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Sparks, NV crime analytics

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   18,000 local law enforcement agencies in the U.S.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2022 calendar year; released from FBI in Oct. 2023 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2023 data?

Methodology:   Our nationwide meta-analysis overcomes the issues inherent in any crime database, including non-reporting and reporting errors. This is possible by associating the 9.4 million reported crimes in the U.S, including over 2 million geocoded point locations…. Read more about Scout's Crime Data

The crime rate in Sparks is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 25 crimes per one thousand residents, it is not among the communities with the very highest crime rate. The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in Sparks is 1 in 40. Based on FBI crime data, Sparks is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Nevada, Sparks has a crime rate that is higher than 88% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

How does the crime rate in Sparks compare to similar sized communities across America? When NeighborhoodScout compared Sparks with other communities its size, we found that the crime rate was near the average for all other communities of similar size. So, whether Sparks's crime rate is high or low compared to all places in the US, when we control for population size and compare it to places that are similar in size, it is near the middle of the pack in crime rate; not much more or less dangerous, and about what we would expect from the statistics.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Sparks does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Sparks.

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Sparks occurs at a rate higher than in most communities of all population sizes in America. The chance that a person will become a victim of a violent crime in Sparks; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 234. This equates to a rate of 4 per one thousand inhabitants.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Sparks's rate for property crime is 20 per one thousand population. This makes Sparks a place where there is an above average chance of becoming a victim of a property crime, when compared to all other communities in America of all population sizes. Property crimes are motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny, and burglary. Your chance of becoming a victim of any of these crimes in Sparks is one in 49.

Importantly, we found that Sparks has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the nation according to our analysis of FBI crime data. This is compared to communities of all sizes, from the smallest to the largest. In fact, your chance of getting your car stolen if you live in Sparks is one in 308.

Sparks Crime Data

total Crime Index

15

(100 is safest)


Safer than 15% of U.S. neighborhoods.

Sparks Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

467

2,237

2,704

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

4.28

20.48

24.76

Violent Crime

Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

20 15 10 5 0
4.28
4.54
National Median: 4
    Sparks
    Nevada

Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 234

in Sparks

1 in 220

in Nevada

Sparks Violent Crimes

Population: 109,226
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 6 85 104 272
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.78 0.95 2.49

United States Violent Crimes

Population: 333,287,557
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 21,156 133,294 220,450 893,980
Rate per 1,000 0.06 0.40 0.66 2.68

Property Crime

Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

100 75 50 25 0
20.48
23.8
National Median: 20
    Sparks
    Nevada

Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 49

in Sparks

1 in 42

in Nevada

Property Crimes

Population: 109,226
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 283 1,599 355
Rate per 1,000 2.59 14.64 3.25

United States Property Crimes

Population: 333,287,557
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 899,293 4,672,363 942,173
Rate per 1,000 2.70 14.02 2.83

Sparks Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
75
22
National Median: 27.0
    Sparks
    Nevada