Medical Lake, Washington

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Medical Lake is a city in Spokane County, Washington, United States. The population was 3,758 at the 2000 census. It also houses one mental hospital, Eastern State Hospital.



Medical Lake was officially incorporated on June 21, 1880. There are actually two mental hospitals located in Medical Lake, seeing that Lakeland Village is also located there.


Medical Lake is located at 47°34′17″N 117°41′00″W / 47.571384°N 117.683333°W / 47.571384; -117.683333Coordinates: 47°34′17″N 117°41′00″W / 47.571384°N 117.683333°W / 47.571384; -117.683333 (47.571384, -117.683333).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.5 km²), of which, 3.5 square miles (8.9 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²) of it (6.52%) is water.

The city lies on the eastern side of Medical Lake. There are many lakes within a few miles of the city on its south side including Medical and West Medical Lakes, Silver Lake and Clear Lake among other smaller ones. Driving distance from downtown Spokane is 16 miles along Interstate 90 and Washington State Route 902, the latter of which runs through the city. Eastern State Hospital is across the lake from town in between West Medical Lake and Medical Lake. Fairchild Air Force Base is located just north of town.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,758 people, 1,090 households, and 767 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,090.8 people per square mile (420.6/km²). There were 1,197 housing units at an average density of 347.4/sq mi (134.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.88% White, 4.60% African American, 1.41% Native American, 1.57% Asian, 0.21% Pacific Islander, 1.01% from other races, and 2.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.12% of the population.

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