the spokane moving guide

Thinking about moving to Spokane? Well, here’s everything you need to know about the area in our handy Spokane Moving Guide!

Quick Spokane Moving Guide

  • The best time to move to Spokane is between April and October.
  • The cost of living in Spokane is %8.60 lower the the U.S. average.
  • The average commute time is 20 minutes. The U.S. average is 25 minutes.
  • There is a 16.2 student to teacher ratio.
  • The elevation is 1880.
  • The median house cost in Spokane is $131,000.

Economy

The mean hourly wage in Spokane was recorded to be $21.07 in 2014.

Here are the typical annual salaries for a variety of professions in Spokane:

Occupation Typical Annual Salary
Management $103,870
Business & Financial Operations $68,040
Computer & Mathematical $99,410
Architecture & Engineering $85,240
Life, Physical, & Social Science $63,320
Community & Social Service $42,660
Legal $75,440
Education, Training, & Library $47,270
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $45,560
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $72,920
Healthcare Support $31,940
Protective Service $46,060
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,410
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,060

Education

The top five rates schools in Spokane are (in no particular order):

  • Moran Prairie Elementary School (public): 4224 East 57th Ave Spokane, WA 99223/li>
  • Wilson Elementary School (public): 911 West 25th Ave Spokane, WA 99203
  • Hutton Elementary School (public): 908 East 24th Ave Spokane, WA 99203
  • Woodridge Elementary School (public): 5100 West Shawnee Ave Spokane, WA 99208

Population

The city of Spokane is home to approximately 201,000 residents, with 540,000 living in the metropolitan area. The Spokane region has the second largest population base in the state of Washington.

Location

The city of Spokane is 280 miles from Seattle, 110 miles south of the Canadian border, and just 18 miles from the Idaho border.

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Things to do

Spokane-moving-guide-factsJanuary through March

Spokane International Film Festival – watch hundreds of unreleased movies, shorts, and documentaries.
Northwest Bach Festival –  international stars and local musicians perform.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day – many events including the downtown Unity March.

April and May

Get Lit! – the  premier literary festival featururing authors, readings and workshops.
Elk Fest – A free, outdoor, indie music festival.
Pride Parade – annual GLBTQA parade.
The Farm Chicks Antiques Show – Grab your antiques, vintage items,  and handmade goods.
Hoopfest – The world’s largest 3-on-3 street basketball tournament.
Julyamsh Coeur d’Alene Tribal Encampment and Powwow – more than 800 drummers and dancers put on a fantastic show.
Spokane Highland Games – Great scot! bagpipes, highland dancing, sheepdog exhibitions, and clan reunions. A great time.
The Lilac Festival – A 10-day Lilac festival celebrating the arrival of spring.

September through November

spokane-moving-guide-fact-twoPig Out in the Park – downtowns annual food and music fest at the 100-acre Riverfront Park.
Spokane County Interstate Fair – ten days of music, food, rides, and games.
Festival of Fair Trade – Crafts for sale from all around the world. Mexico, Nepal,  Kenya, Chile and more.

Holiday Season

Christmas Arts & Crafts Show – 300 craftspeople and artists sell specialty foods, gifts and décor.
Christmas Evermore – Singing Nuns perform Christmas favorites in an annual concert.
Campbell House Holidays – the Victorian-era mansion is decked out in traditional holiday style.

Climate

Spokane has four defined seasons, and enjoys 260 days of sunshine per year. Spokane has a rare dry summer climate due to the elevation and winter participation. It’s even been classified as having a cool-summer Mediterranean climate.

Of course, Spokane is know for its snow as well, with the first snowfall of winter usually arriving in November, and the last snowfall happening in March.

If you love winter sports, Spokane is a must with some great ski and snowboard resorts and parks. Mt.Spokane resort, the closest to Spokane, offers amazing night skiing which is a once in a lifetime experience. In total, there are five ski areas within 2 hours of Spokane.

Did you know?

You may be moving to Spokane because of the amazing access to the Great Outdoors: skiing, white-water rafting,  mountain biking, fly fishing, and more. But here are a few things you probably didn’t know.

  • It’s the smallest city to host a World’s far.
  • More than half of the buildings in downtown are on the Historic Register.
  • The name ‘Spokane’ originates from the Native America tribe that live in the area. The name translates as “Children of the Sun”.
  • Spokane gives you access to the Centennial Trail, a 67 mile path from Nine Mile Falls, WA to Idaho state line. It’s built for running, skating, biking, and generally keeping super fit.
  • Spokane is within a one hour drive to 76 lakes.
  • The city is known  as the Lilac City. Every year a 10-day Lilac festival celebrates the arrival of spring.
  • Spokane hosts the largest timed footrace, the Lilac Bloomsday Run.
  • Father’s Day was invented here.
  • The second largest urban waterfall is here.
  • Hilary Swank and Bing Crosby are from Spokane.