Best & Worst States: What is Idaho no. 1 at?

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People began moving to Idaho because of gold discoveries in the region. Due to its remote location and challenging geography, it was the last European state to be encountered by European colonists.

In 1805, Lewis and Clark explored the region with their guide Sacagawea. After Fort Henry finished, fur traders only completed their work in that area in 5 years. The Oregon Trail became increasingly popular to traverse the western states, and as more families traveled west, some decided to settle in Idaho, founding Franklin in 1860.

Long ago, the United States and Britain claimed Idaho simultaneously. There was a significant push for Orofino Creek to become an official U.S. territory following Elias Pierce's discovery of gold. Idaho was the 43rd state as it joined the Union in 1890. 

Here are a few of the best things in Idaho:

Best: One of the safest places to live in the U.S.

Due to its open spaces, Idaho is a generally safe place to live. Despite living in one of the state's urban centers, Boise, Twin Falls, and other cities still have lower crime rates than similar settings at different times of the year. Investing numerous resources into the law-enforcement community is one of the reasons crime is less prevalent in Idaho. There used to be more police officers in Boise than in any other city in the country.

Best: Competitive housing

According to information published by Zillow, the average selling price of homes in the state in 2017 was just over $160,000. As a result, the average mortgage payment for households in Idaho was about $1,200. If you are interested in renting a single-family home in the state, you can find a place for about $750 per month.

If you want to spend less on rent, look for deals outside the major cities since rent prices in those areas are generally higher. A three-bedroom apartment can be as cheap as $100 per month in rural areas. There are still 1-bedroom options under $500 per month in Boise.

On the other hand, it is not all sunshine and smiles in Idaho as it also has its drawbacks. Check out some of the worst things in Idaho:

Worst: Gun ownership is almost everywhere

If you live in Idaho, you should take the Second Amendment seriously. That's not because everyone is in the mood for a gunfight. Hunters take a right to defend their property and loved ones very seriously, and it is a way of life here. The state is a state that permits the owner and user of guns to self-defend and bears arms. If you carry the firearm, you don't need a license either, so hammer down the fact that you'll see holsters around your hips – even when you live in Boise.

It's only natural that three primary topics spark a captivating debate in conversation: trucks, gears, and guns. You might have a hard time living here if you're not into that.

Worst: There is minimal public transit

Idaho has a very minimal public transportation system. If you do not own a vehicle and intend to move to Idaho, you need to solve this disadvantage right away. Your options are almost non-existent unless you live in Boise or one of the other large cities. Despite their popularity in urban areas, Uber and Lyft are rare in rural areas of the state. Buses and rails are your public transportation options, but the systems do not operate very efficiently.

This problem also extends to some of the traveling infrastructures within the state. If you want to fly out of the region, you will need to book a connecting flight through Seattle, Portland, Denver, or Salt Lake City.

Bonus: Here are some interesting facts about Idaho:

  1. The Cataldo mission is the oldest building in the state.
  2. American Falls is unique from most communities because the entire town was moved in the mid-1920s when the original American Falls Dam was constructed.
  3. Rexburg is home to Ricks College, the largest private two-year college in the nation.
  4. Elk River is the Idaho Champion Western Red Cedar Tree home, a giant tree in the state. Estimated to be over 3000 years old, this giant is more than 18 feet in diameter and stands 177 feet tall.
  5. Albertson College of Idaho in Caldwell was founded as the College of Idaho in 1891 and is the state's oldest four-year institution of higher learning.
  6. Perched at 9,500 feet on Trinity Mountain is the highest fire lookout in the Boise National Forest.
  7. In Idaho, the law forbids a citizen to give another citizen a box of candy that weighs more than 50 pounds.
  8. The city of Grace in the Gem Valley is most famous for its certified seed potatoes.
  9. Blackfoot is home to the Eastern Idaho State Fair.
  10. The Dworshak Reservoir is over 50 miles long. The Dworshak Dam is in Orofino.

Are you enjoying it so far? Comment down what you think about the worst and best things about Idaho! 


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