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Thu., Sept. 9, 2010, 11:58 a.m.

Spokane’s still the Avis of Washington

OLYMPIA -- Rest easy Spokane, you're still No. 2.

Population figures released from the state Office of Financial Management pegs your head count at 205,673. It's an estimate, and adjusted from 2009 only because of a small annexation of 173 persons early this year.

Seattle is first at 602,000, all of whom can be found any given morning driving a car on I-5. Tacoma remains third at 203,400, nipping at Spokane's heels as it has for decades.

Spokane Valley dropped from 7th to 8th, at 89,440 but not because of anything the county's second city did. The citiy of Kent annexed territory with almost 25,500 residents, catapulting it from 9th to 6th.

These are just estimates. Better numbers from the U.S. Census are due out until early next year.

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