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Retire in Spring Creek, Nevada?
Overview: Just four miles east of downtown Reno in western Nevada, spacious Sparks grew up as a railroad town after the Southern Pacific Railroad built a switchyard here in 1904 and gave free land parcels to its employees. The city really began to blossom in the 1950s when Reno began to grow. It boomed again in the early part of the 21st century.
Today, nice housing subdivisions with very few trees make up much of the cityscape. Newer areas generally have homes with Mediterranean architecture, while older neighborhoods have ranch ramblers and raised-ranch ramblers. The city has a 77-acre man-made lake, which has two beaches and a walking path, and Sparks Marina has homes along the water. The two-tower, 29-story JA Nugget Casino is the city's most prominent landmark, but there are other casinos as well, including the Grand Sierra. The Outlets at Legends is a large retail/dining/entertainment complex and a hub of activity. Residents enjoy the Hometown Farmers' Market and a number of events such as Star Spangled Sparks and the Nugget's Best in the West Rib Cook-Off.
The city's Shadow Mountain Sports Complex has an adult softball league, and the Sparks Senior Center offers day trips and classes. Tahoe National Forest and the Sierra Nevada mountains are 20 miles to the west, and the high-altitude, scrub brush desert lurks to the north and east.
Population: 98,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 36%
Cost of Living: 10% above the national average
Median Home Price: $350,000
Climate: The elevation is 4,410 feet above sea level. Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 20s and 30s. On average, the area receives eight inches of rain and four inches of snow each year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes, and it is a Primary Stroke Center and a Level II Trauma Center.
Public Transit: Yes
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Liberal
College Educated: 24%
Is Nevada Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: The wind is ever present.
Notes: Parts of Sparks feel a little like the boondocks, and urban sprawl is common on the city's edges. The city is racially diverse and has grown by 10% in the last decade.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
The Sagebrush State entered the Union during the Civil War on October 31, 1864. It was the first state to ratify the 15th Amendment and give African American men the right to vote. Gambling may be Nevada's claim to fame. The state has approximately one slot machine for every 10 residents. Las Vegas has more hotel rooms than any other city on earth.
Although Nevada is the home of Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, and Lake Tahoe, water is a scarce commodity. The landscape can be characterized by alkalai sinks and sage brush. Nevada's named mountain ranges include the Battle, Monitor, Sierra Nevada, and Snake chains. Winters in Northwest Nevada can be cold. Summers in the south can be inhospitable.
Nevada is the largest gold producing state in the nation. Copper, silver, and mercury add to the state's wealth. Tourism, however, drives the state. Gambling taxes are its chief source of revenue.
Population - 2,940,058
Persons 65 years old and over - 15%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 85%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 23%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 28%
White persons, not Hispanic - 55%
Median household income - $51,824
Median home value - $173,700
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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