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Coeur d’Alene [cor-da-lane] is is located in Kootenai [koot-in-ee] County in the upper-foam-finger of the great State of Idaho. Geographically speaking, North Idaho acts like more of an extension of Western Montana and Eastern Washington. In terms of natural beauty – the Coeur d’Alene area pretty much stole it – surrounded by beautiful lakes, pine-forested trails, a quaint yet seasonably busy downtown area, golf and ski resorts plus an active triathlon community – there’s more than enough to do on a short visit or on an year-round basis.

Just shy of 50,000 people – the city of Coeur d’Alene and surrounding areas are forecasted to experience a 20% growth in population over the next 10 years. It’s a small town. That’s a good thing in most people’s eyes. The entire region of both Kootenai and Bonner Counties (Post Falls, Hayden, Hayden Lake, Rathdrum, Sandpoint) make up almost 200,000 people – less than the city of Irvine, CA. Not to be forgotten (although often is the case) – the city of Spokane, WA (40 minute drive to downtown) has almost a half million people similar in size to Sacramento, CA – and is experiencing a sizable cultural and economic revitalization. Certain areas of Spokane are the only pockets of hip in the area – South Perry District is a little Boulder-esque oasis for those looking searching for non-conformity.

North Idaho and Eastern Washington are home to some of the best medical care in the region with Kootenai Health and Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital leading the way in both world-class care and job growth in the area. Universities surround the area with the likes of Washington State, University of Idaho, Gonzaga, Eastern Washington and Whitworth to name a few. Most would argue that Coeur d’Alene is missing a formal 4-year University in this region – most would agree. That said, The Fort Grounds in CDA is home to North Idaho Community College along with satellite campuses for Boise State, University of Idaho and Lewis and Clark College.

Home to two Ironman races in 2016 and likely beyond – Coeur d’Alene is on the map for outdoor enthusiasts. There are multiple ski resorts within reasonable proximity to the greater CDA area including Schweitzer Mountain that boasts extraordinary views of Lake Pend Oreille (pronounced ponderay) and is home to year-round activities like zip lining, mountain biking and Fall Fest. The biking community has a strong presence with great rides like Coeur d’Fondo and local advocates like BikeCDA – a central hub and voice of the local cycling community. Looking for fun for the whole family? – look no further than Silverwood Theme Park, “The Northwest’s Largest Theme Park” – with over 70 rides and a water park – this is a popular destination for tiring out your children.

North Idaho is a great place to call home. Idaho locals have a commitment to this area like no other. Known for being a great escape from the fast-paced city life, many have chosen to exit the rat race and raise a family, retire or simply press the reset button.

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