For population 25 years and over in Sparta:
For population 15 years and over in Sparta city:
68 residents are foreign born
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $1,283 (1.5%)
Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: St. Louis, MO (45.2 miles , pop. 348,189).
Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (278.3 miles , pop. 2,896,016).
Nearest cities: Tilden, IL (2.4 miles ), Coulterville, IL (2.6 miles ), Baldwin, IL (2.9 miles ), Marissa, IL (2.9 miles ), Steeleville, IL (2.9 miles ), Percy, IL (3.0 miles ), Cutler, IL (3.2 miles ), Willisville, IL (3.4 miles ).
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Latitude: 38.13 N, Longitude: 89.71 W
Daytime population change due to commuting: +717 (+16.6%)
Area code: 618
City-data.com crime rate counts serious crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.
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Crime rate in Sparta detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 15 (10 officers).
Population change in the 1990s: -403 (-8.2%).
Work and jobs in Sparta: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute
Average climate in Sparta, Illinois
Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations
Sparta-area historical tornado activity is above Illinois state average. It is 187% greater than the overall U.S. average.
On 12/18/1957, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 25.0 miles away from the Sparta city center killed one person and injured 6 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.
On 5/29/1982, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 7.1 miles away from the city center injured 7 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.
Earthquake activity:Sparta-area historical earthquake activity is above Illinois state average. It is 63% smaller than the overall U.S. average.
On 9/26/1990 at 13:18:51, a magnitude 5.0 (4.7 MB, 4.8 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 7.7 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 67.1 miles away from the city center
On 4/3/1974 at 23:05:02, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 93.1 miles away from Sparta center
On 9/29/1987 at 00:04:56, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.5 LG) earthquake occurred 91.2 miles away from the city center
On 2/5/1994 at 14:55:37, a magnitude 4.2 (4.2 LG, 4.2 MD, Depth: 9.9 mi) earthquake occurred 59.8 miles away from the city center
On 6/6/2003 at 12:29:34, a magnitude 4.0 (3.9 MB, 4.0 MW, Depth: 1.6 mi) earthquake occurred 95.7 miles away from Sparta center
On 8/26/1992 at 05:41:38, a magnitude 3.5 (3.2 LG, 3.5 MD, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 34.5 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), moment magnitude (MW)
Natural disasters:The number of natural disasters in Randolph County (13) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 1
Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 11, Floods: 10, Tornadoes: 5, Heavy Rain: 1, Flood: 1, Hurricane: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Birthplace of: Noah Gordon (singer) - Country singer, Earle Gardner - Baseball player, John Wittenborn - Football player.
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Local government website: WWW.SPARTA.IL.US
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Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 1.28. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 5.6 miles away from the city center.
Ozone [ppb] level in 2010 was 26.1. This is about average. Closest monitor was 5.6 miles away from the city center.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 9.84. This is about average. Closest monitor was 5.6 miles away from the city center.
Drinking water stations with addresses in Sparta and their reported violations in the past:EDEN PWD (Population served: 328, Purch_surface_water):
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Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 20.3%
(13.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 47.4% for Black residents, 100.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)
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Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
16 people in group homes intended for adults in 2010
People in group quarters in Sparta in 2000:
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Religion statistics for Sparta city (based on Randolph County data)Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 63.33%
Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations
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Food Environment Statistics:
Number of grocery stores: 8
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 18
Number of full-service restaurants: 26
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4.44% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($30,629 average adjusted gross income)
10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.
Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
5.21% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($30,192 average adjusted gross income)
10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.
Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
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Sparta fatal accident list:
Nov 24, 2001 12:55 AM, Sr-154, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 5, Fatalities: 1
Nov 28, 2000 12:59 AM, S Oak, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Pedestrians: 1, Fatalities: 1
Apr 21, 1993 01:30 PM, 4, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 3, Fatalities: 1
Sep 6, 1992 00:55 AM, 154, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 4, Fatalities: 1, Drunken drivers: 1
Nov 29, 1992 07:43 PM, So Chester, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunken drivers: 1
Dec 29, 1985 10:45 PM, 4, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 5
Total length: 11 meters (36ft)
Total average daily traffic: 16,825
Total average daily truck traffic: 1,237
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Sparta)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 34 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 12 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers in Sparta, IL)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 5 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 4 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 4 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 14 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Sparta)
FAA Registered Aircraft: 14 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Sparta)
2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:
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Total of 2 patent applications in 2008-2014.