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10 Reasons to Retire in Idaho


Alissa Sauer

Idaho may not be the first place you think of when you think of retiring, but maybe it should be. This often overlooked retirement destination may not boast the white sand beaches of Florida or the desert landscape of Arizona but it has several other benefits that draw retirees to its abundance of green spaces.

Benefits of Retiring in Idaho

1. Access to Stunning National Parks

The state has over 30 state parks and includes part of Yellowstone National Park. There is also a 25-mile Greenbelt around Boise for seniors to walk, jog, or bike and take in stunning city views.

2. WalkabilityCityscape of Boise, Idaho

Boise has been recognized by Forbes magazine as a top retirement location, particularly noted for its walkability and ease of bicycling, giving seniors a way to stay active in their daily lives.

3. Low Cost of Living

Idaho has a lower cost of living than average, with the average home sale price coming in at $176,010 less than the national average. The low cost of living can help seniors keep more retirement money for the things they love, rather than the things they need.

4. Low Medical Costs

The state also has low medical costs for seniors and medical care at the top two hospitals in Boise are more affordable than other cities.

5. Tax Benefits for Seniors

Sales tax in Idaho comes in at a low 6% and prescription drugs, as well as income from Social Security, are not taxable.

6. Low Crime Rate

Idaho has one of the lowest crime rates in the country with  204.7 incidents per 100,000 people, much lower than the national average of 367.9 crimes per 100,000 people.

Mountains in Idaho7. Stunning Mountain Scenery

It may be surprising to hear that Idaho, known for its agriculture, actually has majestic mountains and boasts breathtaking views. If mountains aren’t your thing, the state has prairies and lakes – a diverse landscape with something for everyone to enjoy.

8. A Mild Climate with Four Seasons

Idaho has a mild climate year-round and residents enjoy all four seasons. Winters bring the perfect amount of snow – enough to hit the slopes but not enough to create a burden while spring brings stunning wildflowers into bloom.

9. Award-Winning Vineyards & Breweries

You won’t be thirsty in Idaho. With an abundance of craft and micro-breweries and vineyards, you will have your choice of beverage.

10. Cultural & Educational Opportunities

Boise State University is an active and dynamic campus, offering seniors access to world-class educational and cultural opportunities.

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Making Your Retirement Dream a Reality

When thinking about the cost of retiring in Idaho, first consider your current expenses and budget. Because most senior living is all-inclusive you won’t have many of your current expenses once you move. Carefully think through how much you spend each month on all your budget items. Once you fully understand how much it costs to live on your own, you will have a more comprehensive understanding of senior living costs.

You will also want to think through what amenities are included at potential communities. Many of our communities include a wide range of amenities including,

  • Regular housekeeping and linen services
  • True restaurant dining, with made to order meals
  • Engaging activities and social events
  • Home maintenance and yard work
  • Gym memberships and fitness classes through PrimeFit
  • Language lessons
  • Travel opportunities
  • Assisted living and memory care services, if needed

Exactly how much your monthly rate is will depend on the care being received, amenities being used, and apartment chosen. Fairwinds – Sand Creek, a Leisure Care community located in Idaho Falls, ID offers a wide range of lifestyle options and amenities and are willing to work with all budgets.

The cost of senior living in Idaho is $3,240 per month for assisted living care, higher than the national average of $2,877 per month.

Your Dream Retirement on Your Budget

From five star dining to customized fitness plans, Leisure Care living is fun and easy. We offer independent living and assisted living services at our Idaho community. We will work closely with you and your family to create a lifestyle that meets care and budget needs while taking advantage of everything Idaho has to offer. Five-star fun. Five-star service. That’s our promise.

It’s your time to build your future. Contact us today to get started.

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