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Post Falls Quick Facts / Demographics

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.

Quick facts, demographics, and statistics for Post Falls

Post Falls incorporated in 1891.
Post Falls is named after German immigrant Frederick Post. On June 1, 1871, Frederick Post made a deal with Andrew Seltice, a prominent Coeur d’Alene Indian leader, to obtain more than 200 acres of Spokane River land to start a water powered lumber mill. The purchase of the land is preserved in a pictograph on a granite cliff in Treaty Rock Park. In 1902, the mill was destroyed by fire; the dam was undamaged. In 1905 the mill was rebuilt and resumed operations. A newly formed Washington Water Power Company purchased Post’s site and began making plans to develop a hydroelectric facility.  The new hydro plant at Post Falls would provide power to mines nearly 100 miles away via the longest high-voltage transmission line in the world. The dam and hydro plant is now operated by Avista Utilities and is the site of Falls Park, with observation decks open to the public.
The natural beauty of the surrounding mountains and the river connecting Post Falls with Lake Coeur d’Alene expand the recreation and scenic opportunities. Post Falls has retained the small town look and values continuing draw to residents and newcomers. Today, the city boasts a steady growth in population just over 35,000.

Population of Post Falls
Population has grown from 7,350 residents in 1990 to 35,200 at the end of 2017.

  • 2010: 27,574 people*
  • 2011: 28,318 people
  • 2012: 29,010 people
  • 2013: 29,593 people
  • 2014: 30,075 people
  • 2015: 30,453 people
  • 2016: 32,079 people
  • 2017: 35,200 people

2018 Population and Estimated Projected Future Population

* Information gathered from the U.S. Census

Population of Metro Area (includes Spokane, Spokane Valley, Coeur d’Alene)

  • 2010: 667,383 people
  • 2014: 688,279 people


14.5309 square miles


2,150 feet

Business Establishments

Total Number of Firms in 2010: 2,600

(Information gathered from the U.S. Census)

Median Household Income

2010-2014: $49,736

Owner-Occupied Homes

MSA, 2010-2014: 67.7%

Average Home Price

2010-2014: $162,900

Per Capita Income

2010-2014: $24,305

Cost of Living Index

2014: 93

City Bond Rating

2015: AA- (S&P)

City Financial Documents
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)
Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR)
Annual Budget Book

Labor Force, MSA*

2016: 15,676
2014: 14,210


December 2015: 4.8%


High School Graduate or higher – 93.6%
Bachelor’s degree or higher – 20.1%

Median age

2014: 32.1 years

CONTACT US: For more information or assistance on relocating or expanding your business, please contact, Economic Development staff or call (208)773-8708 or toll Free (888)925-9961

A great 6 minute video showing Post Falls, Idaho as a prime place to live, work and play presented by the Post Falls Urban Renewal Agency, this video shows various aspects of the benefits of being in Post Falls and specifically in one of the six urban renewal districts.