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This quiet military town of just over 16,000 lies just 40 freeway miles from Boise. Old-fashioned (in a good way), Mountain Home has long been considered one of the friendliest places in the state. It has been growing with the boom in the Idaho housing and construction industry that has helped Mountain Home to prosper in recent years. Because it is only around 45 minutes to Boise, but with more affordable housing, many people live in Mountain Home and commute to Boise for work or are able to work remotely! It’s also close geographically and in spirit to the 366th Fighter Wing, the host unit at nearby Mountain Home Air Force base — and the town’s annual Air Force Appreciation Day is a heartfelt hometown tradition. Mountain Home highlights one of the best small towns in America with St. Luke’s hospital, Gem State College, a historical museum, and more parks than you can count. The unemployment rate is astonishingly low at only 4%, and a projected future job growth rate of 38%! While the population is higher than in some small towns in Idaho, the community events and familial feeling of this military-based town make it feel like a small and tight-knit community, with the perks of a larger city.
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