Spokane, Washington Population 2021

227,579
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Spokane is a city located in Spokane County Washington. It is also the county seat of Spokane County. With a 2020 population of 227,579, 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 1.22% annually and its population has increased by 8.93% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 208,916 in 2010. Spokane reached it's highest population of 227,579 in 2021. Spanning over 69 miles, Spokane has a population density of 3,310 people per square mile.

The average household income in Spokane is $68,877 with a poverty rate of 17.29%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $866 per month, and the median house value is $187,600. The median age in Spokane is 36.2 years, 34.8 years for males, and 37.8 years for females.

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: 84.66%
  • Two or more races: 5.91%
  • Asian: 2.74%
  • Black or African American: 2.30%
  • Native American: 1.78%
  • Other race: 1.74%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.88%
The current population of Spokane, Washington is 227,579 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 219,332.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 208,916.

Spokane, Washington Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021587,9099,6941.65%
2020578,2159,6941.68%
2019568,5219,6941.71%
2018558,8278,5681.53%
2017550,2599,2291.68%
2016541,0308,8671.64%
2015532,1635,8271.09%
2014526,3364,7330.90%
2013521,6032,6730.51%
2012518,9302,0410.39%
2011516,8891,3360.26%
2010515,5530.00%

Spokane Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White184,00584.66%
Two or More Races12,8465.91%
Asian5,9462.74%
Black or African American5,0002.30%
American Indian and Alaska Native3,8631.78%
Some Other Race3,7821.74%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1,9110.88%
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Spokane Population by Race

Spokane Population Pyramid $2021

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Spokane Median Age

36.2


Total

34.8


Male

37.8


Female

Spokane Adults

There are 170,609 adults, (33,230 of whom are seniors) in Spokane.

Spokane Age Dependency

58.2

Age Dependency Ratio

24.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34

Child Dependency Ratio

Spokane Sex Ratio

Female

110,956

51.05%

Male

106,397

48.95%

Spokane Population by Age

Spokane Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Spokane Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married75.6%24.4%
All55.2%44.8%
Male48.8%51.2%
Non Family41.8%58.2%
Female41.7%58.3%

55.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Spokane Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All91,3282.355.2
Non Family39,6641.341.8
Married35,2583.0575.6
Female11,6283.0341.7
Male4,7783.3348.8

2.94

Average Family Size

2.3

Average Household Size

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Spokane Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,9301.97%
9th to 12th Grade7,8315.27%
High School Graduate33,84922.76%
Some College39,44726.53%
Associates Degree18,12712.19%
Bachelors Degree28,91619.44%
Graduate Degree17,61011.84%
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Spokane Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Spokane Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White127,041119,32441,491
Hispanic7,1076,2081,729
2+ Races5,0164,5801,193
Asian3,9742,9621,464
Black3,2332,820377
Native American2,4682,201347
Other Race1,9741,730401
Islander95885213

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 93.93%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 36.84%.

Spokane Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$34,442$38,202$31,452
Less Than 9th Grade$23,380$25,884$21,336
High School Graduate$28,831$31,179$25,494
Some College$31,379$35,756$28,147
Bachelors Degree$44,602$52,223$39,871
Graduate Degree$62,572$76,015$53,178

$34,442

Average Earnings

$38,202

Average Male

$31,452

Average Female

Spokane Earnings by Educational Attainment

Spokane Language by Age

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Spokane Language

91.84% of Spokane residents speak only English, while 8.16% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 2.72% of the population.

Spokane Language

Spokane Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White172,27527,31215.85%
Multiple12,3953,04924.60%
Hispanic13,1993,00922.80%
Native3,5991,22333.98%
Black4,8821,08522.22%
Islander1,88489947.72%
Other3,66285123.24%
Asian5,6505269.31%

17.29%

Overall Poverty Rate

17.43%

Male Poverty Rate

17.15%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Spokane

The race most likely to be in poverty in Spokane is Islander, with 47.72% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Spokane is Asian, with 9.31% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.07%. Among those working part-time, it was 22.69%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 27.05%.

Spokane Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade30.34%
High School19.12%
Some College14.98%
Bachelors or Greater6.56%

Spokane Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed41.59%
Male Unemployed35.69%
Female Employed8.56%
Male Employed8.29%

Spokane Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Spokane Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$50,306$68,877
Families$64,474$85,264
Married Families$80,145$102,977
Non Families$32,322$43,819
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Income by Household Type

Spokane Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

42.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

43.9%

Male Marriage Rate

41.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Spokane Married by Age and Sex

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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 35-44.

Spokane Marital Status by Race

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Spokane Marital Status

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17,478

Number of Veterans

15,683

Male Veterans

1,795

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam6,402
First Gulf War4,296
Second Gulf War3,280
Korea1,213
World War II544

Spokane Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 544,263
65 to 744,218
55 to 643,725
75+3,604
18 to 341,668

Spokane Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White15,92610.77%
2+ Races6119.19%
Hispanic4204.70%
Black40110.93%
Native American2809.46%
Asian1914.05%
Other Race461.62%
Islander231.92%

Spokane Veterans by Race

Spokane Veterans by Education

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9.11%

Veteran Poverty Rate

33.03%

Veteran Disability Rate

Spokane Veterans by Education

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61.9%

Labor Force Participation

57.8%

Employment Rate

5.9%

Unemployment Rate

Spokane Employment by Age

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Spokane Employment by Race

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Spokane Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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54.17%

Born in Spokane

94.00%

Native Born

6.00%

Foreign Born

2.88%

Non Citizen

3.12%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

94.00% of Spokane residents were born in the United States, with 54.17% having been born in Washington. 2.88% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Spokane Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021227,5792,7491.22%
2020224,8302,7491.24%
2019222,0812,7491.25%
2018219,3321,9170.88%
2017217,4152,2241.03%
2016215,1912,6461.24%
2015212,5451,4500.69%
2014211,0951,0590.50%
2013210,0367320.35%
2012209,3042620.13%
2011209,042-483-0.23%
2010209,52513,8960.69%
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 by Year