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Sparta, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Sparta had a population of 1,736 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Sparta is located at latitude 36.503 and longitude -81.1226 in Alleghany County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Sparta (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.4 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Alleghany County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 2,930 feet.

The Town of Sparta (GNIS ID: 2407378) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Town of Sparta is located within Township of Gap Civil, a minor civil division (MCD) of Alleghany County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Sparta population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Sparta: Bowers Store, Gap.

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Sparta, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 1,736
Daytime Population: Workers 1,867
Daytime Population: Residents 1,079
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 2,946
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.70
Population in Households 1,670
Population in Familes 1,302
Population in Group Qrtrs 66
Population Density2 724
Diversity Index3 46


Median Household Income $29,919
Average Household Income $43,619
Per Capita Income $18,465


Total Housing Units 1,019 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 473 (46.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 289 (28.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 257 (25.2%)
Median Home Value $135,593
Average Home Value $154,396


Total Households 762
Average Household Size 2.19
Family Households 474
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.27% -0.37%
Households -0.37% -0.42%
Families 1.42% -0.51%
Median Household Income   0.84%
Per Capita Income   2.05%

Sparta, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Sparta to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 343 54th
Population Density # 346 53rd
Diversity Index # 394 47th
Median Household Income # 645 13th
Per Capita Income # 604 18th

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