The state of Idaho is a beautiful land brimming with adventure, majestic scenery, and great people. It is also a wonderful place to live! Check out these ten reasons why you should move to Idaho!
According to an industry report done last year (2017), Idaho has one of the highest percentages of the local residents being active outdoors every year. The state itself is famous for its whitewater rafting and kayaking, especially on the Snake River and the middle fork of the Salmon River (which has been named as one of the nation’s greatest wilderness rivers). During the winter, skiing and snowboarding are another recreational sport that people love to enjoy. There are plenty of resorts throughout Idaho, including Sun Valley, Brundage Mountain Resort, and Bogus Basin. Probably one of the best ski resorts is in the city of Sandpoint and is known as Schweitzer Mountain Resort. In the summertime, many of the ski trails melt to become challenging mountain biking trails and are great for hikes! Camping, fishing, and visiting any of the national parks throughout Idaho are also popular outdoor activities.
A Large Emphasis on Education
When looking throughout the state of Idaho, there are at least three colleges and universities, as well as other great schools in every county. Boise State is located right in the heart of the capital, Boise, and is the largest of the three universities and offers undergraduate, Masters, and Doctoral programs. Idaho State and the University of Idaho follow behind it. There is also BYU-Idaho located in Rexburg. In 2015, the state initiated a direct enrollment program which allows more high school seniors into college. The graduation rate here is at 84.7 percent, making Idaho in the top third of all 50 states.
Unique Idaho Attractions
The state holds a variety of museums, historical sites, and other attractions that are far from your everyday field trip. One of these museums is the Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center. Located in northern Idaho, this museum was named after the founder and inventor, Forrest Bird. He invented what has been considered as the first low-cost respirator. The museum also includes a collection of his aircraft and many other inventions that have been made in Idaho and the other states over the years. The Old Idaho State Penitentiary, The Birds of Prey Preserve, and the Boise Depot are other landmarks that are worth visiting, but there are plenty more where that came from!
Great Music, Art, and Cultural Festivals
Idaho has many gatherings that showcase local talent throughout the state, whether it be the Mountain Home Music Festival (which hosts some of the biggest country stars in Mountain Home, Idaho), Art in the Park (which showcases local art from the people of Boise), or the Shakespeare Festival (which puts on a show almost every night during the summer months). The arts are loved by all Idahoans, and they are wanting to share them with you! Be sure to look online for any of these events and much more.
Plenty of Job Opportunities
Multiple surveys have listed Idaho as one of the most favorable states for finding a decent job. For instance, the CNBC survey ranked Idaho as the fourth state in the “Top States to Find A Job in America in 2017”. There are a number of businesses who are willing to hire the right person right on the spot, so if you are in need of employment, be sure to check everywhere.
Idahoans are among some of the nicest people in the United States! People who live here are genuinely happy and are willing to help visitors with anything, whether it be recommending great places to shop or where to have a fun night on the town. No matter where you end up in Idaho, you are sure to be welcomed by smiling faces and a pleasant greeting!
From popular fast-food chains to hole-in-the-wall diners, Idaho offers a wonderful variety of flavors and cultures. Much of the restaurants come from Italian, Mexican, Greek, Indian, Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese, and South American influences. Agriculture is also a big part in bringing in the freshest ingredients to your plate. Along with fresh produce, there is fresh meat from cattle, poultry, pigs, and more for you to enjoy!
The cost of living in Idaho is quite low, especially when compared to other states in the Northwest area. From cheap grocery prices to inexpensive (yet definitely high quality) real estate properties, it is easy to find something that fits your lifestyle, while saving tons of money at the same time! This will allow you to invest your money in whatever your heart desires. Click here to find an agent to help you with your move!
One of the greatest things about this state is that Idaho clearly have four different seasons (instead of just “hot” and “cold”). For instance, the summer months average around 71 degrees (be prepared to wear lots of sunscreen!), and the winter season averages around 32 degrees (which is perfect for skiing!) Although there are four seasons, some parts of Idaho get very minimal rain, so it can be drier on certain days.
Beautiful and Peaceful Landscapes
The best part about the state is the beautiful scenery. Some of the landscapes and scenery include multiple wilderness areas (such as the Sawtooths, Frank Church Wilderness Area, Boise National Forest, etc.), mountainous areas (including the Rocky Mountains), a multitude of rivers (such as the Boise River, Snake River, Salmon River, Payette River, etc.), and so much more! It is nice to drive around and witness the wonderful world of Idaho. Be sure to take day trips often; you won’t regret it!
There is much more than what is on this list that makes Idaho so special. Visit us soon, and you might just decide to move to what is arguably the best state in the nation to live in! Come see it for yourself, you won’t regret it!
If you live in California, click here to check out our blog on going from Californian to Idahoan! And if you aren’t sure whether you should rent or buy in Idaho, click here to read our blog with the pros and cons of each choice!
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