Spokane is a city located in Spokane County Washington. Spokane has a 2023 population of 229,513. It is also the county seat of Spokane County.Spokane is currently growing at a rate of 0.1% annually and its population has increased by 0.29% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 228,850 in 2020.
The average household income in Spokane is $77,244 with a poverty rate of 15.63%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Spokane is 36.4 years, 35.5 years for males, and 37.6 years for females.
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 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.
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Spokane was:
Two or more races
Black or African American
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
Average Family Size
Average Household Size
Rate of Home Ownership
Less Than 9th Grade
9th to 12th Grade
High School Graduate
High School Graduation Rate
The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 82.25%.
The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 30.96%.
Other Indo-European Languages
Asian and Pacific Island Languages
91.57% of Spokane residents speak only English, while 8.43% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 2.58% of the population.
Overall Poverty Rate
Male Poverty Rate
Female Poverty Rate
The race most likely to be in poverty in Spokane is Islander, with 65.39% below the poverty level.
The race least likely to be in poverty in Spokane is White, with 16.7% below the poverty level.
The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.5%. Among those working part-time, it was 20.17%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 26.7%.
Overall Marriage Rate
Male Marriage Rate
Female Marriage Rate
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.
Second Gulf War
First Gulf War
World War II
Less Than 9th Grade
High School Graduate
Bachelors or Greater
Veteran Poverty Rate
Veteran Disability Rate
Labor Force Participation
Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.
Born in Spokane
96.52% of Spokane residents were born in the United States, with 56.08% having been born in Washington. 3.01% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.