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Altitude: 2,150 Feet above sea level.
Climate: Post Falls has four distinct seasons. Summer, Winter, Spring and Fall, with temperatures ranging in the 90's midsummer and low teens during the Winter.
Precipitation: Post Falls averages 29 inches of rain and 49 inches of snow.
Transportation: Post Falls is served by I-90, which extends east and west of the panhandle of Idaho through Post Falls. Post Falls is located approximately two miles east of the junction of State Highway 41, which extends approximately 8 miles to Rathdrum Idaho. Post Falls is approximately 7 miles west of State Highway 95 which extends the length of Idaho to Canada.
Amtrak passenger service is available in Spokane, Washington and Sandpoint, Idaho. Bus service and taxi service are available within the immediate area. Air passenger service is available with Spokane International Airport.
Historical Background: Post Falls is named for Frederick Post, a German immigrant, who constructed a lumber mill along the Spokane River in 1871 on land he purchased from Andrew Seltice, Chief of the Coeur d’Alene tribe. The purchase of the land is preserved in a pictograph on a granite cliff in Treaty Rock park.
Post Falls is located four miles east of the Washington-Idaho border along Interstate 90 in Kootenai County and is bounded by Coeur d’Alene, Idaho to the east, the State of Washington to the west, the Spokane River to the south and the Rathdrum prairie to the north. Post Falls is 20 miles east of Spokane, Washington and approximately 100 miles south of the Canadian border. Due to the proximity of numerous lakes, rivers and mountains, Post Falls, Idaho is an inviting place to live and visit. This fact is reflected in the tourism and retail sectors of the economy, with an increasing number of retail, dining and entertainment businesses locating in the City. Additionally, Post Falls has become a favored retirement community.
The City of Post Falls has grown from 7,350 residents in 1990 to an estimated 30,075 at the end of 2013, making it the 10th largest city in Idaho. This influx of new residents has resulted in a strong construction industry until the last six years. Building permits for single-family residential had a large increase in FY13.
Post Falls, Idaho is an inviting place to live, work and play. Its proximity to numerous lakes, rivers and mountains offers a quality of life that is highly desirable. Just minutes to the east is Coeur d’Alene, ID, with a reputation as a world travel destination due to the five-star Coeur d’Alene Resort and golf course with a floating green. To the west is the largest city in the region, Spokane, WA with a population of approximately 250,000. Post Falls’ unique location between these two diverse cities offers Post Falls’ residents varied opportunities in their lifestyle, recreation and business opportunities. The I-90 corridor, connecting Spokane and Post Falls/Coeur d’Alene, continues to be a hub of business growth. This is reflected in an increasing number of retail, health care and manufacturing businesses locating in the City.
Traditionally Kootenai County’s economy was timber-based, but has become more diverse, with an increase in manufacturing, health care, retail, and tourism. With the assistance of Jobs Plus, Inc., the area economic development organization, and the Urban Renewal Agency Post Falls was chosen as the location for Kimball Office, Inc., a major furniture manufacturer that relocated to Post Falls, nearly sixteen years ago and employs approximately 270. Urban Renewal Agency and Community Development Block Grant funds also helped pay for infrastructure in the West Post Falls Urban Renewal District which helped attract Sysco, Cabela’s and a second Walmart to Post Falls and will assist with developing The Pointe at the Post Falls retail area. The joint efforts of Jobs Plus, URA and the City have brought other businesses to Post Falls, including Center Partners, Buck Knives, two Wal-Mart stores, ALK- Abello Source Materials, Ground Force Manufacturing and UnderGround Force, Ednetics, C&S Glass, Love’s Travel Center, Carl’s Jr., Burger King, Subway, and the State of Idaho Department of Labor. In addition, the infrastructure was completed within the City Center on the first phase of the Post Falls Landing project which has been designed to accommodate a mix of uses including commercial, office and residential when developed. A $500,000 Community Development Block Grant helped fund public infrastructure for a new business venture of Ground Force Worldwide, UnderGround Force. creating over 50 manufacturing jobs in exchange for the funding.
Despite a sluggish economy, Post Falls experienced additional commercial and industrial development and growth in 2013. As of December 31, 2013, there were 1,041 licensed businesses in the City of Post Falls. Hayden Beverage relocated to Post Falls from Coeur d’Alene. Romney Motion, an aerospace company, relocated to Post Falls from Liberty Lake, WA. Blue Dog RV expanded and is expected to expand further in 2014. H&E Equipment and Cem Lifts opened in 2013. The Pointe at Post Falls’ shopping center has new ownership with the purchase by Wadsworth Development. Post Falls’ emerging medical community continues to grow with the opening of the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Northwest, Premier Urgent Care, Pleasant View Surgery Center, and Spine Center Surgical in 2013. Aided by generous community support, the Boys and Girls Club of Kootenai County opened a 10,000 square foot facility for area youth in early 2013.
In 2014, the community anticipates additional commercial and industrial development and growth as the economy recovers.