About This Place
Sparta is a city in Randolph County, Illinois, United States. The population was 4,486 at the 2000 census.
The city was the principal filming location for the 1967 film In the Heat of the Night.
Sparta is located at 38°8′N 89°42′W / 38.133°N 89.7°W / 38.133; -89.7 (38.1282, -89.7061).