What To Expect When Moving to Western Idaho

What To Expect When Moving to Western Idaho

Idaho is a northwestern US state that can get lost in comparison to its neighbors. After all, Wyoming has the beauty of Yellowstone, and Washington has the bustle of Seattle. However, Idaho is a great state to call home. The western half of the state in particular has a lot to offer, from the industrial capital of Boise to the wonder of Hells Canyon. Keep reading to learn what to expect—and what not to expect—when moving to western Idaho.

Expect Extreme Weather in the Summer and Winter

Western Idaho—and the rest of the state—doesn’t experience extreme weather events often. However, the daily weather in the summer and winter can feel extreme.

The average temperature in July is in the 90s, which is plenty hot, especially since the average July humidity in Boise is 36 percent. Expect the air to feel thick and hot.

The average temperature in December is in the 20s, which is plenty cold, especially when you consider that Boise’s average snowfall is 20 inches. Expect the air and the ground to feel extremely cold.

Don’t Expect Potato Fields

Despite the extreme weather, Idaho experiences all four seasons, which makes it a great place for agriculture. One of the most popular agricultural products is potatoes. However, that doesn’t mean potatoes grow everywhere. Most potato fields are in eastern and south-central Idaho, so you won’t see many around your home in the west.

Expect a Lower-Than-Average Cost of Living

The entire state offers a lower-than-average cost of living, whether you’re near or far from popular potato fields. While prices can increase in and around cities, especially major ones like Boise, the average is still lower than that of the rest of the US.

For example, the average California family pays over $16,000 a year for childcare. In Idaho, the average cost is half that at $7,500. Likewise, while the average US resident spends $430 on groceries every month, most Idaho residents spend around $275.

Don’t Expect Public Transit

Make sure you save some of the money you keep from Idaho’s lower cost of living. Public transit is rare in cities and nonexistent outside of them, so you’ll need a car. Add car payments, insurance, and gas into your budget as you prepare your move to western Idaho.

Expect To Spend a Lot of Time Outside

Since you’ll need a car in Idaho, you can use it to explore the great outdoors. Idahoans love getting outside, so you’ll fit right in if you also do. While you can enjoy natural wonders around the state, we suggest starting in Hells Canyon, which is in the west and close to your new home.

You can take a quick look at the Hells Canyon Archeological District if you love history or go straight for the adventure of a jet boat river tour. Camping, fishing, and hiking are also popular activities around the Hells Canyon Wilderness and other outdoor areas in Idaho.

Life in western Idaho has many benefits, from a lower cost of living to incredible natural wonders. Now you know what to expect when moving to this great location.

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