When Census forms arrive in the mail this week, remember, pride may be at stake.
In the middle part of the last decade, fears rose that Spokane would lose its rank as Washington's second largest city. But Spokane ended the Aughts (is that what we're calling them?) about where it started -- about 2,000 people ahead of Tacoma, at least according to state estimates
Census figures, however, are what counts most. The numbers for 2010 won't be released until next year.
Yi Zhao, Washington's chief demographer, said that because Spokane has about 8,000 more residential units than Tacoma, it appears unlikely that Tacoma will pass Spokane in the near future. But, she added: "You never know."