Spokane is the sear of Spokane Count in the state of Washington, it is located on the Spokane River west of the Rocky Mountain. The city is one of the most populous in the state, their motto is 'Near Nature, Near Perfect'. The area offers easy access to numerous lakes, ski resorts, mountains and bike paths. The city has a small-town atmosphere with big-city amenities. There is a wide variety of restaurants and bars; many museums and galleries, markets selling local produce, shopping malls, and nightclubs.
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Housing statistics According to US News the average cost to buy a home in Spokane is $201,000, which is lower than the national average. In recent years the cost of buying a home has increased a lot. However, the city continues to be popular and each year the population is growing mainly due to domestic migration. There are many affordable options for those who are looking to rent instead of buying a home in Spokane.Most of Spokane is quiet, exuding a calm, relaxed atmosphere not often found in major metro areas. The city has a small-town atmosphere with the advantage of big-city amenities. The cost of living in Spokane is low when compared to similarly sized metro areas.
Things to do in Spokane There is always something to do in Spokane; it does not matter which season it is, what time of the year, indoor or outdoor. The region has many waterways which gives many options including white water rafting, kayaking, fishing, or swimming. There are many paths and trails for hiking or biking. During wintertime there are many places to go ski, snowboard, or explore the snowy nature.
The city offers a wide variety of sports including golf, college sports, ice hockey, and professional race car driving. Avista Stadium is home to the Minor League Baseball team Spokane Indians. Spokane Arena is home to the Western Hockey League team Spokane Chiefs.
The city is home to many galleries and museums, which exhibits creations and artifacts from the region, nation, and all over the world. The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture exhibits art and regional history. Honor Point Military and Aerospace Museum showcase planes, memorabilia, uniforms, and technology. Historic buildings include the Liberty Building, Bing Theater, and the Davenport Hotel.
The nightlife offers a wide variety of dancing, music, clubs, and concerts every night of the week. There are hip bars that offer cocktails, good food, and dancing. Live music venues, clubs with DJ's, and restaurants with cuisine from all over the world.
Transportation and commutes Almost all working Spokane residents commute to work by driving alone, or commute by carpool. Spokane Transit Authority (STA) provides public transportation, they service bus system throughout the area. Downtown, a system of skywalks connects many major buildings. Amtrak's Empire Builder provides rail service and operates daily between Seattle and Chicago, it has a stop in Spokane. Inter-city bus service is provided by Greyhound Lines, Inc.
Spokane International Airport (GEG) is the primary airport and is located west of downtown Spokane. The airport provides flights to domestic destinations in the entire country. It also provides flights to Vancouver, Canada.