Cheney is a somewhat small city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 11,534 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Cheney is the 81st largest community in Washington.
Cheney is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.14% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Cheney is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Cheney who work in office and administrative support (17.75%), food service (11.96%), and teaching (9.79%).
Also of interest is that Cheney has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Cheney is a small town where college students really create the town feel and character. So many small towns have lost population over the last 20-30 years that having the local college presence in the Cheney area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps Cheney maintain a good economy.
For a small city, Cheney has a lot of people who use public transit to get to work, and those that do mostly ride the bus. This suggests that a real need for low-cost transportation in Cheney exists, and local transit is helping to meet that need.
The citizens of Cheney are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 39.02% of adults in Cheney have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Cheney in 2010 was $15,337, which is low income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $61,348 for a family of four. However, Cheney contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Cheney also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 40.14% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Cheney is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Cheney home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Cheney residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Cheney include Irish, English, Scottish, and Norwegian.
The most common language spoken in Cheney is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.