There’s one thing you’ll have to get used to once you move to Idaho and that’s never running out of something fun to do. Idaho is the Northwest’s best-kept secret for recreation, culture, and just about anything you can think of.
Living and working in Idaho is a great experience, no matter where you decide to call home. The people and workforce of Idaho bring together an eclectic mix of backgrounds and expertise. Whether you’re in technology, agriculture, or manufacturing, you’re going to find driven, like-minded professionals who share a passion for success.
Idaho has the second lowest cost-of-living of the eleven western states. You can be sure that wherever your workforce calls home, they can not only survive, but thrive in Idaho. Every region of Idaho provides a unique combination of urban and outdoor settings, providing a higher quality of life. In fact, with average commute times of just under 21 minutes, Idaho workers get to work, home, and outdoors faster than other western metro areas.
Imagine having something fun to do every weekend without the heavy traffic, long lines, and the budget-breaking prices.
Cost of Living
On the basis of average housing costs, utilities, healthcare, transportation, groceries, and other services, Idaho’s cost of living is the lowest of the eleven western states. The chart below provides a comparison of the relative cost of living in the western states averaged over four consecutive quarters. Source ACCRA
Cost of Living Index
Source: intermountainmls.com, realtytrac.com
Average Single Family Housing Cost
|COMMUNITY (COUNTY)||AVERAGE VALUE|
|Coeur d’Alene (Kootenai)||$222,923|
|Idaho Falls (Bonneville)||$177,447|
|Ketchum/Sun Valley (Blaine)||$346,429|
|Lewiston (Nez Perce)||$163,080|
|Mountain Home (Elmore)||$164,449|
|Twin Falls (Twin Falls)||$155,741|
The combined total of state and local taxes on income, property, sales and autos for a family three with a $50,000 annual income in Boise is lower than that in the largest city of 36 other states, including the District of Colombia. Idaho also has the 3rd lowest property tax in the country, and homeowner only have to pay taxes on 50% of the assessed value of the primary residence.