Housing costs continue to rise throughout the state, especially in places like Boise and Coeur d'Alene. It's no secret that folks from California have been rolling into Idaho, driving up demand for homes and sending prices soaring. Yet, compared to our West Coast neighbors, we're still getting a steal of a deal on real estate. Places like California, Washington, and Oregon are significantly more expensive than Idaho.

What sets us apart is our tax situation. Idaho boasts some of the lowest state income tax rates in the U.S. That means more of our hard-earned money stays in our own pockets. With that extra cash, we can enjoy our outdoor adventures or whatever other hobbies we want.

Idaho is no longer the hidden gem it once was and will never be again, so we have to find the good in all of this change. The truth is, by comparison, Idaho is still one of the more affordable places to live.

While Boise and Couer d'Alene may be rocketing out of our price range, there are still plenty of places in Idaho that are very affordable. They don't all rank high on the "livability scale," but they are cheaper. If you are okay with moving out of the city, you can do well in the cost of living department.

According to AreaVibes, these are the top ten most affordable cities in Idaho, from number ten to number one.

These Are The Ten Most Affordable Cities In Idaho

According to AreaVibes, these are the ten most affordable cities in Idaho. They have also given each city a livability score based on factors like friendliness, parks, public transportation, walkability, safety, and more.

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2 of the Safest Cities In The Top 30 are in Idaho

In order to determine the safest cities in which to live, WalletHub compared 182 cities — including the 150 most populated U.S. cities, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state — across three key dimensions: 1) Home & Community Safety, 2) Natural-Disaster Risk, and 3) Financial Safety.

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