Sparta, situated in Alleghany County, is a small town made up of 2.4 square miles.
October 9, 2017
The town was founded as the county seat of Alleghany County in the 1860s.
The median resident age in Sparta is 46 years. The median estimated household income is about $22,000 making it about $26,000 less than the North Carolina average.
The estimated per capita is about $17,000. The average price for a home in Sparta is about $122,000 (2015) which is $38,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $600 a month for rent.
The racial makeup of Sparta is 82% White, 9% Hispanic, 4% Two or more races, and 5% other. 72% of the population are high school graduates, with 10% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 48% are married, 14% are divorced, 4% are separated, 10% are widowed, leaving 24% that have never been married.
Sparta belongs to Alleghany County in the north-western part of North Carolina. The County, named after the Alleghany Mountains, was formed in 1859 from a part of Ashe County. Alleghany County has a population of 11,000 and its largest city Sparta, with a population of 1,800, is the county seat.
Alleghany County borders Ashe, Wilkes, Surry, and Grayson (Virginia) counties.
Alleghany County is made up of 237 square miles. 235 of which is land with the remaining 2 as water.
The population of Sparta, NC is about 1,700. The population has been steadily decreasing since the 1990s.
The elevation of Sparta, NC is 2,927 feet above sea level.
The zip code for Sparta, NC is 28675.
The area code for Sparta, NC is 336.
Historically speaking Sparta and Alleghany County have voted mostly Republican, with 67% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.
As of 2010, 59% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 39% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 2%.
The unemployment rate for Sparta is about 6% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Construction, maintenance, and sales make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.
The Alleghany News is the primary newspaper that covers the Alleghany County area.