What’s Up with Idaho?

As far as states go, Idaho is flying under the radar. There are fewer people living in the entire state than there are in Phoenix, Arizona, and the state never seems to make waves in the national news cycle. In fact, most people would have a hard time coming up with a fact about Idaho that didn't have to do with potatoes. Though few people make it out to the Gem State, it is a shame that it doesn't get more recognition. Idaho is a naturally stunning state with boatloads of outdoor recreation and small town charm. And with an incredibly low cost of living, Idaho is an awesome place to call home.

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Natural Splendor Aplenty

Covered in mountains, pine trees, and sparkling teal lakes, Idaho is a landscape painting come to life. In many ways, Idaho is the embodiment of the rugged American West. A large percentage of the state is classified as national forest, which provides plenty of opportunity for hiking and camping. The Snake River winds its way across the state, which attracts fishermen from all across the northwest.

Idaho also hosts an array of more unusual natural landmarks. Craters of the Moon National Monument is a strange, black, basaltic lava field that seems to belong on a different planet. And in Southwest Idaho, enormous mountains of sand emerge from Bruneau Sand Dune State Park.

Idaho Natural Beauty

Endless Opportunity for Outdoor Enthusiasts

This incredible natural bounty makes for plenty of outdoor recreation activities. Idaho has the most miles of white water in the lower 48. Idahoans aren't afraid to make a splash; residents love hitting the river for white water rafting and kayaking. If you aren't an adrenaline junkie, there are plenty of ways of enjoying Idaho's water features in a more laid back way. The state has the highest number of usable natural hot springs in the country. Some of Idaho's 130 natural hot springs require a trek to enjoy, but others are easily accessible for an afternoon of steamy soaking.

In the wintertime, Idaho is a snowy paradise for skiers and snowboarders. Sun Valley is a world-renowned ski resort with two incredible mountains: Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain. The first chairlift ever built was in Sun Valley, Idaho, and the area has produced a slew of Olympic skiers and snowboarders.

Small Town Americana

In terms of local culture, Idaho is refreshingly Americana. From juicy hamburgers, to mom and pop diners, to corner ice cream shops, Idaho is full of small town charm. If you want to see just how much Americana charm Idaho has to offer, look no further than the National Oldtime Fiddlers' Competition and Festival, which is hosted annually in Wiesner, Idaho and attracts some of the most talented fiddlers in the country.

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An Affordable Place to Call Home

Across the state, the cost of living is very affordable. Overall, the average rent for a one bedroom in Idaho is $968 per month, more than $500 less than the average rent for a one bedroom nationwide, which is $1509 per month.

If you want to live in Idaho, there are a variety of cities to consider. The largest city in Idaho is Boise, which is also the state capitol. More than twice the size of the next biggest city in the state, Boise has the most options for dining and culture. Rents in Boise average $932 per month. One bedrooms cost $867 on average and two bedrooms cost $985 on average.

Up north in the Idaho panhandle is Coeur d'Alene, a small but stunning town. Right along the edge of an enormous, brilliantly blue lake, Coeur D'Alene is a popular destination for families across the northwest. The average rent in Coeur d'Alene is $797 per month. One bedrooms cost $736 on average and two bedrooms go for $798 per month.

Idaho Falls is another cool spot in Idaho. Right along the Snake River, the town is named for the magnificent waterfall right in the middle of the city. Housing in Idaho Falls is incredibly affordable. Rent averages $664 across the city, with one bedrooms going for $461 and two bedrooms costing $601 per month on average.

Idaho House

Ok, About Those Potatoes

Idaho is famous for its potatoes, and for a good reason! The state produces more potatoes than any other state in the country, and potatoes are Idaho's largest agricultural crop. Whether you like your potatoes mashed, baked, roasted or fried, when in Idaho you can be assured that you are eating the freshest and best potato the state has to offer.

Whether you are a ski bum, an avid fisherman, or just a potato enthusiast, Idaho will delight and surprise you. If you want to call the Gem State "home" check out our Idaho rental listings to find your perfect place today.

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