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Twin Falls, Idaho
Twin Falls, Tucked Along the Snake River, is a Relaxed Place Known for Dramatic Shoshone Falls
Overview: Nestled along the Snake River in rural, south central Idaho, Twin Falls is known for dramatic Shoshone Falls, a nearby series of waterfalls known as the "Niagara of the West." The falls are actually taller than Niagara Falls.
A relaxed place with big blue skies and little humidity, Twin Falls has a small but attractive downtown with various shops, streetside parking and trees. Restaurants are mostly national chains. Older neighborhoods and new subdivisons are tidy, and most homes are ranch ramblers or raised ranch ramblers. The College of Southern Idaho, a community college with 11,000 students, has athletic events, and its Herrett Fine Arts Center hosts music performances. Idaho's largest planetarium is also on its campus. Residents enjoy plenty of fishing and rafting in the beautiful Snake River Canyon north of town. Golf courses are in good supply, and one parallels the river. Just 45 miles away, Jackpot, Nevada is home to Cactus Pete's Casino Resort.
Population: 49,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 33%
Cost of Living: 12% below the national average
Median Home Price: $218,000
Climate: This area has a semi-arid climate with summer temperatures in the 70s, 80s and low-90s. Winter temperatures are in the teens, 20s, 30s and 40s. The area receives little rain but about 25 inches of snow each year. The elevation is 3,600 feet above sea level. Wind is common.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Transit: The College of Southern Idaho operates Trans IV buses, a dial-a-ride service that runs Monday through Friday. The city is federally mandated to implement its own transporation system once its population reaches 50,000.
Public Library: Yes. It receives very good reviews and has a bookmobile.
Political Leanings: Very conservative
College Educated: 20%
Is Idaho Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Notes: People seem to enjoy living here. The city has a sizeable Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints population.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
Named by the eccentric lobbyist George M. Willing, Idaho was one of the last regions in the lower 48 to be explored by Europeans. The Lewis and Clark expedition entered the area through Lemhi Pass in 1805. Trappers and fur traders soon followed.
The Gem State encompasses mountain ranges, river gorges, and lakes. Boise, its capital, is set in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and is halved by a river. Weather can be as variable as the landscape. Maritime influences moderate winter temperatures in the west. The east can experience lower temperatures, wetter summers, and drier winters.
Manufacturing has become the state's main economic driver. Idaho is still a major producer of cattle, potatoes, and trout. Even though mining has faded in importance, Idaho continues to extract gold, silver, molybdenum, as well as 72 types of precious and semi-precious stones. Sun Valley has nurtured the state's newest industry - tourism.
Famous Idaho natives include writers Ernest Hemingway and Ezra Pound along with Olympians Pikabo Street and Dick Fosbury.
Population - 1,683,140
Persons 65 years old and over - 12%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 89%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 26%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 12%
White persons, not Hispanic - 82%
Median household income - $47,583
Median home value - $162,930
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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