I have been living in Spokane for almost 4 years now. I moved here because of a job. I will mention the positives first. Downtown Spokane has a few nice tree lined streets and a lovely park that overlooks Spokane Falls. Centennial Trail is another major positive for Spokane. It begins at Nine Mile Falls and goes to the Idaho border and can be walked, biked, or skated. There are many outdoor things to do in the outlying areas: hiking, boating, camping, skiing, rafting, hunting, fishing, cycling, etc. Sadly, there are too many negatives that override the positives. Spokane can best be described as some kind of Post-industrial City that doesn't know how to budget money. My guess is that the taxes mostly end up lining the pockets of bureaucrats. Spokane has a very high crime rate (you can check it out on one of the sites that compiles all city crime rates). I live downtown and someone was shot just around the corner from where I live; apparently it was drug related. I heard 3 gun shots and then a man screaming help. There has been so many murders since I moved here. I here about them all the time. Spokane also appears to be a Favorite spot for the State to dump it's newly released Sex offenders. Drug addicts are all over wandering around and panhandling. I love walking and when I first moved here I used to go down by the river around "People's Park", as there are trails, but the sewer smell was very overpowering and, again, there were strange people wandering around the trails. A lady I work with, who was born and raised here, was shocked I was down there walking around the trails after I told her how I kept running into strange people back on the trails. She told me to "never go there again". She said it used to be different in Spokane but has gone down hill.One day I came out of my apartment complex and a transient woman I walked passed took a swing at me and almost hit me in the head. It was totally unprovoked. While walking, I have also had many incidents of people yelling things out car windows at me, lewd gestures, etc. So, I gave up taking walks. There was just too many psychos out, not to mention people with pit bulls and other bad breeds not on leashes. The PROFESSIONAL classes here, are bad. I have had bad experiences with doctors and was charged $200 for going in after I took a hard fall from a Running accident where I hit my head and my arm became infected from the cuts. The Physicians Assistant saw me 5 minutes and prescribed a muscle relaxer which I never took. I finally went to urgent care a few days later and had to pay more money to get anti-biotics. I had an issue regarding my house I lost before moving to Spokane, and went to an Attorney for advise. Spent $300 and got a print out from the internet. Something was wrong with my car and I took it to a shop off of Hamilton. They charged me $250 for something I found out I didn't need.Overall, there are many very low class people here. And very unfriendly. I am planning on moving in another 2 years. Can't wait. This is about the worse place I have ever lived.
Spokane has a lot of this to work on. Their is no housing code embactment department to uohoald building code enforcement and people live in houses that give them cancer. Homes here are rotting with people living inside them literally. The realestate is going up thinking it's comparable to California is a joke. I just moved from California and I can say it's not cheaper to live here when the people are cheaper here. Cheap people equal expensive prices for crap. Here In Washington the state laws do not protect renters or employees as much as state laws in California .. I was working at Denny's and my boss sexually propositioned me and he got away with it because of how currupt Spokane really is. The city forgets about how they rounded up all the Indians and killed them downtown 100 years ago some how it isn't in the history books. This city used to be magical but then I grew up and realized it is a garbage dumb .. The best thing about Spokane is the freeway leaving the area. I grew up here and it used to be so pretty now the valley looks like crap it's over crowded the air sucks water pollution in drinking water is being reported all over because no water systems have been removed and replaced in 100 years. If you don't drown in the river you may freeze to death because the weather here is always cold the water never gets hot. In the winter time it is nasty streets covered in snow bad weather too crowded .. Best thing is a snow day when everyone gets a day off. But unfortunately the weather has been getting really bad power lines have been snapped previously leaving people vulnerable without power in the elements of winter . many people have frozen to death in their homes in Spokane due to power failure especially the elders. The homeless people are drug addict and not getting the help they need. Downtown is open durring remodeling it looks like crap. The shopping here is a joke because coming from California I already know Spokane is behind the times and still paying full price. With best wishes to the small companies believing the idealistics of a achievable goal as a possible outcome. because this is a new corporate Spokane where the freeway is more important then the people. And if your on disability insurance this is the worst place because houses are going up for nothing in crap neighborhoods and crap ran down apartments. . I just moved in my oven don't work my fridge leaks my dishwasher is fifty years old my apartment had not been remodeled since it was built .but I had to get new carpet because it smelled so bad and I can't complain about everything at once so I literally am living without working appliances so that way I don't make too many waves . crack heads everywhere in Spokane is something to get used to because it is the third meth capital in California. the toothless population I call them lol .. I don't think I am staying in Spokane it is disappointing and frustrating that drug dealers are not prosecuted here either I reported a drug dealer I recorded admitting to have sold illegal narcotics to Spokane community for 20 years while he manipulated his ssi check to get the pills. I still have the recordings and oddly I made a police report and nothing ever happened. He is still selling his pills to the manager of red lobster next to Northtown mall. This city of Spokane has a large amount of gay bisexual men who are all HIV positive and taking prep to control it but they are also drinking and smoking meth that makes the prep not work so for future gay residents I was told if I was going to be gay in Spokane to get on prep and that is a big red flag and a bad sign. The gay community is a joke older men using younger men and the ones with HIV are going around spreading it like wild fire. So be careful because even the YMCA and local gyms are constantly soliciting people on Craigslist for sex party In the showers and mrsa can not be removed from a facility and my friend got mrsa from the racquet club in Spokane and almost died Last week. Hope this helps anyone deciding on if Spokane is a good fit for you. Stop and think about what you can do to improve Spokane if you come to Spokane. If you are buying a house in Spokane the realestate is a joke right now people are really over paying for crap houses don't over pay for garbage Spokane loves a sucker with money and only a real looser would buy a house in Spokane thinking it's a flip option when so many houses and neighborhoods are in such disrepair the whole city should be considered a fire hazard.
I lived in a huge apartment complex on North Nevada St. in Spokane, WA. It was a newer complex of 1,500 apartments built during the early years of Eastern Washington's housing bubble. My neighborhood was filled with working class people, and it was close to the Deer Park suburbs. The rent was very reasonable, and I got to experience the famous Inland Northwest "four seasons."
Spokane is a medium-sized metro area that hasn't yet learned to deal with growth. Spokane is the largest city in Eastern Washington, but most of the people cling to a rural type of living. Growing up in the area, I was familiar with most of the nicknames for Spokane. They include Spo-Compton, Spook-a-loo, and Spo-Can't! These names were likely given because Spokane has a surprisingly-high crime rate (especially for drugs and auto theft). It is politically liberal and progressive, but has a hard time taking care of things like roads and employment.
The negatives associated with Spokane are all products of the past housing bubble. Massive numbers of people relocating from other urban areas, especially California and the East Coast, put the local economy and government into a headspin. While Spokane offers the same professional opportunities as places like Redmond and Seattle, it hasn't quite figured out how to balance population growth with infrastructure concerns.
Spokane is a "Yin-Yang" city-there are goods, and consequent bads! The area is absolutely beautiful and perfect for outdoor sportsmen, but with population growth, it is hard to find solitude. Whitworth and Gonzaga Universities are world class, but Spokane is largely a welfare community. The hills are filled with wall-to-wall mansions, but marijuana and Meth culture is present in nearly every neighborhood. Most Spokanites are very friendly, but they will run-over their own mothers to make the next traffic light.
Rental prices here are amazing right now for homes, more Inexpensive than a lot of other cities in the U.S. Raising a family here is better because minimum wage is high but rent is low. If you make more than minimum wage here, you find that you live very comfortably.
There are good job opportunities. If more renters cared about and took care of their houses and property, Spokane would be more beautiful though. There is plenty of gorgeous outdoor nature, trails, and scenery. People in the community are nice. Saying hello and have manners for the most part.
There is a nightlife here and it's getting better with music and clubs becoming more popular and this is also a good area for growth.
Spokane recycles, which is huge to me. Yay, I'm in the part of the country that really cares about the planet and our carbon footprint!
Downtown is fun and really awesome looking with the old churches.
People here seem pretty laid back. So far do good. A bit cold but it's February.
People I talk to here have good things to say. I'm glad to be living here!
I recently relocated to Spokane, WA after visiting friends who live there and falling in love with the area. Spokane is a beautiful city with friendly locals, tons of shopping and a fabulous downtown riverfront area. Just one visit and you will realize that Spokane is full of wonderful surprises and pleasures for both visitors and locals alike.
Spokane has an endless variety of activities for nature lovers of all ages to enjoy. Manito Park is one of the city's top highlights and has a duck pond, picturesque gardens, a conservatory, playgrounds, biking and walking paths that provide entertainment and plenty of outdoor activities. Centennial Trail offers a car-free environment for biking, horseback riding and hiking with its 37 miles of trails along the scenic Spokane River.
Downtown Spokane is a safe and easily walkable area that offers many shops, restaurants and a movie complex with an IMAX theater. The Spokane Symphony provides both classical and pops orchestra musical performances. With many excellent restaurants serving a delicious variety of cuisines to choose from, a night out in Spokane is great for couples, friends and families.
Of course Spokane is not for those who prefer more moderate temperatures. The winter months can be cold and they do get some snow and rainy days. Late spring and early fall are the best time for visitors to get out and enjoy the city and all the nearby nature activities as the summers can be quite warm.
No matter if you are relocating or just visiting, your time in Spokane will be a memorable experience. From strolling in the parks to mountain climbing, rafting and hiking, there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained as you enjoy this enchanting city.
As someone who enjoys both kayaking and rafting, Spokane, WA proved to be paradise! The Spokane River, which empties into the Columbia River is an ideal spot for those who enjoy river sports or rafting.
If rafts and kayaks don't appeal to your sense of adventure, Spokane has many more attractions to offer! Several nice art galleries are available for browsing. Are you a nature lover or just want to enjoy some peace and quiet time in a natural setting? Visit Spokane's Finch Arboretum. Take advantage of the several walking paths in Spokane that wind through the magnificent botanical and tree garden. Visit in the spring and enjoy the colorful flowering plants and trees. Autumn brings in the breathtaking colors of fall foliage.
Clean, affordable lodging is available as most national hotel chains have at least one establishment in Spokane.
Restaurant choices are abundant in Spokane. One of our favorite eateries is Downriver Grill. Forget about your waistline and just enjoy the delights offered in this busy, family-owned Spokane favorite.