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Retirement Living In Coeur d'Alene - Idaho

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Area Description

The Coeur d'Alene area is surrounded by dozens of lakes left behind by the glaciers of the ice age. There are more than 55 lakes within easy driving distance of Coeur d'Alene, but none more scenic and full of activities than Lake Coeur d'Alene itself.

There's something magical about Lake Coeur d'Alene that's hard to define, but it begins with the spectacular North Idaho sunsets and moonrises, the plunge of an osprey after a fish, the glowing lights of downtown Coeur d’Alene reflecting across its waters at night.

Region Characteristics

Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Coeur d’Alene offers families a wide range of activities, indoor and outdoor.

A range of activities, some designed to stimulate the urban escapist seeking extreme adventure, other activities bring family members together for a vacation filled with fun and relaxation. A variety of festivals and fairs bridge the spectrum from fun to elegant (see our Calendar of Events). Monthly events such as Art Walk feature seven galleries in a seven block area. Downtown Coeur d’Alene features over 100 merchants in a 6 block area. Owner-operators offer unique, eclectic treasures - truly a shoppers dream.

Cultural Activities

Coeur d'Alene is home to several theatres, dozens of artists and galleries, musicians and plenty of performances to enjoy year-round!

Public transportation

Coeur d'Alene offers a variety of transportation options to get you to where you want to go.
We are located on I-90 and US Highway 95 and are easily access by travelers and residents. The city is just 32 miles east of Spokane, Washington. The Spokane International Airport has daily non=stop flights to all major hubs with scheduled flights from Alaska, Delta, Express Jet, Frontier Airlines, Horizon Air, Northwest Airlines, Skywest Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United/United Express and US Airways.

The Coeur d'Alene Airport (COE) is one of the most active General Aviation Airports in the West. The location essentially in the middle of Kootenai County along with excellent facilities, clear approaches and ample space (approximately 1,200 acres) make it the airport of choice for non-commercial carriers. It is the home to over 135 corporate and private aircraft and provides access for aviation education, emergency medical transport and is the home base for the U.S. Forest Service Fire-Fighter Bomber. COE offers a full ILS approach and has an on-site weather observation system, which provides up-to-the-minute weather reports.

Citylink is a partnership between the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, the Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization, the State of Idaho and Kootenai County. Citylink provides free public transportation for employment, education, medical appointments, shopping, recreation, entertainment, the elderly, persons with disabilities, and the general public. It is operated by the Coeur d'Alene Tribe through the transportation department at the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel. For route information, call 1-877-941-RIDE.

Most national rental car companies are located at the Spokane International Airport.

Medical Facilities

Our major hospital here is Kootenai Health. Kootenai Health provides a comprehensive range of medical services to patients in northern Idaho and throughout the Inland Northwest. The main campus at Kootenai Health is located in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and includes a 254-bed community-owned hospital. Kootenai is accredited by DNV and holds Magnet Designation for nursing excellence. It has been recognized among large employers as the No. 1 Best Place to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine, and it is regularly recognized by Cleverly and Associates for providing value to its community.

Kootenai is regionally known for its programs in cardiac care, oncology, women’s and children’s services and behavioral health. Kootenai Clinic is comprised of more than 80 physicians providing primary and specialty care in practice locations across the region.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Coeur d'Alene, Idaho?

For those of you that retire in Coeur d'Alene, you will enjoy warm summers, a cool fall, a cold winter and a temperate spring!

Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the low 30's and highs in the upper 30's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 20's. Expect a lot of rainy days in the winter, great for a day of shopping in Coeur d'Alene! Assume a few days of snow with a lot of days with snow remaining on the ground so you can enjoy some winter skiing!

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in Coeur d'Alene such as a movie, a visit to a museum, dining, nightlife or some shopping. Spring temperatures are cold with averages in the mid 40's and highs in the upper 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 30's. Expect a lot of rainy days in the Spring, great for a day of shopping in Coeur d'Alene!

Summertime in Coeur d'Alene is a great time to enjoy your retirement with a day at the lake, an outdoor concert, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are mild with averages in the mid 60's and highs in the upper 70's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 50's. Expect a few days above 90°. Expect some rainy days in the summer.

If you retire in Coeur d'Alene, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as biking on a bike path, hiking, enjoying a walking path and more! Fall temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 40's and highs in the upper 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 30's. Expect some rainy days in the fall.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  25  30  36
 Feb  26  33  40
 Mar  30  40  49
 Apr  36  46  57
 May  42  54  66
 Jun  49  61  73
 Jul  53  67  82
 Aug  52  67  82
 Sep  45  59  72
 Oct  36  47  57
 Nov  30  37  43
 Dec  24  29  35

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  26  1
 Feb  0  22  1
 Mar  0  18  0
 Apr  0  8  0
 May  0  2  0
 Jun  1  0  0
 Jul  6  0  0
 Aug  6  0  0
 Sep  1  1  0
 Oct  0  8  0
 Nov  0  17  0
 Dec  0  26  1

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  3 "  14  26 %
 Feb  2 "  10  26 %
 Mar  3 "  12  30 %
 Apr  2 "  11  34 %
 May  2 "  12  39 %
 Jun  2 "  10  45 %
 Jul  1 "  5  48 %
 Aug  1 "  4  46 %
 Sep  1 "  6  41 %
 Oct  2 "  10  36 %
 Nov  4 "  15  31 %
 Dec  4 "  13  24 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  13 "  18  6
 Feb  6 "  10  3
 Mar  3 "  3  2
 Apr  0 "  0  0
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
 Nov  5 "  4  3
 Dec  16 "  16  7

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Cost of Living for Coeur d'Alene, ID

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Assistance in Coeur d'Alene, ID

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho offers the following assistance for seniors:

What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does Coeur d'Alene Offer For Retirees?

Coeur d'Alene is home to an abundance of non-profit organizations and events that depend on many volunteers throughout the year. The United Way of Kootenai County will connect you with an opportunity that fits your needs.

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