Spokane, WA (population: 204,424) has two sports schools within its city limits. Whitworth University, the highest ranked school in the city with a sports program, has a total student population of 2,781. It is the 189th highest ranked school in the USA and the 7th highest in the state of Washington (#1 is University of Washington-Seattle Campus).
Sports students from Spokane schools who go on to become professional athletes, athletes, coaches, sports professionals, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 13,620 people working as athletes and sports competitors alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $80,950. Also, Umpires, referees, and other sports officials make on average $28,490 per year and there are about 14,860 of them employed in the US today.
Spokane lies in Spokane county, which is one of the 24 counties in Washington. Overall, the Spokane area has 203,890 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.2% unemployment rate, $19.72/hr average worker wage, and a $41,010 average annual salary.
Of the 2 sports schools in Spokane, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Whitworth University comes out as the most expensive ($23,300/yr) for sports students, with Spokane Falls Community College as the lowest, reported at only $7,026/yr.