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Sparta, Michigan
Village of Sparta
Village of Sparta welcome sign
Village of Sparta welcome sign
Location within Kent County
Location within Kent County
Sparta, Michigan is located in Michigan
Sparta, Michigan
Sparta, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Sparta, Michigan is located in the United States
Sparta, Michigan
Sparta, Michigan
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Michigan
County Kent
Settled 1844
Platted 1867
Incorporated 1883
 • Type Village council
 • Total 2.48 sq mi (6.41 km2)
 • Land 2.47 sq mi (6.40 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
800 ft (243 m)
 • Total 4,140
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,780.97/sq mi (687.76/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 616
FIPS code 26-75420
GNIS feature ID 0638470

Sparta is a village in Kent County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 4,140 at the 2010 census. The village is located within Sparta Township.

Sparta is part of the Grand Rapids metropolitan area and is located about 10 miles (16 km) north of the city of Grand Rapids.


The Sparta area was first settled in 1844, with the township formally organized in 1846. The first settler in what is now the village was Jonathan Nash in 1846. Calling the place Nashville, he built a sawmill on Lick Creek. Subsequently, he changed the name of the creek to Nash Creek. Seeing as there was already a Nashville in Michigan, the state legislature suggested Sparta, meaning land of the fair women. The village was platted in 1867 and incorporated in 1883.

During World War II, Sparta was host to a German prisoner of war camp. The POWs were put to work as farmhands because many of the farmhands from the town had left to go fight in the war. The prisoners were treated relatively well, and later even wrote letters to the owner of the farm they worked on saying such things as, "I like to think back on the nice time we could spend on your farm."

In recent years due to the growth of the Grand Rapids metropolitan area the town has developed a more suburban flair as subdivisions of tract homes have been built in large numbers over the last decade.

Music in Sparta

In the early to late 1960s, Sparta was home to Fenton Records, an independent record company and recording studio. The label recorded many local bands, as well as other Michigan garage bands. Due to the limited runs of the records, Fenton vinyl 45rpms are highly collectable, often selling for hundreds of dollars each. Many of the records were recently compiled on a CD called Scream Loud!!!: The Fenton Records Story (Way Back Records)[1]

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The Welcome sign for Village of Sparta.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.47 square miles (6.40 km2), of which, 2.46 square miles (6.37 km2) of it is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water. The village is entirely within Sparta Township.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 507
1890 904 78.3%
1900 1,126 24.6%
1910 1,203 6.8%
1920 1,502 24.9%
1930 1,939 29.1%
1940 1,945 0.3%
1950 2,327 19.6%
1960 2,749 18.1%
1970 3,094 12.6%
1980 3,373 9.0%
1990 3,968 17.6%
2000 4,159 4.8%
2010 4,140 −0.5%
2019 (est.) 4,399 6.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,140 people, 1,644 households, and 1,059 families living in the village. The population density was 1,682.9 inhabitants per square mile (649.8/km2). There were 1,782 housing units at an average density of 724.4 per square mile (279.7/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 94.5% White, 1.3% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 1.6% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.2% of the population.

There were 1,644 households, of which 37.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.9% were married couples living together, 16.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.6% were non-families. 30.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.12.

The median age in the village was 34 years. 28.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.3% were from 25 to 44; 21.7% were from 45 to 64; and 13.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 47.1% male and 52.9% female.


Sparta is served by Paul C. Miller Airport.

Notable people

  • Ahmed Fareed, television media personality for NBCSN

See also

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