Typically, a great college town will have awesome attractions and a seemingly never-ending list of things to do there, so we're curious as to why this specific college town was rated the best one in Idaho.

Boise meets all of the requirements, however, it was not rated the best college town in Idaho. I guess that makes sense because we can't really consider Boise a "town" anymore, but let's see what city is the best college town in Idaho 👇

Far & Wide compiled a list of The Best College Town in Every State and I’m betting you won’t believe what Idaho’s is…

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Fun fact: I actually went to college at BYU-Idaho in Rexburg. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed my time there (some of the best times of my life), but I was NOT expecting it to make the list of best college towns in America.

To be honest, I don’t even think it meets Far & Wide's requirements:

“Live music, museums, theater, and academic lectures are all offered in a setting straight out of a storybook. And let's not forget game days during basketball or football seasons when sports fans, decked out in school colors, take over to cheer on their favorite teams.”

Google Maps, Kathryn Bland
Google Maps, Kathryn Bland

Umm… Rexburg will sometimes have live music I guess, but they definitely don’t have “game days” where the students get “decked out in school colors” and “take over to cheer on their favorite teams.” That just doesn’t happen there — unlike here in Boise where there is a TON of BSU Pride.

But here’s what Far & Wide says about Rexburg:

“In Idaho, Boise often gets the praise, but a review of best college towns by Reviews.org determined Rexburg is top-notch. Not only is the cost of living low and student employment high, but it also provides a small-town feel with less than 30,000 people and offers great employment options for students."

Google Maps, Chris Marshall
Google Maps, Chris Marshall

Okay, they make really solid points about the cost-of-living and small population. That town pretty much only consists of the college, and my rent there was $600/month! That’s hard to beat these days.

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