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Pros

-Attractive downtown
-Educated population
-Arts & culture

Cons

-Harsh winters
-Property crime
-Low ethnic diversity


What Bert Has To Say About Spokane Metro Area


Spokane is the financial, cultural, and retail center for a large area of Washington, Idaho, and western Montana known as the “Inland Northwest.” The dry climate and relatively plain infrastructure differ from what one might picture for a Pacific Northwest city, but the area is on the upswing after years in the shadow of the larger Puget Sound cities to the west. The economy of agriculture, commerce, and industry is diverse and once again healthy, aided by a large migration for retirement and to escape more crowded and expensive coastal cities. Nearby outdoor and mountain recreation are excellent.

The downtown area is clean, lively, and popular with attractive new and restored buildings. The notable 100-acre downtown Riverfront Park, once the 1974 World’s Fair site, is an excellent urban park dotted with attractive cultural venues and recreation opportunities. The modest but diverse cultural amenities are noteworthy for a city with this size and location. Residential areas on the plateau to the south range from average to very attractive. The area to the east blends into Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, a growing recreation and retirement area.

The cost of living remains attractive for the region, although recent migration has driven home prices up a bit. Southwest Airlines provides ample, inexpensive air service to other areas in the west. Except for rugged winters, some sprawl and a relatively high property crime rate for the region, Spokane is a balanced and attractive place to live.

The city sits on the eastern edge of the broad Columbia Basin, which is bounded by the Cascade Range to the west and the Rocky Mountains to the east. Much of the urban area lies along both sides of the Spokane River with residential areas spreading to plateau crests 500 feet above the city. The climate combines characteristics of damp, coastal weather with high-altitude, high-latitude, arid conditions. Rainfall is less than 50% of that directly west of the Cascades. However, the location receives more clouds and rain than most of eastern Washington. Continental air masses occasionally bring sub-zero winter temperatures. Summer weather is mild and arid while winter varies from coastal and wet to cold and dry. Like most of the Pacific Northwest, the majority of precipitation falls from October to April. Winter days are often cloudy or foggy with an occasional snowfall of several inches. First freeze is early October, last is early May.


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Quick Facts About Spokane


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Spokane is 6.40 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Negative. Spokane jobs have Decreased by 0.73 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Spokane's cost of living is 8.60% Lower than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Spokane's population is 208,701 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 5.59 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 20 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Spokane is $131,000. Home appreciation the last year has been 0.70 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Spokane public schools spend $11,194 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 16.2 students per teacher in Spokane.

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there are no jobs in Spokane wa. my grandson put in an application for a job at a movie theatre and was told they had over 100 applications for it. I have 30 years... (read more)
20 Years in Spokane
We were assigned to Fairchild AFB 20 years ago. The city has grown into a great spot to live, with descent shopping, restaurants and entertainment. There is a lot to... (read more)
re: Liberals and non-whites please consider Califo
You want European I suggest you move to that continent as the United States was founded by immigrants and specifically those of color. I have lived in many communities... (read more)
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