to Idaho brings a quality of life far superior as compared
to other states. Living in a quality community (from Boise
to Sun Valley) is just
as important as finding a quality home builder.
of Life in Idaho
of life can be generally divided into 9 groups: water and
air quality, health care, housing, taxes, transportation,
jobs and the economy, crime rate, cultural and outdoor activities.
If you are planning to move to one of the many small communities
in Idaho, the state of Idaho and its small towns rate high
in all the categories. Listed below is brief synopsis of
each individual category
the fiscal year 2002, 72% (36 out of 50) of the states had
higher taxes per $1,000 of total personal income than
Income Tax - The state personal income tax ranges from 1.6 percent to 7.8
percent in 8 income brackets. Idaho residents may apply for state tax credits
for taxes paid to other states.
Tax - The state sales tax is 5 percent. Sales tax applies to the sale, rental
or lease of tangible personal property and some services (hotel, motel, and campground
accommodations) are taxed at a higher rate (7 to 11 percent). Some local communities
impose a local option sales tax.
and Health Care
of quality health care is an important aspect of Idaho life.
The state has 48 licensed hospitals and all Idaho communities
with 2,500 residents or over have a hospital within 16 miles.
the help of a small town atmosphere and a vibrant economy
Idaho's crime rate is the lowest in the West. According
to FBI statistics, the serious crime rate in Idaho is 21.3%
less than the national average.
cultural activities in Idaho are as diverse as the jagged
peaks of the Sawtooth Mountains (near Ketchum and Sun Valley)
to the green valleys that hug the Snake River (Twin
Falls). No matter where you live in Idaho, cultural
activities abound. Some of the activities include jazz and
blue grass festivals, theater, the symphony orchestra, the
ballet, the summer Shakespearean festival, professional
rodeo and the memorable county fairs. For more information
contact Idaho Tourism Development Division, 700 W. State
Street, P.O.Box 83720, Boise, Idaho 83720-0093, (800)714-3246
or visit the website visitidaho.org.
plentiful rivers and tall mountains (with many peaks over
10,000 feet) provides a natures' paradise. Skiing, horseback
riding, fly fishing, rafting and hiking are just some of
the many activities that await you and your family,.
housing market is within your reach, as compared to other
housing.. A large custom built luxury
home generally start less than the small homes in Southern
or Northern California. See "Pricing"
section for more information.
has a strong and diversified economy. Manufacturing and
agriculture remain top industries while high-tech, tourism,
retail, health care, business and information services are
top growth sectors. For job listings in Idaho, you can start
with Idaho Commerce
and Labor, which has 24 offices scattered throughout
good transportation system is important, especially good
quality roads and availability of airports for long distance
travel. There are two major interstate highways (I-84 in
the southern part of the state and I-90 in the north) and
numerous state highways that run throughout the state. Scheduled
airline services are located in the following communities,
Boise, Idaho Falls, Ketchum/Sun Valley , Lewiston, McCall,
Moscow/Pullman, located in eastern Washington), Pocatello,
Salmon and Twin Falls. Train Service also runs through northern
Idaho with a stopping point in Sandpoint.
and Water Quality
of Idaho's surface water flows out of the high mountains
and is generally of high quality. Air quality is good throughout
the year with the exception of winter temperature inversions
and the effects of pollen in a few locations.
Your Home and Living in Idaho
you plan to build your new home and this is your first time
living in Idaho you will be greeted with a small-town, friendly
nature of its' people. The small town atmosphere and the
large array of outdoor activities extends a quality of life
far beyond your expectations. The largest community, Boise
(the state capital), remains under 200,000 people with the
next largest, Nampa, has just over 64,000 people. The small
town communities are positively influenced by nature and
the outdoors with tourism, agriculture, ranching and timber
as the main economic growth sectors.
you need more information about moving to Idaho, the
Blue Book" (printed by the state of Idaho)
can be a helpful guide. This book has plenty of information
on education, history, government, economy and outdoor
activities. It can be purchased for $10 from the Secretary
of State, Room 203, Statehouse, Boise, ID 83720-0080.
For information on building a custom home in Idaho please
contact us at 208.280.3333 or you can email Corey Schoenauer