5 reasons living in east Idaho is awesome

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Cross country skiing at the Teton Lakes Golf Course in Madison County. | EastIdahoNews.com file photo

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Eastern Idaho is attractive in more ways than one. The magnificent scenery, low crime rate and low cost of living have more and more people from other parts of the country packing their bags and calling our backyard home.

Here are five reasons why living in east Idaho is so awesome!

1. The cost of living here is lower than average

Those looking to move to east Idaho will be pleased to know the median home price is nearly 20 percent lower than the national average. According to BestPlaces, the median home price in Idaho Falls is $178,200 — well below $220,100, the median home value in the United States. This is one of the reasons Idaho is the fastest growing states in the nation.

2. East Idaho is an outdoor paradise

East Idaho is any outdoor enthusiast’s playground. Idaho has 25 State Parks! Just a short drive and a few snacks later gets you to both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. There is an abundance of hiking, fishing and hunting in the area. Even the winter won’t keep you inside as several world renowned ski resorts are within a two hour drive. If spending your days outside doesn’t sound attractive to you, your new home will have wonderful mountain views from the comfort of your couch while you sit next to the fire.

Johnny Sack Cabin near Big Springs in Island Park. | EastIdahoNews.com file photo

3. Crime rates here are low

Eastern Idaho has crime rates lower than the national average, according to City-data.com. With lower crime rates, this means you will have less to worry about as you go about your day. You have a sense of security while you are away as burglary and major crimes are much lower than the national average.

The Idaho Falls Temple and Snake River as seen from a helicopter. | EastIdahoNews.com file photo

4. There are plenty of business opportunities

East Idaho is perfect for small-business owners to set up shop. An annual tax burden study done by the Idaho State Tax Commission shows the average tax burden among families and small-business owners is significantly less than those living in other states, and property taxes in Idaho are nearly 20 percent lower than the national average.

Geno the great-horned owl is one of many native species featured at Zoo Idaho in Pocatello. | EastIdahoNews.com file photo

5. Eastern Idaho is a friendly community

There are always events happening in the community that allow you to spend time with your family or friends. From the Eastern Idaho State Fair to local art festivals, east Idaho provides kids and adults alike with entertainment. East Idaho also has schools where teachers place safety and learning at the top of their priority. The cities are full of parks and walkways where your family can get out and enjoy some fresh air. The people are friendly and welcoming to all.

If you’re looking to move to a different east Idaho neighborhood, or you’re hoping to call our part of the world home, A well established local real estate agent would be a great resource to help you out.