People are flocking to Idaho in droves. #1 state to move to Forbes

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Most of this year the locals in Idaho have been marvelling at all the out of state licence plates they are seeing on the rural roads of Idaho.  We have to consider ourselves very lucky to be far removed from the vast majority of Chaos happening in todays world.  The beauty of the lush green land, abundant wildlife, friendly people, water rich in lakes, streams, rivers and creeks is hard to beat.  Forbes just confirmed our finds announcing Idaho was the #1 state that people are moving to.


A new study by Atlas Van Lines that tracked migration patterns throughout the country in 2019 found more Americans are moving to Idaho than any other state. The Gem State continued a pattern of drawing new residents, ranking as the survey’s inbound leader for the second time since 2017. On the other hand, more people are looking to escape from New York, the nation’s outbound move leader last year, a designation the Empire State also held in 2014.

#1 Idaho Inbound Growth: 62.3%

Job Growth: 3%

(year: 2018) Projected Annual Job Growth: 1%

Median Household Income: $53,653

Median Home Price: $283,000

Mean Temperature: 43

Net Migration: 26,000 (year: 2018)

Idaho broke into the top ten on the Best States rankings for the first time in over a decade this year thanks to strong growth prospects. Moody’s expects its $81 billion economy to grow an average of 3.5% for the next five years, more than any other state. Major industries include food processing, lumber/wood products, chemicals, paper, mining and tourism. The state produces nearly one-third of the potatoes grown in the U.S. One of the biggest sectors is science and technology led by semiconductor maker Micron Technology.

If you decided to take up roots and move to a new place, where would that be?  


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Comments (7)

Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

There is a good reason politics and taxes for starters:))Endre

Nov 05, 2020 11:20 PM
Realtyna Inc
Realtyna - Newark, DE
WordPress Real Estate - IDX, RESO Web API, CRM

Cool stats, Rain. It certainly is a beautiful part of the country. The flight into Boise is such a grand entrance!

Nov 06, 2020 02:33 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Rain - statistics can be interesting and your personal affection combine for your state to create a favorable view for Idaho.  Isn't the charm of the state in its vastness as well as the abundant other amenities you mention?  Isn't there an advantage in keeping it a secret? 

Nov 06, 2020 03:10 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Rain. I am not surprised to hear many are giving consideration to more rural areas. May you enjoy tremendous success.

Nov 06, 2020 04:23 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Rain Silverhawk - It might also be a desire for more open spaces.

Nov 06, 2020 04:26 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I already did take up roots and move somewhere new!

There are a lot of people moving to Montana also, which concerns those who have been here forever. Not because they don't like people, but because a lot of what makes a place like Montana or Idaho wonderful can change as population rises, land disappears, politics change, etc.

Enjoy your day!

Nov 06, 2020 05:29 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Rain, great stats, and a state I have on my list to visit.  Was to be this year, then COVID hit.   Soon though!  

Nov 06, 2020 12:09 PM