The 10 Cheapest Spokane, WA Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Spokane are the cheapest of the cheap.

Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the cheapest neighborhoods to live in Spokane.
Cheapest Neighborhoods In Spokane

Everything else equal, I think we can all agree that living in a cheaper place is better than living in a more expensive place.

I’d much rather pay $500/mo in rent than $1,000. And I’d rather pay $2 for coffee than $5.

And while every neighbhorhood in Spokane might be more expensive than living in rural Washington, there are certain neighborhoods that are definitely cheaper.

So what exactly are those Spokane neighborhoods where your dollar goes a little further — you can get that one bedroom instead of the studio?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Spokane are the cheapest.

What’s the cheapest neighborhood to live in Spokane for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Hillyard looks to be the cheaptest Spokane neighborhood to live in.

At this point we should make it clear that you do get what you pay for — some of these neighborhoods might not be the best places to live in Spokane. You could be sacrificing location or crime rates in return for more space and cheaper groceries.

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.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from cheapest to most expensive.

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How We Determined The Cheapest Spokane Hoods In 2019

In order to rank the cheapest places to live in Spokane, we had to determine what criteria defines ‘cheap’.

Using census and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • Overall Cost Of Living
  • Rent To Income Ratio
  • Median Home Value To Income Ratio

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 27 in each category, where 1 was the cheapest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a cheap neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest cheapest neighborhood index the ‘Cheapest City Neighborhood In Spokane.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Hillyard.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the cheapest places Spokane. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from cheapest to most expensive.

The 10 Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Spokane For 2019

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 7,536
Cost Of Living Index: 87 (4th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.9 (2nd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.02 (15th cheapest)
More on Hillyard: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Hillyard comes in at $35,926 and the median home value is $103,820 for 2019.

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Population: 7,003
Cost Of Living Index: 102 (20th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.9 (4th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.009 (1st cheapest)
More on North Indian Trail: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

The median income in North Indian Trail comes in at $80,622 and the median home value is $237,380 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 10,881
Cost Of Living Index: 86 (1st cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.6 (1st cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.024 (24th cheapest)
More on Logan: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Logan comes in at $33,753 and the median home value is $88,400 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 12,470
Cost Of Living Index: 91 (12th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.9 (3rd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.018 (12th cheapest)
More on North Hill: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

The median income in North Hill comes in at $45,009 and the median home value is $130,718 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

8
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Population: 21,532
Cost Of Living Index: 93 (14th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.0 (5th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.015 (8th cheapest)
More on Northwest: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Northwest comes in at $51,972 and the median home value is $154,744 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

4
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Population: 9,040
Cost Of Living Index: 87 (4th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.0 (6th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.022 (21st cheapest)
More on Emersongarfield: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Emersongarfield comes in at $34,356 and the median home value is $103,967 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

9
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Population: 4,778
Cost Of Living Index: 104 (24th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.1 (7th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.009 (2nd cheapest)
More on Manitocannon Hill: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Manitocannon Hill comes in at $82,814 and the median home value is $254,500 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

4
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Population: 8,122
Cost Of Living Index: 87 (4th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.1 (8th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.023 (23rd cheapest)
More on West Central: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in West Central comes in at $33,572 and the median home value is $103,438 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 10,618
Cost Of Living Index: 91 (12th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.2 (13th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.02 (13th cheapest)
More on East Central: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in East Central comes in at $41,374 and the median home value is $133,924 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 7,551
Cost Of Living Index: 89 (8th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.2 (14th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.02 (16th cheapest)
More on Bemiss: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Bemiss comes in at $37,434 and the median home value is $121,238 for 2019.

Summing Up The Cheapest Places In Spokane

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Spokane where prices are low and it’s cheap to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Spokane aren’t all cheap. Brownes Addition takes the title of the most expensive neighborhood to live in Spokane.

We ranked the neighborhoods from cheapest to most expensive in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Spokane For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Cost Of Living Index
1 Hillyard 87
2 North Indian Trail 102
3 Logan 86
4 North Hill 91
5 Northwest 93
6 Emersongarfield 87
7 Manitocannon Hill 104
8 West Central 87
9 East Central 91
10 Bemiss 89
11 Whitman 87
12 Comstock 103
13 Lincoln Heights 97
14 Minnehaha 92
15 Balboasouth Indian Trail 102
16 Cliffcannon 96
17 Nevadalidgerwood 88
18 Five Mileprairie 120
19 Latah Valley 97
20 Thorpewestwood 94
21 Moran Prairie 104
22 Chief Garry Park 88
23 Peaceful Valley 90
24 Rockwood 108
25 Riverside 90
26 West Hills 106
27 Brownes Addition 103

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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