Top 10 Best Places To Live In Idaho | Stateside Movers

Thinking of Moving to Idaho? We Have Found 10 of the Best Places to Choose From

Idaho is a state that is full of natural wonders along with its 80 mountain ranges and 30 state parks. One of the most famous is Yellowstone National Park, which attracts millions of visitors per year. Idaho also boasts a low crime rate and a booming economy. In fact, according to US News, Idaho has the country’s 6th best economy and is the 8th safest state. Idaho also has a low cost of living, low medical costs, and tax breaks for seniors. Idaho also has milder winters compared to states near the east coast. If you prefer a state that is safe, scenic, mild winters along with plenty to see and do, then Idaho would be a perfect state for you. Here is our list of Top Ten Best Places to Live in Idaho.

#1 Boise

Boise is located in southwestern Idaho with a population of about 230,000 people and reaches across 85 square miles. Being the state capital and largest city, Boise is a cultural and economic hub with its many small businesses spread across downtown. Boise is full of unique restaurants, as well as bars, boutiques, and has a vibrant nightlife. The city has many things to see and explore, including an art museum, a culture center, a zoo, a nature center, and a bird observatory. Things to do include visiting the theater, skiing at the Bogus Basin Ski Resort, or fishing and paddleboarding on the Boise River. It is also home to the Hyde Park Fair, the Hull's Gulch Nature Trail, and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Boise winters have about a low of 22 degrees in January, and summer July highs of about 93 degrees. The median home value is about $380,000 to $425,000 for new homes.

#2 Moscow

Moscow is located in northwest Idaho bordering the state of Washington. Moscow has a population of about 26,000 people and an area of about 7 square miles. This an ideal town for those who would like a quaint neighborhood with a lot to still see and explore. Being home to the University of Idaho, this is a college town but has plenty to do, such as visiting the Appaloosa Horse Museum and McConnell Mansion Museum. It is also home to the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute and has a botanical garden. Moscow also has plenty of skiing, hiking, a farmer’s market, and attending the Lionel Hampton Jazz Fest. It also has the 19th century McConnell Mansion and is close to the scenic Hoodoo Mountains. Luckily, the winters here are much milder compared to its Russian name counterpart. Winter January lows are about 36 degrees, with highs in August reaching about 85 degrees. The median home value here is about $325,000.

#3 Sun Valley

Sun Valley is located in central Idaho with a population of about 1,500 people and spans across about 10 miles of land. Sun Valley is a resort town perfect for those who would like to prefer a quaint lifestyle. Sun Valley’s ski resorts are nationally renowned and attend to attract celebrities throughout the year. Things to see include visiting the World Class Ice Skating Performances, Wagon Days and Wagon Museum, Sun Valley Summer Symphony and Writer Conference, and the Sun Valley Arts and Crafts Fair. It is also home to the Hemingway Memorial. Things to do include skiing on Bald or Dollar Mountain, there’s also plenty of fishing, hiking, and river rafting. It does tend to get rather cold, with winter January averages of about 1 degree and highs in July at a warm 83 degrees. The median home price is about $700,000.

#4 Sugar City

Sugar City, Idaho is located in eastern Idaho with a population of about 1,500 people and has about 2 miles of land. Although it is a small town, crime is extremely low and the cost of living is very affordable. It is close to the Palisades Reservoir, the Island Park and Harriman State Park, the St. Anthony Sand Dunes, nature walking through the Targhee National Forest. There are many opportunities for fishing, boating, and hiking. It is also only 80 miles away from Yellowstone National Park. Center Street offers many restaurants, shops, and services, along with many local parks nearby. Lows in January are about 9 degrees, with highs of a warm 84 degrees in July. The median home value is a very respectable $260,000.

#5 Meridian

Meridian, Idaho is situated in the southwestern part of the state and has about 115,000 people with about 35 square miles of land. Meridian is a small city with tons of things to see and do. Such as spending the day at Roaring Springs Water Park, Wahooz Family Fun Zone, and Settlers Park. It also has Magnolia Park and a few wineries with tasting rooms. This is a family-friendly city that has plenty of local parks. It is also located only about 15 miles from Boise, making it a perfect place for those who are not into big city traffic congestion but still want to be close to many economic opportunities. Not to mention, it also has about 26 golf courses nearby, including the Lakeview Golf Club and the Banbury Golf Course Eagle. Average winter lows are about 25 in January, and with average highs of about 91 in July. Median home prices are about $340,000.

#6 Ketchum

Ketchum is located in central Idaho near Sun Valley. It has a population of about 3,000 and a little over 3 miles of land. If you would like a suburban feel rather than rural, then Ketchum is for you. It is home to Sawtooth Botanical Garden, Ketchum Sun Valley Historical Society Heritage & Ski Museum, and Bald Mountain, which is perfect for skiing. It also has Sawtooth National Recreation Area, which is ideal for hiking, white water rafting, kayaking, fishing, and hunting. It is also close to Big Wood River, which is famous for its many fly fishing locations. It also has many of Sun Valley’s entertainment, including the Sun Valley Jazz Festival and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. It also has been the residence of notable celebrities, including Batman’s Adam West, Ernest Hemingway, and actors Scott Glenn and Tom Hanks. Ketchum has January lows of about 6 degrees, with summer highs of a warm and comfortable 81 degrees in July. The median home value in Ketchum is about $830,000.

#7 Eagle

Eagle is situated in southwestern Idaho with a population of about 30,000 people and 30 square miles of land. Eagle is known as very community-oriented and has a range of good performing schools. It also has a very reasonable cost of living and is only about 20 minutes away from Boise. Things to do and see include visiting Old Idaho Penitentiary Site, Boise River Greenbelt, and walking through the tranquil Idaho Botanical Garden. It also has Arboretum Park and is home to Eagle Island State Park, where people can swim, picnic, walks its trails, and more. If you would like a tight-knit community but you would also like to be close to a city with lots to do, then Eagle is the town for you. Average January lows are about 27 degrees, with rather hot summers, averaging 93 degrees in July. The median home value for Eagle is about $370,000.

#8 Coeur d'Alene

The city of Coeur d'Alene which is French for "Heart of an Awl" is located in northwestern Idaho bordering Washington State. It has a population of about 53,000 people and spans across 17 square miles. It is full of rich history and is known for its lower than average crime rate compared to other cities in Idaho. Coeur d'Alene is also full of endless venues of entertainment and outdoor recreation. Including McEuen Park and Dog Park, lakeside Tubbs Hill Park, and ziplining opportunities at Timberline Adventures. It also has many more parks, a beach, and has a local history and art museum. It is also a great location for golf enthusiasts. There are a total of about 13 golf courses within 20 miles of the city. It also has kayaking, fishing, and swimming on Lake Coeur d'Alene. It is also home to the Red Horse Mountain Dude Ranch, the waterpark Wild Waters, and the Silverwood Theme Park. It is also the primary business location for the microbrewery and highly respected CD'A Brewing Company, as well as our moving company, Coeur d'Alene Movers. January lows are about 25 degrees, with July highs in the warm 84-degree range. The median home value here is about $390,000.

#9 Idaho Falls

Idaho Falls is located in eastern Idaho with a population of about 63,000 and spanning 25 square miles. Things to do include visiting the Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park with its 400+ animals, the Museum of Idaho, and the Art Museum Of Eastern Idaho. It also has the Collectors Corner Museum, which is a great spot for those who like to look at all kinds of collectibles. It also has the Idaho Falls River Walk - Greenbelt Trail, which is perfect for cycling and walking. It also has a scenic river with great views. The large town also has many parks for picnics and spending time with the family. The city also has an aquarium, where folks can interact with all kinds of marine life. It is also home to the Colonial Theatre and Civic Auditorium which hosts plays, musicals, and events. The average low is about 13 degrees in January, with July highs of around 86 degrees. Median home values for this area is a quite affordable $255,000.

#10 Rexburg

Rexburg is situated in eastern Idaho with a population of about 30,000 and spans across 11 square miles. Popular attractions with the locals include visiting the Legacy Flight Museum, the Museum of Rexburg, as well as spending a day at the Rexburg Rapids waterpark. It also has Nature Park, which is popular for disc golf, picnics, and feeding the local geese and ducks. It also has two golf courses within city limits, as well as plenty of fishing spots, such as Box Canyon/Henry’s Fork of the Snake River. The average lows in January are about 11 degrees, with summer highs in July of around 84 degrees. The median home value is around $275,000.

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