Idaho is the fourteenth largest state by area, with a population of 1,754,208 (U.S. Census Bureau, July 1, 2019). Idaho's heritage first began with the Native American tribes, including the Bannock, Coeur d'Alene, Nez Perce, and Shoshone tribes, who established the earliest settlements. Subsequently, European explorers arrived in 1805 with the Lewis and Clark expedition. It was not until July 3, 1890, that Idaho officially became part of the United States, under President Benjamin Harrison.
Today, Idaho is one of the largest U. S. producers of potatoes, in addition to trout, Austrian winter peas, and barley. Idaho is also known as "The Gem State" due to its abundance of rare minerals and precious gemstones, including the star garnet.
Idaho's economy has a GDP of $78 billion (Bureau of Economic Analysis, July 1, 2018), which is driven by manufacturing, health care, tourism, agriculture and food, and beverage processing industries. Many of the leading Fortune 500 companies have their headquarters in Idaho, including Albertsons, Micron Technology, and WinCo Foods, to name a few.
The most recognized cities in Idaho are Boise, Nampa, and Meridian.
Boise is the capital city of Idaho and has a population of 220,859. Boise is home to Oregon Trail, Bogus Basin, and Idaho State Capitol Building. Over the last ten years, Boise's housing market has appreciated by 58.55%. When compared to the rest of the nation, Boise's housing prices are slightly higher, with the median home price of $206,800 and a median rent of $875.
Nampa resides west of Boise, about 20-miles away, and has a population of 89,576. Nampa is home to Warhawk Air Museum, Lake Lowell, and Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge. Over the last ten years, Nampa's housing market has appreciated by 53.34%. When compared to the rest of the country, Nampa's housing prices are significantly lower, with the median home price of $133,900 and a median rent of $862.
Meridian is located south-western part of Idaho and has a population of 91,917. Meridian is home to Bonita Lakes Park, The Dentzel Antique Carousel at Highland Park, and Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum. Over the last ten years, Meridian's housing market has appreciated by 53.28%. When compared to the rest of the nation, Meridian's housing prices are slightly higher, with the median home price of $221,300 and a median rent of $1,016.