Forbes ranked Spokane the 9th

"Best Place for Business and Careers"

Often referred to as the heart of the Inland Northwest, this mountain side city is considered a Mecca of outdoor recreational opportunities Spokane's prime location creates a fantastic four-season climate featuring 260 sunny days each year.  Whether you're a snow bunny or a lover of summer, Spokane's got your outdoor aphrodisiac.  Hike and bike to your hearts delight, ski the epic northwest Rockies, tee up on one of 33 fabulous golf courses with challenging holes and unmatched scenery or enjoy one of 76 pristine local lakes.  Only in Spokane can you find these opportunities and so much more right outside your door.

 Spokane is truly Near Nature. Near Perfect. With a four-season climate, and its location situated between the Rocky and Cascade Mountain ranges, just 18 miles west of Idaho and 100 miles South of the Canadian border,  Spokane is protected from damp coastal weather like that of Seattle, as well as continental-type winters. Its location provides ample opportunities for recreation and sports, and cost of living and home prices are very reasonable, giving families the option to buy a home not possible in some other locations.

The Spokane region serves as the business, transportation, medical, industrial and cultural hub of the Inland Northwest, an area that comprises a population of more than 1.4 million people. 


Forbes ranked Spokane the 9th "Best Place for Business and Careers"

The regional economy is diverse thriving on the emergence of new technologies in research and education, health and bio-sciences, while embracing new developments in traditional industries including agriculture, manufacturing and forestry. Over the past few years, population and job growth in the Spokane region continue to outperform national trends.

In partnership with industry, the economy relies on the region’s continued investments in human capital and infrastructure to create an environment for success.  Our award-winning K-12 schools and world-class colleges and universities reflect the region’s solid commitment to education.  Significant transportation and communication assets position the region for sustained growth and development.

Your business needs the right environment to grow. Spokane is proud of its business friendly and progressive environment which provides exceptional opportunities for business growth and expansion.  Our community leaders are dedicated to helping streamline the permitting process for new businesses that are relocating to the area and assisting existing companies in their expansion efforts.  Our staff of seasoned professionals works closely with government and industry leaders to remain current on policy issues and legislation affecting the business community.

The Spokane region is recognized for its commitment to providing an excellent business environment.  Recently, Forbes Magazine ranked Spokane #9 out of 200 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) in its recently released The Best Places for Businesses and Careers list, up from the previous year’s position of 20. Forbes ranked 200 large and small cities based on a number of criteria including cost of living, job growth, recreation and cultural opportunities, and educational attainment.  Washington state was also recognized as the fifth best state to do business, with top rankings in labor, regulatory environment and growth categories.  

In addition, Spokane ranked 22nd in Inc. Magazine’s “Best Midsize U.S. Cities for Doing Business”.  Rankings were based on the region’s current and long-term employment growth and diversification over time.  And Entrepreneur Magazine rated Spokane No. 16 on its list of “Top Midsize Cities for Entrepreneurs”.  The magazine ranks cities based on business formation and business growth.

Check out Spokane and experience for yourself what these national magazines have already discovered.  The area’s low cost of living, cultural amenities and abundant recreational opportunities, combined with investments in industry, education and infrastructure, create an outstanding environment to live, work and play.


Education is a high priority in Spokane. The region's educational system reflects the community's diversity and commitment to education, offering programs at all levels that meet the needs of both student and employer.  

Spokane County has 14 public school districts and 13 private schools with a 12 to 19 teacher-to-pupil ratio. These schools are among the best in the state noted by Fortune Magazine for exemplary education.  Spokane School Districts recently ranked in the top 33% of 2,800 school districts nationwide in Expansion Management’s Education Quotient.

The region is home to 18 universities and colleges, with over 65,000 student enrolled in programs as diverse as Biomedical Equipment Technician, Manufacturing Technology, Machine Shop Technology, Welding, Fabrication and Industrial Mechanics, Health Sciences and Professions, Design and Planning, Education, Business and Management and Liberal Arts.

In downtown Spokane, the Riverpoint Campus, located in the University District serves as the center for university-community engagement aimed at developing human capital; improving the health of humans, communities, and the environment; sparking robust, sustainable, inclusive economic development; and supporting and enhancing community vitality.

The Riverpoint Campus is home to programs of both Washington State University and Eastern Washington University. WSU has campuses located in Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver, with extension offices in every county, and research stations around the state. EWU is a regional comprehensive university located in Cheney with programs offered in Spokane, Yakima, Vancouver, Tacoma, Seattle, Everett and Bellevue. 

Administrative offices of the Community Colleges of Spokane are immediately adjacent to the Riverpoint Campus, and just across the Spokane River is Gonzaga University, a private four-year Jesuit university. Just a short drive to the north, you’ll find Whitworth University, one of the top regional colleges and universities in the West.