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Airway Heights, Washington
Location of Airway Heights, Washington
Location of Airway Heights, Washington
Country United States
State Washington
County Spokane
Area
 • Total 6.01 sq mi (15.57 km2)
 • Land 6.01 sq mi (15.57 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
2,398 ft (731 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 6,114
 • Estimate 
(2019)
9,485
 • Density 1,577.94/sq mi (609.27/km2)
Time zone UTC−8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−7 (PDT)
ZIP code
99001
Area code 509
FIPS code 53-00905
GNIS feature ID 1511953

Airway Heights is a city in Spokane County, Washington, United States, just west of Spokane. The population was 6,114 at the 2010 census. The city's name was taken from its close proximity to the runways at Fairchild Air Force Base and Spokane International Airport.

History

Airway Heights was officially incorporated on June 28, 1955.

Development

Growth in the City was spurred by the opening of the Airway Heights Corrections Center by the Washington State Department of Corrections in 1992 and the opening of the Northern Quest Resort & Casino by the Kalispel Indian Tribe in 2000. More recently, with the addition of a new Wal-Mart Supercenter, several new apartment buildings and housing developments, and the expansion of the Northern Quest Casino, Airway Heights is continuing to grow. Also, the Spokane County Raceway Park is located in Airway Heights, and features major automobile events, including drag racing, stock car racing, and occasional monster truck shows.

Geography

Airway Heights is located at 47°38′37″N 117°35′11″W / 47.64361°N 117.58639°W / 47.64361; -117.58639 (47.643648, -117.586491).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.63 square miles (14.58 km2), all of it land.

The community lies in the northeastern corner of the flat Columbia Plateau. While the plateau tends to be flat, the terrain locally is quite rugged as it is part of the Channeled Scablands. The "heights" in the city's name references its location at a higher elevation than the city center of Spokane. Traveling into Airway Heights along Highway 2, the main road into the city, from Downtown Spokane, one will climb over 500 feet.

Highway 2 is the main east-west thoroughfare in the city. It connects Airway Heights with Fairchild to the west and Spokane to the east. Interstate 90 runs just a few miles south of the city.

Climate

Climate data for Airway Heights, Washington (Spokane Int'l), 1981–2010 normals
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 62
(16.7)
63
(17.2)
74
(23.3)
90
(32.2)
97
(36.1)
105
(40.6)
108
(42.2)
108
(42.2)
98
(36.7)
87
(30.6)
70
(21.1)
60
(15.6)
108
(42.2)
Average high °F (°C) 34.4
(1.33)
39.6
(4.22)
48.9
(9.39)
57.2
(14)
66.4
(19.11)
73.8
(23.22)
83
(28.3)
83
(28.3)
72.9
(22.72)
58.0
(14.44)
41.6
(5.33)
32.2
(0.11)
57.6
(14.22)
Daily mean °F (°C) 29.55
(-1.361)
33
(0.6)
40.25
(4.583)
47
(8.3)
55.1
(12.83)
62.1
(16.72)
69.65
(20.917)
69.4
(20.78)
60.3
(15.72)
47.6
(8.67)
35.7
(2.06)
27.35
(-2.583)
48.083
(8.9352)
Average low °F (°C) 24.7
(-4.06)
26.4
(-3.11)
31.6
(-0.22)
36.8
(2.67)
43.8
(6.56)
50.4
(10.22)
56.3
(13.5)
55.8
(13.22)
47.4
(8.56)
37.2
(2.89)
29.8
(-1.22)
22.5
(-5.28)
38.6
(3.67)
Record low °F (°C) −30
(-34.4)
−24
(-31.1)
−10
(-23.3)
14
(-10)
24
(-4.4)
33
(0.6)
37
(2.8)
35
(1.7)
22
(-5.6)
7
(-13.9)
−21
(-29.4)
−25
(-31.7)
−30
(-34.4)
Precipitation inches (mm) 1.79
(45.5)
1.33
(33.8)
1.61
(40.9)
1.28
(32.5)
1.62
(41.1)
1.25
(31.8)
0.64
(16.3)
0.59
(15)
0.67
(17)
1.18
(30)
2.30
(58.4)
2.29
(58.2)
16.55
(420.4)
Snowfall inches (cm) 12.0
(30.5)
7.2
(18.3)
3.7
(9.4)
1.0
(2.5)
0.1
(0.3)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.1
(0.3)
7.2
(18.3)
14.9
(37.8)
46.2
(117.3)
Humidity 62.0 81.5 75.0 66.5 60.5 58.0 50.5 45.5 49.0 57.0 68.0 81.5 80.5
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 13.4 10.4 11.6 10.1 10.2 7.9 5.0 3.8 5.1 7.8 13.7 13.2 112.2
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 8.9 5.1 4.1 1.1 0.3 0 0 0 0 0.2 4.7 9.8 34.2
Source: NOAA (extremes 1881–present, percent sunshine through 2009)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 708
1970 744 5.1%
1980 1,730 132.5%
1990 1,971 13.9%
2000 4,500 128.3%
2010 6,114 35.9%
2019 (est.) 9,485 55.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 6,114 people in 1,547 households, including 1,035 families, in the city. The population density was 1,086.0 inhabitants per square mile (419.3/km2). There were 1,727 housing units at an average density of 306.7 per square mile (118.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 78.5% White, 7.2% African American, 3.7% Native American, 3.5% Asian, 0.9% Pacific Islander, 1.8% from other races, and 4.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.3%.

Of the 1,547 households 37.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.6% were married couples living together, 16.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.1% were non-families. 25.1% of households were one person and 5.4% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.01.

The median age was 34.6 years. 17.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 11.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 40.9% were from 25 to 44; 25.2% were from 45 to 64; and 5.6% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 67.7% male and 32.3% female.

Education

The majority of the city is within the Cheney School District (No. 360). The northeastern portion is in the Great Northern School District (No. 312), grades K–6.

Transportation

Public transportation is managed by the Spokane Transit Authority. Bus route 61, which serves Airway Heights, begins at the transit authority's main hub in Downtown Spokane, and extends to Fairchild Air Force Base.

Notable local businesses

Spokane County Raceway is one of the largest racetracks in the Inland Northwest. They have oval track racing, drag racing, and road course racing.

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