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 (14.31%), sales jobs (10.49%), and management occupations (8.15%).

One thing noticeable about Spokane, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Spokane is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Spokane a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

A lot of people in Spokane take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Spokane, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.

In terms of college education, Spokane is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 29.45% of adults in Spokane have a college degree.

The per capita income in Spokane in 2010 was $26,464, which is middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $105,856 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.