Spokane, WA
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Spokane is a relatively large city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 213,272 people and 62 constituent neighborhoods, Spokane is the second largest community in Washington.

Spokane is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (13.94%), sales jobs (11.47%), and management occupations (7.93%).

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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Spokane is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Spokane area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The percentage of people in Spokane who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 28.56% of adults in Spokane have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Spokane in 2010 was $24,511, which is middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $98,044 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 Irish, English, Norwegian, and Italian.

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