Just about everybody can close their eyes and picture the landscape of Reno, Nevada -- a city swept with excited residents and tourists who mill about the strip and filter in and out of the city's many casinos, restaurants and dazzling clubs. Those looking for a home to rent in the Reno area may know of this reputation of pure excitement and feel a natural urge to live in such a fun place, but may also want to live near great schools and opportunities for fun beyond the casinos. If that's the kind of place where you can envision yourself and your family, look no further than Sparks.
Though Sparks may not be as high-profile as Reno, it still offers families a taste of the local culture with its own spin on things. For instance, one of the most famous annual events is the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cookoff. Other festivities to look forward to include a Labor Day celebration that, by some estimates, features about 100 tons of St. Louis-style pork ribs.
The event, which draws a crowd from patrons of the city's casinos, takes place in Victorian Square. Though this part of the city is a high-traffic area during these events, it is also a popular pedestrian thoroughfare with residents. And since the weather is frequently warm and sunny, local open-air events are common year-round.
Sparks, NV offers many fine public schools for renters' children to attend, including two high schools, three middle schools and 15 elementary schools. There are also a handful of private schools in the area.
The Union Pacific Railroad runs right through Sparks, and there's a large rail yard just south of the downtown area that offers employment opportunities for residents.
Sparks' motto is "It's Happening Here!" Come see what could happen for your family in this charming town.