Moving to Idaho and What To Know

Posted by Hughes Group Blog on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 at 8:44am.


Idaho is one of the fastest growing states in the country. Some of this is because people tend not to leave the state once they are there, but there are quite a few people who move there every month and on an annual basis. If you are one of those people who has a plan to make Idaho their home in the near future, whether you are just surveying it for a time in a few years or if your move is imminent in the coming weeks or months, the idea of moving to Idaho can be daunting. You have probably heard only a little bit about what goes on in Idaho and it was probably only a blanket statement like “Idaho has a lot of potatoes” or “there are more cows than people in Idaho” but the state has a lot more going on than that, good or bad. So, to alleviate some of the concerns you might have about your new home and to give you an idea of what to expect, I have collected a few things you should probably know about Idaho before you make your move. 

The best thing about Idaho has to be its natural side and all of the wilderness there is to witness and wildlife there is to watch. Idaho is a big state with a small population (Though it is not in the top rankings for either of those figures) and that means there is going to be a lot of nature to explore. In the southern regions of the state, there is not always a lot to see. If you like to look at flat fields that just go on and on, you are in luck, because this is where a lot of the agricultural stuff in the state goes on (And there is a lot of it), but certain parts of the south are very interesting and once you start to go north, things get quite cool indeed. Probably the most unique feature of the southern parts of Idaho is the Snake River. All kinds of interesting natural landscapes tend to crop up around the river as it winds its way along the state’s belt, and the river itself is fascinating to look at and a lot of fun to jump in. North of the Treasure Valley you can find pretty much every kind of natural thing you might want to see. You have mountains, forests, more rivers, plains, and just every other kind of terrain you can think of. One of the truly fantastic aspects of Idaho in this regard is that you do not have to abandon civilization to enjoy the wild side of the state. There are still big cities that are in close driving distance of the natural sites. You can basically have your cake and eat it too.

Another really cool thing about Idaho is that it is easy to find a job. The economy of the state, in general, is just doing really well. In fact, this might be the reason you are moving to Idaho, to begin with. However, if your job situation is a little more fluid and you are worried about where you are going to find your next paycheck, you probably are not going to have much trouble when you get to Idaho. The job search is still something you are going to have to go through (You are very unlikely to just fall into a job unless you have friends or family that can hook you up), but that search is going to be significantly easier to go through. Further, your area of expertise largely does not matter. If you have a tech degree and need a job in that field, you will probably find it in Idaho. If you need something more physical and blue collar, you are going to be equally in luck. The same way Idaho as every kind of natural feature on offer, it has pretty much every kind of job field open and looking for workers. Right now, Idaho is just a great place to be if you are worried about the financial side of life.

Of course, Idaho is not all moonbeams and golden horseshoes. There are some things that are just not that great, though there usually is no bad without some amount of good. One of the chief annoyances you are going to run into in Idaho is the weather. Mostly, it is the winter that is going to cause you problems. Idaho does not get the worst winters around, but it is a big state that is far north, and it does share a border with Canada (Which is known to have intermittently severe winters, though that depends on where you are in Canada). You are going to need to be ready to bundle up against the cold and you will want to learn how to drive in snowy and icy conditions, especially if you come from a part of the country or world where snow is uncommon, and the weather is usually very temperate. Basically, just slow down when you are driving and do not be afraid to just stay inside all day if things look bad outside. 

Finally, there is a weird weather feature that is specific to the Treasure Valley region of Idaho which is statistically likely to be the place you are moving (If it is not, just ignore this part and look up the quirks of where you are moving). It is called the inversion and is a phenomenon that tends to crop up wherever large mountains block air currents from escaping a certain area. Boise and the area around it can hold on to fog and smog for a long time and you can have cloudy weather for days on end. Weather features tend to stick around.

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