Cheney is a somewhat small city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 12,522 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Cheney is the 81st largest community in Washington.
Cheney is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.04% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Cheney is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Cheney who work in office and administrative support (15.16%), sales jobs (12.43%), and food service (11.43%).
Of important note, Cheney is also a city of artists. Cheney has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Cheney’s character.
Cheney is a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Cheney to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.
Cheney, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.
Cheney, even though it is a small city, has many people who use public transportation every day to get to and from work. This is a great benefit for people in the, city who have a need for low-cost transportation.
The citizens of Cheney are among the most well-educated in the nation: 44.18% of adults in Cheney have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Cheney in 2018 was $20,424, which is low income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $81,696 for a family of four. However, Cheney contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Cheney also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 34.35% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Cheney is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Cheney home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Cheney residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Cheney also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.50% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Cheney include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Norwegian.
The most common language spoken in Cheney is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.