Spanish Springs, Nevada

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Spanish Springs, Nevada
Census-designated place
Location of Spanish Springs, Nevada
Location of Spanish Springs, Nevada
Coordinates: 39°39′30″N 119°41′42″W / 39.65833°N 119.69500°W / 39.65833; -119.69500Coordinates: 39°39′30″N 119°41′42″W / 39.65833°N 119.69500°W / 39.65833; -119.69500
Country United States
State Nevada
Area
 • Total 56.0 sq mi (145.0 km2)
 • Land 55.7 sq mi (144.2 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)
Elevation 4,518 ft (1,377 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 15,064
 • Density 270/sq mi (100/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 89436, 89441
Area code(s) 775
FIPS code 32-68350
GNIS feature ID 1852658

Spanish Springs is a census-designated place (CDP) in Washoe County, Nevada, United States. It is located in the northeastern part of the RenoSparks Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 15,064 at the 2010 Census.[1]

Geography[edit]

Spanish Springs is located at 39°39′30″N 119°41′42″W / 39.65833°N 119.69500°W / 39.65833; -119.69500 (39.658301, -119.695130)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 56.0 square miles (145.0 km2), of which 55.7 square miles (144.2 km2) is land and 0.35 square miles (0.9 km2), or 0.59%, is water.[1]

History[edit]

Sky Ranch Airport, a 2,000-foot (610 m)-long dirt airstrip, was located northeast of the intersection of Hwy 445 and Spanish Springs Road. This 1940s auxiliary field was the site of the first Reno Air Races, in 1964 and 1965, then was the location of the headquarters of the 126,000-acre (510 km2) Rocketdyne Nevada Field Laboratory (NFL), which was used in the late 1960s and early 1970s for testing rocket engines used in the Space Program.

The Sky Ranch airfield site has been covered by housing developments, which are expanding in the area as the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area expands.

With the closure of Sky Ranch in 1970, another airfield was graded approximately 2 miles (3 km) west. Now known as Spanish Springs Airport (N86), it has been in continuous operation since 1971.

Superfund site[edit]

Some portions of the former test area are listed as a Superfund environmental clean-up site. Debris, underground tanks and contaminated soil were removed by Rocketdyne, which put in numerous monitoring wells throughout the area and hosts periodic public meetings as the cleanup continues.

Education[edit]

As of 2013, the Washoe County School District is offering an elective course in the Paiute language at Spanish Springs High School. Washoe County is the first school district in Nevada to offer Paiute classes.[3]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 9,018 people, 3,014 households, and 2,531 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 151.5 people per square mile (58.5/km²). There were 3,078 housing units at an average density of 51.7 per square mile (20.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 92.59% White, 0.74% African American, 1.19% Native American, 1.40% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 1.72% from other races, and 2.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.78% of the population.

There were 3,014 households out of which 47.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75.2% were married couples living together, 5.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.0% were non-families. 9.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.99 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 31.4% under the age of 18, 4.3% from 18 to 24, 36.9% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 4.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 104.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.3 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $69,451, and the median income for a family was $72,026. Males had a median income of $46,711 versus $32,853 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $26,908. About 2.2% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.8% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

Its population has increased to 15,064 per the 2010 census.

Notable residents[edit]

  • Tom Darby, journalist, Nevada Broadcast Hall of Fame inductee, author and blogger

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