An outdoor lover’s paradise, Spokane County offers beautiful scenic views and numerous recreational opportunities to its residents. From the bustling, metropolitan city of Spokane to the small-town feel of the charming city of Cheney, Spokane County’s communities are diverse.
Situated east of the Cascade Range and on the western slope of the Coeur d’Alene Mountains next to the Idaho-Washington state line, Spokane County contains 1,756 square miles. It is one of the oldest counties, created in 1858 and organized in 1860, only six years after the creation of the Washington Territory. Spokane County was annexed by Stevens County in 1864 and re-created in 1879. It is named after the Spokane tribe, which has inhabited northeast Washington, northern Idaho and western Montana for many centuries.
Spokane County is part of the Spokane-Spokane Valley Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also part of the greater Spokane-Coeur d’Alene Combined Statistical Area that includes nearby Kootenai County, Idaho.
The lowest point in the county is the Spokane River behind Long Lake Dam (boundary of Stevens County) at 1,538 feet. The highest point is the summit of Mount Spokane at 5,883 feet. Outdoor recreation opportunities abound, including hiking, camping, fishing and boating and golf.
In 2016, an estimated 499,072 people called the county home, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Spokane County’s communities give newcomers plenty of choices when selecting a home.
Enlist the help of a reputable real estate agent to help you sort through the area’s home options. The Spokane Association of Realtors is a central source of local real estate information and services. Visit www.spokanerealtor.com to find expertise and professional services for those interested in purchasing a new home.
Communities in Spokane County near Fairchild Air Force Base include Airway Heights, Cheney, Liberty Lake, Medical Lake, Spokane and Spokane Valley.
A fast-growing city just 6 miles from Spokane, Airway Heights holds onto its small-town charm. The city has numerous recreational programs and community events, including the annual Airway Heights Festival, which features live entertainment, a car show and watermelon races.
Airway Heights’ land area is 5.6 square miles, and with a population of 6,672, it averages 1,086 people per square mile. Mean travel time to work is about 19 minutes. Median rent is $785, and selected monthly owner costs of housing units with a mortgage are $1,304.
The city’s parks and recreation department serves residents with after-school programs, summer camps and senior programs. The city has four parks that offer sports fields, picnic areas, playgrounds and paved paths.
Lying just 17 miles southwest of Spokane, Cheney has a family-friendly, small-town atmosphere. Many recreational opportunities are available, along with annual events such as Cheney Rodeo Days. The city is also home to two historic districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Cheney’s land area is 4.3 square miles, and with a population of 12,237, it averages 2,482 people per square mile. Mean travel time to work is about 20 minutes. Median rent is $731, and selected monthly owner costs of housing units with a mortgage are $1,175.
The parks and recreation department boasts nine parks, an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, baseball and softball diamonds, and five soccer fields. There is also a 3.5-mile paved trail immediately adjacent to Cheney, which is ideal for in-line skating, bicycling and walking.
About 20 minutes from downtown Spokane, Liberty Lake is a family-friendly and business-friendly community. Recreational activities abound, with nearby mountains, lakes, rivers, parks and trails.
Liberty Lake’s land area is about 6 square miles, and with a population of 9,209, it averages 1,237 people per square mile. Mean travel time to work is 21 minutes. Median rent is $921, and selected monthly owner costs of housing units with a mortgage are $1,640.
The city owns and operates two parks, with four additional parks located within the city limits. There are more than 25 miles of multiuse trails, three golf courses and public access to the Spokane River.
Named for the lake’s once high-mineral content that was believed to have healing powers, Medical Lake is south of Fairchild Air Force Base. The city has a small-town atmosphere but a variety of recreational opportunities with scenic lakes, abundant wildlife and a comprehensive trail system.
Medical Lake’s land area is 3.4 square miles, and with a population of 4,952, it averages 1,487 people per square mile. Mean travel time to work is 18 minutes. Median rent is $636, and selected monthly owner costs of housing units with a mortgage are $1,319.
The city has five parks and the Medical Lake trail system, which has 4 miles of paved trails. Waterfront Park is on the south end of Medical Lake and offers a sand beach and large picnic areas.
Spokane, the second-largest city in Washington and the seat of Spokane County, serves as a shopping, entertainment and medical hub in the heart of the Inland Northwest. While the city’s metropolitan area offers plenty of modern amenities, the city is also an outdoor lover’s paradise with skiing, whitewater rafting, camping areas, hiking trails and lakes all readily available.
The city of Spokane’s land area is about 60 square miles, and with a population of about 216,000, it averages 3,526 people per square mile. Mean travel time to work is 20 minutes. Median rent is $747, and selected monthly owner costs of housing units with a mortgage are $1,250.
Residents can enjoy numerous city parks, such as the Riverfront Park and the Gaiser Conservatory, and the Spokane River Centennial Trail.
Spokane Valley is to the east of the city of Spokane. The city prides itself on quality neighborhoods and schools, friendly people and natural surroundings.
Spokane Valley’s land area is 38 square miles, and with a population of 96,340, it averages 2,376 people per square mile. Mean travel time to work is 19 minutes. Median rent is $793, and selected monthly owner costs of housing units with a mortgage are $1,271.
The city’s parks and recreation department provides more than 180 acres of parks and open areas, three city pools, a senior center and an event center. Parks include multiple trailheads to the Centennial Trail and Mirabeau Point Park, which boasts a 40-foot waterfall, meadows, a playground and a splash pad.