Spokane, Washington Population 2018

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 212,000, 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 Demographics

According to the 2010 census, the racial composition of Spokane was: 87% White, 2% African American, 2% Native American, 2.5% Asian, and 0.6% Pacific Islander. 1.3% of people were from other races while 4.6% were from two or more races. Hispanics and Latinos of any race accounted for 5% of the population.

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 larger part of the city's demographics. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, many immigrants -- particularly 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 Ukrainian and Russians and Latinos.

Spokane formerly had a large Asian community in Chinatown, which was demolished in the 1970's 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 fairly steadily over the next 15 years, eventually gaining 22% growth between 2005 and 2030.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2017217,1081,9940.93%
2016215,1142,8711.35%
2015212,2431,6330.78%
2014210,6108470.40%
2013209,7635040.24%
2012209,2593570.17%
2011208,902-586-0.28%
2010209,48813,8590.69%
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%

Spokane Population in 2018Source: By Murderbike [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White182,299
Two or More Races10,991
Asian6,418
Black or African American4,936
American Indian and Alaska Native3,625
Some Other Race2,543
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1,266

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Spokane Population Pyramid 2018

0%2%4%6%8% Male Population0%2%4%6%8% Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Spokane Median Age

35.8


Total

34.5


Male

37.3


Female

Spokane Adults

There are 165,421 adults, (30,327 of which are seniors) in Spokane.

Spokane Age Dependency

57

Age Dependency Ratio

22.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Spokane Sex Ratio

Female

109,009

51.40%

Male

103,069

48.60%

Spokane Households and Families

Spokane Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Spokane Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married75.3%24.7%
All55%45%
Male46.3%53.7%
Non Family41.9%58.1%
Female39.6%60.4%

55.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Spokane Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All87,2392.3555
Non Family38,1131.3241.9
Married34,5243.0975.3
Female10,8713.1939.6
Male3,7313.4946.3

3.02

Average Family Size

2.35

Average Household Size

8.1%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Spokane Households

Spokane Education

Spokane Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,4592.44%
9th to 12th Grade8,0575.68%
High School Graduate35,67225.16%
Some College37,53326.47%
Associates Degree16,25111.46%
Bachelors Degree24,46917.26%
Graduate Degree16,33411.52%

Spokane Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White122,571114,59136,822
Hispanic6,0384,8711,343
Asian4,0023,0141,148
Multiple Races3,9723,435797
Black2,9722,543494
Native American2,1621,824227
Other Race1,4441,147261
Islander5774392

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 93.49%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 30.04%.

Spokane Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,969$36,757$28,510
Less Than High School$19,512$24,952$15,156
High School Grad$26,760$30,939$21,937
Some College$29,190$33,125$25,473
Bachelors Degree$42,399$50,023$36,987
Graduate Degree$59,167$72,023$50,655

$31,969

Average Earnings

$36,757

Average Male

$28,510

Average Female

Spokane Language

Spokane Language by Age

Spokane Language

91.14% of Spokane residents speak only English, while 8.86% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is OtherIndoEuro, which is spoken by 3.56% of the population.

Spokane Poverty

Spokane Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White168,76529,95417.75%
Hispanic12,4473,41127.40%
Multiple10,5583,39832.18%
Black4,7611,36928.75%
Native3,4651,26136.39%
Asian6,2841,14018.14%
Other2,45859524.21%
Islander1,25155744.52%

19.70%

Overall Poverty Rate

19.26%

Male Poverty Rate

20.10%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Spokane

The race most likely to be in poverty in Spokane is Islander, with 44.52% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Spokane is White, with 17.75% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.35%. Among those working part-time, it was 25.09%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 29.61%.

Spokane Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School32.40%
High School19.94%
Some College15.97%
Bachelors or Greater6.61%

Spokane Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed41.91%
Male Unemployed37.52%
Female Employed10.39%
Male Employed8.00%

Spokane Income

Spokane Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$43,274$59,736
Families$56,915$74,098
Married Families$71,984$88,748
Non Families$27,117$38,117

Spokane Marital Status

Spokane Marital Status

Marriage Rates

42.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.1%

Male Marriage Rate

41.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Spokane Married by Age and Sex

Spokane Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35To44.

Spokane Marital Status by Race

Spokane Veterans

Spokane Veterans by War

17,161

Number of Veterans

15,369

Male Veterans

1,792

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam6,364
First Gulf War3,683
Second Gulf War2,884
Korea1,511
World War II983

Spokane Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
35 to 544,605
55 to 643,813
65 to 743,588
75+3,541
18 to 341,614

Spokane Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White15,89310.92%
Hispanic5116.43%
Black45212.56%
2 or More3917.23%
Indian2258.36%
Asian1402.77%
Other321.70%
Hawaiian283.92%

Spokane Veterans by Education

9.89%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.90%

Veteran Disability Rate

Spokane Employment Status

Spokane Employment by Age

60%

Labor Force Participation

55.2%

Employment Rate

7.6%

Unemployment Rate

Spokane Employment by Race

Spokane Employment by Education

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

54.12%

Born in Washington

93.17%

Native Born

6.83%

Foreign Born

3.52%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

93.17% of Spokane residents were born in the United States, with 54.12% having been born in Washington. 3.52% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Europe.