Why move to Idaho? That is a question that a lot of people have been asking recently. If you have ever asked yourself this very question, then you are in the right place. Here are a few reasons why you should move to Idaho!
One reason to move to Idaho: The climate is ideal
Here are the averages for the Boise area:
- Rainfall – 16 inches per year
- Snowfall – 26 inches (occasionally we get a Snow-mageden)
- Sunny days – 197
- The summer high – 90 – 100 degrees
- The winter low – 17 degrees
Of course, if you live in a mountainous/Northern area the averages would be more like these:
- Rainfall – 25 inches per year
- Snowfall – 132 inches per year
- Sunny Days – 205
- The summer high – 79 – 85 degrees
- The winter low – 7 – 11 degrees
Another reason people relocate to Idaho: Idaho has a plethora of outdoor activities
No matter what your outdoor activity preference is, Idaho has it all. Biking, swimming, boating, skiing (water and snow), sledding, hunting, hiking, snowshoeing, and the list goes on and on. Whatever the outdoor activity you choose to do, just make sure you’re prepared so you will be safe, comfortable, within the law, and be able to go home with many fond memories of your adventure.
Quite a few people are putting down their roots in Idaho because: Idaho is an open door to some amazing nature
The nature within the state alone is pretty awesome, with a large swath of the Rocky Mountains intersecting the state from north to south. These mountains are the home of Sun Valley, McCall, Coeur d’Alene (pronounced Core da lane), Sandpoint, and Lake Pend Oreille (pronounced Ponderay), to mention just a few.
Idaho is also the gateway to other wonderful locations. Just a couple hours drive east of Idaho Falls is Yellowstone National Park, a steam pot of beauty with a surprise around every corner. A hop, skip and a jump south of Yellowstone is Grand Teton National Park with its stunning views and its abundance of opportunities for outdoor activities.
The rivers alone are worth moving to Idaho. The Snake River winds across the state and into Washington where it connects with the Columbia River. This is a popular river for white water rafting and fishing as well as the Salmon river also known as The River of No Return. Don’t let the name scare you. It’s from the days before boats with motors, when you would have to return to your starting point overland.
One more reason to move to Idaho: The cost of living in Idaho is cheaper
Data shows that the cost of living in Idaho is slightly below the national average. The average household income is a little over $65,000, but there are some advantages to living in Idaho that make it much more affordable. Nothing is very far away. To get to shopping, theaters or work is never more than a few miles away, and with cities striving to become more bike friendly, commuting doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg.
You probably already know that Idaho is an agricultural state, the potato being its primary crop. Growing food is our forte. There are gardening experts everywhere with the know-how to help you grow the garden of your dreams. This can cut down on the expense of food.
Because the climate is more temperate in most places in the state you don’t need to run your heater/cooler as much. A good screen door and window fans can be very cost effective during many months of the year cutting down on your energy bill.
Why move to Idaho? Idaho offers the best of two worlds
If you like the city life, there is plenty of that. Idaho provides plenty of shopping of every type from upper-end stores to farm and ranch supplies. Idaho boasts five universities and copious amounts of colleges of every type. Along with that, there are many cultural and sports events, concerts, and festivals. Yet, with all this civilization, the country is never very far away. If you prefer a more rural life but don’t want to sacrifice the benefits of a city, then Idaho is your place. Not only do Idaho’s cities usually have agriculture interspersed amongst shopping, but you can live a few miles outside the cities in a rural environment. When you need to shop, go to work, or just partake of whatever a city might offer, you just need to drive a short distance and
Voila! you’re there.
Another reason to relocate to Idaho: It’s easy to get to other cities in the west
Portland, Oregon is just a 6-7 hour drive. While there don’t pass up the opportunity to go to the beautiful Oregon coast. You might even want to include a visit it the Tillamook factory in Tillamook, Oregon where you’ll find a vast variety of ice cream and cheeses. Seattle, Washington is roughly an 8-hour drive where you can take in the spectacular view from the Space Needle or visit Pike’s Place Market. Other cities within a days drive is Salt Lake City, Utah, Billings, Montana, and Jackson, Wyoming.
People also come to Idaho because: the people in Idaho are down to earth
With Idahoans close ties to the earth it’s easy to see why. People in Idaho tend to not put on airs. No matter their walk in life people are friendly and helpful. The sense of community is strong in Idaho, with the unspoken theme of “Idaho takes care of its own”.
Idaho has a wide array of jobs which also makes people want to move here
The list of jobs offered in Idaho is extensive with a wide variety of types of jobs to pick from. If farming is your cup of tea then Idaho is your place. There are, also, jobs in mining, construction, education, and business. Hewlett Packard and Micron have both set up house in Boise. There is even a budding film industry in Idaho.
Idaho is a wonderful place to live with a large variety of outdoor and indoor activities to offer. With its great climate, easy access to other cities, friendly people, and open job market it can be easy to feel at home in Idaho.