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Retire in Kuna, Idaho?
Overview: Kuna sits outside of Boise in southwestern Idaho and started out as a railroad stop with a stagecoach running to the mining towns of Silver City and Idaho City. Mormon settlers came to farm the land in the early-1900s, and today Kuna has four Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints places of worship.
The city has mushroomed by nearly 30% in the last decade, but despite this growth, Kuna still has a spacious feeling with a lot of open space in town. Outside of town, farms and working ranches cover the landscape. The downtown sits along a wide street with a hodgepodge of buildings. New businesses and strip malls have popped up closer to the new planned communities. The annual Snake River Birds of Prey Festival lets residents get to know birds of prey personally and up close. Locally owned cafes, diners and fast food places are standard, but Vogel Farms Country Market has fresh produce and gets rave reviews. The 480,000-acre Birds of Prey National Habitat Area east of town is home to falcons, hawks, eagles and more.
New subdivisions have large, mostly ranch-style tract homes on large lots with few trees.
Population: 18,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 20%
Cost of Living: Meets the national average
Median Home Price: $260,000
Climate: Summer days are hot and dry with temperatures in the 80s and 90s. Winters are cold with temperatures in the single digits, teens and 20s. On average, the area receives nine inches of rain and 11 inches of snow each year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but St. Luke's Boise Medical Center and St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise both accept Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, St. Luke's Boise Medical Center and St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise are both accredited.
Public Transit: The city coordinates van rides and carpooling services, but there is no bus transit.
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Conservative
College Educated: 34%
Is Idaho Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Notes: Most people travel to Boise for dining, shopping and services. Sawtooth National Forest, a perfect destination for hiking, fishing and camping, is an hour or two to the east. Sun Valley Resort, a top ski destination, is three hours away.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
Named by the eccentric lobbyist George M. Willing, Idaho was one of the last regions in the lower 48 to be explored by Europeans. The Lewis and Clark expedition entered the area through Lemhi Pass in 1805. Trappers and fur traders soon followed.
The Gem State encompasses mountain ranges, river gorges, and lakes. Boise, its capital, is set in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and is halved by a river. Weather can be as variable as the landscape. Maritime influences moderate winter temperatures in the west. The east can experience lower temperatures, wetter summers, and drier winters.
Manufacturing has become the state's main economic driver. Idaho is still a major producer of cattle, potatoes, and trout. Even though mining has faded in importance, Idaho continues to extract gold, silver, molybdenum, as well as 72 types of precious and semi-precious stones. Sun Valley has nurtured the state's newest industry - tourism.
Famous Idaho natives include writers Ernest Hemingway and Ezra Pound along with Olympians Pikabo Street and Dick Fosbury.
Population - 1,683,140
Persons 65 years old and over - 12%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 89%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 26%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 12%
White persons, not Hispanic - 82%
Median household income - $47,583
Median home value - $162,930
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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