the common perception of endless fields of potatoes, Idaho is a Rocky Mountain state with scenic canyons, waterfalls, wild rapids, and snow capped mountains.
Potatoes are still important, but so is mining of gemstones and precious metals in the Gem State and, quite recently, hi-tech industries are also becoming a major employer, especially in and around metro Boise.
however, continues to outrank all other industries in Idaho attracting millions of visitors a year to world class Idaho ski resorts, summer outdoor adventure in Hells Canyon,
and recreational opportunities in more than two dozen state parks and recreation areas.
Major cities: Boise (capital), Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Twin
Falls, Coeur d'Alene
Population : 1,293,953
White : 95.5%
Black, African American : 0.6%
Hispanic : 9.1%
High school graduates : 84.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher : 21.7%
Average household income: $40.509
of Living: On the basis of housing costs, utilities, and other expenses, Idaho's cost of living is 20 to 50 percent less than in other areas nationally, and is one of the most affordable of the western states.
Personal Income Taxes: Idaho collects personal income tax in eight tax brackets, ranging from 1.6 percent to 7.8 percent, depending on filing status and income. Idaho income tax brackets are adjusted for inflation each year. Idahoans are required to file income taxes using Idaho Individual Income Tax Return Form 40 by April 15.
Housing & Real Estate Overview Home ownership rate : 72.4%
Average home price: $180,200
Average travel time to work : 20 minutes
Weather : For most of the state, summers in Idaho can be hot, although evenings tend to be cooler and more comfortable even during prolonged heat spells. Winters can also be quite cold, although not as frigid as many assume of a northern
state, thanks to the moderating effects of Pacific Ocean winds.
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