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Idaho Ranked Top Spots to Live Post-Pandemic

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BOISE, IDAHO, July 16, 2020 – Business Insider ranked Idaho Falls #4 and Pocatello #3 best places to live in the West, post Coronavirus, based on pre-COVID economic measures and factors including cost of living, work commute time and unemployment rate. The southeastern Idaho towns were ranked in the top 5 spots, beating out Missoula, MT, Salt Lake City, UT, and Boulder, CO.

Nine factors used were the pre-coronavirus unemployment rate, ability to work from home, population density, housing affordability, monthly housing costs, cost of living, average travel time to work, total elementary- and secondary-school spending per student, and share of residents age 25 and over who have at least a bachelor's degree.

“These cities are great for people who don't want to live in crowded areas, based on their low population densities, and who want a short weekly work commute,” says Madison Hoff at Business Insider.

Idaho’s capital city, Boise, was also ranked by Forbes as one of the top 10 cities best positioned to recover from Coronavirus. Moody’s Analytics grouped the 10 cities best positioned to recover quickly from the coronavirus pandemic and stated that places that are more spacious, rely more heavily on car travel and provide ample access to single-family housing are likely to appear as more attractive than the urbanized Northeast.

“The most dynamic recoveries may well bypass traditional powerhouses and take place instead in areas that either were or were poised to lead the way in 2020 before everything changed,” writes Adam Kamins, senior regional economist at Moody’s Analytics and the author of the report.