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Welcome to Sparta ...

The town of Sparta is located in Alleghany County<1> and is the County Seat for Alleghany County.

The location of Sparta has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Sparta has a population of 1,716 people<3> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Sparta.

Sparta is 2,860 feet [872 m] above sea level.<4> In other words, the altitude of Sparta is about ½ mile above sea level.

Time Zone: Sparta lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

The area code for Sparta: (336)

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Sparta had an population of 1,716 people. This is a decrease of 3.05% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 5.56% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Sparta had a population of 1,770 people (or 15.87% of the total population of Alleghany County). This makes Sparta the county's most populous community.

The population of Sparta represents 0.02% of the total population of North Carolina (which has 9,535,483 people), making it the state's 262nd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 1,770 people, the population of Sparta decreased 2.59% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 1,817 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Sparta.

Communities Also Named Sparta ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 25 communities that are also named Sparta - they are located in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri (2), Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio (3), Ontario, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Sparta.

Communities near Sparta ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Sparta.

  • Galax (15 miles [24.1 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Galax
    • Galax lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<5> to the northeast of Sparta and is located in Galax City
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,296 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Galax
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Galax<6>
  • Independence (8 miles [12.9 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Independence
    • Independence lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the north of Sparta and is located in Grayson County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 887 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Independence have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Independence
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Independence<6>
  • Fries (16 miles [25.7 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fries
    • Fries lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the northeast of Sparta and is located in Grayson County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 444 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fries
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fries<6>
  • Glade Valley (4 miles [6.4 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glade Valley
    • Glade Valley lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<5> to the southeast of Sparta and is located in Alleghany County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Glade Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glade Valley
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Glade Valley<6>
  • Amelia (5 miles [8 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Amelia
    • Amelia lies 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the northwest of Sparta and is located in Alleghany County
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Amelia
  • Hooker (5 miles [8 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hooker
    • Hooker lies 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the east of Sparta and is located in Alleghany County
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hooker
  • Ennice (7 miles [11.3 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ennice
    • Ennice lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<5> to the northeast of Sparta and is located in Alleghany County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ennice have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ennice
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ennice<6>
  • Abshers (9 miles [14.5 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Abshers
    • Abshers lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the south of Sparta and is located in Wilkes County
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Abshers
  • Piney Creek (9 miles [14.5 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Piney Creek
    • Piney Creek lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the west of Sparta and is located in Alleghany County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Piney Creek have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Piney Creek
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Piney Creek<6>
  • Baywood (9 miles [14.5 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Baywood
    • Baywood lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the northeast of Sparta and is located in Grayson County
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Baywood

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Sparta. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Sparta.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Sparta. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Sparta.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Sparta. Our list includes 7 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Sparta.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Sparta ...

Looking for more information about Sparta? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Sparta, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Sparta.

Adding Sparta to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Sparta in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Sparta was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Sparta on a map titled Rand McNally Map of North Carolina (1911).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Sparta on our Genealogy Page.

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The official website for State of North Carolina: https://www.nc.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of North Carolina's counties, including Alleghany, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Sparta.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Sparta - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Sparta) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Sparta. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from SpartaOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sparta. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.5035, Longitude: -81.1218       In this case, the coordinates for Sparta have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.




 

 

 

 

 


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