Idaho - Real Estate
Move to Idaho
Don't let names such as Snake River and Hells Canyon fool you; Idaho is filled with hundreds of acres of stunning countryside. Government parks, reserves and preserves constitute almost 70 percent of the land for all residents and tourists to enjoy. While most of the state’s residents are found in the major cities, those living in the more rural areas enjoy a more peaceful, yet rugged, way of life. Idaho has a great school system and a low crime rate, making this a great place for families to settle down.
The median home price in Idaho is around $120,000. Compared to the other western states, the cost of living is the second lowest with state personal income tax ranging in 8 income brackets from 1.6 to 7.8 percent.
With one of the lowest crime rates in the western United States, Idaho residents have a wide variety of housing styles to choose from at moderate prices. Housing types include: Single Family, Multi-Family, Residential, Investment Properties, New Developments, Town Homes & Condominiums, Acreage, Golf Communities, Horse Properties, Farm Land, Retirement Communities, Vacation Homes, Victorians and Ranches.
Known as the potato producer, Idaho’s diversified economy is lead by the science and technology sector. Home to such companies as Micron Technology Inc., Hewlett-Packard and Dell, Inc., Idaho is the only US manufacturer of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips. Agriculture is still important to the state, producing a third of the potatoes grown in the nation, other industries include lumber, wood and paper products, chemical products, electronics manufacturing, mining and tourism. Albertsons, Simplot Corporation and Mountain Home Air Force Base are some of the state’s largest employers.
With unparalleled beauty found throughout the west, Idaho is filled with snow-capped mountains, tree-lined creeks and crystal clear lakes. For nature and outdoor enthusiasts alike, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy. There’s plenty of mountain climbing, biking, hiking, skiing and snowboarding, whitewater rafting, kayaking and canoeing, hunting and camping. Near Twin Falls, you’ll find Hells Canyon, the deepest river gorge in the US with a 212 foot drop. In some of the more metropolitan areas, cultural activities can be seen in a variety of venues including concerts, art shows and museums. Resorts and gold courses are featured as well as some great shopping. Communities enjoy annual festivals such as Paul Bunyan Days and the include Idaho International Film Festival.
Idaho's climate varies throughout the state, while most areas experience hot, dry summers and cold, wet winters, while in the south, summers are wet and the winters are dry. It's unusual for the temperatures to reach above 100 degrees or below zero. Not only does the climate vary from the north to the south, so does the landscape. In the north, mountains, lakes, vineyards and wineries are common in the area, while in the south, the landscape features mountains, plains and breath-taking waterfalls.
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