Spokane is a city of 210,000 inhabitants, situated in the east of Washington State. It is the county seat and largest city of Spokane County and also the second largest city in Washington, behind Seattle. It is known as "The Lilac City" due to the flowers that have flourished in the city since being introduced in the early 20th century. Spokane is a city of green spaces and parks, including for example the popular Manito Park and Botanical Gardens which is a public park that can offer botanical gardens, an arboretum, as well as a conservatory. The Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane, meanwhile, stretches along the Spokane River and hosts the famous Pavilion from Expo '74, Spokane's World's Fair. Expats living in Spokane can enjoy stunning surrounding scenery and they can find out all about the city from other expatriates on InterNations, the largest online community for expats all over the world.
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Expats moving to Spokane will find the city on Interstate 90, which runs west to Seattle. It is also a major railway junction on the BNSF Railway and on the Union Pacific Railroad. As such, Spokane has excellent Amtrak services to Chicago, Seattle and Portland and also good Greyhound bus connections. Spokane International Airport is just five miles from the city center and has services from six airlines. Expatriates relocating to Spokane will find a huge variety of pleasant neighborhoods, from the Victorian areas of South Hill and Browne’s Addition, to contemporary apartments and condos in North Spokane. To get some insider information on the best places to live, expats moving to Spokane can consult other international residents on the discussion boards and forums of InterNations.
Spokane has a healthy and varied economy, initially based on natural resources such as timber, mining and agriculture. Its position also made it an important transport hub. The city has a large manufacturing sector and forestry and agriculture continue to play an important role for the local economy. Plus, there are now many wineries and microbreweries in the area. High-tech industries and biotech companies are responsible for many expats working in Spokane and the city is an important center for healthcare and retail activities. The city also has a number of higher education institutions. Expatriates in Spokane can make more of these opportunities by keeping up to date on events in Spokane at InterNations. Here, they can make new business connections and perhaps uncover new professional openings. InterNations’ Expat Magazine complements these resources with helpful articles on the expatriate lifestyle.