Spokane, Washington

Spokane, Washington


City in the United States
State Washington
County Spokane
Coordinates 47°39’25,9″NB, 117°25’24,6″WL
Surface 180,01 km²
– land 178,1 km²
– water 1,91 km²
(April 1, 2020)
(1286 inhabitants/km²)
Website spokanecity.org
Seen from the west

According to Ehuacom, Spokane is a city in the American state of Washington and has a population of 213,272 (2016-06-03). It is the second largest city in the state after Seattle and the 101st city in the United States (2015). Its surface area is 149.6 km², making it the 116th city.


David Thompson mapped the area and under his leadership, Spokane House, a fur trading trading post, was established in 1810 northwest of the present city. The Spokane are an Indian tribe in this region. Spokan Falls settlement was established in 1871, which officially became a city in 1881.

Construction of the Monroe Street Bridge in Spokane in 1911

The completion of the Northern Pacific Railway around this time enabled explosive growth, from 1,000 inhabitants in 1881 to 37,000 in 1900, despite a devastating fire in 1889. The local economy has always been heavily based on agriculture and mining, and fluctuating demand to strong fluctuations in economic growth.


33.9% of the population consists of single -person households. 14% of the population is older than 65 years. Unemployment is 6.3 % (census figures 2000).

About 3% of Spokane’s population is Hispanic and Hispanic, 2.1% of African origin and 2.2% of Asian origin.

The population increased from 178,120 in 1990 to 195,629 in 2000.

Spokane Falls in the heart of Spokane


Spokane is located on the Spokane River, which flows through the middle of the city, including over the falls of Spokane Falls.


Because of its location between the Cascade Range to the west and the Rocky Mountains to the east, Spokane has a relatively dry climate (Dsb according to Köppen).

In January the average temperature is -2.7 °C, in July it is 20.4 °C. An average of 418.8 mm of precipitation falls annually (data based on the measurement period 1961-1990).


Initially, agriculture and mining were especially important in Spokane. These still play a major role, but the local economy has now become more diverse. Electricity is generated by hydropower, which attracts many companies.


Spokane has four universities: 2 public (Washington State University and Eastern Washington University) and 2 private (Gonzaga University and Whitworth University).

Before college, most students attend Spokane Public Schools (SPS), a system of elementary, middle, and high schools with nearly 29,000 students. SPS is the largest public school system in eastern Washington and the second largest in the entire state. It includes 34 elementary , 6 middle and 7 high schools . There are also 5 special schools.

Partner cities

  • Limerick (Ireland), since 1990

Nearby places

The figure below shows nearby places within a 12 km radius of Spokane.


Country Homes (8 km)

Dishman (10 km)

Fairwood (10 km)

Millwood (10 km)

Town and Country (5 km)


  • Charles Martin Jones (1912-2002), cartoon director
  • Susan Peters (1921-1952), actrice
  • Craig T. Nelson (1944), actor
  • Michael Clarke (1946-1993), drummer
  • Ryan Crocker (1949), diplomat
  • Michael Winslow (1958), actor
  • John Stockton (1962), basketball player
  • Jess Walter (1965), writer
  • Trevor St. John (1971), actor
  • Anne McClain (1979), astronaut
  • Ryan Lewis (1988), music producer
  • Sydney Sweeney (1997), actrice

Spokane, Washington