Wednesday, April 8, 2015

What's Spokane's Livability Score?

How livable is Spokane? According to, it's extremely livable. This website analyzes a city's amenities, graduation rates, cost of living and housing market, plus many other factors, to give it a livability score. It also breaks down data into easily-digestible information nuggets such as that the cost of living index is 7% lower than the entire state of Washington, median household income is $42, 274 (28% lower than the state overall) and the median rental rate for a home is $718. One piece of data it lists that I take issue with is that our average summer temperature is 66 degrees. I wouldn't live here if that was true!

Anyway, the site has a lot of useful information so check it out here.

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About SRTC

SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.