Idaho leads the U.S. as fastest growing state.

Idaho has the fourth-cheapest cost of living in the country, according to a 2017 index from the Council for Community and Economic Research. Only Arkansas, Kentucky and Mississippi are cheaper.

And Boise is booming. Most newcomers have settled in and around the capital, compounding the state’s urbanization advantage. They appear to be drawn by the city’s combination of size and low cost of living.

But…”That’s creating a real pinch for people who live and work near downtown. The people who sling your coffee are kind of being pushed to the outskirts, while some of those rentals and for-sale homes are being scooped up by people with more disposable income.”

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