Spokane, Washington, honors two things above all: family and the environment. In fact, this city was where Father's Day began, and it was also the first city to have an environmentally-themed World's Fair, all the way back in 1974. Spokane is the best of both worlds, combining an environment of vast natural resources with all the necessities of life within a city. This former trading post along the Spokane River in the Pacific Northwest is lush and green and has an economy based on many industries, including mining and timber. When most people think of Washington State, they think first of Seattle along the Pacific coast. But Spokane is the underrated cousin on the opposite side of the state, and in many ways, the city is quite different from Seattle. Spokane is just 20 miles from the state border with Idaho and about 90 miles south of Canada.
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Housing Statistics Compared to the rest of the western states, Spokane has a very moderate housing market with affordable home prices. The median home price is a reasonable $122,000. There's a pretty good mix of renters and home owners, too. 53.27 percent of homes are owner occupied, while 39.28 percent are renter occupied. An additional 7.45 percent of homes and apartments are vacant, which is below the national average.
Weather and Climate Spokane has a moderate climate with four seasons, although summer and winter are the most distinct. The temperatures are close to the national average, with winter highs in the 20s and summer highs in the mid-80s. Thanks to its proximity to other dry northern states like Idaho and Montana, Spokane doesn't get a lot of rain, averaging about half the national average rainfall. Spokane is nestled between the Cascades Range and the Rocky Mountains, creating a valley effect that protects the city from many weather patterns that come through. Being in a valley does mean that Spokane has fewer sunny days than the national average, though.
Local RestaurantsSpokane has lots of great places to eat. If you're looking for a more upscale dining experience, check out local favorite Sante Restaurant and Charcuterie, which offers French cuisine like duck prosciutto and basil ice cream. The Wild Sage Bistro has a pleasing variety of American favorites, including tapas and fondue. Mizuna has options for both vegans and meat eaters. Locals love gastropubs like The Flying Goat. And for a fancy night out, you can't beat Churchill's Steakhouse or Clinkerdagger for ambiance and high quality steaks and seafood.
Neighborhood GuideSpokane is a city of moderation. It's moderately sized and moderately priced. You can have access to all the amenities and cultural features you want without feeling like you're being swallowed up by a giant city. There's an all-around great quality of life waiting for you in Spokane. Here are some neighborhoods in the city you should know about:
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