Best counties to raise a family in Idaho

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June 3, 2021
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Best counties to raise a family in Idaho

Known in other parts of the world as shires, provinces, or territories, the United States’ counties (also known in certain states as boroughs or parishes) date back to the 1600s, when settlers first came to find freedom from British rule. Today, those counties remain, with the 50 states divided into several, each with its own unique makeup.

For people looking to find a home to raise a family in, choosing a county is an important decision. Most families place affordable homes, safe neighborhoods, a quality school system, and family-friendly activities at the top of their wishlists.

Stacker compiled a list of the best counties to raise a family in Idaho using data from Niche. Niche ranks counties based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, healthcare, recreation and weather.

The list features counties that boast some of the top schools and fun, family-friendly activities for every season. Keep reading to explore the best counties to raise a family. Maybe you’ll find one that suits your brood.

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#11. Fremont County

- Population: 13,020
- Median home value: $169,900 (81% own)
- Median rent: $798 (19% rent)
- Median household income: $58,065
- Top public schools: Teton Elementary School (A-), South Fremont High School (B), Ashton Elementary School (B)
- Top private schools:
- Top places to live: St. Anthony (B), Ashton (B), Newdale (B-)
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#10. 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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#9. Jefferson County

- Population: 28,534
- Median home value: $203,700 (81% own)
- Median rent: $796 (19% rent)
- Median household income: $63,048
- Top public schools: Jefferson Elementary School (A-), Rigby Middle School (B+), West Jefferson High School (B)
- Top private schools:
- Top places to live: Rigby (B), Ririe (B-), Menan (B-)
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#8. Canyon County

- Population: 217,633
- Median home value: $178,300 (70% own)
- Median rent: $896 (30% rent)
- Median household income: $52,134
- Top public schools: Victory Charter School (A-), Thomas Jefferson Charter School (A-), Birch Elementary School (A-)
- Top private schools: Nampa Christian Schools (A-), Gem State Adventist Academy (B+), Greenleaf Friends Academy (B)
- Top places to live: Middleton (B), Nampa (B), Caldwell (B-)
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#7. Madison County

- Population: 39,100
- Median home value: $219,100 (45% own)
- Median rent: $723 (55% rent)
- Median household income: $39,160
- Top public schools: Burton Elementary School (A-), Adams Elementary School (A-), Sugar-Salem Junior High School (A-)
- Top private schools: Shumway Academy (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Rexburg (B)
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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. 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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#4. 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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#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. 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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#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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