Sparta, Missouri

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Sparta, Missouri

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High Points

Sparta strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Missouri):

Category Trophy
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Sparta Low Property Crime
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Sparta Low Violent Crime
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Sparta Affordability of Property Taxes

Comparative Profile of Sparta, Missouri

Comparing Sparta to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Missouri (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Female Share of the Population 10 10
Children Under 5 Years Old 8 7
Senior Citizens 5 4
Racial Diversity 4 4
Age of the Population 2 2
Well-Paid Single Men 1 1
Male Share of the Population 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 6 7
Portion of People Married 4 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 3 3
People in Middle Class or Better 1 2
Median Family Income 1 2
College Educated Adults 1 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 8 8
Public Transportation Use 3 3
Short Commute Times 3 2
Working at Home 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 9
Affordability of Property Taxes 9 7
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 4
People Living Alone 6 5
Affordability of Rents 5 4
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 9 9
Low Violent Crime 9 9

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Sparta Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 19 miles SE of Springfield, Missouri (center to center)
Nearest Large City 166 miles SE of Kansas City, Missouri
County Christian
Metro Area Springfield
Standard Zip Codes 65753
Phone Area Codes 417
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.001
Longitude -93.081

Sparta Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 3.8 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 40 F
Apr Temp 42 to 66 F
Jul Temp 65 to 87 F
Oct Temp 44 to 69 F
Annual Precip 47.6 inches
Distance 23.1 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 42 F
Apr Temp 44 to 68 F
Jul Temp 67 to 90 F
Oct Temp 46 to 71 F
Annual Precip 44.9 inches
Distance 23.3 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 44 F
Apr Temp 41 to 69 F
Jul Temp 64 to 90 F
Oct Temp 43 to 72 F
Annual Precip 43.1 inches
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Sparta Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,144 100%
Male 511 44.7%
Female 633 55.3%
Under 18 354 30.9%
18+ 790 69.1%
65+ 164 14.3%
Median Age 32.4
Average Family Size 2.92
White 1,104 96.5%
African-American 3 0.3%
Asian 4 0.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 10 0.9%
Other 4 0.3%
Mixed Race 19 1.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 14 1.2%

Estimated Sparta Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 1,226
Growth 82
Growth % 7.2%

Sparta Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
US/American 35.3%
English 14.6%
German 12.9%
Irish 12.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.4%
Italian 2.9%
Dutch 1.4%
Norwegian 1.4%
Scottish 1.3%
French (except Basque) 1.2%
Scotch-Irish 1%
Welsh 0.9%
Danish 0.7%
Russian 0.6%
Polish 0.6%
Swedish 0.3%
European 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Romanian 0.3%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Sparta, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Elkhead (65753)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Sparta 1,144 $27,981
Diggins 298 $33,500
Fordland 684 $33,472
Highlandville 872 $33,229
Nixa 12,124 $44,556
Ozark 9,665 $40,069
Rogersville 1,508 $39,432
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Sparta High Schools (2004)

Serves 227 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.8

Sparta Colleges

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