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.
Con: Frigid winters
Best For: Outdoor lovers
Cost of Living: 6% less than national average
Median Home Cost: $178,000
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.