Originally Posted by steadyrock
Judging from his other posts, he is near Coeur d'Alene. Majestically beautiful area. But all should heed his warnings about employment and wages. Jobs are scarce, meaningful jobs are scarcer. For someone going there for "prepping" reasons that is worthy of consideration. I lived on both ends of that beautiful state for a quarter-century. True, the unemployment rate is lower than CA. They also value work more (generally speaking), and the state runs a service to help people find work. But, looking beyond raw numbers the truth is a lot of people are earning between 6 and 11 dollars an hour as a busboy or telemarketer or mall-kiosk jockey, so they don't hit the unemployment rolls but raising a family or getting ahead can be extremely challenging and unlike states like CA, the prospects of "moving up the food chain" so-to-speak top out pretty quickly if not immediately.
That all said, the trade offs are definitely worthy of consideration. It's not everywhere you can go hunting 10 minutes or less from your driveway and actually trust the water in streams to be worthy of drinking or cooking with. It's a wonderland in a lot of ways. If you're independently wealthy, or want to work until you're 70, it's a place unlike any other.
This is true.
Please rest assured that I am not trying to scare or discourage anyone from moving to Idaho. I am just trying to paint a whole picture of what to expect.
Although, I live in the silver valley. I would be weary of drinking water from the coeur d'alene river or any streams near me. At least in large volumes. This area was very heavily mined for a very long period of time. The EPA is still re-mediating lead from residents yards.
Also, very few people understand how much money it really takes to build on a parcel of land. If you do not live near city gas, water and power, your wallet will be considerably lighter. My friend had his well dug in 1994, 295 feet, to a tune of $10,000. I could not image what it would be now. Having power run to your property is also not cheap.
Everyday there are more people moving here, especially from california. There are a very large number of california retirees here, and a large majority are snowbirds.