Profile for Spokane, Washington, WA
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Spokane is a city in Spokane County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for an Indian chief.
The latitude of Spokane is 47.658N. The longitude is -117.425W.
It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,873 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 196,624.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Spokane demographic reports
Spokane is on the Spokane River.
Both the North West Fur Company and the Pacific Fur Company built trading posts here. Missionaries came in the 1830s. the community grew dramatically with railroad construction in the 1880s.
Site of the 1974 World's Fair
Public transportation: Spokane Transit Authority (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1,161. The number of murders and homicides was 13. The violent crime rate was 5.9 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1993 movie, "Benny and Joon"
Well-known residents have included:
· Michael P. Anderson, astronaut who died aboard the space shuttle Columbia in 2003
· Bing Crosby, singer and actor
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Seattle's Best Coffee, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
- Lilac Festival Parade - May 19, 2007
- Spokane County Interstate Fair - Sept. 7-16, 2007
- Get Lit Festival - April 18-22, 2007
- Sand in the City - Aug. 17-19, 2007
Dates often change. Check Spokane web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Spokane Symphony
Nearby parks & recreation:
Cliff Park, Riverside State Park, Riverfront Park
Sports teams: Indians (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture (reopening December 2001)
Colleges and universities:
Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, Whitworth College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 102
Driving from Spokane toward the huge dam on the Columbia River, strangers often feel that they are travelling not ninety miles but a thousand. the world seems to change -- to become broader, drier, lonelier.
-- An American Notebook
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Ancestry & family history
21% of Spokane residents report German ancestry, and 13% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Spokane ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Spokane was $18,451, compared with $21,587 nationally.
25% of Spokane residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Spokane festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Lilac Festival Parade - M
- Spokane County Interstate Fair - S
- Sand in the City - A
- Get Lit Festival - A
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Median rent in Spokane, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $444. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $884.
Libraries in Spokane include Argonne Library, East Side Branch Library, Hillyard Branch Library, Indian Trail Branch Library, Moran Prairie Library, North Spokane Community Library, Shadle Branch Library, South Hill Branch Library, Spokane Public Library, Valley Community Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Spokane include Spokesman-Review
TV stations in Spokane include KAYU, KGPX, KHQ, KREM, KSKN, KSPS, KXLY.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KPBX-FM., KSFC.
Spokane County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Spokane political report.
The average commute time for Spokane workers is 19 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 26 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Spokane between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 1.3 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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“ Driving from Spokane toward the huge dam on the Columbia River, strangers often feel that they are travelling not ninety miles but a thousand. the world seems to change -- to become broader, drier, lonelier. ”
~ An American Notebook
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