More Information

Located in Spokane County, Spokane, Washington is the biggest city in the county and the metropolitan heart of the Inland Northwest. The Spokane River flows alongside the city. Officially referred to as the "Lilac City" because of the flowers that have bloomed there since the early part of the 20th century, Spokane received its name from the Native American Spokane tribe and means "Children of the Sun." Residents of the city enjoy many annual cultural events and activities that draw large crowds from neighboring areas.

Living In Spokane

Spokane offers residents a large and varied list of neighborhood choices. Options include late Victorian-era style Browne's Addition, artsy districts in downtown, and more modern neighborhoods found in North Spokane. Residents enjoy an array of 75 parks in 3,500 acres of land. Included is Riverside State Park, which hosts many large public events in the city and offers great views of Spokane Falls. Nagao Sakurai designed the Nishinomiya Japanese Garden for the Manito Park and Botanical Gardens in the South Hill area of Spokane. Many cultural events and festivals occur throughout the year such as the basketball tournament Hoopfest and the Lilac Bloomsday Run.

The 2006 census estimated that Spokane has a population of 198,081. This makes the city the fourth largest in the Pacific Northwestern region of the U.S. The population has rapidly increased since 2005 due to a decreased average cost of living and a job market with increasing opportunities. In 2005, Spokane was number 49 on Men's Journal "50 Best Places to Live." There are abundant rental houses and apartment rentals throughout the Spokane area.

Working In Spokane - Business Opportunities

In 2005, Spokane was 35th on Inc. Magazine's list of "Top U.S. Cities for Doing Business." Spokane is a major source of timber, mining and agricultural industries for its region. Natural resources yield much of the economic activity in the city due to raw materials access. Goods produced in the city include zinc, aluminum, magnesium, petroleum products and silver. The health field in Spokane is one of the leading employers compared to any other industry. Recently, the city has seen major development economically in the profitable high-tech and bio-tech industries. Spokane has the largest wireless network in the country covering 100 blocks, which is a testament to the many opportunities and resources in the technological industry.

Education in Spokane

The Spokane Public School system is the biggest public school system in the area and serves approximately 30,000 students. Higher education facilities and private schools are abundant in Spokane. Included are Washington State University, University of Washington, Eastern Washington University and the private universities of Whitworth and Gonzaga. Residents of Spokane looking to further their education have many institutions to choose from.

Residents of Spokane

Notable residents of Spokane include singer and actor Bing Crosby, actor and comedienne, Julia Sweeney formerly of Saturday Night Live and actor Craig T. Nelson. Current U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker is also a resident of the city.

Spokane Property Managers and Landlords

Looking for a property manager or property management company in Spokane? View our Spokane Property Management Directory.

Spotlight

Big Trout Lodge

Big Trout Lodge

Liberty Lake, WA 99019 (15.21 miles)

Price: From $694

(509) 635-7480

Beds: 1 - 3, Baths: 1 - 2

Current Rent Specials
River House At The Trailhead - Gorgeous Interiors!

River House At The Trailhead - Gorgeous Interiors!

Spokane Valley, WA 99216 (8.70 miles)

Price: From $896

(509) 481-9788

Beds: 1 - 3, Baths: 1 - 2

Current Rent Specials
Prairie Hills Apartment Homes - Summer is Approaching!

Prairie Hills Apartment Homes - Summer is Approaching!

Spokane, WA 99217 (5.13 miles)

Price: From $700

(509) 569-7586

Beds: 1 - 2, Baths: 1 - 2

Current Rent Specials
Farr Court Apartments - Starting at $625

Farr Court Apartments - Starting at $625

Spokane, WA 99206 (6.93 miles)

Price: From $625

(509) 632-7520

Beds: 1 - 2, Baths: 1 - 2

Current Rent Specials
Hilby Station - We have it all!

Hilby Station - We have it all!

Spokane, WA 99223 (4.83 miles)

Price: $699-$900

(509) 621-5652

Beds: 1 - 2, Baths: 1 - 2

Current Rent Specials
Pheasant Ridge Apartments

Pheasant Ridge Apartments

Spokane Valley, WA 99206 (7.13 miles)

Price: From $625

(509) 255-7592

Beds: 1 - 3, Baths: 1 - 2

Current Rent Specials
Pasadena Ridge - the Only Golf Course Community

Pasadena Ridge - the Only Golf Course Community

Spokane, WA 99212 (7.08 miles)

Price: From $750

(509) 209-8848

Beds: 1 - 2, Baths: 1 - 2

Current Rent Specials

Sorry, there were no matches.

Please try to expand your search area and/or change one or more advanced search criteria.

You may also wish to begin a new search.

Additional Resources

DCMS replaced content for: /washington/spokane/ (via catch-all: city_pages)