Cheney was first incorporated as a city in 1883, with the original name being Willow Springs. Since then Cheney has grown, and it is still rapidly expanding, slowly taking over the hills and fields that border the city.
But who is filling these new developments?
The 1990 U.S. census showed Cheney with a population of 7,723, with 27 percent of those people being between the ages of 20 and 24, and 30 percent of them between 25 and 54.
In the 2000 census the population only rose by about 1,000 people. During those 10 years, individual housing units increased by 653 units, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The information also shows that from 1990 to 2000, people who rented homes increased by 15 percent while there was only a 5 percent increase in homebuyers. Another increase in Cheney is median-family income per year; it has risen from $19,278 in 1990 to $37,935 in 2000. And to date the average family earns $47,149.
Local Cheney real estate companies say that less than 10 percent of rental properties are currently vacant.
When speaking with a local agency one woman said, “This time last year there were 20 to 30 rental properties available, this year we have about 12.” She also said “One newer Cheney development we manage is completely full.”
Another Cheney realtor said that 45 percent of renters are working professionals from Spokane and that only 30 percent of their leases are university related.
He said, “It is pretty obvious Cheney is another bedroom of Spokane.”
A study called the American Community Survey, done by the U.S. Census Bureau, shows that in 2002 the population increased to 9,497 and in 2004 it was up to 13,924. Although there was a lack of information about age and housing, one thing is for sure, Cheney is growing. Students have increased at Eastern and Spokane professionals are moving here in droves.