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I live in north Spokane. I have been many places around the country in the summer (Houston, Philly, Arizona, SoCal, Denver to name a few) and Spokane has easily the best summers anywhere. Very low humidity, it rarely gets over 100F and gets down to 60F even on the warmest nights, virtually no rain for 3-4 months, and the days are long as hell (I fish and I am on the water at 4AM in June/July and it's light). Also there are a ton of golf courses and lakes within 25-50 miles, and you're close to Ceour D' Alene which is one of the more beautiful and picturesque places in the US, in my opinion.
It's big enough to have pretty much everything but there's only 1 freeway (I90) so the traffic is just your standard city "wait through 2-3 red lights". If you live in Denver you would absolutely shit your pants laughing when people over here complain about traffic. Compared to Denver (worst traffic I have been in), the traffic in Spokane is a zero.
Really the only things I dislike are the winters which range from fairly mild to over 100 inches of snow, and the complete and total lack of culture, which as said above is getting better. If you love the outdoors and don't mind being a shut in during the winter, or perhaps you enjoy winter sports (several ski resorts within an hour or 2), this is an outstanding place to live and raise a family. Oh yeah and real estate is cheap as hell.