Spokane, Washington is known for many things, like its proximity to nature, to the Canadian border (less than 100 miles!), and for being both the economic and cultural hub of the metro area. Over 200,000 residents call the city of Spokane home, and the metro area surrounding the city has another 350,000 residents as well.
If you’re looking for a safe, secure neighborhood to call home in Spokane, you don’t have to look far. Some of the top-rated neighborhoods in this bustling Pacific Northwestern city include North Indian Trail, Balboa South Indian Trail, and Manito Cannon Hill. These neighborhoods have the lowest incidence of crime and tend to be rated highly by residents for safety and amenities.
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What Are the Safest Neighborhoods in Spokane?
Sadly, this beautiful city isn’t necessarily known for being safe all the time. The crime index for the city is just 2 – the safest city in the US is 100. This means that Spokane is just 2% safer than any other US city. Residents have a 1 in 146 chance of being a victim of a violent crime, and 1 in 17 chance of being a victim of a property crime, with theft being a huge problem. There were over 10,000 thefts reported in Spokane last year alone.
Not all of the city is bad, however! We’re going to take a look at the top 8 safest neighborhoods in the city, based on FBI crime data. This looks at both property and violent crime and takes into account the number of people living in the area as well as the crimes committed.
Our top 8 include:
- North Indian Trail
- Balboa South Indian Trail
- Manito Cannon Hill
- Five Mile Prairie
- Moran Prairie
- Lincoln Heights
- North Hill
If you’re considering moving, don’t hire that moving truck or pack a single box until you read this. Be sure you are moving into a neighborhood you can trust. We all lock our doors at night, but if you move to an area you’re nervous to even walk in… is that really worth the move?
The Best Neighborhoods: Our Ultimate List
1. North Indian Trail
- Population: 7,003
- Median Household Income: $80,622
- Crime Per 100k: 1,510
- Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
The North Indian Trail neighborhood is located northwest of the downtown area, and is surrounded by nature – truly, if you want to be outdoors a lot and take advantage of the beautiful scenery, this is the neighborhood for you. Nestled between Nine Mile Falls, Little Spokane River Natural Area, and Riverside State Park, there is no shortage of natural beauty.
As far as living in the area goes, there is a good mix of apartment complexes and single-family homes. Much of the area is being slotted for development, so brand-new homes are being built and sold at this very moment. If you’re looking for a residential area with security, easy access to nature, and new builds, this could be perfect for you.
There is a good amount of shopping within the neighborhood itself, and residents won’t have to travel far for groceries, gas, and other essentials.
2. Balboa South Indian Trail
- Population: 5,918
- Median Household Income: $64,123
- Crime Per 100k: 2,932
- Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Located just south of our first neighborhood is Balboa South Indian Trail, another residential neighborhood with a lot of personality and charm. There are a lot of shopping options for residents in this neighborhood, which is a benefit for many over choosing North Indian Run.
Just like in North Indian Run, many of the homes and residential areas are relatively new builds, having been built in the last 10-15 years. This includes a number of condo and townhome options for residents who aren’t interested, or can’t afford, a single-family home in the city itself. The commute time is shorter to downtown here, but you do have to travel farther to get such vast open green spaces. Many young families and single professionals live in this neighborhood.
3. Manito Cannon Hill
- Population: 4,778
- Median Household Income: $82,814
- Crime Per 100k: 3,458
- Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
This thriving neighborhood has a lot to like, including an incredibly low unemployment rate and a very healthy median household income. Located just south of the downtown area, the Manito-Cannon neighborhood has a healthy mix of apartment buildings and single-family homes, with the majority of residents owning their own home, be it a townhouse, apartment, or full lot home.
There are many restaurants, cafes, and bars to choose from in the area, and several green spaces to break up the feeling of city living, including Duncan Garden, Cannon Hill Park, Manito Park, and the Lilac Garden. There are plenty of restaurants and shops within easy walking distance for residents, and if you’re commuting from downtown, it is a very short drive.
4. Five Mile Prairie
- Population: 2,072
- Median Household Income: $103,585
- Crime Per 100k: 3,714
- Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Yet another neighborhood north of the downtown area is Five Mile Prairie, similar in structure to Balboa South Indian Trail. This residential area feels less ‘built up’ than some of our previous neighborhoods, and residents have more of a sparse suburban feel than a busier downtown area or a planned new-construction neighborhood. You will notice that this neighborhood has the highest median household income by far, and is quite a bit higher than the national average. Unemployment is also very low.
Many homes are on larger lots, though there is a new planned community to the west of the neighborhood. Sky Prairie Park and the Austin Ravine Conservation Area are both within the neighborhood limits, offering residents a chance to get outside and enjoy the weather of Spokane year-round.
There are fewer shopping choices in Five Mile Prairie, and residents will have to leave their neighborhood to get groceries, gas, and essentials for their daily life.
- Population: 21,532
- Median Household Income: $51,972
- Crime Per 100k: 3,756
- Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Wow, look at that population jump! This is the largest population we’ve seen in a safe Spokane neighborhood so far, and it still ranks as one of the safer neighborhoods you could choose. The city has spent a lot of time and effort in keeping these areas safe, and it clearly shows. It’s not easy to patrol and maintain safety for that many people in such a small area.
The Northwest neighborhood is, as it sounds, northwest of the downtown area, and tucked against the Riverside State Park. This gives residents the opportunity to feel like they’re living in the city, while still having easy and fast access to lots of nature and green spaces. The Downriver Golf Course is also in the neighborhood, if you want to get some golfing in – or take advantage of the Disk Golf Course just outside of that.
There are a lot of shopping options, restaurants, and cafes in the Northwest neighborhood, and just outside the neighborhood is one of the larger shopping malls, NorthTown Mall. Many of the homes in Northwest are older than the previous neighborhoods we have looked at, with relatively small lots. Streets are full of mature trees and lined with sidewalks.
6. Moran Prairie
- Population: 8,559
- Median Household Income: $61,926
- Crime Per 100k: 4,005
- Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
The neighborhood of Moran Prairie is located southeast of the downtown area, just south of the Manito Cannon Hills area. This neighborhood has a good balance of popular, busy streets, like 57th Avenue, and smaller, residential areas with single-family houses and sidewalk-lined streets, or cul-de-sacs for children to play in.
There is plenty of shopping and dining options, including numerous locally-owned cafes and restaurants, and even a handful of grocery stores. Residents rarely need to leave their neighborhood to find something to do or run their errands. Similar to the Northwest neighborhood, houses tend to be on the older side and a little smaller, with smaller lots. However, there are both newer builds and apartments to be found in this area, so it really does depend on what is right for you and your family.
7. Lincoln Heights
- Population: 14,131
- Median Household Income: $56,666
- Crime Per 100k: 4,408
- Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
This oddly-shaped neighborhood is just east of the Manito Cannon Hills neighborhood, and north of Moran Prairie. The centerpiece is Lincoln Park itself, a small but mighty green space with a playground, picnic area, softball field, and more.
This neighborhood has a distinct downtown vibe, with lots of apartment or condo living, restaurants, bars, and coffee shops, plus plenty of shopping. Single-family homes in the area tend to be older, on smaller lots. If you like the feel of knowing your neighbors, this could be a great neighborhood for you and your family – there is plenty of community! There are also several art galleries in the northern part of the neighborhood, so there is plenty of culture if that appeals to you or your family.
8. North Hill
- Population: 12,470
- Median Household Income: $45,009
- Crime Per 100k: 4,484
- Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Just east of the Northwest neighborhood is North Hill, a busy and thriving neighborhood not far from downtown. North Hill might have the lowest median household income of any neighborhood on our list, but residents clearly take pride in their area, keeping crime down and the area as safe as they can.
This busy district has lots of apartments and townhomes, with some older single-family homes to choose from. There are several parks within the neighborhood itself, and along North Division Street, there is truly no shortage of shopping and dining, including locally made donuts, authentic tacos, and greasy spoon breakfast joints.
Like most of the neighborhoods in Spokane, there are tree-lined sidewalks on all of the side residential streets, and with so much going on, residents really can just walk to their favorite café, bookstore, or bar to drop in and spend an afternoon. It’s a close-knit community with a lot to offer.