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Airway Heights, Washington
—  City  —
Location of Airway Heights, Washington
Coordinates: 47°38′37″N 117°35′11″W / 47.64361°N 117.58639°W / 47.64361; -117.58639
Country United States
State Washington
County Spokane
 - Total 4.9 sq mi (12.6 km2)
 - Land 4.9 sq mi (12.6 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 2,398 ft (731 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 4,500
 - Density 923.0/sq mi (356.4/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 99001
Area code(s) 509
FIPS code 53-00905[1]
GNIS feature ID 1511953[2]

Airway Heights is a city in Spokane County, Washington, United States, just west of Spokane. The population was 4,500 at the 2000 census. 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 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.

There were 958 households out of which 40.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.7% were married couples living together, 18.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 25.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the city the population was spread out with 16.9% under the age of 18, 11.6% from 18 to 24, 46.8% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 4.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 263.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 325.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,829, and the median income for a family was $31,344. Males had a median income of $26,117 versus $22,031 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,069. About 14.8% of families and 22.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.0% of those under age 18 and 3.0% of those age 65 or over.


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