55+ Resident Profiles

Idaho: Where the Adventure Never Ends

January 10, 2021 • Fenny Peiffer

idaho wooden sign with winter background

If standing beneath blue skies peering over a majestic mountain range sounds like a piece of heaven, imagine being able to call it home? Idaho, is a place of captivating natural beauty, rich history, and wholesome living making it one of the top retirement destinations in the country. Known for its rugged wilderness, and an undeniable spirit of adventure, Idaho’s notoriety for affordable living, and beauty has moved this highly desirable location to the top of the list for livability time, and time again. Forbes ranked Idaho second in the country for it’s idyllic economy, and having one of the lowest crime rates in the nation. With twenty two active adult communities throughout the state, this gem is meant to be discovered one adventure at a time.

Located in the Northwestern part of the country, Idaho’s hot summers, and cold, snowy winters provide year round recreation for 55+ outdoor enthusiasts who embrace adventure whether that means boarding a ski lift at Silver Mountain Resort, or cooling off on a whitewater rafting excursion through 3,500 miles of river, and spectacular mountain canyons. With its dense forest regions, and abundant agricultural resources, it’s no surprise Idaho is associated with its infamous potato crop, and farming industry. A unique feature to this age friendly destination are the numerous hot springs from The Springs in Idaho City, to Miracle Hot Springs in Buhl, where active adults can truly experience the relaxed vibe, and natural wonderland Idaho is known for.

Boomers, and retirees will find affordable 55+ communities from low maintenance apartments and town-houses, to single family detached homes. According to Zillow, the current median home value is $180,000 with the average rent being $1,000. Idaho also fares well in the tax department with no taxes placed on social security, as well as reasonable property rates, and a current sales tax of 6%. Idaho’s low cost of living allows retirees to free up income for hobbies, and entertainment with affordable yet vibrant cities like Boise, Post Falls, and Meridian providing high quality living, at a reasonable cost.

Whether experiencing the thrill of Hell’s Canyon on the Snake River, cross country skiing at Schweitzer Mountain Resort, or having a leisurely picnic at one of approximately 28 state parks that wouldn’t be complete without a piece of the state’s famous huckleberry pie, outdoor adventures are endless. The state capital of Boise is a taste of the big city with a breathtaking mountain backdrop with walkable downtown areas near historic landmarks, and amenities including the Boise Art Museum, Bronco stadium, an array of pubs, and who can forget the Boise Town Square Mall coined a paradise for shoppers. It’s outdoorsy, it’s charming, it’s Coeur d’Alene. Located in the northern part of the state, this lakefront destination is upscale, and beautiful perfect for retirees who love that small town feel with plenty of festivals, and events, complete with high end dining, and shopping. Idaho native, or empty nester, once you’ve experienced the lifestyle, you’ll never look back.

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