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Biggest Cities of the Inland Empire

Published by Steve Campion. Category: Counties & Towns

Spokane calls itself the capital of the Inland Empire. It serves as a business, transportation, and cultural center for much of rural eastern Washington and northern Idaho. It certainly has a lot of people. Spokane is the state’s second largest city and the only city in eastern Washington with more than 100,000 inhabitants. (By comparison, the west side of the mountains claims five cities in six digits.)

Most of the other cities on today’s list serve as regional hubs to the smaller agricultural, shipping, and wine-making communities nearby. Some are suburbs (Spokane Valley, East Wenatchee, West Richland), some are college towns (Walla Walla, Pullman, Ellensburg, Cheney), and some are hotbeds of science and hi-tech (Richland, Moses Lake).

This list is rather straight-forward. It uses freshly-released population data from the 2010 census and includes all sixteen eastern cities with more than 10,000 people. Notice that Spokane is more than twice the size as #2 and almost twenty times the size of #16!


City County Population
1. Spokane Spokane 208,916
2. Yakima Yakima 91,916
3. Spokane Valley Spokane 89,755
4. Kennewick Benton 73,917
5. Pasco Franklin 59,781
6. Richland Benton 48,058
7. Wenatchee Chelan 31,925
8. Walla Walla Walla Walla 31,731
9. Pullman Whitman 29,799
10. Moses Lake Grant 20,366
11. Ellensburg Kittitas 18,174
12. Sunnyside Yakima 15,858
13. East Wenatchee Douglas 13,190
14. West Richland Benton 11,811
15. Grandview Yakima 10,862
16. Cheney Spokane 10,590

SOURCE: U.S. Census, 2010


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