Moving to Idaho?

Hey guys, this is Randy with NextHome Treasure Valley. I’m a Realtor® here in Mountain Home Idaho and the Boise Idaho areas. This week we’re going to look at moving to Idaho.



Hey guys, I recently took a trip to California. I grew up there, but I’ve been living in Idaho since May of 2000. I’ve been back occasionally, but it’s probably been eight years or so.

All of this is just my opinion, of course. But, it was fascinating to me while talking to many people, not only one group but multiple groups. I had many friends and family spread out throughout Southern California. I went to many different places, and the one thing that I noticed with conversations to these die-hard Californians is that a lot of them are not happy. There’s a lot of people not happy. And I know that if they’re not satisfied in California, they’re probably not satisfied in other states as well. There were a lot of conversations about moving to Idaho.

A couple of weeks ago, a Realtor® friend from Texas that I went to high school with messaged me. He told me that he has seen a couple of videos about Idaho not wanting Californians to move here. He asked, “does Idaho hates Californians? I replied, “well, I’m not sure. A few do. But, I think overall, that’s not the case.”

I think a lot of people are very welcoming to people from out of state coming in. I think the main thing would be to leave Idaho how you found it. It’s like moving into an apartment, or something with somebody for a couple of months, or having someone move into your apartment. The first thing they want to do is come in and move the couch around and everything to suit them.

I think that’s where a lot of people have a problem. It’s not the people coming in, it’s just that they want to keep Idaho the way it is. A lot of people welcome you with open arms. There’s a lot of people here excited about the growth. I think that’s something to keep in mind, and that’s not just for California, but f you’re coming here from other states. Many people from Idaho that I’ve had conversations with that are cynical about people from California moving here are ex-Californians themselves. They’ve been here for 10 – 15 years, so they feel like they don’t want the new crop. Ironic? Or they have family that was from California originally.

Idaho has a lot to offer. There are boating and skiing. One thing that kept coming up in the conversations that I had with people was, “what about the gun laws there?”

Well, the gun laws are a lot more lack in Idaho. I’m not a gun expert by any means, but I know we have concealed carry for the Idaho residents, although there are rules, of course. So, that was appealing to a lot of people.

Traffic was a big subject from California. But, I’m sure it’s a big thing from many other states as well. And the question was, “does Idaho have a lot of traffic?”

Well, that depends on who you ask. To me, no, it’s not that bad yet. But, I think if we keep growing the way we are and they don’t plan for that accordingly, then traffic could get worse and I’m not going to lie, my 30 minute trip from Mountain Home to Boise sometimes will take about an hour and a half, depending on construction or accidents.

They also asked about housing costs. Well, it’s affordable compared to the Nationwide prices. It’s exceptionally cheap, coming from California. I watched a video of a news clip from San Francisco, and I think it was from 2017 or 2018. It showed the median housing costs in San Francisco was 1.3 million, I believe, and in Boise at the time was $300,000. So, it was like literally something like a million dollars difference. You can see the appeal of people wanting to move to Idaho.

The key, as I said before, is not to change things. I think many people would be more welcoming if they knew that people would enjoy Idaho how most people from Idaho love Idaho. That’s a lot of Idahos! But, you understand what I’m saying. It’s just like if you move to California, from Idaho, you’re not going to go down there saying, “oh, we’re going to make this into the new Idaho.”

It’s just not going to happen. Or to Texas, or wherever. So anyway, as I said, this is just my opinion. I’m not an expert by any means. I live in Idaho, and I grew up in California, so I’ve experienced both places. It was nice to go back to California. It was nice to be back where I grew up for a little while, but I was happy to return to Idaho.

So, what do you think? Do you agree with me, do you disagree? Comment if you have other thoughts. If you like what you read, please like, and subscribe. The Mountain Home video goes over a lot of this stuff, and it talks about the town that I live in, Mountain Home Idaho. So, if you’re looking to move to Boise or Mountain Home, it might be an idea for you. Also, Mountain Home is about 30 miles away, and housing cost is a little bit lower than what it is in Boise. If you want a free relocation guide, click on this link, and you can get a free download, just put in your email address, and you can download your relocation guide for moving to the Treasure Valley. It doesn’t go over Mountain Home, but it does go over the Treasure Valley, which Boise is in the Treasure Valley. Amongst another group of cities there. So anyway, thank you for sticking with me this far! I hope you have a great day, and I’ll see you next Friday. Thank you.