2010: 208,916, #100 in U.S., #2 in Washington

1950: 161,721, #62 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 471,221, #107 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 221,561, #88 in U.S.


The city, located at Spokane Falls on the Spokane River, had its first permanent American settlement in 1871. Riverfront Park was created for Expo ’74, a world’s fair in 1974. Downtown Spokane has a system of skywalks between buildings.


Tallest building: Bank of America Financial Center, 288 feet (1981)

List of tallest buildings


Downtown’s River Park Square mall (1999) has a Nordstrom department store. Macy's closed in 2016.


Amtrak’s Empire Builder stops at the Spokane Intermodal Center (1994) in the night, going east to Chicago and west to Seattle and Portland.


The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture is just west of downtown.

Downtown Spokane


The AMC River Park Square 20 is a first-run movie theater. The Magic Lantern Theatre shows independent films. The Fox Theater (1931) is a restored movie palace that now hosts the Spokane Symphony and other concerts.

The Bing Crosby Theater (the former Clemmer Theater, 1911) hosts concerts and plays. The First Interstate Center  (1974) at the Spokane Convention Center has touring Broadway shows and other events. The Spokane Civic Theatre is also in the downtown area.


The Spokane Indians, Rookie Northwest League affiliate of the Texas Rangers, play at Avista Stadium (1958) in the town of Spokane Valley, just east of Spokane. The Spokane Arena has sporting events and concerts.

Map of Downtown Spokane


Convention and Visitors Bureau