The initial two years of the COVID-19 pandemic substantially transformed the United States housing market. Many Americans left pricey, densely populated regions in favor of mid-sized cities and adjacent suburban areas in more affordable parts of the country. 

Idaho was one of those states that people came to, and the real estate market has been experiencing a remarkable surge in recent years, with property prices steadily on the rise. 


Boise and the Treasure Valley became a hotspot for real estate activity. Its growing job market, vibrant culture, and excellent schools have made it a desirable place to settle down, not to mention that you could get more bang for your buck when purchasing a home here compared to where people moved from. This appeal has led to an influx of newcomers seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life, especially from states like California, where housing costs are significantly higher. 

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As a result, demand for housing in Boise and the surrounding areas has surged, causing home prices to soar. The rapid price increase in Idaho's real estate market has raised concerns about affordability, and now people are looking for a reasonable place to purchase a home.

24/7 Wall St. released the cheapest city to buy a home in Idaho and shared that Among the 13 cities in Idaho for which data is available on the real estate market website, Mountain Home stands out as the most affordable option for prospective homebuyers. As of April 2023, the median list price in this city was $375,000, notably lower than the statewide median list price of $574,900.

Boise Residents Are Abandoning the Treasure Valley for These 15 Appealing Cities

In 2022, Stacker put together a list of metros people from Boise were moving to based on information collected from the U.S. Census Bureau. Their information was from the "Metro Area-to-Metro Area Migration" data set from 2015-2019. A newer set for the years 2016-2020 is now available, so re-ranked the list and updated the information about the following cities using the most current data available from each of our sources.

15 Things That Shock People During Their First Year in Boise

Boise is an absolutely fabulous place to live! But, if you're moving here from somewhere else it can be a bit of an adjustment. These are 15 things that seem to surprise people who relocate here from out of state.

Look: 12 California Cities Sending the Most People to Boise

Our sources include Neighborhood Scout, which uses FBI crime data or their safety rankings, the American Census Bureau,,, which allows current and former residents to grade their state/city/town and Crime Index means the city is safer than (X)% of cities in America. 

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