollment: 2,108)
  • Central New Mexico Community College (about 237 miles; Albuquerque, NM; FT enrollment: 8,765)

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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
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AQI  CO  NO2 Ozone  PM10 PM2.5 SO2 Pb 

Air Quality Index (AQI)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 44.7. This is worse than average.
City:

44.7
U.S.:

32.0
Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2010 was 0.481. This is significantly worse than average. There were 21 monitors within city limits.
City:

0.481
U.S.:

0.334
Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 11.8. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 3.9 miles away from the city center.
City:

11.8
U.S.:

9.4
Ozone [ppb] level in 2010 was 28.5. This is about average. There were 21 monitors within city limits.
City:

28.5
U.S.:

28.3
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 50.9. This is significantly worse than average. There were 37 monitors within city limits.
City:

50.9
U.S.:

22.1
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 8.75. This is about average. Closest monitor was 3.4 miles away from the city center.
City:

8.75
U.S.:

9.59
Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 0.342. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 3.9 miles away from the city center.
City:

0.342
U.S.:

2.433
Lead (Pb) [µ/m3] level in 2008 was 0.0171. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 15.4 miles away from the city center.
City:

0.0171
U.S.:

0.1072


Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 46.1%
(100.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Black residents, 45.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 55.8% for American Indian residents, 47.1% for other race residents, 0.0% for two or more races 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

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Sparks, TX

Sparks compared to Texas state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage above 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.
  • Number of rooms per house below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.


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Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


Sparks travel time to work - commute


Sparks mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (67%)
  • Electricity (19%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (9%)
  • Wood (3%)
  • No fuel used (1%)

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

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 63.43%
Here63.4%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchAssemblies of GodLDS (Mormon) Church
Adherents81.2%5.7%2.0%1.5%1.3%
Congregations19.0%17.0%7.3%9.0%5.3%
NameJewishChurch of the Nazarene Non-Charismatic Churches IndependentEpiscopal ChurchOther
Adherents1.2%1.0%0.8%0.7%4.7%
Congregations0.7%2.7%0.7%2.3%36.0%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 116
This county:

1.59 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

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

2.96 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

3.95 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 444
El Paso County:

6.08 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

6.13 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

7.5%
Texas:

8.9%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

24.0%
Texas:

26.6%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
El Paso County:

12.3%
State:

15.7%

5.26% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($33,044 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.26%
Texas average:

8.37%

0.62% of residents moved from foreign countries ($3,256 average AGI)
El Paso County:

0.62%
Texas average:

0.20%


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Dona Ana County, NM  0.31% ($27,333 average AGI)
from Los Angeles County, CA  0.18% ($28,116)
from Maricopa County, AZ  0.16% ($29,814)


5.05% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($34,515 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.05%
Texas average:

7.44%

0.27% of residents moved to foreign countries ($1,852 average AGI)
El Paso County:

0.27%
Texas average:

0.11%


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Dona Ana County, NM  0.38% ($26,477 average AGI)
to Maricopa County, AZ  0.26% ($27,226)
to Bexar County, TX  0.23% ($32,143)

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)


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


Sparks on our top lists:

  • #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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