Spokane County, Washington

According to the 2000 Census, Spokane County, Washington has a population of 417,939 people. Of those, 381,934 (91%) are White, 6,659 (2%) are Black, and 11,561 (3%) are Latino[1]. However, 3,396 (or 1% of the 417,939 people) are not residents by choice but are people in prison.

Even though prisoners cannot participate in the local community, the Census Bureau nevertheless counts them as residents of the county where they are incarcerated.

A more accurate description would not include the prisoners. This would give Spokane County a population of 414,543 with a demographic that is 92% White, 1% Black, and 3% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 417,939 3,396 414,543
White 381,934 2,588 379,346
Black 6,659 561 6,098
Latino 11,561 449 11,112


[1]The numbers for Whites, Blacks and Latinos may not add up to the total number because we have not included racial groups other than Whites and Blacks and because the Census Bureau considers "Latino" to be an ethnicity, not a race. Most of the people reported as being Latino are also counted as being White or Black.

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