: Lush green beauty meets smart urban planning Sunny days per year
: 176 Median home price
As cities go, Spokane is a consistent award winner, both for its stunning Riverfront Park and its historic downtown. But the surrounding residential areas provide an easygoing livability that is part of the town's character, including wide, tree-shaded streets full of lovely old single-family homes. And because it's a big place -- the largest city between Seattle and Minneapolis -- there are plenty of urban offerings. Over the decades, it has morphed from a logging and mining backwater to a cultural pearl.
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