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A+ Spokane Valley Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C+ Spokane Valley Cost of Living Cost of living is 17% lower than Washington
Spokane Valley
955% less expensive than the US average
Washington
11515% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Spokane Valley cost of living
D+ Spokane Valley Crime Total crime is 36% higher than Washington
Total crime
4,73972% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2272% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-13%Year over year crime is down
Spokane Valley crime
D+ Spokane Valley Employment Household income is 24% lower than Washington
Median household income
$47,56714% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$24,79217% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%9% lower than the US average
Spokane Valley employment
B Spokane Valley Housing Home value is 37% lower than Washington
Median home value
$169,9008% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$82113% lower than the US average
Home ownership
60%6% lower than the US average
Spokane Valley real estate or Spokane Valley rentals
D+ Spokane Valley Schools HS graduation rate is equal to Washington
High school grad. rates
87%5% higher than the US average
School test scores
47%5% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
n/aequal to the US average
Spokane Valley K-12 schools or Spokane Valley colleges

Living in Spokane Valley, WA

Spokane Valley, Washington is a medium-sized city with a population of 93,322 inhabitants. At 91%, the majority of the Spokane Valley population is White; this is followed by 2% Asian and 1% Black. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 75% of the population considered married and 64% with kids under the age of 18, Spokane Valley could be considered a very suitable city for families.

Without the right tools, moving to any new town can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Spokane Valley, Washington could be a good experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. To help you find the best places to live in and around Spokane Valley, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, crime, cost of living, weather, employment and more.

Spokane Valley has a livability score of 73 out of 100 and is ranked #100 in Washington and #7,343 in the USA. If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Spokane Valley has higher than average grades for the following: amenities (A+) and housing (B). There are some categories that Spokane Valley scores poorly for, including: crime (F) and weather (D). It might be worth taking a closer look to determine why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Spokane Valley on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops.

Based on multiple factors including: median home and rental prices, appreciation rates and home affordability, Spokane Valley has received high marks in the housing category. Based on these calculations, the apartment rental and real estate market appears to be very healthy.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Spokane Valley is actually affordable. The median home price for Spokane Valley homes is $169,900, which is 36.9% lower than the Washington average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Spokane Valley, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.6, which is 16.3% lower than the Washington average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Spokane Valley were 12.7%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 8.3%.

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Compare Spokane Valley, WA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Spokane Valley, WA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Manitocannon Hill, Spokane798.84,778
Rockwood, Spokane787.74,304
Lincoln Heights, Spokane786.514,131
North Indian Trail, Spokane7713.47,003
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Moran Prairie, Spokane7778,559
Peaceful Valley, Spokane779.8865
North Hill, Spokane769.312,470
Minnehaha, Spokane7663,254

Best Cities Near Spokane Valley, WA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Millwood, WA812.71,655
Hayden, ID8021.313,916
Liberty Lake, WA8068,566
Dalton Gardens, ID8022.12,356
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Town and Country, WA799.95,048
Hayden Lake, ID7623.2731
Post Falls, ID7614.230,157
Blanchard, ID7526.4233

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Community9/10
Nightlife6/10
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Spokane Valley, WA is only eleven years old. I was working in an office near the Idaho and Washington line in what is now Spokane Valley when the controversial vote for incorporation happened. This city is a true product of the tech and housing bubbles. It's population is nearing the 100,000 mark which is incredible for such a young city.

Between Spokane, WA and Coeur d' Alene, ID extremely fertile farmland and a gigantic underground aquifer exists. This lowland was quickly gobbled-up by commercial and residential real estate developers. The residents of "The Valley" noticed that municipal services and government issues were burdensome because they were centralized in Spokane proper located 15 miles west. A major shopping center was built in the valley, and nearly overnight, a sprawling independent suburb emerged.

Spokane Valley is home to an amazing variety of high tech companies and distribution warehouses. It is bordered on the north and south by high mountain ranges. It's lifeline is Interstate 90. New residents and visitors will notice that Spokane Valley is mainly a residential hideaway for people working and playing in the nearby cities of Spokane, Cheney, Post Falls, Coeur d'Alene. Employment and recreation opportunities are exceptionally diverse and more attractive than almost any other region in the state.

Spokane Valley does have a high non-violent crime rate. Next to Fresno, CA this area is rated number two for car thefts and burglary. Property taxes are high even in low-income neighborhoods. The Valley is however, a sportsman's paradise. Hunting, boating, fishing, racing, flying and concert events are around every turn. A major Cabela's store and the world's only floating golf green are only a few minutes away. Shopping and high tech sector perks are also abundant considering they are at the heart of how the city was established.

Both apartment and permanent home living in Spokane Valley is comfortable with an average number of traffic jams and noise restriction interruptions. Lucrative careers are absolutely possible here. So is an active social life. Be prepared to pay high taxes on things like property, retail items and restaurant gratuities. In short the residents of Spokane Valley prefer to call the city "home" while traveling a short distance to work and play.
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Source: The Spokane Valley, WA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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