Best Places to Live

Moscow, ID

Population: 24,688
Photo Courtesy of Moscow Chamber of Commerce

This cozy, tight-knit community near the Idaho-Washington border offers the charm of a small town with the amenities of a larger city.

Home of the University of Idaho and lots of agricultural industry, Moscow offers a whole host of things to do and the fun, youthful vibe of a great college town. Moscow received high marks in amenities thanks to nearly 20 parks, a beautiful biking trail and frequent community events that keep residents entertained.

Looking for a great place to raise a family? Consider Moscow. The city earned the coveted #1 spot on Livability’s 2018 list of the Best Places to Raise a Family.

Local Obsession: The University of Idaho Vandals

Climate Described in 6 Words Or Less: Dreamy fall colors and winter wonderlands

Top Industries and Employers: The University of Idaho is a major employer in Moscow, and other major industries include agriculture, health services and lumber.

Local Dream Job: Professor of fermentation science at the University of Idaho

Quintessential Meal: Stuffed biscuits and gravy at The Breakfast Club

Favorite Weekend Activity: Wine tours and brewery tours, with plenty of free samples, please!

After-Work Meetup Spot: Slice And Biscuit

Best Brewery/Local Beer: Moscow Brewing Company

Beloved Bookstore: BookPeople of Moscow

Free Way to Have Fun: Spend the day biking along the Latah Trail Bike Path.

Hidden Gem: Moscow has some seriously awesome consignment shops. Check out The Storm Cellar and Hansel and Gretel.

- Claire Hannum

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“Moscow has the charm of a small rural town and the benefits of access to cultural and educational opportunities that are normally associated with larger cities. Get involved as a volunteer with a group or organization that piques your interest, and learn to love all the seasons (if you don’t already.)”

Lauren McCleary
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