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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 30,123 at the end of 2014. This influx of new residents has resulted in a strong construction industry until the last seven years. Since 2010, Post Falls has grown at a more modest annual growth rate of approximately 2.2% compared to the 4.8% annual growth rate experienced between 2000 and 2010. In 2014, new dwelling units decreased from 202 units in 2013 to 165 units. Of the 165 units, 144 of them were single family residential permits. At this point in early 2015, there has been 1 multi-family project that has been applied for in the Tullamore neighborhood. There are also 2 additional multi-family projects that may commence in 2015. With a 1.8% vacancy rate in the multi-family sector, these projects if constructed should have a quick lease up rate. Recently at the Kootenai County Commercial Market Review and Forecast, it was suggested that there should be a continued demand for additional workforce housing. If Post Falls realizes another approximate 200 single family homes in 2015 in addition to the potential multi-family projects, Post Falls may see the first population bump above 4% since 2010.
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 pportunities. 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 a timber-based, but it has become more diverse, with an increase in manufacturing, health care, retail, and tourism. Jobs Plus, Inc., this area’s economic development organization has recruited small to medium sized firms to the county. With the assistance of Jobs Plus, Inc. and the Urban Renewal Agency to help build infrastructure, Post Falls was chosen as the location for Kimball Office, Inc., a major furniture manufacturer that relocated to North Idaho nearly seventeen years ago and employs a workforce of approximately 270. In 2014, Post Falls was notified that Kimball Office will be closing its doors in a couple of years as an attempt to consolidate operations in Indiana. Although establishing new tenants in such a large facility will bring challenges in the future, the proximity to Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, nearby natural amenities, and continued communication efforts with Jobs Plus, should assist in eventually finding new tenants for this space. The Urban Renewal Agency has also played a key role in developing and creating jobs throughout the community. Urban Renewal Agency and Community Development Block Grant funds helped pay for the necessary infrastructure in the West Post Falls Urban Renewal District, including the water reservoir, which helped attract Sysco, Cabela’s and a second Wal-Mart to Post Falls and will assist with developing The Pointe at the Post Falls retail area. The joint efforts by Jobs Plus, Inc., Post Falls Urban Renewal Agency, Panhandle Area Council and the City have brought a number of other businesses to Post Falls, including Center Partners, Buck Knives, the 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, 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 Community Development Block Grant for $500,000 helped fund public infrastructure to support the new business venture of Ground Force Worldwide, known as UnderGround Force Manufacturing, which is located along East Seltice Way. In exchange for the funding, the company created more than 50 manufacturing jobs in Post Falls.