Best Places to Live

Spokane, WA

Population: 210,695
Photo Courtesy of Spaceman Coffee

As one of America’s booziest cities, it makes sense that Spokane would land on our list for its sheer number of hangover-curing coffee shops. Spokane boasts a whopping 319 coffee shops, equalling out to about 148 shops per 100,000 residents. And caffeinating here won’t break the bank, either: SmartAsset reported that an average cappuccino in Spokane will cost you just $3.69. Even National Geographic gave a nod to Spokane as being one of the top coffee cities in the nation, stating that Washington being the home-state of Starbucks might have something to do with it. Some notable shops here include Atticus Coffee & Gifts, which has a “To Kill a Mockingbird” theme, and Paper and Cup, an Instagrammer’s paradise featuring incredible baked goods. 

Besides being a coffee lover’s (and booze lover’s) city, Spokane was named one of Livability’s Top 100 Best Places to Live this year, thanks in part to its easy access to the great outdoors. It’s known for its legendary mountain biking and 125 parks and golf courses, and there’s a legit waterfall downtown. Plus, it’s one of the nation’s Best Cities for Book Lovers, so it’s easy to find a good book to read while sipping your craft coffee.

Coolest Coffee Shop: Spaceman Coffee, a David Bowie-themed dive coffee shop with house-made syrups.