Airway Heights, Washington

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Airway Heights is a city in Spokane County, Washington, United States, just west of Spokane. The population was 4,500 at the 2000 census and was estimated to be 5,289 in 2008, a 17.5% increase. The city's name was taken from its close proximity to Fairchild Air Force Base and Spokane International Airport.



Airway Heights was officially incorporated on June 28, 1955.


Growth in the City was spurred by the opening of the Airway Heights Correction Center by the Washington State Department of Corrections in 1992 and the opening of the Northern Quest Resort & Casino by the Kalispel Indian Tribe in 2000. More recently, with the addition of a new Wal-Mart Supercenter, several new apartment buildings and housing developments, and the expansion of the Northern Quest Casino, Airway Heights is continuing to grow.


Airway Heights is located at 47°38′37″N 117°35′11″W / 47.64361°N 117.58639°W / 47.64361; -117.58639 (47.643648, -117.586491).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.9 square miles (12.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,500 people, 958 households, and 656 families residing in the city. The population density was 923.0 people per square mile (356.0/km²). There were 1,095 housing units at an average density of 224.6/sq mi (86.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 69.51% White, 10.47% African American, 3.20% Native American, 1.84% Asian, 0.38% Pacific Islander, 1.56% from other races, and 3.11% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.93% of the population.

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