Our family planned our move to Boise for the entire 2 years I was in nursing school! We have been here 5 years and still feel like we are on vacation!! We moved here because of the schools and relaxed attitudes (came from Vegas) and we don't regret it for one single second. Our kids have had some fantastic teachers and we have made some really great friends.
The pay was low for what I would have started at in Vegas as a new grad. I worked at St. Luke's (highly recommend it...awesome hospital) and started just below $20/hr before diff. That hurt, but the move was for our kiddos, so it was worth the paycut. I just left West Valley (in Caldwell) mostly because I felt extremely underpaid at just over $23/hr (and I worked there for almost 4 years). I am now venturing out on my own (yes...it's possible!!) as a Certified Foot Care Nurse.
We live in Meridian and love it!
Car registration is super low, gas seems about 15 cents higher than Nevada, we are taxed on groceries
, we have state income tax, car insurance/homeowners is much cheaper than where we were. We have 4 mild seasons, tons of outdoor things to do (going jet skiing today!) water parks, go kart tracks, Meridian Speedway race track (my 13 year old races a real car there!) and sports.
Good luck to you and your family! Idaho is awesome!