Best Places to Live

Moscow, ID

Population: 24,688
LIV
SCORE
601
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
Appaloosa Horse Club in Moscow

Moscow, ID Ranking Data

Civic
76
Demographics
35
Economy
33
Education
76
Health
75
Housing
55
Infrastructure
62