Spokane, WA Education and City Information

Situated in the heart of the Inland Northwest, Spokane, WA, is a retail and entertainment hub for eastern Washington State and Oregon, as well as northern Idaho and western Montana. Spokane is home to Gonzaga University and several other not-for-profit postsecondary schools.

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Information About Spokane

Spokane had an estimated 212,052 residents in 2014, based on U.S. Census Bureau figures; this made it the second largest city in the state. The Spokane River runs through the city's downtown area, with its spectacular falls on the western end of town.

Spokane's climate and its proximity to dozens of lakes and rivers make it an ideal spot for outdoor activities, like boating, fishing and rafting, while the nearby mountains afford opportunities for hiking, biking and simply enjoying the scenery. The city also has a vibrant cultural scene, with performances ranging from jazz and opera to professional and community theater. Additionally, Spokane hosts the Spokane Indians, a minor league baseball team, and the Spokane Chiefs, a minor league ice hockey team, along with the Arena Football League's Spokane Shock.

Education in Spokane

Ranked the fourth best regional university in the West by U.S. News & World Report in 2016, Gonzaga University confers bachelor's through doctoral degrees. In Fall 2014, more than 7,300 students were enrolled at this private school, including around 4,900 undergraduates.

Other 4-year schools in the city include Whitworth University, a private university offering bachelor's and master's degree programs, and the Spokane campus of Washington State University, a public school featuring undergraduate and graduate programs in around 10 fields of study. Students seeking a certificate or associate's degree can choose from Spokane Falls Community College or the slightly smaller Spokane Community College.

Economy of Spokane

From 2010-2014, the median household income in Spokane was $42,814, significantly lower than the statewide median of $60,294. Fairchild Air Force Base is one of the city's largest employers, along with state, county and city government and Spokane Public Schools. Other top employers include Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children's Hospital, Northern Quest Resort and Casino, and grocery wholesaler URM Stores Inc.

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