Spokane, WA
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Spokane is a relatively large city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 217,108 people and 62 constituent neighborhoods, Spokane is the second largest community in Washington.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Spokane is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Spokane is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Spokane who work in office and administrative support (14.32%), sales jobs (10.30%), and management occupations (8.34%).

Also of interest is that Spokane has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Spokane is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Spokane, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The percentage of people in Spokane who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 28.78% of adults in Spokane have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Spokane in 2010 was $25,362, which is middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $101,448 for a family of four. However, Spokane contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Spokane is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Spokane home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Spokane residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Spokane include German, Irish, English, Norwegian, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Spokane is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Slavic languages.