No cap: this isn't what it sounds like.

We're flying in the face of anti-transplant convention to present you with a series of honest-to-goodness reasons you might want to reconsider growin' roots in the Gem State.

Here's the deal, friend. We get that Idaho living isn't everyone's cuppa Huckaberry tea.  But our experience with disappointed, disgruntled, and even miserable transplants indicates it's a lesser known truth.

If you're considering making the move from Anywhere, U.S.A. to the state where potatoes are as valued as gems and shiny new tractors are considered fancy, we're flattered.

And because we can all agree that happy neighbors are the best neighbors, we recommend that you mull over the following nine Idaho'isms to see if ya'll are a good match!

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1 || Quite often, folks will underestimate their penchant for the high energy and fast pace of major metropolitan life.

And unfortunately, it's usually the ebbs and slows of small town living that are the bearers of bad news. Before committing to Idahome on the range, visit us! A few times.

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2 || Rough rides in inclement weather are deal-breakers for our friends from the fair-skyed flatlands.

Outside of the Treasure Valley, almost every Idahoan is accustomed to all-terrain driving in less than ideal conditions.

Tip: plan a trip during an Idaho winter to investigate your feelings on the road conditions and explore your ability or motivation to handle them.

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3 || Speaking of driving, Idaho is notorious for its less than stellar drivers!

Hey, now. We never said we were spectacular inclement weather drivers, we just said we're accustomed to the crappy conditions it inflicts upon the roadways. According to a study conducted by QuoteWizard, Idahoans are ranked as the seventh worst drivers in the nation.

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4 || The unfriendlies think Idaho is—*yawn*—a bore.

In a way, it's a point that harkens back to our previous one on the ebbs and slows of small town living. But what strikes us is when disappointed Dwaynes and Debbie downers consider the Treasure Valley small town living! Take it from us, if the Treasure Valley is too slow for you, you won't make it in any bitty town outside of it.

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5 || Fun is what you make of it.

And the majority of it is made outdoors. Idahoans practically have an aversion to enclosed spaces and sedentary living. If you're planning to move here, consider adopting an outdoor sport or hobby to make the most of our state's beautiful back yard! If not, you'll probably find yourself sh** out of fun.

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6 || We're born to be wild.

This is especially true when it comes to our native animal kingdom! Mountain lions, bears, and coyotes oh, my! If the idea of encountering any one of these beautiful beasts terrifies you, proceed with caution or turn around altogether.

These furry predators make cameo appearances more often than outsiders imagine. We think it's awesome or an opportunity to stock our deep freezer. Outsiders, not so much...

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7 || We're fiercely protective of our belief in the Divine. 

No matter your religious orientation, Idaho's prayin' kind are unapologetically open about their spirituality and right to worship. One way this is denoted throughout the state is our high-volume of houses for the Lord.

If you prefer secular humanism to "Honk if You Love Jesus, Jehova, or Joseph Smith" bumper stickers, Idaho probably isn't what you're looking for.

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8 || Idaho is a red state with a growing blue-toned Boise. 

This only tends to be an issue for Statists who fall in our love with our beloved Boise, move here, and then realize the rest of the state is conservative, libertarian, or a conservatarian hybrid.

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9 || We'll tax that a**. 

This point is intended for the economically unaware. If you're moving here on a tight budget, know that Idaho does tax its citizens.

Sales tax is charged on everything except for services. Food, gas, and all other purchases are taxed at 6%, while income taxes range between 1.2% to 6.785%.

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There you have it, friend.

It isn't that we don't want you to move here. But if you're thinking about it, we think it's better to be up front about how we do things and what you can expect from us.

We hope you gleaned some insight from this article, and we wish you the best of luck!

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