About Spokane

Spokane is located in the heart of the Inland Northwest and is the second most populous city in Washington. The Spokane River runs through the city and beautiful Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane. An array of enjoyable outdoor activities are right out our back door; including ski resorts, white-water rafting, camping areas, hiking trails, lakes, and the Centennial trail.

Spokane has been selected as an All-America City three times in the past 41 years, including in 2015 when it was one of 10 honored throughout the country. The city hosts many great community events, festivals and gatherings, and is home to the Lilac Bloomsday Run, the largest timed road race in the nation, and the largest three-on-three basketball tournament, Hoopfest.

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Population Demographics

The City of Spokane is home to 209,525 residents

  • Median Resident Age: 35.0 Years
  • Number of Households in Spokane: 87,271
    Family Households: 49,204
    Non-family Households: 38,067

Income and Cost of Living

  • Estimated median household income in 2014: $43,694 (up from $34,752 in 2005)
  • Estimated per capita income in 2011: $23,139
  • Estimated median house or condo value in 2011: $163,000
  • Median gross rent in 2011: $693

Employment and Business

Unemployment in November 2013: 7% (down from 10% in 2010)

Leading Industries

Spokane ranked #4 in the country for metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages in the health care industry according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Largest Spokane Employers

  1. Fairchild Air force Base
  2. Spokane Public Schools
  3. Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children's Hospital
  4. City of Spokane
  5. Spokane County
  6. Northern Quest Resort and Casino
  7. Deaconess Medical Center