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Overview

Introduction to Spokane, Washington

The city of Spokane, county seat of Spokane County, is Eastern Washington's largest metropolitan center and one of the largest cities in the state of Washington. Located along the Spokane River, the city lies only 20 miles from the Washington-Idaho border and about 280 miles east of Seattle. Officially nicknamed the "Lilac City" owing to the abundance of flowers that have flourished in the area since the early 20th Century, Spokane is surrounded by several communities including Cheney, Mead, Colbert, Millwood, and Liberty Lake. The major Interstate running through Spokane is I-90. Also servicing the city are U.S. Routes 2 and 395; and Washington State Highways 27, 231, and 278. Air travel is available from the Spokane International Airport and public transportation is provided by the Spokane Transit Authority (STA).

Spokane traces its origins to the early part of the 19th century, where it began as a prime fur trading center. By 1872, the area became settled as Spokan Falls, named for the local Indian Tribe whose moniker translates as "Children of the Sun". The completion of the Northern Pacific Railway nine years later paved the way for further settlement by settlers attracted to work in the timber and mining industries. Spokane was officially incorporated in 1881 but suffered a crippling setback in the summer of 1889, when the city's downtown commercial district was destroyed by fire. Recovery was quick, boosted by the construction of many of the grand historic buildings that still stand today. In the decade following the fire, Spokane’s population nearly tripled and the arrival of the Great Northern railroad made Spokane a transportation hub for the area. One of the city's most notable achievements occurred in 1974, when it hosted the first environmentally themed World's Fair. Spokane today stands as the business, transportation, and cultural hub for the Pacific Inland Northwest.

Spokane Attractions and Events

In terms of recreation and culture, Spokane has something for everyone. The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture includes several galleries, an outdoor amphitheater, and an 1898 restored mansion; and features the largest collection of Northern Plateau Indian art and living history in the world. The Armed Forces & Aerospace Museum captures the legacy of all branches of the military. Mobius Kids is a hands-on interactive children's museum which features an authentic Filipino village. Silverwood Theme Park is the largest of its kind in the Northwest, and is home to the giant Boulder Beach Water Park. The INB Performing Arts Center is a 2,700-seat facility which hosts a variety of entertainment events including symphony concerts, country and rock music spectaculars, and musical stage productions. In the heart of Spokane's downtown section is the 100-acre Riverfront Park. Situated on the site of the 1974 World's Fair, the Park is the site of some of Spokane's largest events.

Spokane is home to a number of annual festivals and celebrations which draw large crowds from surrounding areas. The Lilac Bloomsday Run, the largest timed road race in the world, is held in May and typically draws participants numbering in the tens of thousands. The Spokane International Film Festival, held in February, is a celebration of cinema featuring the best independent films from around the world. Hoopfest, which takes place during the last weekend in June, is the largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the world and attracts a variety of participants across all ages and talent levels. Summertime is the setting for "100 Years of Motorcycles", a July event which features custom bike builders from around the country, nationally-known music artists, and a host of television celebrities. The Garland Village Arts & Music Festival is a street fair which takes place every August, and in early September, food lovers can take advantage of Pig-Out In The Park, an annual summer festival celebrating the joy of food.

The Spokane sports scene is highlighted by the Spokane Indians. This minor league baseball team, which competes in the Northwest League, is the class single-A affiliate of Major League Baseball's Texas Rangers. Other professional teams in the city include the Spokane Shock of Arena Football's af2 league and the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League (WHL). Fans of NCAA collegiate athletics can catch some top-notch Division I competition at Gonzaga University, home of the Gonzaga Bulldogs athletic teams. Gonzaga is a member of the West Coast Conference.

People

Total Population 210,695
Male Share of the Population 48.6%
Female Share of the Population 51.4%
Senior Citizens 14.2%
Employed Population 16+ 91,553
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 43.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28.8%
Median Earnings25+ $32,025
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,057
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,569

Wealth

Median Family Income $56,203
% Above Poverty Level 80.1%
% Below Poverty Level 19.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 4.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.3%
% Using Public Transportation 3.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 34.4%
Median Gross Rent $747
Median House Value $159,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23.5%
US/American 0%
English 10.6%
Irish 14.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Spokane Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 228 miles E of Seattle, Washington
County Spokane
Metro Area Spokane
Standard Zip Codes 99201, 99202, 99203, 99204, 99205, 99206, 99207, 99208, 99212, 99216, 99217, 99218, 99223, 99224
P.O. Box Zip Codes 99209, 99210, 99211, 99213, 99214, 99215, 99219, 99220, 99228
Company Zip Codes 99251, 99252, 99256, 99258, 99260, 99299
Phone Area Codes 509
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 47.658
Longitude -117.425

Spokane Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station SPOKANE AP
Distance 5.8 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 33 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 55 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 59 F
Annual Precip 16.6 inches
Station ROSALIA
Distance 29.6 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 35 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 49 to 83 F
Oct Temp 33 to 61 F
Annual Precip 18.4 inches
Station NEWPORT
Distance 40.2 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 33 F
Apr Temp 31 to 61 F
Jul Temp 48 to 84 F
Oct Temp 33 to 58 F
Annual Precip 26.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Spokane, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

City of Spokane Valley (99213, 99214, 99215, 99216, 99206, 99211, 99212)

Cty Spok Val (99213, 99214, 99215, 99211, 99212)

Fairwood Center (99228)

Liberty Park (99220, 99202)

Manito (99223, 99203)

Shadle Garland (99205, 99209)

Spokane Valley (99213, 99214, 99215, 99216, 99206, 99211, 99212)

Sunset Hill (99219, 99224)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Airway Heights 6,449 $39,659
Cheney 11,171 $52,292
Medical Lake 4,924 $58,875
Millwood 1,686 $60,100
Rockford 367 $58,750
Spangle 186 $37,000

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Spokane Hospitals

HOLY FAMILY HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
5633 NORTH LIDGERWOOD
(509) 482-0111
Emergency Service: Yes

VALLEY HOSPITAL & MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
12606 EAST MISSION AVENUE
(509) 924-6650
Emergency Service: Yes

DEACONESS MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
W 800 FIFTH AVENUE
(509) 473-5800
Emergency Service: Yes

SACRED HEART MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
WEST 101 8TH
(509) 474-3040
Emergency Service: Yes

Spokane VA Medical Center
(VA)
4815 N. Assembly Street
(509) 434-7000 or (800) 325-7940
Emergency Service:

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Spokane High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

LEWIS & CLARK HIGH SCHOOL
521 W 4TH AVE
509-354-7000
Serves 1,992 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.7

FERRIS HIGH SCHOOL
3020 E 37TH AVE
509-354-6000
Serves 1,821 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.2

UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL
12420 E. 32ND AVE.
509-922-6710
Serves 1,788 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21

ROGERS HIGH SCHOOL
1622 E WELLESLEY AVE
509-353-4540
Serves 1,758 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.8

SHADLE PARK HIGH SCHOOL
4327 N ASH ST
509-354-6702
Serves 1,674 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.2

MEAD SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
302 W HASTINGS RD
509-465-7000
Serves 1,551 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.4

NORTH CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
1600 N HOWARD ST
509-354-6300
Serves 1,480 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.7

WEST VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
8301 E BUCKEYE
509-922-5488
Serves 819 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21

CBE ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
123 S BOWDISH
509-927-1100
A Non-traditional School
Serves 528 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 52.8

HAVERMALE ALTERNATIVE SCH
1300 W KNOX AVE
509-354-6405
A Non-traditional School
Serves 498 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.2

BRYANT CENTER
N 910 ASH ST
509-354-7248
A Non-traditional School
Serves 264 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.6

LIBBY CENTER
2900 E 1ST AVE
509-354-7500
A Special Education School
Serves 149 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.8

ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL CROSSWALK
525 W 2ND AVE
509-353-4368
A Non-traditional School
Serves 131 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 65.5

KEYSTONE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
612 S. MCDONALD RD.
509-228-4250
Serves 111 students.

SPOKANE VALLEY LEARNING ACADEMY
612 S. MCDONALD
509-228-5420
A Non-traditional School
Serves 111 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 27.8

SPOKANE VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
2011 N HUTCHINSON
509-922-5475
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 97 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.9

MEAD ALTERNATIVE HIGH SCHOOL
529 W HASTINGS
509-465-6900
A Non-traditional School
Serves 94 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.4

ALTERNATIVE BANCROFT SCHOOL
1025 W SPOFFORD AVE
509-354-7100
A Non-traditional School
Serves 70 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7

SPOKANE VALLEY TRANSITION SCHOOL
2011 N HUTCHINSON RD
509-922-5475
Serves 66 students.

SPOKANE JUVENILE DETENTION SCHOOL
1208 MALLEN ST.
Serves 61 students.

MARIAN HEIGHTS SPECIAL SCHOOL
3754 W INDIAN TRAIL RD
509-353-5357
A Non-traditional School
Serves 44 students.

STRUCTURAL ALT CONFINEMENT SCHOOL
1208 W. MALLEN ST.
Serves 34 students.

MEDICINE WHEEL ACADEMY
1025 W SPOFFORD AVE
509-354-7110
A Non-traditional School
Serves 28 students.

THE BRIDGE SPEC SCHOOL
2610 W NORTHWEST BLVD
509-458-7439
Serves 27 students.

DAYBREAK ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
628 S COWLEY ST
509-354-6405
A Non-traditional School
Serves 27 students.

A-3 MULTIAGENCY ADOLESCENT PROG
E 112 FIRST AVE
509-354-6328
A Non-traditional School
Serves 24 students.

SCCP IMAGES
1810 N GREENE ST
509-533-7326
A Non-traditional School
Serves 22 students.

THE HEALING LODGE
5600 E 8TH AVE
509-533-6910
A Non-traditional School
Serves 21 students.

SACRED HEART HOSPITAL
W 101 8TH AVE
509-354-7293
A Special Education School
Serves 21 students.

ALTERNATIVE TAMARACK SCHOOL
W 2901 FT GEORGE WRIGHT
509-354-6328
A Non-traditional School
Serves 11 students.

SHRINE HOSPITAL
911 W 5TH AVE
509-353-3368
A Special Education School
Serves 3 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3

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