The fourth edition of Spokane Vitals illustrates that our community is moving forward with several positive trends, but still leaves room for improvement in some areas.
Spokane Vitals measures Spokane MSA’s annual progress against 11 comparable communities across the U.S. by benchmarking twenty economic indicators that fall in the categories of business growth, education, prosperity for all, quality of life, and basic needs. Spokane and Washington State are ranked against averages from comparable metros and states for the latest available statistics and for five-year trending.
Highlights include growth in business establishments, number of employed and unemployment rate. Educational attainment at the high school and college levels is increasing, and student-to-teacher ratios at local secondary institutions are decreasing. Average annual wage is up, as are the number of female officials and managers. Our quality of life is still rated very high, and poverty rates are decreasing over the five-year trended period, with strong growth in the number of residents with health insurance.