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Why Idaho

Idaho broke into the top ten on the Best States rankings for the first time in over a decade this year thanks to strong growth prospects. Moody’s expects its $81 billion economy to grow an average of 3.5% for the next five years, more than any other state. Major industries include food processing, lumber/wood products, chemicals, paper, mining and tourism.

Idaho added nearly 80,000 residents in 2018, according to the latest state-to-state migration data from the 2018 U.S. Census Bureau. The 79,765 people who moved to the Gem State last year helped the state’s population grow to more than 1,734,000.

Real estate in the nation’s 100 largest markets is expected to continue to appreciate into next year, although some leveling is expected. The markets poised to appreciate the most over the next year are dominated by small to modest-sized metros.
Lake Coeur d’ Alene and resort

The picturesque lakeside city of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, tops the list of the country’s hottest emerging housing markets, according to a new ranking launched in April of ’21. Buyers from other Western states are moving to northern Idaho in droves, seeking a more rural and less expensive place to live, said Kristen Johnson, a real estate agent at Century 21 Beutler & Associates in Coeur d’Alene. Workers able to work remotely are also choosing to relocate, she said.