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Spokane is the largest city and county seat of Spokane County, and is the metropolitan center of the
It is located along the Spokane River in Eastern Washington about 20 miles (32 km) from the
Washington-Idaho border, and about 280 miles (450 km) East of Seattle.
The city was settled in 1871 as "Spokan Falls" (without an 'e' at the end), drawing on the Native American
tribe known as the Spokane, which means "Children of the Sun.
The city's name is often mispronounced "Spo-CAIN", while the correct pronunciation is "Spo-CAN".
Spokane's official nickname is the 'Lilac City', named after the flowers that have flourished since their
introduction to the area in the early 20th century.
According to 2007 State of Washington Census estimates, Spokane has a population of 202,900,
making it the second largest city in Washington, and the fourth largest in the U.S. Pacific Northwest,
after Seattle, Portland, and Boise.
451,200 residents live in Spokane's official metropolitan area, Spokane County, as recognized by the
U.S. Census. With neighboring Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, the city is unofficially a part of the
Spokane-Coeur d'Alene metropolitan area, which accounts for a population of nearly 625,000 people,
the fourth largest in the Pacific Northwest after Seattle, Vancouver, and Portland.
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