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Retire to Idaho

Idaho was admitted to the United States in 1890 as the 43rd state.

Mount McGown, Idaho
Mount McGown in the Sawtooth National Forest of Idaho
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Idaho is in the northwest region of the U.S. with Washington and Oregon to the west and Montana and Wyoming to the east.

Idaho is the one of the least populated states in the U.S. Boise is the capital and largest city. Idaho's terrain is rugged and mountainous with wild rivers, deep canyons and vast lakes.

Climate in the west is affected by the Pacific Ocean, tempering the cold in the winter and causing above average precipitation. The eastern part of the state is drier with more extreme temperatures.

Agriculture, lumber, wood products and manufacturing, particularly semiconductors, lead Idaho's economy. Taxes in Idaho are higher than average.

Retirement Cities

Idaho is a favorite of retirees and three places are included in our survey of best places to retire. Get video tours of these great cities at Idaho videos.

Coeur dAlene, ID
To the Coeur dAlene, ID City Report
Ranks high in: Taxes
Population: 50,285
City Type: Lakes & Rivers, Mountains
Climate Type: Cool & Dry
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Boise, ID
To the Boise, ID City Report
Ranks high in: Population Growth, Taxes, Medical Care
Population: 223,154
City Type: Mountains, Lakes & Rivers, College Town, State Capital
Climate Type: Cool & Dry
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Pocatello, ID
To the Pocatello, ID City Report
Ranks high in: Home Prices, Big City Home Price Comparison, Taxes, Man-Made(Nuclear) Hazard Risk
Population: 54,746
City Type: Lakes & Rivers, Mountains, College Town
Climate Type: Cool & Dry
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