1. Cultural Diversity

Idaho is home to several immigrant groups with notable histories. Specifically, Idaho is home to significant numbers of people with historical English, Native American, German, and Mexican historical ties.

Cultural centers in the Treasure Valley region of southern Idaho include the Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho and the Basque Center in downtown Boise.

Geography has shaped the Idahoan identity, imprinting aesthetic and recreational aspects upon the culture. For example, consider that the world’s first chairlift was built in Sun Valley and that skiing is cherished as an Idaho pastime. Additionally, the rivers and high mountain lakes of Idaho contribute to a rich fishing culture within the state. The significance of Idaho’s fishing culture is partly revealed by the impact of fishing recreation on the economy of Idaho.

Other cultural variations arising from geography should be noted as well. For example, the state features some areas that could be classified as urban (such as Boise), and others that could be classified as decidedly rural. (Source: Wikipedia)

2. Safe Living Environment

According to FBI statistics, Idaho’s crime rate is the lowest in the West. The rate of serious crime is 21.3 percent less than the national average.

3. Natural Beauty and Plenty to Do

Idaho offers some of the best outdoor recreation and sightseeing in the west. Check out adventure videos. Almost 70 percent of Idaho is public lands, from state parks and county parks to national monuments and reserves. Thousands of miles for whitewater rafting/kayaking to world-class fishing, there’s a water adventure waiting for you in Idaho. Idaho has more whitewater river miles than any other state in the lower 48. Take in numerous awe-inspiring peaks, scenic by-ways, geological formations, lush green forests and wilderness areas, camping, hiking, and a waterfall higher than Niagara. During winter, enjoy some high-adrenaline sports activities such as skiing and snowboarding. Take a tour or check out the 2018 Idaho Travel Guide! 

4. Low Cost of Living

Based on average housing costs, utilities, health care, transportation, groceries and other services, Idaho’s cost of living is the second lowest of the 11 western states.

5. Climate

Idaho’s climate is diverse and influenced by weather patterns off the Pacific Ocean. Generally, the northern part of the state receives more precipitation than southern Idaho, which has warmer summer temperatures. Read more

6. Accessibility

Major airports include the Boise Airport serving the southwest region of Idaho, and the Spokane International Airport (located in Spokane, Washington), which serves northern Idaho. Other airports with scheduled service are the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport serving the Palouse; the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Airport, serving the Lewis-Clark Valley and north central and west central Idaho; The Magic Valley Regional Airport in Twin Falls; the Idaho Falls Regional Airport; and the Pocatello Regional Airport. Read more