Introduction to Moscow, Idaho

Moscow, Idaho, in Latah county, is located 67 miles S of Spokane, Washington (center to center) and 257 miles E of Seattle, Washington. There are 21,291 residents in the city.

Moscow History

Moscow was permanently settled in 1871. The early settlers named the area as Hog Heaven. The first post office of the area was established in 1872 and the name of the city was changed to Paradise Valley. Later in 1875, it was renamed to Moscow. In fact, the city was named after Moscow, Pennsylvania and Moscow, Iowa. The business district of the city was established in 1875. The first railroad entered the city in 1890. It is the county of seat of Latah County, which was founded on May 14, 1888.

Moscow and nearby Attractions

  • Appaloosa Horse Club and Museum
  • McCroskey State Park
  • Latah County Historical Museum
  • Idaho Forest Fire Museum
  • Hells Gate State Recreation Area
  • Nez Perce National Historical Park

Things To Do In Moscow

Moscow is home to many parks and open spaces including the Kiwanis Park, Anderson Frontier Park, Wren Welcome Garden, East City Park, Lena Whitmore Park, Bill Chipman Palouse Trail, and Skate Park. You can also visit the Hamilton - Lowe Aquatics Center. The Korns Shopping Center, Moscow Mall, and Palouse Empire Mall are some of the local shopping centers. The Prichard University of Idaho Art Gallery and the Appaloosa Horse Club and Museum are also worth visiting.

Moscow Transportation

Pullman/ Moscow Regional Airport is nearby.

Moscow Higher Education

University of Idaho is located in Moscow. Lewis - Clark State College, Eastern Washington University, Washington State University, and many other colleges and universities also offer facilities for higher education.


Total Population 24,406
Male Share of the Population 51.6%
Female Share of the Population 48.4%
Senior Citizens 7.6%
Employed Population 16+ 12,113
Age of the Population 25


% of people married 36.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 55.4%
Median Earnings25+ $31,169
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $26,364
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,914


Median Family Income $60,389
% Above Poverty Level 72.6%
% Below Poverty Level 27.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 5.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 22.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 29%
Median Gross Rent $648
Median House Value $203,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.9%
US/American 0%
English 17.4%
Irish 11.3%

Moscow Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 67 miles S of Spokane, Washington (center to center)
Nearest Large City 257 miles E of Seattle, Washington
County Latah
Standard Zip Codes 83843
Company Zip Codes 83844
Phone Area Codes 208
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 46.732
Longitude -116.999

Moscow Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1.9 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 36 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 48 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 61 F
Annual Precip 27.3 inches
Station PULLMAN 2 NW
Distance 8.8 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 35 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 50 to 82 F
Oct Temp 37 to 60 F
Annual Precip 21 inches
Station COLFAX
Distance 19.6 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 37 F
Apr Temp 36 to 59 F
Jul Temp 50 to 83 F
Oct Temp 33 to 62 F
Annual Precip 20 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Moscow, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

University (83843)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Deary 485 $50,750
Genesee 965 $71,250
Juliaetta 667 $66,964
Onaway 189 $55,694
Potlatch 773 $44,886
Troy 906 $65,556

Moscow Public Libraries

Latah County District
Moscow, Idaho
(208) 882-3925

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Serves 576 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

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Serves 58 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.9

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Serves 38 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.3

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