Why Spokane?

Downtown Restaurant

Why do locals love Spokane? It may depend on who you ask but most will tell you it's because of the abundance of outdoor recreation, numerous waterways within a close driving distance, arts and culture, a plethora of breweries and wineries, and a rich food scene in the vibrant downtown core. With its natural beauty, entertainment, award winning K-12 schools and world class colleges and universities it's no wonder why Spokane continues to grow!

Looff Carrousel

The Spokane region is nestled in the stunning Inland Pacific northwest and with four distinct seasons the outdoor actives are limitless! There are 76 lakes within 50 miles of Spokane and 5 ski resorts within 2 hours of the City! We have 86 parks and 7 public golf courses as well as 12 conservation areas within 10 miles of downtown. With an average commute time of 19 minutes Spokane locals spend less time commuting and more time living our lives. Spokane has all the perks of a big city but without many of the big city inconveniences.

  • Woman Skiing
  • Outdoor Volleyball
  • Golf

Spokane is comprised of 29 diverse and unique neighborhoods and each has something different to offer. We are home to 200+ annual community events, from massive athletic events to thriving art shows. Bloomsday, the largest timed foot race in the world and Hoopfest, the largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the world attract visitors from across the globe.

  • Bloomsday
  • Youth Hoopfest Team

Additionally, the Spokane River runs through the center of the city and bisects the magnificent 100 acre Riverfront Park. A grand feature of the river is Spokane Falls, one of the largest urban waterfalls in the United States. Spokane offers the outdoors at its finest befitting the community title of "Near Nature, Near Perfect".

City Plaza

Spokane is truly one of the most beautiful cities in the country and a great place to live and play!


Meet City of Spokane Workforce

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