Sparks has the 242nd largest population in the United States. The population grew by 6.5% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Sparks is part of the Reno metro area. Unemployment in the Reno area is 5%, which is higher than the national average, and is getting better. Reno has the 115th largest local economy in the US, and a average cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Sparks is below average at $44,410, and the median cost of a home in Sparks is $176,500, which is the same as the national average. 21% of workers in Sparks hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 85% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Sparks. 78% of Sparks workers drive to work alone, 2% take public transit, 10% carpool, and 8% walk. People in Sparks spend an average of 21 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.