Spokane County

State of women and children in

spokane County

The health and well-being of women and children are essential to vibrant and productive communities. Under the leadership of the Women Helping Women Fund (WHWF) and its partners, including Spokane Regional Health District, Innovia Foundation, MultiCare Health System, Providence Health Care, and Eastern Washington University, this dashboard was developed to complement the foundational report, Changing Our Forecast: State of Women and Children in Spokane County. 

This dashboard tracks current data on key issues impacting women and children as identified by literature and stakeholder input. Community partners, policymakers, and individuals interested in improving community well-being can use this information to guide decisions impacting the well-being of the women and children who call Spokane County home.

This dashboard is organized into four key developmental stages — birth, early childhood, youth and young adult. Additional information on each indicator can be found by clicking on the developmental stage of interest from the summary dashboard page.

The data confirm that social and economic factors in Spokane County are key in determining the quality of life for women and children. Opportunity and privilege are unequal – thus life experiences and health and well-being are unequal, especially among those living in poverty.

We all know someone living in adverse circumstances. A victim of domestic violence. A single mother in poverty, trying to make ends meet. A young girl struggling with depression.  Who are the women and children represented by these data? They could be a mother or sister. They could be a neighbor, a partner, a friend. They’re our community.

Stay informed. #OurGirlSpokane

Indicator

Value

Trend

Compared to 

Estimated Lives Impacted

Single mothers in poverty in 2017

30%

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All Families

4,409

Households

Birth to mothers with a high school degree or less in 2017

31%

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Washington State

1,825

Births

Babies born in a hospital with neonatal abstinence syndrome in 2017

13.8

Per 1,000 Hospital Births

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Washington State

78

Babies

Babies born without adequate prenatal care in 2017

24.4%

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Washington State

1,250

Babies

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Value

Trend

Compared to 

Estimated Lives Impacted

Average monthly cost for two young children in childcare in 2017

$1,521

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Washington State

2,961

Single Mothers with Children Under Five Years Old

Child abuse/neglect in 2017

57.7

Per 1,000

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Washington State

6,564

Children

Single mothers receiving treatment for mental health issues in 2017

26%

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Washington State

3,654

Single Mothers

Preschoolers that were kindergarten ready in 2017

62.3%

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Washington State

1,840

Children Not Kindergarten Ready

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Value

Trend

Compared to

Estimated Lives Impacted

Youth report having to skip a meal or cut meal size in 2018

13.1%

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Similar to Washington State

4,568

Youth

Youth report being bullied, physically abused, or witnessing violence in 2018

~25%

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Bullying and Witnessed Adult Violence Compared to Washington State

8,718

Youth 

Youth completed or attempted suicide  in 2017

618

Per 100,000

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Washington State

317

Youth

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Value

Trend

Compared to

Estimated Lives Impacted

Annual median earnings for a female 25+ with a HS/GED or less in 2017

$25,603

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Male Spokane County Residents

38,055

Women

Did not receive mental health treatment after reporting poor mental health in 2016

43%

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Similar to All Spokane County Residents

12,970

Women

Domestic violence offenses in 2017

13.7

Per 1,000

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Washington State

6,793

Offenses

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