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Spokane County Courthouse
Location within the U.S. state of Washington
Washington's location within the U.S.
|Founded||January 29, 1858 (created)
January 19, 1864 (annexed to Stevens Co.)
October 30, 1879 (separated from Stevens Co.)
|Named for||Spokane people|
|• Total||1,781 sq mi (4,610 km2)|
|• Land||1,764 sq mi (4,570 km2)|
|• Water||17 sq mi (40 km2) 0.9%%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||275/sq mi (106/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−8 (Pacific)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−7 (PDT)|
Spokane County is a county located in the U.S. state of Washington. As of the 2010 census the population was 471,221, making it the fourth-most populous county in the state of Washington. The largest city and county seat is Spokane, the second largest city in the state after Seattle. The county is named after the Spokane tribe.
Spokane County is part of the Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also part of the greater Spokane-Coeur d'Alene Combined Statistical Area that includes nearby Kootenai County, Idaho.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,781 square miles (4,610 km2), of which 1,764 square miles (4,570 km2) is land and 17 square miles (44 km2) (0.9%) is water. The lowest point in the county is the Spokane River behind Long Lake Dam (boundary of Stevens County) at 1538 feet (468 m) above sea level. (There is virtually no change in elevation between the dam and the mouth of the Little Spokane River inside Riverside State Park.) The highest point in the county is the summit of Mount Spokane at 5883 feet (1793 m).
- Spokane River
- Little Spokane River
- Latah Creek
- Cable Creek
- Saltese Creek (also known as Turtle Creek)
Lakes and reservoirs
Summits and peaks
National protected area
- Pend Oreille County – north
- Bonner County, Idaho – northeast
- Kootenai County, Idaho – east
- Benewah County, Idaho – southeast
- Whitman County – south
- Lincoln County – west
- Stevens County – northwest
|US Decennial Census
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 471,221 people, 187,167 households, and 118,212 families residing in the county. The population density was 267.2 inhabitants per square mile (103.2/km2). There were 201,434 housing units at an average density of 114.2 per square mile (44.1/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 89.2% white, 2.1% Asian, 1.7% black or African American, 1.5% American Indian, 0.4% Pacific islander, 1.2% from other races, and 3.8% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 4.5% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 27.0% were German, 15.4% were Irish, 13.5% were English, 6.9% were Norwegian, and 4.4% were American.
Of the 187,167 households, 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.2% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 36.8% were non-families, and 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.99. The median age was 36.8 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $47,250 and the median income for a family was $59,999. Males had a median income of $44,000 versus $33,878 for females. The per capita income for the county was $25,127. About 9.1% of families and 14.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.0% of those under age 18 and 8.5% of those age 65 or over.
- Country Homes
- Fairchild AFB
- Four Lakes
- Green Bluff
- Otis Orchards-East Farms
- Town and Country
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