Spokane County, Washington
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About Spokane County, WA
Spokane County, Washington
Spokane County Courthouse.JPG
Spokane County Courthouse in January 2008
Seal of Spokane County, Washington
Seal
Map of Washington highlighting Spokane County
Location in the U.S. state of Washington
Map of the United States highlighting Washington
Washington's location in the U.S.
Founded January 29, 1858 and
October 30, 1879
Named for Spokane people
Seat Spokane
Largest city Spokane
Area
 o Total 1,781 sq mi (4,613 km2)
 o Land 1,764 sq mi (4,569 km2)
 o Water 17 sq mi (44 km2), 0.9%
Population (est.)
 o (2017) 506,152
 o Density 275/sq mi (106/km2)
Congressional district 5th
Pacific: UTC-8/-7
Website www.spokanecounty.org
Large Autunite specimen from the Daybreak Mine, Mount Kit Carson, Spokane County [1]

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 Washington state.[2] The largest city and county seat is Spokane,[3] the second largest city in the state, behind Seattle.

Spokane County was formed on January 29, 1858. It was annexed by Stevens County on January 19, 1864, and re-created on October 30, 1879.[4][5] It 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.

Geography

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.[6] 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).

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Adjacent counties

Demographics

2000 census

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 417,939 people, 163,611 households, and 106,019 families residing in the county. The population density was 237 inhabitants per square mile (92/km2). There were 175,005 housing units at an average density of 99 per square mile (38/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 88.62% White, 2.00% Black or African American, 1.40% Native American, 1.88% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 0.82% from other races, and 2.76% from two or more races. 2.77% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 22.0% were of German, 10.7% Irish, 9.9% English, 7.6% United States or American and 6.4% Norwegian ancestry.

There were 163,611 households out of which 32.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.90% were married couples living together, 11.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.20% were non-families. 28.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.70% under the age of 18, 10.60% from 18 to 24, 28.90% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 12.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 96.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,308, and the median income for a family was $46,463. Males had a median income of $35,097 versus $25,526 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,233. About 8.30% of families and 12.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.20% of those under age 18 and 8.10% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 471,221 people, 187,167 households, and 118,212 families residing in the county.[13] 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).[14] 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.[13] 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.[15]

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.[13]

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.[16]

Law and government

Spokane County is governed by a partisan Board of County Commissioners, one from each of three districts. They run in a partisan primary election within their own district, then compete countywide in the general election. Other elected officials include the Sheriff, Auditor (who is also responsible for elections), Assessor, Treasurer, and Prosecutor, which are also partisan offices. Spokane County has an appointed Medical Examiner. The current commissioners for Spokane County are Josh Kerns, Mary Kuney, and Al French, from the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd county districts respectively.

Presidential Elections Results
Presidential Elections Results[17]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 48.1% 113,435 39.7% 93,767 12.2% 28,848
2012 51.1% 115,285 45.3% 102,295 3.6% 8,174
2008 49.0% 108,314 47.9% 105,786 3.1% 6,907
2004 55.1% 111,606 43.2% 87,490 1.7% 3,491
2000 51.9% 89,299 43.4% 74,604 4.8% 8,209
1996 41.8% 66,628 45.1% 71,727 13.1% 20,877
1992 35.5% 59,984 41.1% 69,526 23.4% 39,622
1988 49.4% 68,787 49.2% 68,520 1.3% 1,843
1984 59.0% 88,043 39.9% 59,620 1.1% 1,673
1980 55.5% 78,096 35.0% 49,263 9.5% 13,326
1976 53.4% 68,290 43.5% 55,660 3.1% 4,004
1972 59.4% 74,320 35.4% 44,337 5.2% 6,528
1968 47.6% 52,650 44.7% 49,423 7.7% 8,521
1964 44.3% 49,387 55.7% 62,092 0.1% 102
1960 51.6% 59,557 48.2% 55,553 0.2% 259
1956 55.2% 60,335 44.7% 48,833 0.1% 119
1952 55.2% 56,958 44.4% 45,827 0.4% 451
1948 41.7% 37,086 55.8% 49,649 2.5% 2,253
1944 44.2% 36,359 55.3% 45,491 0.6% 456
1940 42.2% 33,228 56.9% 44,852 0.9% 713
1936 28.5% 19,951 68.6% 48,117 2.9% 2,057
1932 38.2% 24,848 56.7% 36,953 5.1% 3,324
1928 65.5% 35,858 33.8% 18,527 0.7% 373
1924 49.3% 23,403 12.7% 6,036 38.0% 18,034
1920 60.6% 26,219 31.0% 13,412 8.5% 3,670
1916 45.2% 19,503 49.5% 21,339 5.3% 2,278
1912 11.9% 4,205 30.8% 10,845 57.3% 20,218
1908 58.7% 11,719 32.8% 6,557 8.5% 1,694
1904 71.7% 10,258 18.2% 2,602 10.1% 1,445
1900 49.8% 5,515 46.3% 5,125 3.8% 425
1896 31.2% 2,701 67.4% 5,829 1.4% 122
1892 45.5% 3,367 30.3% 2,247 24.2% 1,794

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Unincorporated communities

See also

References

  1. ^ Autunite from Daybreak Mine at Mindat.org
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ "Spokane County, Washington: Historical Dates and Maps". Archived from the original on 2007-12-14. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved 2015. 
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 2018. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved . 
  13. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved . 
  14. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES - 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved . 
  15. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS - 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved . 
  16. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved . 

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Coordinates: 47°37?N 117°24?W / 47.62°N 117.40°W / 47.62; -117.40


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