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Sparta, Illinois - Basic Facts

The City of Sparta had a population of 4,262 as of July 1, 2016. Sparta ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Illinois. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Sparta is located at latitude 38.1377 and longitude -89.7278 in Randolph County. The formal boundaries for the City of Sparta (see map below) encompass a land area of 11.15 sq. miles and a water area of 0.27 sq. miles. Randolph County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 528 feet.

The City of Sparta (GNIS ID: 2395921) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Sparta is located within Sparta Election Precinct, a minor civil division (MCD) of Randolph County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Sparta population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Sparta, IL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 4,262
Population in Households 4,193
Population in Familes 3,250
Population in Group Qrtrs 69
Population Density1 382
Diversity Index2 37


Total Households 1,780
Average Household Size 2.36
Family Households 1,092
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 2,047 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,128 (55.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 651 (31.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 267 (13.0%)
Median Home Value $87,046
Average Home Value $103,457


Median Household Income $39,714
Average Household Income $52,658
Per Capita Income $22,145
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.15% -0.13%
Households -0.35% -0.27%
Families -0.48% -0.39%
Median Household Income   1.07%
Per Capita Income   1.16%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Sparta, IL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Sparta to the other 1,368 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Illinois by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 370 73rd
Population Density1 # 1153 16th
Diversity Index2 # 271 80th
Median Household Income # 1143 17th
Per Capita Income # 1045 24th

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