Post Falls is a city in Kootenai County, Idaho, located just along the state border of Washington. The city of Spokane, WA, is approximately 20 miles west, but Post Falls is considered a part of the Coeur d'Alene metro area. Best known for the natural scenery that surrounds the city, retirees that are seeking a home with all four seasons and the outdoors are sure to appreciate Post Falls.
Climate & Geography
Post Falls has a dry summer continental climate, a relatively rare climate type that is influenced by the area's high elevation. It is characterized by summers that are dry and warm to hot, while winters are cold with heavy snowfall. On average the city receives less rainfall than the national average, more snowfall than average, and approximately 174 sunny days throughout each year.
Located in Northern Idaho, Post Falls is part of the Rathdrum Prairie. The city of Coeur d’Alene is located to the east and the state of Washington borders the city to the west. The Spokane River runs to the south. The elevation is 2,182 feet above sea level.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
During the warmer months, residents stroll and bike ride through Falls Park, Q’emiln Park, Treaty Rock Park, and Corbin Park. There are distilleries and brewing companies scattered throughout the city. During the colder months, residents visit the museums and movie theaters.
Spokane, the largest city in Washington, is less than a half an hour away, providing convenient access to even more opportunities for shopping, dining, and entertainment.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The cost of living in Post Falls is just slightly higher than the national average. While the indexes for health care, utilities, and transportation costs are below average, the cost of homes and housing are well above average and have a greater influence on the overall cost of living.
Idaho is considered somewhat tax friendly for retirees, depending on the source of retirement income. Social Security benefits are not taxed in the state, however retirement savings accounts are fully taxed. Private pensions are also fully taxed, while public pensions may be eligible for deductions based on age and Social Security income. Property taxes in the state are fairly low, and certain residents may qualify for a circuit breaker tax deduction to help offset those costs.
There are three regionally ranked medical centers and hospitals located within 20 miles of Post Falls. They are Kootenai Health-Coeur D’Alene, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, and MultiCare Deaconess Hospital. Kootenai Health-Coeur D’Alene is ranked high performing in heart bypass surgery, heart failure, and hip replacement. Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center is ranked high performing in eight adult procedures/conditions. MultiCare Deaconess Hospital is ranked high performing in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart failure, and hip replacement.