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Sparks is a city in Washoe County, Nevada. The population was 66,346 at the 2000 census. Estimates in 2006 place the population at around 90,000 due to rapid growth in areas such as Spanish Springs, Wingfield Springs, and D'Andrea.

Although Sparks was originally distinct from Reno, they have both grown toward each other to such a degree that today the border between them is purely political. They are often referred to as a twin city (i.e. "Reno-Sparks").

Sparks remained a small and sleepy town until the 1950s, when economic growth in Reno triggered a housing boom in the area of Sparks north of the railroad.

In the 1970s the area south of the railroad started to fill up with warehouses and light industry. In 1984 the tower for John Ascuaga's Nugget was finished, giving Sparks its first, and to this date only, high-rise casino.

In 1996, the redevelopment effort of the old and unsightly B Street business district across from the Nugget that started in the early 1980s took a step forward with the opening of a multi-screen movie complex and the construction of a plaza area. This area, now known as Victorian Square, is a pedestrian-friendly district that hosts many open-air events.

Sparks is currently in the middle of a housing boom. Developments such as Wingfield Springs, the Foothills at Wingfield Springs and D'Andrea have increased the value of the over all housing market. With all the new residents, large big box retailers have opened new centers along the Pyramid Highway in northern Sparks.

Residents of Sparks are known as "Sparkies."

Sparks plays host annually to the Best of the West Rib Cookoff.

Locals joke that "Reno is so close to hell you can see Sparks."

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