Spokane : Washington

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What Spokane is like for active adults

Spokane is the 2nd largest city in Washington and one of the largest in the Northwest. It is located on Washington's eastern border with Idaho.  It is the cultural, social, and economic hub of this area, along with neighboring Coeur D'Alene.  The population is about 202,000.

Spokane has an active urban redevelopment history. The RiverPark Square Mall is a downtown anchor as are many reclaimed historic buildings such as the Davenport Hotel and historic Fox Theatre. Kendall Yards is a huge new development. There are many interesting neighborhoods ranging from the late Victorian-era style Browne's Addition, to the Davenport Arts District of Downtown, to the more contemporary neighborhoods of North Spokane. The Spokane River and Spokane Falls run through the city which makes for a very interesting physical feature.  Photo of Skywalk courtesy of Wikipedia and Déclic.

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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

Baby boomers or active adults looking for retirement communities in Spokane will find every kind of neighborhood, from traditional downtown homes to brand new over-55 communities.
Median home sales price in late 2012 according to City-Data was $175,200.

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What is special about this retirement community
Spokane has 75 parks!  Those include Riverfront Park and Riverside State Park, which are either or adjacent to downtown. There are 76 lakes or bodies of water nearby, in addition to plentiful festivals and things to do. Spokane is one of the most affordable cities in the northwest. Two private universities - Gonzaga and Whitworth - along with satellite campuses of several state universities.
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What is not special about this retirement community

Spokane is remote - almost 300 miles to the nearest large city, Seattle.  Well, remote is relative; 300 fast miles on Interstate 90 to Seattle and "the coast".  Another point about not special Spokane - not diverse, pretty "white bread" and Red.

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What kinds of people like retiring here

Outdoor people and those who want to live in a growing and active small city.  Especiallty people who like outdoors in the winter and perhaps winter sports - good/great skiing nearby, for example.

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Local economy is driven by
Construction, healthcare, government, education
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Climate and Physical Environment
Spokane is where the steppe meets the foothills of the Rockies (Selkirks). It is dry and fairly cold in winter. The Spokane River and Spokane Falls run through the city.  There is often snow cover in winter, summers can be hot. Being east of the Cascades, Spokane is in a very different and much drier climate than Seattle. The average July high is 82 degrees and the average January low is 22.
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene
The Spokane Symphony and several theatre groups perform in Spokane. There are a number of galleries in the Davenport  and Garland Districts. The Fox Theater is active, restored original Art Deco state. Festivals and events are held throughout the year, including Spokane's two main Artwalk dates which attract large crowds to the art districts.
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Crime

The crime rate is very high vs. the national average.

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Medical facilities
Spokane has 2 major hospitals, Sacred Heart Medical and Deaconess Medical Center. It is the medical hub of this part of the northwest
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Transportation
Spokane International Airport (with no international flights!) is one of the busiest airports in the northwest. I 90 goes through town. Rapid Transit is provided by ample bus service, a light rail system is planned.
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Valuable Links
Wikipedia entry for Spokane
Washington retirement guide
Spokane Visitors Center
Spokane Craigslist
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What people are saying about Spokane

From Marketwatch article
Situated in the far eastern part of the state, Spokane is a far cry from rainy Seattle. In fact, this city boasts an average of 260 days of sunshine per year, making the outdoor amenities all the more attractive. Most notably: The area has 35 golf courses within an hour’s drive from town, with many set in pine forests that flank the area’s lakes and rivers. Among the region’s most renowned are the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course, which sits on the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene and has scored the No. 1 ranking in the category of “Beauty and Aesthetics” from Golf Digest; and Circling Raven, a 7,189 yard, par-72 course, which several prominent golf magazines have listed among their top 100 courses in the nation. Spokane also has seven municipal courses, on some of which you can play 18 holes for under $30. “Because of those prices, we’ve seen some people play two courses in one day,” says Jeanna Hofmeister, chief marketing officer for Visit Spokane, the area’s tourism bureau. The outdoor recreation in Spokane doesn’t stop there, say locals. Within an hour’s drive of town, there are 76 lakes, which means retirees can take their pick of activities from kayaking and fishing to parasailing and power boating. For the more adventurous, the Spokane River, which has class-three and higher rapids, runs right through the center of town, as does as does the 37-mile Centennial Trail for biking and walking.
Posted by glenns on August 21, 2013
Marketwatch article on Spokane 8-20-13
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/retire-here-not-there-washington-2013-08-20?pagenumber=2
Posted by glenns on August 21, 2013

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Facts about SPOKANE
  • State: WA
  • Environment: College Town,Small-mid Sized City,
  • City Population: 100,001+
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Cost of Living Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: No
  • Name of the Guide: boomer

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