Idaho Senior Living
Idaho, the beautiful Gem State of the Pacific Northwest, lives up to its nickname with picturesque landscapes, spanning lakes, pine tree forests and mountainous backdrops. Famous not only for its potatoes, senior living in Idaho offers a great deal of appeal for retirees looking for affordable living options to spend the golden years in both adventure and relaxation.
In 2011 the United States Census Bureau slated Idaho's senior population, those 65 and older, to be at 12.8% which has it sitting almost directly on the 2010 US Census numbers of a 13% national average. This means a great deal of Idaho senior living options for the retiring citizen.
Idaho Assisted Living Costs
Assisted Living Facilities are licensed, regulated and monitored by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
Independent living costs are similar to Assisted Living costs with less emphasis on community activities and for those retirees in good health who do not need medical monitoring or aid in basic daily tasks. Again, costs and fees will depend on location within the state. The monthly average of Independent Living in Idaho is $2,445 with costs range from a minimum of $1,955 to $2,950.*From the SeniorHomes.com 2012 Independent Living Cost Survey. (http://www.seniorhomes.com/p/independent-living-costs/)
Retirement in Idaho
Idaho consistently buzzes in as flying below the average national living costs... way below. Properties are affordable and while the state asks for both state and federal taxes they are quite low compared to average. Income taxes range from 1.6 to 7.4 percent on Idaho taxable income. The taxes are graduated to tax higher earnings and a higher rate. The extreme beauty of the area combined with so many year-round indoor and outdoor activities calls many retirees to its rugged vistas while the hospitality and friendly warmth of the Inland Northwest continues to impress.
Did you know that...?
- Idaho Falls' cost of living is a whopping 9.8% below the National Average. *www.bestplaces.net
- Idaho's unemployment rate is 1.6% below the national average with positive growth.
- Idaho is tax friendly and has no estate tax, gift tax or inheritance tax. *www.kiplinger.com
- Social Security benefits are not taxed in Idaho and other 65+ breaks are offered.
Best Cities for Retirement in Idaho
Boise, the capital city of Idaho, is a thriving cultural town with a moderate climate that enjoys high ranking when it comes to US cities in which to retire, according to CNN Money. The crime rate is half the national average, making it a safe place to relax and enjoy the Shakespeare Festival or philharmonic orchestra. Naturally there are mountains aplenty and rivers for fishing, too. With a population of over 200,000 where 30% are over the age of 50, Boise is a great place to get all your big city fixes with a small town feel. Moscow is another great choice for a quieter life with low living costs, affordable housing and positive growth. It boasts low crime and plenty to see and do.
Health Care in Idaho
Idaho has 19 hospitals for consumers to choose from with clinics and medical centers pushing that number to almost 70 locations for your needs.
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Activities for Seniors in Idaho
Idaho enjoys four distinct seasons and something for everyone in each of those. There are many senior centers that plan social events such as senior dances, clog hopping, bingo and card nights, fitness and computer classes. Idaho seniors are encouraged to remain active for the many health benefits.
If you would prefer to do some individual adventuring there is Lake Coeur d'Alene to sail on which often hosts some special dinner cruises, ski resorts for the snow bunnies, sightseeing, fishing, hiking, climbing, camping, boating, shopping, outlet malls and much more. Of course, Idaho loves her college football and various other sports to rile the team spirit including hockey. Idaho boasts the most whitewater rafting river miles in all the lower 48 states, world-class golfing and natural attractions. If you prefer culture and the arts, Idaho can accommodate you with galleries, ballets, museums, libraries and concerts. There is no shortage of distractions in the Inland Northwest.
Depending on elevation and location within the state, Idaho can endure some hot summers, though these rarely last long, and below-freezing winters. As a four seasons climate it runs the gamut but enjoys generally moderate temperatures for its seasons thanks to the maritime influence of the Pacific Ocean. Winters tend towards higher cloud coverage and humidity which feels more temperate. Snow is almost a factor in Idaho except at the lower elevations such as Lewiston but half the fun in Idaho is during winter months that draw in the crowds of skiers and snowboarders. See what weather is currently like in Idaho.
Sharp Seniors has 9 Senior Living Facilities in Idaho
- 9 of them offer Senior Living
- 8 of them offer Assisted Living
- 2 of them offer Respite
- 2 of them offer Alzheimer's Care