Coeur d'Alene, ID

Population: 47,842

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  • Coeur d'Alene has a Livability Score of 76/100, which is considered exceptional
  • Coeur d'Alene crime rates are 44% higher than the Idaho average
  • Cost of living in Coeur d'Alene is 12% higher than the Idaho average
  • Coeur d'Alene real estate prices are 3% higher than the Idaho average
  • Rental prices in Coeur d'Alene are 11% higher than the Idaho average

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      Attractions0/10
      Community0/10
      Nightlife0/10
      Dining0/10
      Shopping0/10
      Was a wonderful place

      Attractions4/10
      Community2/10
      Nightlife4/10
      Dining3/10
      Shopping3/10
      I have been a resident of CDA for over 30 years and watched this city slowly decline into a shell of it's former self. Watching CDA go from a beautiful slow paced town to an overpopulated, overpriced, vacation destination has been incredibly depressing. I originally planned to spend the rest of my life in CDA, that dream went out the window when folks decided $ is more important than preserving the beauty of CDA
      • 14 -6
      2019 Review : 47,000 and growing: A good town, lots to enjoy.

      Attractions7/10
      Community8/10
      Nightlife7/10
      Dining7/10
      Shopping8/10
      This is a town- It has many of the amenities that a town of about 50 thousand might have. and perhaps a few more, because of the location, on Lake Coeur d Alene. Indeed, a lot of the promotional materials about CDA seem to be photos of the downtown resort- and that is only part of the picture. I live just outside of town, and i work there. I came here from southern Idaho, and I like it here. Before that I lived in Seattle.
      COMMUNITY and SHOPPING:
      Like any other town this size, it has schools, both public and private. It has churches, and libraries . The downtown CDA library is fairly new and amazing! The Hayden library is awesome too! The Kroc community center is great to work out, or see a performance. Yes, CDA has a waterfront area park downtown , and many other sweet neighborhood parks. You can join community arts organizations, get involved with Gizmo, Emerge, the Innovation den. It has some malls, and big box stores, and a Costco. It has antique shops, and thrift stores, and good coffee shops, (branded and local) and has several good Sushi Restaurants. Finding the sushi places was a plus for me. As of 4/19/19 ,CDA has 2 hot yoga places, and a few more 'cool' yoga places, and a fair number of health club gyms.banks, and credit unions, grocery stores, and 2 natural food stores, though no Whole foods, or Trader Joes. TJ on Division in Spokane too far for me.
      Many summer community events- Weekly farmers market downtown CDA, and Hayden, art fairs, (Art on the Green, Montly Art walk, Artist studio tours) Holiday events, a Blues Festival, and many events at the CDA resort.
      NIGHT LIFE:
      Early to bed, early to bed. just my opinion here- One curious thing is that this town seems to roll up the rug on events a bit early . On Art Walk or music walk Friday nights , Gallery openings start at 5, and usually only stay open til 8 . In Seattle art galleries would stay open til 9ish, but not really close til 10. Seattle bars with food didn't close their kitchens at 8;30 on a FRIDAY night.-recent experience at a CDA bar/restaurant, just after Art walk. I recently heard a radio ad for a restaurant that said, come hungry, stay late- they closed at 10pm. Call me a night owl, but i am thinking 8;30 on a Friday night , or 10 pm at the other place isn't late. The early closing thing that bothered me at first. Now I just hustle to get there, and go with it.
      DINING: Several sushi restaurants, varied prices and quality. a few Thai, a Pho place, Several good Juice Bars (Wellness Bar) Panda , the regular fast foods, Seafood high quality and lower, Texas Road House. There is probably one or two of most restaurant varieties. Not much Italian. Good Greek in nearby Post Falls at the White House. If you ate out every night, you might feel the need for more. I'm ok with having a few favorites, because eating out is a treat for me.
      CDA is growing into a city feel, and less of a town. Some folks are going to like that, and some will not. They just built a parking building downtown to eliminate parking pressure on the downtown streets. Downtown parking is 2 hour, and that works for me most of the time.
      HOMES and RENT: DATA GIVEN ON THIS SITE IS FROM 2016! oh my gosh! Find newer data!
      As you might suppose, Home prices are higher,because its now 2019, THREE Years later ! Yes, some homes at the lower end, however, (2019 info) Homes avg 325k, and last brand NEW construction subdivision i saw was around 425k. and Rent for a 2 bedroom is not $850. A house for rent perhaps 1200 + $. things could be above or below that, of course- Check Craigslist rentals, or a real estate website like https://www.propertybyprime.com/ for today's information. This data lag explains why people from out of state have some wildly low price expectations. If coming from other West coast states, the prices may seem lower than your previous state. You need to know, the market here is swift, and homes sell fairly quickly, because people want to come live here. They way I see it, they thought about doing it for the last 5 years, and now they are showing up.
      I saw the other reviews saying things like its all about the wealthy. I don't see it that way. There is something for everyone here. Reviews are always a person's experience and opinion- and "your results may vary" . Bless you, and keep in touch!
      • 10 -1
      Good Enough as a Stop Over or Temp Residence

      Attractions8/10
      Community8/10
      Nightlife7/10
      Dining7/10
      Shopping8/10
      ...But not permanent, at least for us. We moved up here in Winter 2013 officially not having rented at first to test "CDA" waters, bought a home but we want to relocate elsewhere further in East WA or closer to MT, one reason the country is absolutely stunning but also the untenable and non stop noise down here in the metropolis wannabe vibe in Alene. Really the lake is a jewel and the new renovA of the waterfront is crisp and clear especially on an uncrowded wide open day, but the area we are in due to our income bracket can't sooth and justify the way East lake or other stellar parts can or actually do. We find our minds clear miraculously fast once out of city limits whereupon the view renews one's faith in some other life aside from the man made commercial jungle- so wracked up with big rigs and traffic. In these other parts and quiet ones the Country is as stunning as the East coast but even more peaceful, much less packed. I only really am still here until I've been with my employer long enough to transfer, once I find another locale. We would find a more upgraded, serene corner out here in the 'big bustling city' but want to explore her outer limits rather and more of nature not so haul over much of the concrete mire. Compared to other much more populous and angst ridden spots Alene isn't the worst that it gets by any means, but she isn't comparable at all to years and years ago...from what I've heard, the Quaint is gone replaced by an augmenting generalized suburban coldness and beige, not bright and unique. As I said its more a meantime springboard to the next more permanent feeling homefront. Especially my spouse...just doesn't 'feel at home' or comfortable here.
      • 6 -5
      Coeur d'Alene, ID Is Beautiful, But Different Than The Magazine Spotlights

      Attractions8/10
      Community3/10
      Nightlife4/10
      Dining4/10
      Shopping8/10
      I was born and raised in North Idaho, and made Coeur d' Alene (pron. Kor-duh-lane), my home after I returned home from college and graduate school. This was during the housing bubble. This period shifted the city (CDA to Idaho residents), from a woodsy farming and logging community, to a congested and unfriendly mini-metro center.

      Take a look at any sponsored regional publication, and all that can be seen is the CDA Resort with its world famous floating golf green, and photo-shopped blue lake water. The real CDA is a rather discombobulated city in the middle of the gorgeous Kootenai National Forest. In the span of 15 years, CDA grew from a manageable and friendly 10,000 people, to 60,000 people (or refugees according to the native population). In this city it is not uncommon to see a theme park stuck in the middle of a wheat field, or a row of methamphetamine lab houses one block from a school park. The local government is only concerned about exposure in tourist magazines, and the police, though dedicated, are severely understaffed.

      I lived in a very nice apartment complex on the south end of CDA, near the village of Fernan. At one point the traffic was so bad, it took me 45 minutes to get to my workplace on the north side of the city (approx 6 miles). The intersection of Appleway St. and Highway 95 is considered the "most congested intersection in the state of Idaho."

      If you are privileged enough to move to CDA with a degree of independent wealth, it is an absolute paradise. There are shopping centers galore, endless resorts and spas, restaurants on every corner, and a quick drive across the Washington State line into Spokane, WA. Coeur d' Alene also has unparalleled surrounding natural beauty with forested mountain ranges, ski hills, hiking and biking trails, and one of the "5 most beautiful lakes in the world," which is home to the CDA Ironman Triathlon. As the central city of the Idaho panhandle, a one hour drive in any direction will land you in another state, or even the lake country of British Columbia, Canada. The many elementary schools, two high schools, and North Idaho College/Lewis and Clark State College campuses are highly regarded. Kootenai (pron. Koot-nee) Medical Center is a leading heart and cancer facility in the Pacific Northwest.

      The glamor and fervor over Coeur d'alene's beauty and growth is purely an upper class endeavor. Blue collar residents are losing their attraction to this city because of radical changes that have been poorly managed, and remain exclusive in resident inclusion. Coeur d' Alene has become a Tahoe-style resort city that isn't aware of how it is disrupting life in a rural state.
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      Source: The Coeur d'Alene, ID data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).