Spokane, Washington

Best Places to Retire in Washington


Spokane (population 415,000) is located near the eastern border of the state, about midway from south to north. The region includes eastern Washington, as well as northern Idaho, and western Montana. Spokane is a vital city with outstanding amenities and opportunities, situated in the midst of great natural beauty between the Cascade and Bitterroot mountain ranges, with large dense forest lands, and dozens of lakes and streams. http://www.spokanecity.org

The Spokane River runs through the heart of the city where its ultramodern Opera House and Convention Center, 100-acre Riverfront Park, and retail area form a core of activities. The downtown consists of turn-of-the-century structures, updated buildings and some with modern designs. Its tree-lined streets add to its beauty.

The city offers most of what you would expect from a much larger city, but with the convenience of its smaller scale. It has a large professional symphony, world-class entertainment, good music, professional and community theater, community festivals, opera, sports, entertainment, fine dining, museums, art galleries, continuing education, good healthcare options, and a large International airport. It also has more than 75 parks and over 3,400 acres of green space. And it is within easy reach of outstanding recreational opportunities for both summer and winter sports and activities.

Arts & Culture

Corbin Art Center Association sponsors art activities, workshops, student scholarships and more. http://www.spokaneparks.org/corbin/index.htm

Spokane Symphony Orchestra is a 70-piece professional orchestra with a tradition approaching 60 years. http://www.spokanesymphony.org/ind.php

The Spokane Jazz Orchestra is the oldest continually performing professional community based orchestra. http://www.spokanejazz.org/

Spokane Civic Theatre owns and operates its 339-seat proscenium-style theater. It also has a black box theater which seats 96. http://www.spokanecivictheatre.com/

Spokane Opera – http://www.operabase.com/mkhouse.cgi?house=nasp

The INB Performing Arts Center (formerly known as Spokane Opera House) is an elegant 2,700-seat facility that hosts the symphony, ballet, opera, music concerts, touring companies, conventions and lectures. http://www.inbpac.com/

Spokane Arena, opened in 1995, is one of the principle venues in the city and hosts a wide range of events and entertainment. The arena seats 12,500 for events including basketball, motorsports, ice skating, hockey, rodeo, and the circus. http://www.spokanearena.com/

The Star Theatre, which utilizes a “reconfiguration” of Spokane Arena, provides a performance space for 5,900. http://www.spokanearena.com/starPages/index.htm

Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture collects, preserves and interprets materials about regional history, visual arts, its peoples, and cultures. http://www.northwestmuseum.org/


There are many opportunities for outdoor recreation, including golf, water-skiing, rock-climbing, hiking, biking, boating, canoeing, fishing, river rafting, camping, sight seeing, Alpine and cross-country skiing and more. Spokane Parks and Recreation manages a wide range of facilities and programs for all ages. There are more than 75 parks and the city has more than 3,400-acres of protected green space. http://www.spokaneparks.org/

Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane is a 100-acre park on the site of the 1974 World’s Fair. The park offers a host of amenities and activities, including gondola rides over Spokane Falls, an IMAX Theater, coaster and ferris wheel rides, and more. It also features a skating rink and is the host location for a number of festivals, concerts, and special events. http://www.spokaneriverfrontpark.com/

There are a number of fine golf courses in the area. http://www.golfinspokane.com/

Mount Spokane State Park is a 13,919-acre site in the Selkirk Mountains 30 miles north of Spokane It has an elevation of 5,883-feet, which offers views of the surrounding states and into Canada. The park receives 300 inches of snow annually, has five chairlifts, and offers night skiing on lighted Alpine trails and unlighted cross-country trails.


Spokane Falls Community College has 113-acre campus north of the Spokane River. It serves over 5,500 students, of which more than 80% are full-time. http://www.spokanefalls.edu/

Whitworth College is a private, four-year, liberal arts institution, affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. Founded in 1890, Whitworth offers over 50 degree programs and enjoys a reputation as one of the top colleges in the region. It enrolls more than 2,000 students. http://www.whitworth.edu/

Senior Programs

The Spokane Parks & Recreation Department operates a number of senior centers — http://www.spokaneparks.org/recreation/comm%5Fcenters/

Southside Senior Activity and Community Center offers a variety of programs, including classes and programs in cooperation the Community College of Spokane, AARP, and others. Classes range from creative writing to safe driving. There are also many recreational and social activities. Other centers include Hillyard Senior Center, Sinto Senior Activity Center, and Corbin Senior Activity Center. The Peaceful Valley Community Center offers programs and events for people of all ages.

Project Joy is for seniors interested in the performing arts. Activities include entertaining at convalescent and retirement centers. http://www.projectjoy.org/


Holy Family Hospital is a large, full-service hospital with more than 1,000 employees and over 180 physicians on staff. http://www.holy-family.org/

Deaconess Medical Center is a full-service, 388-bed hospital in the heart of downtown. http://www.deaconessmc.com/Pages/home.aspx

Valley Hospital and Medical Center is an acute care, 132-bed hospital. http://www.valleyhospital.org/

St Joseph’s Hospital in nearby Chewelah is an acute care facility with 25 acute care and 40 long-term care beds. http://www.sjhospital.org/

Mount Carmel Hospital in nearby Colville is a full-service hospital serving a three-county area in northeast Washington. http://www.sjhospital.org/


Spokane International Airport is served by 10 commercial airlines. http://www.spokaneairports.net/


The average temperatures for January are a low of 22 degrees and a high of 33 degrees. The average high and low for August are 83 degrees and 54 degrees. Snowfall in January averages 12 inches, followed by 5 inches in February and 2 inches in March. http://www.wunderground.com/US/WA/Spokane.html


Spokesman-Review – http://www.spokesmanreview.com/

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