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Census Resources

Various Products and Programs from the US Census Bureau are integral in helping SRTC staff complete our duties. Some key tasks we use Census data for include inputting travel behavior data into the Travel Demand Model, monitoring and ensuring compliance with Environmental Justice and Title VI regulations, and demographic analysis.

SRTC is a designated State Data Center Affiliate. The State Data Center (SDC) program is a cooperative program between the states and the Census Bureau created to make data available locally to the public through a network of state agencies, universities, libraries, and regional and local governments.

Through SRTC’s participation in the SDC program we can stay abreast of Census news and releases, maintain a dialog on working with Census products, participate in peer reviews, and aid local agencies and citizens in navigating through their Census data needs.

For more information on the SDC program visit:

For more information on the US Census Bureau and Census Data visit:

Here are three web mapping applications to view data from the 2010 Census and the 2005-2009 American Community Survey (a Census Bureau Program).
(Data: 2005-2009 American Community Survey)

At SRTC, the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) staff takes the lead on Census data.  Contact GIS staff for further Census information:

Kevin Shipman   509-343-6385
Sylvia Ferrin    509-343-6388


2010 Core Based Statistical Areas
In April 2013, the Census Bureau released updated Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs). CBSAs are an umbrella term for Metro and Micropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA), Combined Statistical Areas (CSA), and a few other terms that don’t particularly apply to our area.

These areas (CBSAs, MSAs, CSAs) exist only for the purpose of statistical boundaries, although their impact on policy importance is sometimes exaggerated.

MSAs are built by county, and the level of interaction with neighboring counties can create MSAs made up of numerous counties. In 2000, Spokane County made up the Spokane MSA and Kootenai County made up the Coeur d’Alene MSA.

Combined Statistical Areas are made up of separate MSAs that have a high enough level of interaction to create an additional area.While there was considerable conversation about Spokane and Coeur d’Alene's MSA becoming a Combined Statistical Area in 2000, this did not occur.

As of April 2013, Kootenai County will continue to make up the Coeur d’Alene MSA. Spokane's MSA has grown though, to include Stevens and Pend Oreille counties. These two MSAs now make up the “Spokane-Spokane Valley-Coeur d’Alene, WA-ID” Combined Statistical Area.

Ultimately, these are simply boundaries used for gathering statistical data.It is possible being a CSA could bring this area to the attention of businesses as a larger market though.

The three maps and the spreadsheet below illustrate and clarify both the changes and relationships of various CBSAs in our area:

2000 Metropolitan Statistical Areas for Spokane and Coeur d'Alene
2010 Metropolitan Statistical Areas for Spokane and Coeur d'Alene
2010 Spokane-Spokane Valley-Coeur d'Alene, WA-ID Combined Statistical Area
Local Area CBSA List Spreadsheet

2010 Urban Areas Release
On March 26, 2012 the U.S. Census Bureau released Urban Area boundary lists from the 2010 Census. The lists define both Urbanized Areas (UA - over 50,000 in population) and Urban Clusters (UC - population between 2,500 and 50,000). These areas are defined through a standardized objective process using GIS software. They are used for statistical purposes.

In Spokane County, the newly released boundaries and data show some logical changes. In 2000 the Spokane UA had a population of 334,858. The 2010 Spokane UA has a population of 387,847. It has grown noticeably larger, and included areas in the West Plains that were once part of the Airway Heights Urban Cluster. The Spokane, WA UA no longer crosses into Idaho. In addition to the Spokane UA, Spokane County has the following Urban Clusters: Deer Park, Medical Lake, and Cheney.

Newly defined Urban Areas in Spokane County: Spokane County 2010 UA Map

Compressed shapefile of newly defined Urban Areas in Spokane County: 2010 UAC Shapefile

Link to the U.S. Census Bureau Press Release

Summary File 1
The U.S. Census Bureau has released the 2010 Census datasets Summary File 1. This is the largest release of data from the 2010 Census to date.

Redistricting Data (PL 94-171)
Redistricting data from the 2010 Census was released in March of 2011. We have posted it in order to provide easy access to basic Census information that is often requested. It is a good source for population counts of places in Spokane County.