Downtown Latah, Washington

#23 Latah, Washington

Metro Spokane Places to Live

2020 population: 189
Drive time to downtown Coeur d’Alene: 55 minutes
Drive time to downtown Spokane: 55 minutes

Spokane Area Farm Towns
Latah is a long, 55 minute drive through the farm fields of eastern Washington to downtown Spokane.

Overall Character: ★★☆☆☆
Urban: ☆☆☆☆☆
Suburban: ☆☆☆☆☆
Walkability: ★★★☆☆
Market Activity: ☆☆☆☆☆
Farm Town: ★★★★★
Timber Town: ☆☆☆☆☆
Lake / River Town: ☆☆☆☆☆

Latah, WA 2020
The view coming into Latah from the north (i.e., Spokane) via Highway 27.

Latah Community Description

If Latah could muster some market activity, it would be a hell of a town. Sadly, I guess one could say the same thing in regards to just about any farm town that’s slowly suffocating. Such is Latah.

Nevertheless, there are still a few communities within Spokane County that are throw-backs to a different, seemingly more simple time. Latah is one of them. Located in the rolling fields of southern Spokane County, Latah is a small farming community that has remained nearly unchanged for decades upon decades. Businesses come and go. Families come and go. But that historic old main street and historic homes around it remain largely unchanged. It’s only drawback is the long commute to Spokane.

Latah and Waverly are similar in many ways but Latah wins in the ranking game because it’s urban identity remains generally intact.

A neighborhood street in Latah, Washington
Latah has a great tree canopy.

The old school house in Latah, Washington
The old school house in Latah is closed but, recently, a couple purchased the property, cleaned it up, and flipped it to a new investor. Word is the beautiful old campus is aiming toward religious services, at least according to the mailman I spoke to just before shooting this picture.