About Spokane County
Situated east of the Cascade Range in Washington and on the western slope of the Coeur d'Alene Mountains next to the Idaho-Washington boundary. The Spokane County government is comprised of more than 50 departments, which operate in and around the historic county courthouse built in 1894. The courthouse remains a beacon of Spokane heritage and prosperity, showcasing one of the finest examples of French Renaissance architecture in the West.
Spokane County is dedicated to enhancing and protecting the quality of life for more than half a million citizens through responsive, cost-effective and customer-driven services. Within the county’s 1,800 square miles of land, function nine cities each with their own unique characteristics and family-oriented values. Spokane County is a business, trade, and cultural center for the Inland Northwest. The area is rich in natural resources, and both agriculture and forestry are important industries to the local economy. There are over 28,000 farms in the area, 12,000 retail and wholesale businesses, and 2,500 manufacturing enterprises.
The county has a rich military history dating back to pre-World War I regiments, and extends to air refueling operations around the world from Fairchild Air Force Base. Fairchild’s aircraft and personnel make up the backbone of the Air Force’s tanker fleet on the west coast. Currently, the Air Force base is the single largest employer in the county.
The Spokane County Government Structure is poised to assist the public in understanding the scope of services provided at the county level. Spokane County’s success in creating regional partnerships, promoting financial stewardship, and implementing sound public policy is made possible through the teamwork of citizens and employees throughout the region and beyond.
Key Data Points:
- 5 ski resorts within 2 hours of downtown
- 11 golf courses throughout
- 40-mile Spokane River Centennial Trail, spans 2 states
- Numerous lakes and waterfalls
- Rich military history and Veteran resources
- Environmentally conscious
- Career development opportunities
- Abundant camping and hiking