Spokane, Washington Population 2020

223,266

Spokane is a city located in Spokane County, Washington. With a 2020 population of 223,266, it is the 2nd largest city in Washington (after Seattle) and the 99th largest city in the United States. Spokane is currently growing at a rate of 0.92% annually and its population has increased by 6.87% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 208,916 in 2010. Spanning over 69 miles, Spokane has a population density of 3,247 people per square mile.

The average household income in Spokane is $66,249 with a poverty rate of 18.31%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $842 per month, and the median house value is $174,300. The median age in Spokane is 36.1 years, 34.8 years for males, and 37.7 years for females. For every 100 females there are 94.9 males.

Spokane is located in Spokane County, Washington in the United States. Located in eastern Washington about 90 miles south of the Canadian border.

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 Demographics

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

  • White: 85.06%
  • Two or more races: 5.89%
  • Asian: 2.62%
  • Black or African American: 2.16%
  • Native American: 1.87%
  • Other race: 1.59%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.80%
The current population of Spokane, Washington is 223,266, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 219,190. The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 208,916.
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020592,5639,5351.61%
2019583,0289,5351.64%
2018573,4939,5351.66%
2017563,9589,5601.70%
2016554,3989,0181.63%
2015545,3806,0671.11%
2014539,3134,7990.89%
2013534,5142,5890.48%
2012531,9252,1340.40%
2011529,7911,2890.24%
2010528,5020.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White182,71185.06%
Two or More Races12,6455.89%
Asian5,6292.62%
Black or African American4,6482.16%
American Indian and Alaska Native4,0261.87%
Some Other Race3,4241.59%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1,7210.80%

Spokane Population Pyramid 2020

Spokane Median Age

36.1


Total

34.8


Male

37.7


Female

Spokane Adults

There are 167,952 adults, (31,804 of whom are seniors) in Spokane.

Spokane Age Dependency

57.8

Age Dependency Ratio

23.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Spokane Sex Ratio

Female

110,186

51.30%

Male

104,618

48.70%

Spokane Households and Families

Spokane Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Spokane Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married75.4%24.6%
All55.2%44.8%
Male46.4%53.6%
Non Family42%58%
Female40.4%59.6%

55.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All89,6262.3255.2
Non Family38,0211.2742
Married35,3283.0475.4
Female11,7993.140.4
Male4,4783.4546.4

2.95

Average Family Size

2.32

Average Household Size

8.4%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.3%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Spokane Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,9342.01%
9th to 12th Grade7,3965.07%
High School Graduate34,04423.34%
Some College38,81626.61%
Associates Degree18,38412.60%
Bachelors Degree27,21018.65%
Graduate Degree17,10311.72%

Spokane Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White125,209118,17739,695
Hispanic6,6495,4841,513
Multiple Races5,0294,5201,137
Asian3,7722,8421,240
Black2,9262,584429
Native American2,4302,104289
Other Race1,7361,420369
Islander74260016

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 94.38%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 32.87%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$33,547$38,359$30,628
Less Than High School$20,910$23,193$16,818
High School Grad$28,207$31,107$24,253
Some College$30,626$34,675$27,270
Bachelors Degree$45,182$52,406$39,394
Graduate Degree$60,813$74,587$51,303

$33,547

Average Earnings

$38,359

Average Male

$30,628

Average Female

Spokane Language

Spokane Language by Age

Spokane Language

92.04% of Spokane residents speak only English, while 7.96% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 2.96% of the population.

Spokane Poverty

Spokane Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White170,31227,93916.40%
Multiple12,1603,37427.75%
Hispanic13,3503,37225.26%
Native3,8101,51939.87%
Black4,5031,37030.42%
Other3,30287626.53%
Islander1,69282148.52%
Asian5,37855310.28%

18.31%

Overall Poverty Rate

18.01%

Male Poverty Rate

18.59%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Spokane

The race most likely to be in poverty in Spokane is Islander, with 48.52% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Spokane is Asian, with 10.28% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.14%. Among those working part-time, it was 22.75%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 28.60%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School34.62%
High School19.62%
Some College15.55%
Bachelors or Greater6.95%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed40.47%
Male Unemployed39.65%
Female Employed9.30%
Male Employed7.85%

Spokane Income

Spokane Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$47,822$66,249
Families$62,294$81,766
Married Families$77,587$98,778
Non Families$30,265$41,489

Spokane Marital Status

Spokane Marital Status

Marriage Rates

43.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.8%

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

17,302

Number of Veterans

15,426

Male Veterans

1,876

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam6,470
First Gulf War4,046
Second Gulf War3,278
Korea1,272
World War II713
Age Group Veterans
35 to 544,186
65 to 744,082
55 to 643,890
75+3,375
18 to 341,769
Name Veterans % of Total
White15,80110.79%
2 or More5949.13%
Hispanic5105.88%
Black41612.17%
Indian2498.40%
Asian1773.88%
Other351.42%
Hawaiian302.85%

$Spokane Veterans by Education

9.07%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.48%

Veteran Disability Rate

Spokane Employment Status

61.3%

Labor Force Participation

57.3%

Employment Rate

6%

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

54.71%

Born in Washington

93.97%

Native Born

6.03%

Foreign Born

2.94%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

93.97% of Spokane residents were born in the United States, with 54.71% having been born in Washington. 2.94% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Europe.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020223,2662,0380.92%
2019221,2282,0380.93%
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%