Spokane, Washington Population 2019

Spokane is located in Spokane County, Washington in the United States. Located in eastern Washington about 90 miles south of the Canadian border, Spokane has an estimated population of 217,000, which makes it the second-largest city in the state.

The Lilac City has a population density of 3,526 people per square mile (1,361/square mile) in the city proper. The urban area has an estimated population of 390,000 while the larger metropolitan area has a population of 545,000, which ranks 101st in the country. The Spokane-Spokane Valley-Coeur d'Alene Combined Statistical Area (CSA) has a population of 685,000.

Spokane Diversity and Religion

While Spokane has long been criticized for its lack of diversity, the city is becoming more diverse now that people from former Soviet Union countries are forming a more significant part of the city's demographics. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, many immigrants -- mainly Ukrainians and Russians -- made their way to Spokane. In 2000, people of Ukrainian or Russian ancestry accounted for 2% of Spokane County's population.

Pacific Islanders are the fastest-growing demographic in the city, and they are believed to be the 3rd largest minority group in Spokane County after Ukrainians, Russians, and Latinos. Spokane formerly had a large Asian community in Chinatown, which was demolished in the 1970s due to urban blight.

Spokane, and the Pacific Northwest area as a whole is part of what is termed the "Unchurched Belt," which refers to the region's low church membership and religious affiliation rates. Out of the population of 212,000 people, there are about 64,000 Evangelical Protestants, 66,000 Catholics, and 25,000 Mainline Protestants. The Spokane Islamic Center became the first mosque in the city in 2009. The city also has at least 3 Jewish congregations, including the Emanu-El congregation, which opened the first synagogue in the state in 1892. Spokane is also home to the Mormon Spokane Washington Temple District, and it's the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane.

Spokane Population Growth

Spokane is predicted to grow reasonably steadily over the next 15 years, eventually gaining 22% growth between 2005 and 2030. The city growth over time has seen intense periods of positive growth, followed by decades of slowed growth. After a loss of approximately 6% in the 1970s, growth has returned at an even slower rate. Only time will tell if this city will pick up their previous population growth rates.

Spokane, Washington's estimated population is 219,190 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Spokane, Washington is the 2nd largest city in Washington based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.

The population density is 3187.45 people/mi² (1230.68 people/km²).

The overall median age is 35.8 years, 34.4 years for males, and 37.5 years for females. For every 100 females there are 95.0 males.

Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 97,235 households in the city, with an average size of 2.32 people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.4%, with a median rent of $805/month. The median house has 5.6 rooms, and has a value of $166,700.

The median income for households in Spokane, Washington is $44,768, while the mean household income is $62,092.

Spokane Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Spokane was:

  • White: 85.29%
  • Two or more races: 5.79%
  • Asian: 2.81%
  • Black or African American: 2.31%
  • Native American: 1.80%
  • Other race: 1.22%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.79%

How Many People Live in Spokane, Washington?

219,190
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018219,1902,1621.00%
2017217,0282,0380.95%
2016214,9902,8111.32%
2015212,1791,5670.74%
2014210,6128670.41%
2013209,7454510.22%
2012209,2943450.17%
2011208,949-574-0.27%
2010209,52313,8940.69%
2000195,62918,4330.99%
1990177,1965,8960.34%
1980171,3007840.05%
1970170,516-11,092-0.63%
1960181,60819,8871.17%
1950161,72139,7202.86%
1940122,0016,4870.55%
1930115,51411,0771.01%
1920104,437350.00%
1910104,40267,55410.98%
190036,84816,9266.34%
189019,9220.00%

Population by Race

Race Population
White181,645
Two or More Races12,336
Asian5,979
Black or African American4,919
American Indian and Alaska Native3,826
Some Other Race2,590
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1,687

Spokane Population Pyramid 2019

Spokane Median Age

35.8


Total

34.4


Male

37.5


Female

Spokane Adults

There are 166,415 adults, (30,842 of whom are seniors) in Spokane.

Spokane Age Dependency

57.1

Age Dependency Ratio

22.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Spokane Sex Ratio

Female

109,227

51.28%

Male

103,755

48.72%

Spokane Households and Families

Spokane Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Spokane Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married75%25%
All54.7%45.3%
Male45.5%54.5%
Non Family41.2%58.8%
Female40.6%59.4%

54.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All88,6832.3254.7
Non Family38,1451.2841.2
Married35,0043.0675
Female11,3663.0940.6
Male4,1683.4945.5

2.97

Average Family Size

2.32

Average Household Size

8.4%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Spokane Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,1182.18%
9th to 12th Grade7,8995.51%
High School Graduate35,28224.63%
Some College37,54926.21%
Associates Degree17,21312.02%
Bachelors Degree25,45617.77%
Graduate Degree16,74011.69%

Spokane Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White123,189115,66237,945
Hispanic6,0985,0521,391
Multiple Races4,6334,011996
Asian3,8762,8801,127
Black3,0132,590487
Native American2,3151,956278
Other Race1,3731,131256
Islander8026733

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 93.89%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 30.80%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$32,343$36,863$29,995
Less Than High School$19,893$23,409$16,567
High School Grad$27,684$31,178$22,875
Some College$29,948$32,875$26,564
Bachelors Degree$42,442$50,992$37,193
Graduate Degree$58,627$71,257$51,236

$32,343

Average Earnings

$36,863

Average Male

$29,995

Average Female

Spokane Language

Spokane Language by Age

Spokane Language

91.86% of Spokane residents speak only English, while 8.14% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 3.13% of the population.

Spokane Poverty

Spokane Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White168,66729,19717.31%
Multiple11,9293,96033.20%
Hispanic12,5973,43227.24%
Native3,6251,29035.59%
Black4,7431,20925.49%
Islander1,67186251.59%
Asian5,78179713.79%
Other2,48064425.97%

19.37%

Overall Poverty Rate

19.54%

Male Poverty Rate

19.20%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Spokane

The race most likely to be in poverty in Spokane is Islander, with 51.59% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Spokane is Asian, with 13.79% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.21%. Among those working part-time, it was 24.20%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 29.87%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School32.90%
High School20.56%
Some College15.91%
Bachelors or Greater7.35%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed39.72%
Male Unemployed39.43%
Female Employed9.50%
Male Employed8.47%

Spokane Income

Spokane Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$44,768$62,092
Families$59,129$77,000
Married Families$74,685$92,308
Non Families$28,046$39,066

Spokane Marital Status

Spokane Marital Status

Marriage Rates

42.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.3%

Male Marriage Rate

41.3%

Female Marriage Rate

Spokane Married by Age and Sex

Spokane Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Spokane Marital Status by Race

Spokane Veterans

16,936

Number of Veterans

15,308

Male Veterans

1,628

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam6,301
First Gulf War3,795
Second Gulf War3,088
Korea1,381
World War II772
Age Group Veterans
35 to 544,368
55 to 643,869
65 to 743,595
75+3,443
18 to 341,661

Spokane Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White15,60810.72%
Hispanic4946.23%
2 or More4727.65%
Black43312.00%
Indian2428.33%
Asian1322.80%
Hawaiian272.65%
Other221.18%

Spokane Veterans by Education

9.31%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30.23%

Veteran Disability Rate

Spokane Employment Status

60.3%

Labor Force Participation

56.1%

Employment Rate

6.5%

Unemployment Rate

Spokane Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

54.80%

Born in Washington

93.76%

Native Born

6.24%

Foreign Born

3.27%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

93.76% of Spokane residents were born in the United States, with 54.80% having been born in Washington. 3.27% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Europe.