The state of Idaho is working hard to support affordable college education. The University of Idaho offers more than $25 million in college scholarships every year — and it’s just one of 20 accredited colleges and universities within state borders. Public colleges and universities in Idaho are more affordable on average than other states’ public schools, and Idaho’s private secular and Christian schools have competitive rates too.
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Here are useful and fun facts about the Idaho lifestyle.
- Idaho is an affordable place to live. Groceries, health care, transportation, utilities and miscellaneous expenses are a bit cheaper than they are in the typical US state. Housing (rentals and mortgages) are just a bit higher than average. Overall the cost of living in Idaho is slightly below average for the US.
- The top three industries in the state are manufacturing, agriculture and tourism. Some major manufacturing products are computer equipment, lumber and chemicals such as phosphates. Potatoes are the best-known Idaho agricultural product — about one third of US potatoes are grown here — but wheat, sugar beets, other crops and dairy products are also strong contributors to the state economy.
- Nicknamed the Gem State, Idaho is rich with more than 70 varieties of precious and semiprecious gemstones. It’s also a top 10 source for silver worldwide.
- Natural beauty is abundant in Idaho. This is a Rocky Mountain state with gorgeous peaks, abundant hiking trails and seemingly endless space for outdoor recreation. One popular road trip for college students is the Caribou National Forest, which covers one million acres. Another is the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness; with more than two million acres of unspoiled land, it’s the largest wilderness area in the continental US.
- A favorite tourist destination is Shoshone Falls. It’s more dramatic than Niagara Falls and is sometimes called the “Niagara of the West.”
- Deeper than the Grand Canyon, Idaho’s Hells Canyon is the deepest river gorge in North America.
- Hot springs are sprinkled across the state. Many buildings in Boise rely on geothermal heat.
- Fun to find on a hike: the tracks of wagon wheels. The Oregon Trail and other major pioneer routes from the 1800s crossed Idaho, and you can still see wagon tracks in the rugged terrain.
Among ranked National Universities, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2019–2020 school year was $41,426 at private colleges, $11,260 for state residents at public colleges and $27,120 for out-of-state students at state schools, according to data reported to U.S. News in an annual survey.
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