County Transportation Metrics is a project of the Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC) and will provide a roadmap for setting transportation priorities.

Spokane County

Spokane County is the most populous county in mainly rural Eastern Washington and home to the second largest city in the state. After settlement in the 1870s, Spokane became the hub for the mining, timber, and railroad industries of the Inland Northwest. In the surrounding areas, cattle ranging and especially wheat farming became important. The largest city and county seat is Spokane, the second largest city in the state.

Today, the city and county of Spokane serve as the medical, financial, and commercial center of a vast region stretching from the Cascades eastward into western Montana. Fairchild Air Force Base is the county's largest employer. In addition, manufacturing has had a solid base due to the nexus of the Bonneville dam power generation, rail systems and the Interstate highway system.

Spokane is competitive with other urban centers in attracting national and international investment in the form of tourism and conventions, the military and research. These investments in turn support the creation and expansion of still other complementary businesses, creating a diversified economy.

Firms specializing in research, development and biotechnology that have made Spokane their home are expected to play an increasingly important role in the area's economy. A new medical school broke ground in October 2011. In addition, other targeted industries include advanced manufacturing and materials, energy products and services, information technology and digital services and logistics and distribution businesses.

Population (OFM Databook, 2011) 

Population (2011) 472,650
Population Change (2000 to 2010)      .5%
Land Area (Sq. Mi.) 1,763.79
Density (Population/Sq. Mi.) 267.97


Airway Heights                                                     
Cheney 10,790
Deer Park 3,675
Fairfield 595
Latah 195
Liberty Lake
Medical Lake
Spokane Valley

Major Highways

  • Interstate 90
  • US Route 2
  • US Route 195
  • US Route 395
  • SR 27
  • SR 206
  • SR 290
  • SR 291
  • SR 902
  • SR 904

County Roads (CRAB and OFM, 2011)

Total Center Lane Miles
Maintenance Expenditures
$ 17,944,475
Preservation Expenditures
$ 5,646,864
Improvement Expenditures
$ 556,413

County Revenues  & Expenditures (OFM Databook, 2011)

Total Revenues
$ 416,518,550
Total Expenditures
$ 390,204,468
Transportation Expenditures
$ 36,491,848

Performance Measures

Links & Sources

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