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I've visited Twin Falls. That's about it.

Idaho sounds more interesting to me every day. I would enjoy learning more about nice places in Idaho to relocate to.
The question is what do you like? Big city (not that big) or (very) small town?, mountains? hunting and fishing? river sports? snow sports? motorcycling? deserts? high mountains? High tech (Hewlet Packard, Crucial, nuclear industry, Simplot Chemicals and other companies)? We have all of these and more in this state, all with freedom. Our state issued a tax refund this year (2020) when the budget was met. Constitutional carry, several gun and ammunition manufacturers, plenty of ranges to shoot on, and plenty of shootable open areas. Next door neighbors could be 50 feet or 2 miles away, depending on where you live, and rush hour doesn't comparably exist.

So, what are you after?
 

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The question is what do you like? Big city (not that big) or (very) small town?, mountains? hunting and fishing? river sports? snow sports? motorcycling? deserts? high mountains? High tech (Hewlet Packard, Crucial, nuclear industry, Simplot Chemicals and other companies)? We have all of these and more in this state, all with freedom. Our state issued a tax refund this year (2020) when the budget was met. Constitutional carry, several gun and ammunition manufacturers, plenty of ranges to shoot on, and plenty of shootable open areas. Next door neighbors could be 50 feet or 2 miles away, depending on where you live, and rush hour doesn't comparably exist.

So, what are you after?
Prefer small or mid-sized town just outside of a city big enough to have modern health care, businesses & an airport not too far off. Prefer mountains over desert. I like blue sky & sunshine, but tired of hot weather. Never had a true four season climate before. Hiking, Hunting, Fishing, Boating/Water Sports, Motorcycling = Yes.
High Tech? Don't care, just need a good I'net connection.
 

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Prefer small or mid-sized town just outside of a city big enough to have modern health care, businesses & an airport not too far off. Prefer mountains over desert. I like blue sky & sunshine, but tired of hot weather. Never had a true four season climate before. Hiking, Hunting, Fishing, Boating/Water Sports, Motorcycling = Yes.
High Tech? Don't care, just need a good I'net connection.
Health care is top notch in this state, and even in the rural areas is great.

With the High tech in this state, most areas have good to awesome internet connections. Idaho is a main trunk connection to the northwest US for communications.

Twin Falls, you've been to.
On the eastern side of the state:
Pocatello (Poky) is in a valley between two mountains, while Chubbuck is just north of Pocatello and closer to the (high plateau) plains.
Idaho Falls is at the base of a mountain range on one side and sage brush desert on the other.

On the west side of the state:
Boise and its' surrounding area are very populated, but a short distance from mountains and scrub desert.
Mountain Home has mountains at a distance (who knew?) and a military base.

Up north:
Cour 'dAlene is IN the mountains and a beautiful area It's on I90 with quick access to Portland. Lake Cour 'dAlene is just outside of town.

You can find many smallish towns that are not far from bigger towns. Travel in most of the state is full speed. Idahoans generally complain if it takes 10 minutes to get to the other end of town.
Twin Falls to Pocatello is 1.5 hours.
Twin Falls to Boise is 2 hours.
Pocatello to Idaho Falls is 45 mins.
Twin Falls to Salt Lake City is 3.5 hours.
The short time between locations means any activity is close. Many reservoirs, lakes, rivers for watersports and fishing next to desert and mountain for hunting, camping and motorcycling. Arts and entertainment are plentiful, whatever your preference.

Perhaps a vacation to Idaho would help you decide.

As for weather, you name it we get most of it. Sub zero to occasional one hundred plus temps, wind, snow, rain, and plenty of mild days. I've seen snow on the 4th of July, and 80 degrees in January occasionally
 

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yep, Idaho does have some strange ones, but overall, the crime rate is extremely low. Criminals know most people are armed and we shoot when we see crime.
It is not unusual to see CCWs in any store you go into, if you know what to look for.
 

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Health care is top notch in this state, and even in the rural areas is great.

With the High tech in this state, most areas have good to awesome internet connections. Idaho is a main trunk connection to the northwest US for communications.

Twin Falls, you've been to.
On the eastern side of the state:
Pocatello (Poky) is in a valley between two mountains, while Chubbuck is just north of Pocatello and closer to the (high plateau) plains.
Idaho Falls is at the base of a mountain range on one side and sage brush desert on the other.

On the west side of the state:
Boise and its' surrounding area are very populated, but a short distance from mountains and scrub desert.
Mountain Home has mountains at a distance (who knew?) and a military base.

Up north:
Cour 'dAlene is IN the mountains and a beautiful area It's on I90 with quick access to Portland. Lake Cour 'dAlene is just outside of town.

You can find many smallish towns that are not far from bigger towns. Travel in most of the state is full speed. Idahoans generally complain if it takes 10 minutes to get to the other end of town.
Twin Falls to Pocatello is 1.5 hours.
Twin Falls to Boise is 2 hours.
Pocatello to Idaho Falls is 45 mins.
Twin Falls to Salt Lake City is 3.5 hours.
The short time between locations means any activity is close. Many reservoirs, lakes, rivers for watersports and fishing next to desert and mountain for hunting, camping and motorcycling. Arts and entertainment are plentiful, whatever your preference.

Perhaps a vacation to Idaho would help you decide.

As for weather, you name it we get most of it. Sub zero to occasional one hundred plus temps, wind, snow, rain, and plenty of mild days. I've seen snow on the 4th of July, and 80 degrees in January occasionally
Thanks for the info. I do need to take a trip & look around. Saw Twin Falls when Evel Knievel was setting up to jump the canyon. I was a kid back then. Went once more, but was only there for a couple days. Can't say I know the area. Remember it being windy, real windy!

I've lived along I-5 in Wa, Or & Southern Ca. at various times until they became undesirable to me. Mostly been in the SW deserts. I like the mountains. Wouldn't hurt my feelings if I never saw temperatures above 75 degrees again. Dips into the freezing temps is OK.

As far as strange ones? After you've lived in the desert & the PNW for a while, you've pretty much seen strange.
 

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Wind? We have wind. If it's not breezy, you wonder what's wrong. I know of 7 different wind turbine farms in the state, though hydro provides most of the power.

Cost of living is one of the lowest in the US, FYI.

You WILL see above 75 degrees, but low humidity most of the year.

The Evel Knievel ramp is still there, but there are many better vacation / recreation spots to visit in the state.
 

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Eastern Idaho resident here too. Roving gangs, meth addicts, broken down cars in people's yards everywhere here. It's so dangerous even Mormons do drive by shootings out here. I hear Washington and Oregon are good places for all the Californians looking to move.
 

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Seriously, stop moving here. My house has gone up nearly 2x what I paid for it in a year.
Yep, mine too, live in Boise... unfortunately I don't see this as a big advantage. more taxes, less opportunity to both downsize or upsize at this point. Right now it's really hard to say how much that's because of covid or just people moving here, but I don't think there is a single license plate I haven't seen driving around From Alaska to Florida. Have some realtor friends that are having a hard time given all the low inventory and less deals being made overall. Comparatively everything is just crowded compared to a couple of years ago, trails, streets, restaurants. etc. Maybe it's time to move to Montana :cool:
 

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I'm more worried about all the dems moving here. My brother was in Denver BEFORE they made pot legal and the local government was about 50/50 now they are so far left they think socialism is a good thing....
Idaho is an awesome state because it is red. No Fu#%ing excuses, on voting day. We need to keep Idaho free and red.
 

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I was born and raised in CDA and it got so packed over the year my wife and I sold our houses in the summer of 2019 and bought 20 acres in Sagle with a decent house, garage, two creeks, and all the wildlife you could want. The issue is some Commiefornian wanted to buy it for triple what we paid for it and develop it into 5 acre lots. Idaho is not Idaho anymore. It's driving the locals to Montana and Wyoming because they can't afford housing in their own state. Traffic is just atrocious in CDA. I have to commute from Sagle to CDA every day. I remember 2.5 years ago you could get on 95 and not see many cars AT ALL north of Hayden and now it's literally packed from CDA all the way to Sandpoint (like bumper to bumper) from 8 am to 6 pm every day.
 

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State is changing fast since the politicians keep courting business and growth, and folks from California are moving here in droves. Crime is going up, real estate prices are sky high, and the quality of life is going down fast just like other parts of the country. Last two years have been insane.
 

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We have a very simple solution but it's a hard one to overcome. STOP SEEING DOLLAR SIGNS AND DONT SELL OUT IDAHO!. Problem is too many Idahoans are cashing in on the tremendous sale opportunities and selling out Idaho one house at a time. If Californians and other liberals can't buy a house they can't move here. Greed is ruining this state with each sale, eventually people "upgrading" thier properties will end up loosing thier property when all the Californians get elected, turn Idaho into a liberal sh*thole, and drive up our property taxes to pay for all thier idiotic social programs. So please for the love of our state and way of life STOP selling out to the Liberal Locust Horde and Keep Idaho Red! Lastly, get out and Fing vote, otherwise you might as well be a liberal. Ok shutting up and getting off my soapbox. Merry Christmas, unless you are a liberal then Happy monkey fish frog holiday, now go back to craft beer and your pretentious soy latte land of CA.
 
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