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Kootenai, Spokane Counties Similar

For all the perceived differences between the two, Spokane County and Kootenai County are close relatives, statistically speaking. Many similarities between the cross-border neighbors emerge in the 2011 American Community Survey, released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Spokane County is a bit younger and better paid, is less settled down and more diverse racially. Kootenai County has a little less higher education, but the difference isn’t pronounced. Still, a few things stand out when comparing the two counties:

  • More than half of Spokane County residents were born in Washington, but fewer than a third of Kootenai County residents were born in Idaho.
  • Children in Kootenai County are twice as likely to have no health insurance coverage.
  • Rental housing is more expensive in Kootenai County.
  • More here.

Question: What do you think is the biggest difference between Spokane and Kootenai counties -- other than they exist ae located in different states?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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