Spokane

Spokane

[spoh-kan]
Spokane, city (1990 pop. 177,196), seat of Spokane co., E Wash., at the spectacular falls of the Spokane River; inc. 1881. It is a port of entry and the commercial, transportation, and industrial center of a productive region known as the "Inland Empire," comprising E Washington, N Idaho, W Montana, NE Oregon, and S British Columbia. The irrigated farms of the Columbia basin project, which yield wheat, fruit, and other products, contribute to the city's prosperity. The area also has cattle ranches and dairy farms and mineral deposits (tungsten, clay, magnesium, uranium). Other products include building materials; electrical and electronic goods; transportation equipment; canvas, wood, metal, and concrete products; machinery; foods, processed meat, and beverages; chemicals; lumber; plastics; computers; paper; feeds; aluminum; and consumer goods. Nearby Fairchild Air Force Base contributes to the economy.

A trading fort was established there in 1810; settlement began in 1871. In 1889 a great fire destroyed most of the town, but it was rapidly rebuilt. Spokane is a focus of cultural and educational activities, with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, the Jundt Art Museum, and several parks. The city is the seat of Gonzaga Univ. and Whitworth College in nearby. Spokane is a gateway to two national forests, recreational areas, numerous lakes, and several nearby resorts.

Spokane, river, c.100 mi (160 km) long, rising in Coeur d'Alene Lake, N Idaho, and flowing through NE Washington to the Columbia River. Dams on the river include Nine Mile, Long Lake, and Little Falls. Farming, lumbering, and fishing are important in the valley.

City (pop., 2000: 195,629), eastern Washington, U.S. Situated at the falls of the Spokane River, the city was settled on the site of a trading post established in 1810. It was incorporated in 1881 after the arrival of the Northern Pacific Railway. A fire in 1889 destroyed much of the city, but it soon was rebuilt and developed into a trade and shipping hub for the surrounding region. Completion of the Grand Coulee Dam Project (1941) assured industrial growth. Spokane is home to Gonzaga University (1887) and is a gateway to the resorts of Mount Spokane and several national forests.

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Spokane is a census-designated place in Christian County, Missouri, United States. The population was 133 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Springfield, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area. The place was founded in 1893, and named after Spokane, Washington, but it is not pronounced like its namesake; instead, the "a" is long (that is, "spō-kān") and rhymes with "cane".

Geography

Spokane is located at (36.861839, -93.304152).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.0 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 133 people, 38 households, and 34 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 168.4 people per square mile (65.0/km²). There were 46 housing units at an average density of 58.3/sq mi (22.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 97.74% White and 2.26% Native American. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.75% of the population.

There were 38 households out of which 63.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 78.9% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 7.9% were non-families. 7.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.50 and the average family size was 3.69.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 42.1% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 16.5% from 45 to 64, and 5.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 98.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.4 males.

The median income for a household in te CDP was $35,417, and the median income for a family was $35,417. Males had a median income of $31,786 versus $13,958 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $17,157. None of the population and none of the families were below the poverty line.

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