I've always lived in big cities. I grew up in Houston, and went to college in Boston. So while I wasn't sure if Idaho was going to work out when I made the move in 2008, I've since grown to see why Idaho is a great place to live.

Here are five things that make Idaho awesome!

  • 1

    You can be entertained outside all year round.

    This is one area where Idaho has a big advantage over my hometown... in Houston winters, you run to and from your car as fast as humanly possibly to avoid the cold. In Idaho, you might do the same thing, but you can also go skiing, snowboarding, sledding, ice skating, make a snowman, and watch a show in Sun Valley.

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  • 2

    We have a State Amphibian.

    Fourteen-year-old Ilah Hickman lobbied state lawmakers for FIVE YEARS (she started at the age of 9!) to make the giant salamander our state amphibian. Though we're probably more impressed with the story behind the salamander than the slimy creature itself, it earns a solid place on this list!

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  • 3

    Boise

    I may be doing a disservice by choosing only one of Idaho's many amazing cities to live (my own is Twin Falls), but Boise is certainly no less deserving, as it appears on virtually every Top 10 Places To Live sorts of lists. From Forbes, to public broadcasting, to blogs, there's a lot to like.

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  • 4

    Idaho frowns on fishing while riding a camel.

    Hey you. YOU. I know what you were thinking about doing this weekend. Well, you know what? STOP IT. Go sit in a corner and think about what you were going to do.

    This Associated Press article from the 1944 issue of the St. Petersburg Times addresses what is probably the biggest criminal law issue of our times.

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  • 5

    Idaho Is Full of Innovators

    For example, did you know the following were invented by Idaho people?

    The TV. Philo Farnsworth dreamed about the TV while attending highschool in Rigby.

    The world's largest man-made geyser. A local man in Soda Springs ran across it while searching for heated water for a new swimming pool.

    The Pulaski, those bright red multi-axe tools that firefighters use, is credited to Ed Pulaski. He saw the need for the tool after fighting wildfires in Idaho in 1910. He saved the lives of 45 crewmembers during that time. If necessity is the mother of invention, Pulaski should win an award.

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