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.

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 (13.77%), sales jobs (10.84%), and management occupations (8.20%).

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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Spokane use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Spokane‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

In terms of college education, Spokane is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 28.76% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Spokane in 2010 was $24,662, which is middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $98,648 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 Spanish and Russian.