Idaho – Retirement Guide

Idaho   Retirement Guide

Top Retirement Cities in Idaho: 

Coeur d’Alene

The first thing that crosses a lot of folks’ minds when they think of Idaho is, alas, potatoes, not retirement. But dig a bit deeper, and you’ll discover Idaho’s bounty is far richer than that — the state’s stunning natural landscape, luxe ski resorts and array of outdoor activities like hiking and fishing are true draws for retirees.

Nope, Idaho is no potato-growing backwater. Indeed, the state’s city’s, like Boise, offer a vibrant cultural scene, including orchestras, museums and theaters, while smaller resort town’s, like Coeur d’Alene lie near gorgeous lakes and prime fishing and hiking spots.

Living in Idaho, you’ll find yourself surrounded by huge swaths of land protected by the Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management. The state’s location also makes it an easy departure point for accessing some of the nation’s most incredible National Parks, including Grand Teton and Yellowstone. In Idaho, retirees can explore all manner of natural landscapes, from the Rocky Mountains, to rivers, lakes, canyons and waterfalls.

Pros: Gorgeous natural landscape; access to excellent fishing, hiking and golf
Con: Frigid winters

At a Glance:
Best For: Outdoor lovers
Population: 1,595,728
Cost of Living: 6% less than national average
Median Home Cost: $178,000
Unemployment: 6.3%
Top State Income Tax: 7.4%

While Idaho’s cost of living falls below the national average, it’s top state tax rate remains on the high side, at 7.4%. Additionally, retirees should be prepared to face incredibly cold winters; however, they’ll be rewarded with a temperate summer climate.

Top Retirement Cities in Idaho:  Coeur d’Alene

Photo by The Knowles Gallery via Flickr. All statistics were up to date as of publication. See these sources for the most current data.