Sparta is a town located in Alleghany County, North Carolina. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 1,817. It is the county seat of Alleghany County6.


\nSparta is located at 36°30'20" North, 81°7'18" West (36.505639, -81.121718)
1. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.1 km² (2.4 mi²). 6.1 km² (2.4 mi²) of it is land and none of the area is covered with water.


\nAs of the
census of 2000, there are 1,817 people, 825 households, and 441 families residing in the town. The population density is 296.0/km² (765.2/mi²). There are 922 housing units at an average density of 150.2/km² (388.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 94.06% White, 1.98% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 2.20% from other races, and 0.99% from two or more races. 7.71% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. There are 825 households out of which 22.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.0% are married couples living together, 12.0% have a female householder with no husband present, and 46.5% are non-families. 41.9% of all households are made up of individuals and 22.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.01 and the average family size is 2.71. In the town the population is spread out with 18.1% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 24.1% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 44 years. For every 100 females there are 85.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 80.1 males. The median income for a household in the town is $22,474, and the median income for a family is $37,596. Males have a median income of $23,304 versus $18,281 for females. The per capita income for the town is $14,237. 18.3% of the population and 10.6% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 17.0% are under the age of 18 and 33.0% are 65 or older.