Spokane County, WA

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2022 Population
538,711
1.36% 1-year growth
US Senator
Patty Murray
Democratic Party
US Senator
Maria Cantwell
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
38
0.264% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
12.3%
1.35% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$70,394
9.86% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$331,600
21.4% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
249,238
1.52% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Spokane County, WA had a population of 539k people with a median age of 38 and a median household income of $70,394. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Spokane County, WA grew from 531,477 to 538,711, a 1.36% increase and its median household income grew from $64,079 to $70,394, a 9.86% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Spokane County, WA are White (Non-Hispanic) (82.4%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (5.35%), White (Hispanic) (2.36%), Two+ (Hispanic) (2.32%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2.18%).

None of the households in Spokane County, WA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

97.8% of the residents in Spokane County, WA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Spokane County, WA are Eastern Washington University (3,463 degrees awarded in 2022), Gonzaga University (2,174 degrees), and Spokane Community College (1,969 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Spokane County, WA was $331,600, and the homeownership rate was 63.8%.

Most people in Spokane County, WA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Spokane County, WA was 2 cars per household.

About the photo: The Bowl & Pitcher at Riverside State Park, Spokane, WA

Population & Diversity

Spokane County, WA is home to a population of 539k people, from which 97.8% are citizens. As of 2022, 4.96% of Spokane County, WA residents were born outside of the country (26.7k people).

In 2022, there were 15.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (444k people) in Spokane County, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 28.8k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 12.7k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.8%
2022 Citizenship
97.7%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 97.8% of Spokane County, WA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Spokane County, WA was 97.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Spokane County, WA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    444k ± 783
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    28.8k ± 1.4k
  3. White (Hispanic)
    12.7k ± 1.21k
6.45%
Hispanic Population
34.8k people

In 2022, there were 15.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (444k people) in Spokane County, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 28.8k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 12.7k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

6.45% of the people in Spokane County, WA are hispanic (34.8k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    244,390 ± 11,943 people
  2. India
    101,527 ± 7,771 people
  3. China
    86,360 ± 7,174 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Washington was Mexico, the natal country of 244,390 Washington residents, followed by India with 101,527 and China with 86,360.

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Foreign-Born Population

4.96%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
26.7k people
5.27%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
28k people

As of 2022, 4.96% of Spokane County, WA residents (26.7k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Spokane County, WA was 5.27%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    14,161 ± 775
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    10,044 ± 729
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    7,942 ± 669

Spokane County, WA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.41 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Spokane County, WA employs 249k people. The largest industries in Spokane County, WA are Health Care & Social Assistance (42,574 people), Retail Trade (28,557 people), and Educational Services (22,434 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($128,086), Utilities ($79,517), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($70,161).

Males in Washington have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $73,054. The income inequality in Washington (measured using the Gini index) is 0.47, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

249k
2022 Value
± 4,056
1.52%
1 Year growth
± 2.31%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Spokane County, WA grew at a rate of 1.52%, from 246k employees to 249k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Spokane County, WA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (29,182 people), Management Occupations (25,287 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (24,765 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Spokane County, WA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

249k
2022 Value
± 4,056
1.52%
1 Year growth
± 2.31%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Spokane County, WA grew at a rate of 1.52%, from 246k employees to 249k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Spokane County, WA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (42,574 people), Retail Trade (28,557 people), and Educational Services (22,434 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Spokane County, WA, though some of these residents may live in Spokane County, WA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$51,755
Median earning men ± $1,288
$37,636
Median earning women ± $728

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($76,174), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($71,700), and Information ($69,631).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($60,015), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($55,703), and Manufacturing ($45,113).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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3.62%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 3.58M people employed in Washington. This represents a 3.62% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.3%.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 5,580
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 3,480
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 2,925
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Spokane County, WA went to Donald J. Trump with 50.3% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (46%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (2.42%).

Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell are the senators currently representing the state of Washington. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Washington is currently represented by 10 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Washington

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Patty Murray
Senator from Washington3
Assumed office on January 3, 1993
Maria Cantwell
Senator from Washington1
Assumed office on January 3, 2001

Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell are the senators currently representing Washington.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Washington

Washington is currently represented by 10 members in the U.S. house.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Spokane County, WA awarded 10,402 degrees. The student population of Spokane County, WA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 12,854 male students and 19,031 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Spokane County, WA are White (7,143 and 70.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (1,125 and 11.1%), Two or More Races (614 and 6.03%), and Unknown (530 and 5.21%).

The largest universities in Spokane County, WA by number of degrees awarded are Eastern Washington University (3,463 and 33.3%), Gonzaga University (2,174 and 20.9%), and Spokane Community College (1,969 and 18.9%).

The most popular majors in Spokane County, WA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (1,208 and 11.6%), General Business Administration & Management (489 and 4.7%), and General Business (389 and 3.74%).

The median tuition costs in Spokane County, WA are $32,100 for private four year colleges, and $3,102 and $3,970 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Spokane County, WA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 80.9%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 20.2%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 31,885 (40.3% men and 59.7% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 31,885 students enrolled in Spokane County, WA, 40.3% men and 59.7% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in N/A with N/A records, of which N/A% were women and N/A% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 260 degrees awarded
  2. 237 degrees awarded
  3. 286 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Spokane County, WA was General Business with 260 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Spokane County, WA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 3,463 degrees awarded
  2. 2,174 degrees awarded
  3. 1,969 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Eastern Washington University with 3,463 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 4,058 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Spokane County, WA, which is 0.64 times less than the 6,344 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 7,143 degrees mean that there were 6.35 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 1,125 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($32,100) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,113) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,134) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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Measure

In 2022, 0.975% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.954% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.41M), Some college (1.4M), and Bachelors Degree (1.33M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Spokane County, WA was $331,600 in 2022, which is 1.18 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $273,200 to $331,600, a 21.4% increase. The homeownership rate in Spokane County, WA is 63.8%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Spokane County, WA have an average commute time of 22.2 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Spokane County, WA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Spokane County, WA is $70,394. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Spokane County, WA was Census Tract 134.01 with a value of $139,340, followed by Census Tract 133 and Census Tract 124.02, with respective values of $127,875 and $124,820.

In 2022, 16% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Spokane County, WA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 0.0655%.

Property

$331,600
Median Property Value 2022
±$3,142
$136,125
Median Property Taxes
±$2,511

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Spokane County, WA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

63.8%
Homeownership
2022
66.9%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 63.8% of the housing units in Spokane County, WA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 63.6%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 134.01
  2. Census Tract 133
  3. Census Tract 124.02

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Spokane County, WA was Census Tract 134.01 with a value of $139,340, followed by Census Tract 133 and Census Tract 124.02, with respective values of $127,875 and $124,820.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Spokane County, WA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$70,394
Median Household Income
± $1,091
214k
Number of Households
± 3,635

In 2022, the median household income of the 214k households in Spokane County, WA grew to $70,394 from the previous year's value of $64,079.

The following chart displays the households in Spokane County, WA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Spokane County, WA is from Washington.
0.47
2022 Wage GINI in Washington
0.468
2021 Wage GINI in Washington

In 2022, the income inequality in Washington was 0.47 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.285% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Washington was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Washington in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (72.4%)
  2. Worked At Home (12.3%)
  3. Carpooled (8.65%)

In 2022, 72.4% of workers in Spokane County, WA drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (12.3%) and those who carpooled to work (8.65%).

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Commute Time

22.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Spokane County, WA have a shorter commute time (22.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.69% of the workforce in Spokane County, WA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 16% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Spokane County, WA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 0.0655%.

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Poverty & Diversity

12.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Spokane County, WA (64.6k out of 525k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 18 - 24.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Spokane County, WA is White, followed by Two Or More and Hispanic.

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 15.2% of the children was living in poverty in Spokane County, WA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 4.8%.

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Crimes & Accidents

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In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 353 in Spokane County, WA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 2.99 per 100,000 population.

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Health

94.8% of the population of Spokane County, WA has health coverage, with 44.8% on employee plans, 21.8% on Medicaid, 12.2% on Medicare, 13.4% on non-group plans, and 2.58% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Spokane County, WA see 1122 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.06% decrease from the previous year (1134 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1246 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 209 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.9% were men and 51.1% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,122 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Spokane County, WA

Primary care physicians in Spokane County, WA see an average of 1,122 patients per year. This represents a 1.06% decrease from the previous year (1,134 patients).

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 23.4% under 18 years, 22.6% between 18 and 34 years, 37.4% between 35 and 64 years, and 16.7% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.9% were men and 51.1% were women.

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Uninsured People

5.15%
Uninsured
44.8%
Employer Coverage
21.8%
Medicaid
12.2%
Medicare
13.4%
Non-Group
2.58%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Spokane County, WA declined by 3.16% from 5.32% to 5.15%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 40.1 in Spokane County, WA.

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Health Behaviors

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In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 31.5% in Spokane County, WA.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 6.95% in Spokane County, WA.

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