Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Spokane, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.
Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Spokane neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?
Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Spokane are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.
Here are the best neighborhoods in Spokane for 2018:
- Five Mileprairie (Homes)
- Manitocannon Hill (Homes)
- North Hill (Homes)
- Rockwood (Homes)
- Comstock (Homes)
- North Indian Trail (Homes)
- Chief Garry Park (Homes)
- Moran Prairie (Homes)
- Cliffcannon (Homes)
- Brownes Addition (Homes)
Read on to see how we determined the places around Spokane that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Spokane.
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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Spokane for 2018?
In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Spokane, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.
Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:
- High incomes
- Low unemployment rates
- Low crime
- High home prices
- High population densities (A proxy for things to do)
We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.
We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 26 in each category, where 1 was the best.
Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.
And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In Spokane.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Five Mileprairie.
Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Spokane has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.
1. Five Mileprairie
Median Income: $91,952
Median Home Value: $301,600
A cliff-ringed butte five miles north of downtown Spokane, Five Mile is one of Spokane’s newer residential areas. Homes here tend to be more costly due to the views, and the fact that the area lies within the Mead School District. Sky Prairie Park, Prairie View Elementary School and the Five Mile Grange are community hubs. The butte’s north and west slopes remain wild and forested. Although no retail business districts exist atop the hill, it overlooks the commercial centers of Francis Avenue to the south, Indian Trail Road to the west, Wandermere to the northeast and North Division to the east. Mead High School is one mile north of the hill. Holy Family hospital lies two miles southeast.
More on Five Mileprairie: Real Estate | Data
2. Manitocannon Hill
Median Income: $74,844
Median Home Value: $245,875
3. North Hill
Median Income: $47,073
Median Home Value: $130,055
Garland The Garland Historical District is a mid-20th century neighborhood located 2 miles north of Downtown. The area is considered a walkable community with many local shops, pubs, and restaurants lining Garland Avenue, which runs east-west through the district. Notable businesses and attractions include Ferguson’s Caf, the Garland Theater, and the Blue Door Theater, which bills itself as ‘The Inland Northwest’s Premier Improv Company’. Fergusons Caf, which first opened in the 1930s, was featured in three movies: Vision Quest, Benny & Joon and Why Would I Lie-. On the night of September 25, 2011, the Milk Bottle restaurant, and the historical Ferguson’s Caf, located next door, were heavily damaged in a fire. Fire investigators believe the fire started in a walkway between the two restaurants.
More on North Hill: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $67,318
Median Home Value: $283,567
An older residential neighborhood with many homes on the Spokane Register of Historic Places, Rockwood is part of the master plan of Spokane commissioned by the Olmsted Brothers, sons of Frederick Law Olmsted, one of the designers of Central Park in Manhattan. The Olmsted Brothers recommended curving streets with a central boulevard winding through the heart of the neighborhood. Many street names in the neighborhood help illustrate the topographical profile of Rockwood. Along with the namesake boulevard, streets such as Overbluff, Upper Terrace, Highland, Plateau, Pinecrest, and Woodcliff all include a reference to their geographic setting. Half of Rockwood is perched on a winding hillside, where the valley carved by the Spokane River rises rather abruptly to the elevation of the Columbia Plateau. In places the elevation change is so dramatic that streets are cut off; for example, on Perry Street a staircase, rather than paved road, connects Overbluff with 20th Avenue. Above the hillside the terrain is relatively flat. This change in elevation results in numerous basalt outcroppings within the neighborhood. Along with the exposed rocks this old neighborhood is full of mature trees, making Rockwood a very literal street name. There are many large homes in the neighborhood, especially along Rockwood Boulevard and the surrounding hillsides. The rest of the neighborhood is generally composed of smaller single-family homes. Notable exceptions include the Spanish Colonial Hutton Elementary School at 24th Ave. and Plateau Rd., the Gothic Revival St. John’s Cathedral at 12th Avenue and Grand Boulevard, and the business district stretching north, from the cathedral, along Grand.
More on Rockwood: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $70,598
Median Home Value: $222,512
6. North Indian Trail
Median Income: $82,948
Median Home Value: $239,180
A suburban area in the northwestern corner of the Spokane city limits, North Indian Trail features homes overlooking the Spokane River Gorge. The area first began to develop in the 1970s with single-family subdivisions, and now features duplexes, apartment dwellings, and commercial areas. A shopping complex at the intersection of Indian Trail Road and Barnes Road serves surrounding communities including Five Mile Prairie, Rutter Parkway, Seven Mile and the rural areas beyond.
More on North Indian Trail: Real Estate | Data
7. Chief Garry Park
Median Income: $31,284
Median Home Value: $109,425
8. Moran Prairie
Median Income: $60,699
Median Home Value: $235,782
Median Income: $46,386
Median Home Value: $206,725
Bounded on the north by Interstate 90, this neighborhood lies between Third and Fourth avenues. In the far northern portion are Sacred Heart Medical Center and Deaconess Hospital, which anchor Spokane’s medical district. Sitting between the two hospitals is the historic Lewis and Clark High School. This portion of CliffCannon is another steep hill, this one carved by Latah Creek. The BNSF railroad and Inland Empire Way divide the Latah Valley neighborhood from Cliff/Cannon and the South Hill.
More on Cliffcannon: Real Estate | Data
10. Brownes Addition
Median Income: $38,493
Median Home Value: $275,167
A National Historic District west of Downtown, Browne’s Addition was Spokane’s first prestigious address, notable for its old mansions built in Queen Anne and early Craftsman styles, by Spokane’s early elite. The area also is home to Coeur d’Alene Park and the Museum of Arts and Culture. A prominent feature of the MAC is the Campbell House, a turn-of-the-20th-century mansion designed by renowned architect Kirtland Cutter, and built by Amasa Campbell, a local mining magnate. His daughter, Helen Campbell, donated the house to the Eastern Washington Historical Society, which subsequently built a museum on the east lawn. The English Tudor Revival home retains most of its original decor and is a favorite tour destination.
More on Brownes Addition: Real Estate | Data
Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Spokane
If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Spokane where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Spokane:
- West Central
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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Spokane
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|7||Chief Garry Park||5,794|
|15||Balboasouth Indian Trail||5,729|