Coeur dAlene : Idaho


What It Is Like to Retire in Coeur dAlene

Coeur d'Alene is a fast growing town in northern Idaho's panhandle and 30 miles east of Spokane (WA). This town of 52,414 (2019 census), on the shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene, attracts retirees and tourists because of its outstanding beauty and outdoor recreation. The population grew about 52% between 2000 and 2019. The Coeur d'Alene Resort is a major attraction for the area. Coeur d'Alene is also located near two major ski resorts, Silver Mountain Resort and Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort . The Riverstone shopping and entertainment complex has added a vital element to the town. Photo of Lake Coeur d'Alene, in July, courtesy of Wikipedia and Rothmeier91 (public domain); photo of The Floating Green at the Coeur d’Alene Resort courtesy of Wikipedia (public domain).

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Where to Retire in Coeur dAlene and Home Prices

There are several active adult communities in the area (see link on left).

According to Zillow, the median home value was $601,453, in mid-2022.

What Is Special about Coeur dAlene

Barbara Walters called the city "a little slice of Heaven" and included it in her list of most fascinating places to visit. Good Morning America once broadcast from here to show its amazing Christmas Tree lights display. Being on the shore of a long (25 mile) Lake Coeur d'Alene makes it special. Riverstone is quite a large and successful new complex. The Coeur D'Alene Resort Golf Course its top-rated and has the world's only floating (and movable) green.

What Is Not Special about Coeur dAlene

This is a very remote area and the winters are chilly.


Who Will Like Retirement in Coeur dAlene

People who like the outdoors and wilderness will find Coeur d'Alene a very special place to retire with plenty to do.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Tourism and natural resources are important to the Coeur d'Alene economy.

Climate and Physical Environment

Coeur d'Alene is in the northernmost part of Idaho, just east of Spokane, Washington and west of Montana.  The average July high temperature is 82 and the average January low is 22. The wettest month is December (3.5").  People enjoy the lack of humidity and the mild 4 seasons.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Regal Cinemas has 14 screens in the large Riverstone development.  There are multiple art shops and popular local coffee shops lined up along  "Sherman Avenue". North Idaho College and its 3000 students contribute to local culture, as do local festivals and sporting events. The "Moose on the Loose" program features full-sized painted moose in downtown locations.



The crime rate is slightly above the U.S. average.

Medical Facilities

Kootenai Medical Center is an accredited facility that serves the area.


I 90 runs through Coeur d'Alene.  There is a local airport, Pappy Bovington,  with air taxi operations. Spokane International Airport is 40 miles. There is free local bus service, which can accommodate bicycles. The North Idaho Centennial Trail bike path goes through the Riverstone complex.  When compared to other cities, Coeur d'Alene is a little below average in walkability.


Valuable Links

City-Data page on Coeur d'Alene

Convention and Visitors Bureau


What people are saying about Coeur dAlene

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