Fortunately we don't have house sparrows at our current home in semi rural Central Ohio. They were a common site in our neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio. Click on this article if you are considering building bird boxes for songbirds. Definitely not a favorite bird of mine.
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. (Matthew 10:29-31 ESV)
House sparrow--the English word "sparrow", is a term for small active birds, coming from a root word referring to speed. The Latin word domesticus means "belonging to the house", like the common name a reference to its association with humans.
A lady sparrow. To differentiate between sparrows, I started with this one. The light stripe behind the eyes and plain breast are tell-tale signs. Once you've locked in these characteristics, it becomes much easier to pick out less common but similar-looking birds.