According to the United Van Lines’ 43rd Annual Movers Study, Idaho is the most popular relocation destination in the United States. This isn’t a big surprise, as both Baby Boomers and millennials leave overcrowded cities and find refuge in the wide open spaces of the Midwest. If you’re considering a change, here are four key reasons to move to Idaho:


The cost of living is skyrocketing across the United States. And, yes, housing costs in Idaho are higher than the national average. However, every other key category (groceries, utilities, transportation, and even health care) costs less in the Gem State than anywhere else. This is not to mention Idaho’s significantly lower housing rental rates compared to the national median.

The affordability factor makes Idaho an attractive prospect for professionals who work from home and workers who prize a lower cost of living.

Low Crime

Crime is a major consideration for most movers, especially if they have young children. While major cities suffer from ballooning crime rates, Idaho’s statewide ratio for violent crime is almost two points lower than the national average (2.67 per 1,000 people, versus 4.49 per 1,000).

In addition, most Idaho cities have populations well below 35,000. This means that movers can enjoy the benefits of a close-knit community while experiencing an enhanced sense of security. Take, for example, the city of Hailey, Idaho, with a population just above 8,000. In 2018, it reported zero counts of murder, rape, and robbery.

Cool Summers

Idaho is also known for cool, moderate summers. It’s perfect for those wanting to escape the blazing heat and torrential humidity in many Southern states. In addition, Idaho’s winter is relatively mild compared to other Northern states. The state’s average temperature range encompasses highs of about 90 degrees Fahrenheit in July/August to lows in the mid 20s in December/January.

In short, Idaho offers well-rounded seasons. Summers aren’t too hot, winters aren’t overly cold, and recreation opportunities abound.

Beautiful Landscapes

Perhaps, the biggest single draw for Idaho as a relocation destination is its sublime natural beauty. Idaho is one of the most mountainous states in America, with a vast network of rivers, waterfalls, natural rock formations, and forests. And, its parks are a veritable hiker’s paradise and often furnish the opportunity to observe wildlife such as foxes and moose.

Most importantly, Idaho Falls is within easy driving distance of Yellowstone National Park, one of the most gorgeous Midwest attractions on the map.

Lovers of the outdoors, whether hiking enthusiasts or avid wildlife observers, will find something in Idaho to love.

Do you agree with our reasons to move to Idaho? If so, we’re ready to help. No matter your current location, Mesa Moving and Storage can assist with your relocation needs. Our courteous, professional movers will make your transition a smooth and stress-free experience. For more information about our premium moving services, contact us today.

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