Best counties to live in Idaho

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June 17, 2021
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Best counties to live in Idaho

What makes a particular county the best? Oftentimes, it's a good mix of opportunities for fun outdoor activities and cultural attractions. Throw in some historical sites, good schools, job opportunities, and affordable housing, and the county will most likely have happy residents.

Stacker compiled a list of the best counties to live in Idaho using rankings from Niche. Niche ranks counties by a variety of factors including: public schools, educational attainment, cost of living, and housing.

Many counties on the list are experiencing growth due to their job opportunities, education, or home values. Others are adored for their historic or well-designed value, or devotion to cultural opportunities. Keep reading to see if your county made the list.

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#7. Cassia County

- Population: 23,690
- Median home value: $162,100 (70% own)
- Median rent: $647 (30% rent)
- Median household income: $52,935
- Top public schools: Declo Senior High School (B), Oakley Elementary School (B), Oakley Junior/Senior High School (B)
- Top private schools:
- Top places to live: Burley (B), Declo (B), Oakley (C+)
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#6. Bingham County

- Population: 45,839
- Median home value: $160,100 (77% own)
- Median rent: $662 (23% rent)
- Median household income: $55,472
- Top public schools: Riverview Elementary School (B+), Riverside Elementary School (B), Snake River Middle School (B)
- Top private schools: Lillian Vallely School (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Blackfoot (B), Moreland (B), Shelley (B)
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#5. Blaine County

- Population: 22,373
- Median home value: $428,900 (70% own)
- Median rent: $933 (30% rent)
- Median household income: $56,694
- Top public schools: Wood River High School (A), Ernest Hemingway Elementary School (A), Wood River Middle School (A)
- Top private schools: Sun Valley Community School (A+), The Sage School (A), Pioneer Montessori School (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Ketchum (B+), Sun Valley (B), Bellevue (B)
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#4. Bonneville County

- Population: 114,392
- Median home value: $181,200 (70% own)
- Median rent: $819 (30% rent)
- Median household income: $60,615
- Top public schools: White Pine Charter School (A), Swan Valley Elementary School (A), American Heritage Charter School (B+)
- Top private schools: Watersprings School (B), Holy Rosary Catholic School (unavailable), Snake River Montessori School (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Ammon (A), Idaho Falls (B+), Lincoln (B+)
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#3. Bannock County

- Population: 85,765
- Median home value: $160,000 (68% own)
- Median rent: $691 (32% rent)
- Median household income: $51,734
- Top public schools: Lava Elementary School (A), Connor Academy Charter School (A), Century High School (A)
- Top private schools: Grace Lutheran School (unavailable), Holy Spirit Catholic School (unavailable), Calvary Chapel Christian School (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Pocatello (B+), Chubbuck (B), Tyhee (B)
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#2. Latah County

- Population: 39,505
- Median home value: $228,200 (54% own)
- Median rent: $737 (46% rent)
- Median household income: $49,158
- Top public schools: West Park Elementary School (A), Palouse Prairie Charter School (A), Troy Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: Logos School (A), St. Mary's School (unavailable), Palouse Hills Christian School (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Moscow (A), Troy (A), Genesee (B+)
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#1. Ada County

- Population: 456,849
- Median home value: $270,800 (69% own)
- Median rent: $995 (31% rent)
- Median household income: $66,293
- Top public schools: Falcon Ridge Public Charter School (A+), Boise Senior High School (A+), Meridian Medical Arts Charter School (A)
- Top private schools: Riverstone International School (A+), Bishop Kelly High School (A), Cole Valley Christian Schools (A)
- Top places to live: Highlands (A+), Central Hills (A+), East End (A+)

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