Hey Idahoans, have you heard the latest? WalletHub just dropped their 2024 list of the best cities for families, and guess what? Fremont, CA; Overland Park, KS; and Irvine, CA are hogging all the glory. And you know what? That's perfectly fine with us. We don't need more people flocking to our beautiful state, right?

Let's break it down. Fremont gets a gold star for its high median family income and top-notch schools. Overland Park is apparently a utopia with low unemployment and heaps of two-parent families. And Irvine? Oh, it's practically crime-free with excellent education options. Bravo to them! While they bask in the spotlight, we'll happily continue enjoying our Idaho lifestyle without the extra traffic.

Idaho has always had its unique charm. Sure, we've got Boise's vibrant community, fantastic schools, and Nampa's booming growth mixed with suburban comfort. But do we really want everyone to know that? The last thing we need is for every family from California to New York to realize how affordable it used to be.

Think about it. More people moving here means more crowded trails in the Sawtooth Mountains, longer lines at the local farmers' markets, and fewer wide-open spaces for spontaneous outdoor adventures. Plus, who wants to share the pristine waters of Lake Coeur d'Alene or the Boise River Greenbelt with even more folks?

And let's not forget our cost of living. Compared to the sky-high prices in places like California, Idaho's affordability is a treasure we'd rather keep secret. So, next time you hear someone gushing about how Idaho is a paradise for families, just smile and nod. Let's keep our state's secret sauce under wraps.

2024 Best Cities To Raise A Family

According to Wallethub, these are the 10 Best Cities to Raise a Family.

"In order to determine which cities are most conducive to family life, WalletHub compared 182 U.S. cities — including the 150 most populated U.S. cities, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state — across five key dimensions: 1) Family Fun, 2) Health & Safety, 3) Education & Child Care, 4) Affordability and 5) Socio-economics."

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LOOK: Here are the 25 best places to live in Idaho

Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in Idaho using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather. Cities, suburbs, and towns were included. Listings and images are from realtor.com.

On the list, there's a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.

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