Whenever you are moving to a new home there are a lot of things you need to figure out about how things will be changing for you. You are traveling to a whole new life and that can be daunting and scary, as change is always scary. So, what if the place you are planning on moving to is Idaho? It might seem like a pretty standard fare as far as places to live go, but there are a few things you should probably know before you commit to living in Idaho or before you get here after you have already made a commitment. Idaho shares a lot of things with other states but there are certain things that are unique to the Gem State and you should be aware of both the good and the bad.
We should start with a con, though later I will let you know that it can be a bit of a pro. Idaho gets pretty cold. Winter is serious business all over the state, especially in the further north regions and the places that are higher elevation. This means there are seasons where snow and ice are nearly constant though that can depend on just how bad or good the winter has been. So, what does this mean for you? First, cold weather is dangerous and uncomfortable, though you probably already knew that. You will want to be prepared with a good winter jacket and other tools to keep you warm when the temperature starts to drop. You never want to be cut in the middle of a blizzard and all you have is a heavy sweater. That is just not going to be enough, and sometimes the more extreme weather does come on quickly. You might be left without a way to keep warm if you are not properly prepared and ready for the inevitable.
Driving also becomes pretty problematic in the cold. Ice sets in on the road and a snow drift can strand you, whether it keeps you home or leaves you in the middle of a snow-filled road. Sometimes the best thing to do when the weather is bad is just stay home. If that is not an option, take things slowly and deliberately. Other people are going to be doing the same. If you have no experience with snow or ice driving you will want to change that as soon as possible, and not when you need to get somewhere in your car. If you get the chance on a snowy day, take your car to an empty parking lot or other flat, paved surface and figure out how your car handles. When there is no one around to crash into you can take your time and learn exactly what to do and how your car will react if you need to slam on the breaks, all without actually being in any danger.
Of course, this also means that winter sports are huge in Idaho. If you like skiing, snowboarding, or you just like looking at snow-capped mountains, Idaho is going to deliver in style. There are tons of resorts where you can take advantage of snow and have a lot of fun and the whole landscape changes. When everything is covered in white it takes on a whole new feeling and appearance and it can be truly breathtaking.
Why Relocate to Idaho? Idaho Outdoors and Idaho Agriculture
While Idaho has a whole lot of boundless wilderness that goes up and down and all around, it also has a whole lot of flat nothing. For every mountain range that can be found in Idaho’s borders, there are also equal amounts of flat farmland. That is what most of the populated regions look like in fact. It is what makes Idaho so great for agriculture. It is very easy to grow certain foods like potatoes and beets in Idaho’s soil and the farmers of Idaho can grow a lot of them. Potatoes and beets are not the only things being grown though. Idaho has also recently had a renaissance when it comes to beer and wine, growing some high-quality hops and grapes. Still, this does not always make for the most eye-catching driving country. Idaho is big and tall and there are lots of places where you are not going to see anything during a long drive. There are lots of time where you are going to see something incredible, but everything has its downside.
You will probably be excited to know that Idaho is pretty inexpensive to live in. It might be the reason you are moving to the state, to begin with. You do not have to be super wealthy to carve out a life for yourself in Idaho. Even better, this does not mean everything in Idaho is of low quality. Sometimes you might say that it is cheap to live somewhere and that comes with food that you do not want to eat and a house you do not want to live in, but that is not the case in Idaho. Everything is an affordable price and you actually want to buy it because it is worth having. The Treasure Valley, where you can find the state capital of Boise specifically is doing very well. The Idaho job market is also going strong. If you are looking for employment or are worried about advancing in your current career, you can be assured that there is a diverse field of jobs and plenty of room to expand, just as there is plenty of land to expand on to. Idaho has a whole lot of room.
By and large, Idaho is a wonderful place to live. Like everywhere else on the planet, it has its pros and cons, but I would say the pros heavily outweigh the cons when it comes to Idaho. Sure it gets cold, but we are not living in the 1800s anymore. There are ways to fight the cold. Enjoy the natural side of Idaho and I am sure you will be falling in love with the state very soon.