Spokane Community Indicators
Spokane Community Indicators


Thank you for visiting the Community Indicators Initiative of Spokane, an online community resource offering a centralized location to learn more about Spokane County. Over 185 indicators are highlighted, all supported by trusted, reliable sources and continually updated.

These measures were chosen by residents of the County through a careful process and represent the preferences of what to measure from the available data. As you begin to examine the nine main categories, we hope you find the information relevant and useful in your daily work and decision-making.


The Community Indicators Initiative of Spokane seeks to improve local, private and public decision-making by providing relevant data in an easily navigable website. The data will serve neutral information for all parties involved.

More specifically, the goals are:

  • To collect and share a broad spectrum of information for individual community members, policy makers,
  • non-governmental organizations, businesses, business organizations, researchers, and the press.
  • To track progress over time of various efforts toward a healthy, vibrant community.
  • To measure the community's progress spatially via benchmarks outside of the County.
  • To enable analysis of these trends.
  • To create a forum for a discussion of the issues underlying the data, either on-line or in person.
  • A community indicators project must receive its inspiration, general direction, and ultimately, validity from the citizens themselves. Appropriately, the Community Indicators Initiative of Spokane has convened individuals representing many groups, organizations and businesses over three rounds of focus groups since 2005 to arrive at the indicator set you see here.

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    Nestled between the Cascade and Rocky Mountains, Spokane is as unique as its moniker "Near Nature, Near Perfect". Spokane County and environs form the 100th largest MSA by population, but combines the best of both a large and small city environment. A large, rushing river runs through the County, with lakes and mountains within a half an hour drive. The community is home for four universities, a diversifying economy, significant sports and cultural events.


    Unemployment Rate: The unemployment rate measures the portion of the population who currently does not have a job and are actively seeking work in Spokane County. As one of the two components of the "misery" index, the unemployment rate measures a local economy's success (or failure) in matching jobs with the available workforce. (Inflation is the other component of the so-called "misery" index.) Contrary to popular belief, the unemployment rate is not calculated using unemployment insurance (UI) claims. There are several reasons for that, most importantly because UI claims only count those who filed for claims and who are eligible to do so. It leaves out those who are unemployed but do not bother to file for UI or who are still unemployed after their UI runs out. more information