State Line City, Idaho

#28 State Line City, Idaho

Metro Spokane Places to Live

2020 population: 49
Drive time to downtown Coeur d’Alene: 20 minutes
Drive time to downtown Spokane: 25 minutes


Metro Spokane Suburbs
State Line City, Idaho, is exactly that (except for the city part).

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


Downtown State Line City, Idaho
Downtown State Line City, Idaho, is a strip club.

State Line City Community Description

Every metro has its very own strip club and biker hangout, and State Line City is Spokane’s.

State Line’s economy rests on being the first commercial area on the other side of the Idaho state line. Residents and shoppers enjoy cheap booze, cheap smokes, and cheap sales tax. Evidently, State Line fulfills many vices. General livability, however, is not one of them.

There is little housing in State Line City. Around it, however, in the unincorporated hinterlands, there are indeed subdivisions. As you might expect, the further one gets away from State Line City, the more diverse the subdivisions get.

Interestingly, Dalton Gardens is so frustrating that even State Line City ranks higher on this list, and downtown State Line is a strip club frequented by bikers and the occasional frat house. Nevertheless, I’ll take bikers, frat boys, and strippers any day over paranoid NIMBYs.

Neighborhoods Around State Line City, Idaho
A neighborhood adjacent to State Line City, Idaho. This one is on the Washington side of the equation.

State Line City, Idaho, Commercial Land Uses
A bastion of high end market activity, State Line City has its very own used car lot. It’s difficult to find anything positive to say about State Line City. I’m curious, nevertheless, about that little sign in the left side of this image that says, “Fine Foods”.