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Old 05-26-2006, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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I am thinking of relocating to Eagle Idaho from New York City. I have an elementary school -age child, so good schools and a family atmosphere are important factors - as well as affordable housing. Is there much difference between Meridian and Eagle? Is Eagle an easy commute to Boise for jobs? Do people in Idaho have strong feelings about new yorkers?! As a side note, my daughter's father moved to Big Sur, CA and I wanted to move somewhere around SanFran so my daughter doesn't have so far to travel to visit. But the public school funding crisis and outrageous housing costs have made me think Idaho is a better choice. In CA, for $600k, you get about 600 sq. ft, which even if I could afford, is miserable. I also have heard that children from the average middle class are made to feel less than. I'd love to hear from people who've moved from CA to Idaho! Thanks.

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Old 05-26-2006, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Boise
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Eagle is a really nice town, and the commute from Eagle to Boise is really easy. Worst case, your commute could be 30 minutes, and that's if you live on the far north end of Eagle and work in southern Boise. Most likely it'd only be 10-15 minutes.

I lived in Idaho for 30 years and never heard anybody complain about New Yorkers. It's usually people from CA we're complaining about. Housing in Eagle will be more expensive than housing in Boise, or Meridian, but IMO it's worth it.
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Old 05-26-2006, 09:23 AM
 
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Thanks, pinkpalace. This may be a dumb question, but why do people complain about californians?
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Old 05-26-2006, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Boise
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Personally, I think it's just because people need something to complain about. I've had lots of friends that moved to Idaho from California, and they were just as nice (or nicer) than anybody else.

Idaho is changing, growing up, I guess. Some people don't like it and want someone to blame, so they blame outsiders. Most people moving to Idaho are from California, so they are an easy target.

IMO, the issues most people blame on the influx of Californians (raising house prices, liberal politics, bad drivers) are more of a sign that Idaho's population is increasing, and not necessarily because of a California influence.
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Old 06-03-2006, 12:15 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Hey pinkplace. I might be one of those Californian's heading up your way. My desire to move is really no different than anyone else's from Cali.: Lower housing, better life, etc... I'm thinking Twin Falls...any thoughts? Thanks.
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Old 06-03-2006, 10:37 PM
 
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Twin Falls is cheaper (real estate) than the Boise metro area. They're just starting to grow rapidly too, though, so traffic is starting to become a problem.

Consider Idaho Falls & Pocatello, even Burley, Rupert, American Falls, & Blackfoot if you want the small-town feel, quieter pace of life. It depends on what kind of employment you're looking for, because the smaller cities don't have as many employment opportunities.
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Old 08-09-2007, 04:08 AM
 
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I have been in Idaho all my life...raised 5 kids and I have had the good fortune of extensive travel (military family) and I always 'come home to Idaho'

But I must be honest...I was raised in Caldwell and that is just a bare few miles from Eagle...I now live in the northern central mountains of Idaho and the BIGGEST reason for the move was the 'valley' as we call the Ada and Canyon county areas of Idaho are absolutely DRUG infested. It is like a plague. You can look up the front page stories of the Idaho Statesman and or more 'valley' local paper is the Press tribune...they will tell you that the epidemic of grugs and grug related violence is compareable with some of the worst in the nations statistics....

GOD BLESS and /good luck...Ill always love Idaho...ALWAYS... but reality is what it is....you said you had kids...you need to know..just because a place looks sleepy or subtle...well its the quite ones that'll get ya, so said my dad!!!

Sorry for the bad news.....But on the BRIGHT side move to northern Idaho!!!! Lots of snow but it really is a GOOD way of life
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Old 08-09-2007, 08:50 AM
 
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I have been in Idaho all my life...raised 5 kids and I have had the good fortune of extensive travel (military family) and I always 'come home to Idaho'

But I must be honest...I was raised in Caldwell and that is just a bare few miles from Eagle...I now live in the northern central mountains of Idaho and the BIGGEST reason for the move was the 'valley' as we call the Ada and Canyon county areas of Idaho are absolutely DRUG infested. It is like a plague. You can look up the front page stories of the Idaho Statesman and or more 'valley' local paper is the Press tribune...they will tell you that the epidemic of grugs and grug related violence is compareable with some of the worst in the nations statistics....

GOD BLESS and /good luck...Ill always love Idaho...ALWAYS... but reality is what it is....you said you had kids...you need to know..just because a place looks sleepy or subtle...well its the quite ones that'll get ya, so said my dad!!!

Sorry for the bad news.....But on the BRIGHT side move to northern Idaho!!!! Lots of snow but it really is a GOOD way of life
Come on know, there are drugs everywhere and it isn't any worse in Boise "the valley" than anywhere else. I notice in Boise that anything considered "bad" news is big news because it rarely happens and isn't expected to happen here. Drugs are a plague in every corner of the United States of America, but compared to other areas I have lived Boise is pretty mild with the drug news. And plus here in Idaho I get the impression that nothing bad is supposed to happen, so when there is bad news it is really sensationalized by the local press and they talk about it for days.
The impression I have is that people here have lives, they work, raise families, love the outdoors and our beautiful urban setting, and are generally happy. Drugs are everywhere and the ironic thing is you mention North Idaho like it is immune?!? Sandpoint is always in the state news section for Marijuana busts.
But like I said, people from Idaho always think Idaho will remain untainted and if there is a smidgen or small example of the outside world, like drugs, it is trumped up and the end of the world is near.

I don't think anybody needs to worry about their kids becoming druggies because they move to Boise. Boise and the metro is one of the best cities to raise a family.
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Old 08-09-2007, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Boise-Metro, ID
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This is an old thread, but I just wanted to make a side note to IdahoCarol's comments above. There was a huge drug bust in Nampa not too long ago and they did a drug sweep of 50+ plus homes, I think the news had said they were mainly in parts of Nampa and Caldwell and that it was Meth related. I'm hopeful that the sweep took a big chunk out of the problem, not that it can't come back, but sounds like the police are working hard to keep our areas clean.
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Old 08-09-2007, 09:04 AM
 
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It's a fact that there is a large underbelly of drugs in the state - a lot of meth and marijuana up north and in the east, the same and heroin and cocaine in Boise. But no more than anywhere else in the US.

However, this stuff is so terribly easy to avoid. It's rarely seen, its presence is rarely felt, and if you're not interested in it, you'll probably never know its there. It's an absolute non-issue for me.

And it certainly isn't as present as any other large city I've been to.
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