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2021 Top 100 Best Places to Live In America Sponsored by: See homes for sale on Movoto by OJO

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Demographics 35
Economy 56
Education 66
Health 71
Housing 65
Infrastructure 51
Amenities56
Remote Ready56

#75. Spokane, WA

This eastern Washington city has a robust economy, unparalleled outdoor recreation options, a gorgeous landscape and an affordable cost of living. Spokane’s 215,000 residents also get to take advantage of its top-notch health care and education options, as well as diverse neighborhoods and housing choices ranging from super contemporary homes to historic apartments.

Top Colleges/Universities: Gonzaga University & Whitworth University

Top Industries & Employers: Military/defense, aerospace, health care, advanced manufacturing.

Weekend Plans: Walking or biking the Centennial Trail, a 40-mile paved trail that crosses the border between Washington and Idaho.

Favorite Place to Feast: Frank’s Diner, an American restaurant located inside a repurposed train car that serves up tasty fried green tomatoes and huckleberry everything.

Beloved Beverage: Coffee, coffee, coffee. Spokanites take their java very seriously, frequenting top coffee spots like Atticus Coffee & Gifts, Indaba Coffee and Ladder Coffee Roasters regularly.

Outdoorsy Activity: Canoe or kayak on one of the 76 lakes and dozens of rivers in the Spokane region.

Rooftop Bar: Remedy, a modern bar and restaurant in Spokane’s historic South Hill neighborhood.

Why Your Pet Will Love It, Too: If you decide to get your pet a brother or sister (or you hope to start your pet-ownership journey soon), the Spokane Humane Society is a highly respected organization with a pet food bank, a low-cost veterinary clinic and tons of volunteers. 

Remote Work Perk: If you’re contemplating making the leap into running your own business, or you could just use a little daily camaraderie as you do your remote work, look no further than StartUp Spokane, which has a coworking space and tons of programming for entrepreneurs.

One More Thing … Spokane is home to Riverfront Park, created in 1974 as part of the World’s Fair. The 100-acre park features impressive public art, fountains, a carousel, a skating ribbon, a suspended “Skyride” and tons of other cool activities. It’s also home to regular events and programming for the whole family.

– Sarah Kuta

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