Gem of the Inland Northwest
North Idaho is frequently identified as one of the best locations to live in the US and is comprised of Idaho’s five northernmost counties – Kootenai, Boundary, Benewah, Bonner, and Shoshone. Coeur d’Alene is the largest city within North Idaho. Other important cities in the region include Post Falls, Rathdrum and Hayden. East of Coeur d’Alene lies the Silver Valley, rich with mining history, which follows Interstate 90 to the Montana border at Lookout Pass. The North Idaho region is well known for silvaculture (growing of trees and the production of lumber). The production of grass seeds and hops for beer production is also significant in the region. Nine microbreweries have operations in the area and the area also boasts many cattle ranches. Coeur d’Alene’s MSA boasts a population of over 180,000. The CdA MSA (combined CdA/Spokane), has a population of over 730,000 and has grown by 9.8%. This population growth outpaced the national rate of 6.9%. The region is projected to continue its population growth. Coeur d’Alene offers one of the nation’s fastest-growing metros for both job and population growth. Since 2017, North Idaho job growth has exceeded 10%. Businesses employ a highly-skilled workforce of 350,000+ within a 30-40 minute drive, and it’s projected to grow by 38,000 in the next 5 years .
An Expanding Economy
The Inland Northwest is experiencing significant commercial growth and offers a plethora of opportunities for new and expanding businesses. The region's strategic location has become an attractive destination for investors and entrepreneurs. The expansion of sectors such as technology, manufacturing, agriculture, and renewable energy has contributed to the region's economic development. Furthermore, the inland Northwest's favorable business environment, lower cost of living, and access to a skilled workforce have created a thriving ecosystem for companies to establish and flourish. As the region continues to invest in infrastructure and innovation, it presents a promising landscape for commercial growth and the realization of entrepreneurial ambitions.
Visitors can explore charming towns, experience local festivals, and indulge in the flavors of the region, which often include fresh seafood, wild game, and locally grown produce. The Inland Northwest is a gem that captivates visitors with its natural beauty, outdoor adventures, and warm hospitality.
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North Idaho boasts abundant natural resources, successful tourism-recreation companies, and world-renowned agriculture that all combine to create a thriving business environment.
Top Public & Private Employers
- Kootenai Health
- Coeur d’Alene School District
- Hagadone Hospitality
- Kootenai County
- Post Falls School District
- North Idaho College
- Coeur d’Alene Casino
North Idaho maximizes its unique location at the intersection of I-90 and US Hwy 95, offering exceptional access for business logistics.
North Idaho Employment Statistics
- 4.2 % Unemployment Rate: Kootenai County (August 2023)
- 3.0 % Unemployment Rate: State of Idaho (August 2023)
- 89,016 No. of Employed: Job Strength (Kootenai County, 2023)
North Idaho offers a unique combination of metropolitan and small-town living and is home to North Idaho College.
North Idaho Population Statistics
- 185,474 Kootenai County: Population Base (2023)
- 1.8 % Kootenai County: Est. Ann. Pop. Growth (2023)
- $70,539 Kootenai County: Med. Household Income (2023)
North Idaho includes Kootenai County, the 3rd fastest-growing county in Idaho where 70% of the population is under the age of 55.
North Idaho Real Estate Metrics
- 3,480 Single Family: Homes Sold (Kootenai County, Flexmls, 2022)
- 143 Single Family: Condos Sold (Kootenai County, Flexmls, 2022)
- $555,000 Median: Home Prices (Kootenai County, Flexmls, 2022)