So, Why Spokane?
We love Spokane for many, many reasons. While Spokane can have a small-town feel, we are the 2nd largest city in Washington. We have it all—just without all the traffic, congestion, and crazy housing prices you’ll find in the state’s largest city.
Spokane fast facts
- 76 lakes within 50 minutes of downtown
- 5 mountain resorts within 2 hours drive
- average commute time of 19 minutes
- average cost for a 1 bedroom apartment is $890
- our home values went up 13% in 2019 alone
- cost of living is 7% below the national average
That’s Spokane by the numbers. And they’re pretty sweet numbers. But how do you know if you’ll feel at home here? Our city has a little something for every personality.
Spokane is absolutely surrounded by nature. We attract loads of outdoor runners with our gorgeous trails, like our Centennial Trail. Each May, our city also hosts Bloomsday—a 12K road race drawing in thousands every year. A couple months later, we also celebrate all things basketball with Hoopfest, the largest outdoor 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the world. For camping and hiking (or fishing, kayaking, snowshoeing or rock climbing) we’re also home to Riverside State Park. Skiers and snowboarders can get to Mt Spokane from downtown in under an hour.
Just into the scenery? Some of our favorite things to do in town include taking in the views of the Spokane Falls and enjoying the 100-acre Riverfront Park (conveniently located within walking distance from the office). And for a killer outdoor concert, the one-of-a-kind Gorge Amphitheater is just two hours away.
We’ve got our very own minor league baseball team, the Spokane Indians, who keep us sports fans entertained during the summer evenings. And if you’ve never seen arena football, you’ll have to check out the Spokane Shock. Our city has a hockey fanbase too—we’re home to the Spokane Chiefs. However, our claim to sports fame is definitely the Gonzaga men’s basketball team, which has appeared in the last 22 NCAA tournaments. March in Spokane is a very lively place to be.
A bunch of us here at Two Barrels have kids and have found that Spokane is a great place to raise a family. There’s plenty of kid-centric activities, like trips to Mobius, the aquarium or the trampoline parks. There’s also lots of fun stuff for the whole family. Personally, we enjoy perusing the many farmers markets in town, sampling some of the best locally made salsa, kombucha, and baked goods. Up north, there’s also a whole slew of farms with apple picking, hay rides, and corn mazes.
A little geeky?
Spokane isn’t all sports and outdoors—we love our comics, comedy and zombies. Zombies? Ever since Z Nation filmed here, we’ve been all about the undead. October brings the Zombie River Walk, where you can sign up to be chased through the woods by the living dead. There’s also the Spokane Zombie Crawl, where the you can dress up like your favorite zombie for a massive pub crawl downtown. And dress up isn’t just for October. You can cosplay (or just attend) one of our comic cons, from Lilac City to KuroNekoCon. And if you just need a good laugh, Spokane has a huge—and growing—comedy scene, attracting some of the biggest names in stand-up. There’s also plenty of amateur nights if you’re looking to try out your material.
The arts in general are popular here. From Terrain to First Fridays, downtown comes alive with art and music. We have a literary festival in April and film festivals like SpIFF. Or gather a crew and and make your own short film from start to finish with Spokane’s annual 50 Hour Slam competition.
Something of a foodie?
Spokane loves to eat, and we have loads of restaurants. Little mom and pop places. Places with rotating menus and locally-sourced ingredients. Vegetarian restaurants, like RÜT Bar & Kitchen. All kinds of international food, from Ethiopian cuisine to that Jamaican food truck we’re always trying to flag down. And if you’re the food festival type, you can sample a little bit of everything at Pig Out in the Park around Labor Day each year.
There’s 80+ bars just in downtown Spokane alone. A few clubs for those looking to show off their dance moves. Concert venues. And you don’t have to drive out to Seattle every time you want to see a show. Spokane is just big enough to attract many of the headliners on tour.
Maybe this is the first time you’ve heard of Spokane, but it won’t be the last. People are leaving those big cities and finding that Spokane is not only a great place to buy a home and a raise a family, but also has plenty of activities for those who are young at heart.