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Cities in the Spotlight: Spokane

Spokane offers a unique experience of the Pacific Northwest.

Spokane offers a unique experience of the Pacific Northwest.

Spokane may be the city for you if you want the many perks of living in the Northwest United States, but would rather avoid metropolis living. If this sounds like your cup of tea, getting your moving containers together and heading to the city may not be a bad idea.

The city of Spokane has a population of slightly more than 210,000 people, which makes it approximately one-third the size of Seattle. The two cities are also on the opposite sides of the state. Spokane is within a short drive of both the Idaho and Canadian borders.

Spokane Transit Authority offers bus service throughout the city, which can make it easier to get around if you don't plan to drive.

Weather in Spokane can vary, but it typically receives a steady amount of rainfall, as well as warm summers and cold winters. The average summer high temperature is 83 degrees, while the average winter low is 23 degrees, according to The Weather Channel.

Spokane offers many educational options, while there are also other choices around the eastern part of the state. Both Gonzaga University and Whitworth University call the city home, while Eastern Washington University is only a short drive away, as it is located in Cheney. Washington State University is less than 90 minutes south of Spokane. Both schools have satellite campuses in the city.

There are many sports options in and around the city, which may help some people adjust to the new area if they are sports fans. While there are no teams from the four major professional sports, there are a host of college sports in the area. Gonzaga, Washington State and Eastern Washington all offer Division I college sports in the area.

Multiple minor league teams call Spokane home, including the Arena Football League's Shock, the Western Hockey League's Chiefs, and the Northwest Baseball League’s Indians.

Many outdoor sights in Spokane
The Spokane River runs through the city, and the landscape creates the Spokane Falls. These various waterfalls make for a very scenic watershed area. There are also many parks throughout the city, which may be great for outdoor recreation activities. There are major parks in the greater county area, such as Mount Spokane State Park, which offers skiing and snowboarding options.