Best places to live in Idaho

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March 31, 2021
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Best places to live in Idaho

What do you look for in an ideal town? Proximity to trails, lakes, and beaches? How about top-ranked schools for your children? Would you like a professional or college sports team nearby, or do you prefer museums and art walks?

Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in Idaho using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather. Cities, suburbs, and towns were included. Listings and images are from realtor.com.

On the list, there’s a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.

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#25. Weiser

- Population: 5,323
- Median home value: $116,200 (62% own)
- Median rent: $676 (38% rent)
- Median household income: $36,610
- Top public schools: Weiser High School (B), Pioneer Primary School (B-), Park Intermediate School (C+)

- Pictured: 1300 Long Rd, Weiser ($640,000, 3 bedrooms)
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#24. Kimberly

- Population: 3,859
- Median home value: $167,300 (86% own)
- Median rent: $784 (14% rent)
- Median household income: $60,484
- Top public schools: Kimberly High School (B+), Kimberly Middle School (B), Kimberly Elementary School (C+)

- Pictured: 3869 N 3400 E, Kimberly ($1.2 million, 5 bedrooms)
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#23. Rigby

- Population: 4,117
- Median home value: $136,500 (58% own)
- Median rent: $763 (42% rent)
- Median household income: $49,467
- Top public schools: Jefferson Elementary School (A-), Rigby Middle School (B+), Rigby High School (B)

- Pictured: 335 N 4425 E, Rigby ($2.0 million, 5 bedrooms)
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#22. Star

- Population: 9,115
- Median home value: $283,100 (82% own)
- Median rent: $1,143 (18% rent)
- Median household income: $65,282
- Top public schools: Meridian Medical Arts Charter School (A), Renaissance High School (A), Cecil D. Andrus Elementary School (A-)

- Pictured: 906 N Pollard Ln, Star ($1.7 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#21. Coeur d'Alene

- Population: 50,540
- Median home value: $234,900 (52% own)
- Median rent: $982 (48% rent)
- Median household income: $51,073
- Top public schools: Coeur D'Alene Charter Academy (A), Sorensen Magnet School of the Arts and Humanities (A-), Canfield Middle School (A-)
- Top private schools: Holy Family Catholic School (unavailable), Lake City Academy (unavailable), ABCD Daycare Center (unavailable)

- Pictured: 1425 E Lakeshore Dr, Coeur D Alene ($4.5 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#20. Burley

- Population: 10,313
- Median home value: $128,100 (62% own)
- Median rent: $669 (38% rent)
- Median household income: $48,265
- Top public schools: Dworshak Elementary School (B-), Burley Senior High School (B-), Mountain View Elementary School (B-)

- Pictured: 3 W 218 S, Burley ($899,900, 4 bedrooms)
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#19. Twin Falls

- Population: 48,951
- Median home value: $162,000 (63% own)
- Median rent: $818 (37% rent)
- Median household income: $50,739
- Top public schools: Xavier Charter School (A-), Sawtooth Elementary School (B+), Vera C. O'Leary Junior High School (B+)
- Top private schools: Lighthouse Christian School (B), Immanuel Lutheran School (unavailable), St. Edward's Catholic School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 492 Orchard Dr, Twin Falls ($2.1 million, 3 bedrooms)
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#18. Rexburg

- Population: 28,414
- Median home value: $211,700 (32% own)
- Median rent: $717 (68% rent)
- Median household income: $31,128
- Top public schools: Alta Elementary School (A), Burton Elementary School (A-), Adams Elementary School (A-)

- Pictured: 793 Barney Dairy Rd, Rexburg ($3.8 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#17. Moreland

- Population: 1,232
- Median home value: $157,000 (88% own)
- Median rent: $638 (12% rent)
- Median household income: $56,324
- Top public schools: Riverside Elementary School (B), Snake River Middle School (B), Snake River High School (B-)

- Pictured: 710 Curtis St, Blackfoot ($224,900, 3 bedrooms)
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#16. St. Anthony

- Population: 3,519
- Median home value: $128,400 (64% own)
- Median rent: $703 (36% rent)
- Median household income: $45,163
- Top public schools: Teton Elementary School (A-), South Fremont High School (B), South Fremont Junior High School (C+)

- Pictured: 797 E Targhee Ln, Saint Anthony ($274,900, 4 bedrooms)
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#15. Blackfoot

- Population: 11,907
- Median home value: $136,700 (61% own)
- Median rent: $650 (39% rent)
- Median household income: $48,750
- Top public schools: Blackfoot Sixth School (B-), Mountain View Middle School (C+), Blackfoot High School (C+)

- Pictured: 248 E 100 N, Blackfoot ($610,000, 6 bedrooms)
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#14. Middleton

- Population: 7,556
- Median home value: $190,400 (85% own)
- Median rent: $706 (15% rent)
- Median household income: $52,522
- Top public schools: Thomas Jefferson Charter School (A-), Middleton Mill Creek Elementary School (B+), Middleton Heights Elementary School (B+)

- Pictured: 22813 Kingsbury Way, Middleton ($1.5 million, 2 bedrooms)
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#13. Chubbuck

- Population: 14,995
- Median home value: $176,300 (71% own)
- Median rent: $846 (29% rent)
- Median household income: $59,459
- Top public schools: Connor Academy Charter School (A-), Franklin Middle School (A-), Rulon M. Ellis Elementary School (A-)

- Pictured: 5315 Kymball Dr, Chubbuck ($969,000, 6 bedrooms)
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#12. Sun Valley

- Population: 1,353
- Median home value: $825,500 (87% own)
- Median rent: $1,648 (13% rent)
- Median household income: $51,810
- 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+)

- Pictured: 56 E Lane Ranch Rd, Sun Valley ($8.3 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#11. Lincoln

- Population: 3,817
- Median home value: $158,800 (83% own)
- Median rent: $918 (17% rent)
- Median household income: $64,792
- Top public schools: Discovery Elementary School (B+), Summit Hills Elementary School (B), Bonneville High School (B-)

- Pictured: 3435 Ross Ave, Ammon ($265,000, 5 bedrooms)
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#10. Garden City

- Population: 11,819
- Median home value: $238,100 (58% own)
- Median rent: $907 (42% rent)
- Median household income: $49,318
- Top public schools: Boise Senior High School (A+), Meridian Medical Arts Charter School (A), Renaissance High School (A)

- Pictured: 5170 N Lakemont Ln, Garden City ($1.2 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#9. Lewiston

- Population: 32,664
- Median home value: $189,400 (72% own)
- Median rent: $722 (28% rent)
- Median household income: $56,479
- Top public schools: Jenifer Junior High School (B), Sacajawea Junior High School (B), Lewiston High School (B)
- Top private schools: All Saints Catholic School (unavailable), Cornerstone Christian School (unavailable), Beacon Christian School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 22160 Black Bear Bnd, Lewiston ($990,000, 3 bedrooms)
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#8. Ketchum

- Population: 2,791
- Median home value: $760,500 (66% own)
- Median rent: $1,298 (34% rent)
- Median household income: $60,491
- Top public schools: Wood River High School (A-), Ernest Hemingway Elementary School (A-), Wood River Middle School (A-)
- Top private schools: Pioneer Montessori School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 126 Old Mill Rd, Ketchum ($19.5 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#7. Pocatello

- Population: 55,525
- Median home value: $148,200 (63% own)
- Median rent: $656 (37% rent)
- Median household income: $46,617
- Top public schools: Century High School (A-), Franklin Middle School (A-), Alameda Middle School (B+)
- Top private schools: Grace Lutheran School (unavailable), Holy Spirit Catholic School (unavailable), Calvary Chapel Christian School (unavailable)

- Pictured: Nna Tank Farm Rd, Pocatello ($5.0 million, 2 bedrooms)
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#6. Idaho Falls

- Population: 61,459
- Median home value: $164,500 (63% own)
- Median rent: $776 (37% rent)
- Median household income: $53,148
- Top public schools: Compass Academy (B+), Westside Elementary School (B+), Idaho Falls Senior High School (B+)
- Top private schools: Watersprings School (B-), Holy Rosary Catholic School (unavailable), Little People's Academy (unavailable)

- Pictured: 4091 N Ammon Rd, Idaho Falls ($1.5 million, 7 bedrooms)
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#5. Eagle

- Population: 26,514
- Median home value: $426,000 (85% own)
- Median rent: $1,138 (15% rent)
- Median household income: $92,807
- Top public schools: Meridian Medical Arts Charter School (A), Renaissance High School (A), Cecil D. Andrus Elementary School (A-)
- Top private schools: Arts West School (B+), Montessori Academy Elementary School (unavailable), Eagle Adventist Christian School & Preschool (unavailable)

- Pictured: 363 E Riversedge Dr, Eagle ($4.8 million, 5 bedrooms)
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#4. Ammon

- Population: 15,859
- Median home value: $199,400 (74% own)
- Median rent: $903 (26% rent)
- Median household income: $67,545
- Top public schools: Rimrock Elementary School (B+), Sandcreek Middle School (B+), Hillview Elementary School (B)
- Top private schools: Snake River Montessori School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 6571 E Crown Cres, Ammon ($1.4 million, 7 bedrooms)
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#3. Meridian

- Population: 101,905
- Median home value: $274,900 (76% own)
- Median rent: $1,111 (24% rent)
- Median household income: $71,389
- Top public schools: Meridian Medical Arts Charter School (A), Renaissance High School (A), Cecil D. Andrus Elementary School (A-)
- Top private schools: Cole Valley Christian Schools (A-), The Ambrose School (A-), Challenger School - Meridian (unavailable)

- Pictured: 7540 N Meridian Rd, Meridian ($4.0 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#2. Boise

- Population: 226,115
- Median home value: $253,400 (61% own)
- Median rent: $957 (39% rent)
- Median household income: $60,035
- Top public schools: Boise Senior High School (A+), Meridian Medical Arts Charter School (A), Renaissance High School (A)
- Top private schools: Riverstone International School (A+), Bishop Kelly High School (A), St. Joseph's Catholic School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 2420 E Warm Springs Ave, Boise ($7.8 million, 5 bedrooms)
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#1. Moscow

- Population: 25,319
- Median home value: $229,900 (41% own)
- Median rent: $731 (59% rent)
- Median household income: $41,896
- Top public schools: West Park Elementary School (A), Palouse Prairie Charter School (A), Lena Whitmore Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: Logos School (A)

- Pictured: 1050 Greenview Ln, Moscow ($2.2 million, 5 bedrooms)

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