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Guide to Spokane 2017

How we came up with neighborhood numbers

Dividing a region into distinct neighborhoods – and then calculating demographics for those neighborhoods – is more art than science.


Spokane’s northeast border is home to a working-class neighborhood built during the golden era of railroads and marred by decades of economic struggle that followed.

Logan residents like vitality of higher ed

About 10,000 students attend classes at a variety of colleges and universities in Spokane’s Logan/University District neighborhood. Local residents enjoy the energy that students bring to the neighborhood, but investors’ demand for rental properties makes it harder for families to buy homes in the neighborhood.

Five Mile, Nine Mile share small-town feel

There’s a tired, old Spokane joke that goes something like this: What’s the difference between Five Mile Prairie and Nine Mile Falls. Four miles.

Garland District has feeling of belonging

If you want to watch a movie, shop for vintage clothes, eat classic diner fare or try your hand at improv comedy, pay a visit to Spokane’s Garland District.

Neighborhoods north of Spokane maintain rural feel

Neighborhoods to the north of Spokane — Mead, Colbert, Fairwood and Wandermere — have held on to their largely residential and rural feel through the decades. With agricultural roots, Mead got its start in 1887 when settler James Berridge homesteaded 160 acres.

Shadle: Lasting ’50s charm

Shadle Park’s iconic drum-shaped water tower didn’t always bare the colors of its nearby high school.