Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – Retirement Guide

Coeur dAlene, Idaho   Retirement Guide

Tucked into Idaho’s panhandle, the small town of Coeur d’Alene offers big perks to retirees. The region’s jaw-dropping beauty is marked by shimmering lakes, nearby ski resorts and 18 world-class golf courses – many of which enjoy a waterfront location. Even golfing isn’t your passion, outdoors lovers will find no shortage of activities to keep them busy, including skiing, hiking and miles of bicycle trails.

The main attraction here is Coeur d’Alene Lake, which features more than 100 miles of shoreline, and ample opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming or simply unwinding.

Thanks to its popularity as a tourist destination, the small town center is extremely walkable, and retirees will find shops, restaurants and even breweries, as well as a nearby casino and shopping and entertainment complex. Though the town of Coeur d’Alene is tiny, it is situated only a half hour from Spokane, Wash., where retirees can find all manner of stores and amenities.

Housing options for retirees can be found throughout town or in 55+ communities. Retirees should expect a median housing price of $224,900.

Pros: Gorgeous scenery, ample lake fishing, hiking and biking around
Con: Cold winters

At a Glance
Best For: Golfers and outdoors lovers
Population: 44,962
Cost of Living: 6.7% less than national average
Median Home Cost: $224,900
Unemployment: 7.2%
Top State Income Tax: 7.4%
Crime Rate: 4.5% lower than national average


Retirees hoping to stay active with continuing education courses can look into courses at nearby North Idaho College, which offers a number of classes, including foreign language, gardening and creative writing.

Top Retirement Cities in Idaho:  Coeur d’Alene

Photo by Jay Cuthrell via Flickr. All statistics were up to date as of publication. See these sources for the most current data.