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.
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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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.