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Most Popular Spots in Idaho to Retire

By    |   Saturday, 30 May 2015 08:50 PM

Both outdoorsy types and city lovers can find the right place to retire in Idaho. The state boasts both pristine skiing, fishing and hiking areas as well as cultural hubs for lovers of art and music.
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  1. Coeur D'Alene - Replete with scenic views of lake, mountain and evergreens, Coeur D'Alene offers retirees a vacation resort-like atmosphere. The town experiences a warm and more importantly dry summer, with temperatures reaching 90 degrees Fahrenheit or more. It also appeared on Barbara Walter's list of things she's fascinated by. Approximately 14.6 percent of its residents are age 65 and older, according to Livability's website, which produces an annual Top 100 Places to Live ranking picked up by many major media outlets. Kootenai Health, the primary medical center serving Coeur d'Alene and greater north Idaho, is the largest employer in its county, employing more than 1,700 people. Visitors are attracted to the 150 miles of bike trails, the six blocks of shopping in Coeur d'Alene's downtown, and all the golf courses, but they stay for the community. Lake City Center and the Jewett House offer places for seniors to get together for activities, educational programs and meals.
  2. Idaho Falls - Real estate blog Movoto named Idaho Falls one of the best places to live in Idaho, and the same can be said for its role as a retirement destination. With the cost of living being 7.9 percent lower than the national average, this city is an affordable place for retirees with a zest for the outdoors. The area is renowned for its fly fishing, precisely because of its location at the convergence of Henry's Fork of the Snake River and the South Fork of the Snake River. Several fishing lakes, like the Palisades Reservoir just east of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, are filled with trout.
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  4. Pocatello - The AARP named Pocatello one of the most affordable places to retire in the nation. The city's continuing education institute offers adults age 50 and older unlimited classes on topics as diverse as the poetry of Dylan Thomas and Latin line dancing. The city is also home to the Idaho Museum of Natural History, the Pocatello Zoo, and a replica of a 19th century trading post called Fort Hall.
  5. Boise - State capital Boise is a city ripe with culture for retirees looking to fill their days with art. The city has its own opera, ballet company, and philharmonic orchestra. Anya Martin wrote a guide to retirement in Idaho for the website MarketWatch, and she pointed to the Boise Art Museum and the Boise State University's Morrison Center for the Performing Arts as two examples of the resources available. The city also hosts an annual Shakespeare Festival, held in a large open-air amphitheater. For those who create works of art through fashion, the state's largest shopping mall is located in Boise as well as several shopping districts.
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Both outdoorsy types and city lovers can find the right place to retire in Idaho. The state boasts both pristine skiing, fishing and hiking areas as well as cultural hubs for lovers of art and music.
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