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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Diversity comparison

From staff reports

Spokane lags far behind the country in diversity, but the area is slowly becoming home to more racial and ethnic minorities.

This year, the Spokane City Council decided to change the federal Columbus Day holiday to Indigenous Peoples Day in honor of the region’s first inhabitants.

While whites continue to make up 86.1 percent of county residents, the number of people who are Hispanic has more than doubled in the past 14 years to become the largest minority.

The number of people who are enrolled members of an American Indian Tribe living in Spokane County was 14,286, according to census data. That included people who were listed only as Native American, or were listed as a combination of Native American and at least one other group.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this graphic reported a different number of American Indians using single-race census data .