Idaho named among top states for retirement living in 2021

Planning for retirement isn’t easy. The recent pandemic has further complicated things when it comes to saving money, a crucial variable in the retirement equation.

Choosing the right place to live is another important decision facing retirees. The consequences of the right home are far-reaching, as it’ll have an impact on taxes, quality of health care and other living costs.

A recent survey ranked the best and worst places for retirement life based on key metrics, such as living costs, quality of health care, climate, available amenities and overall livability. The survey also took into account direct resident comments.

The data is framed from the retiree perspective. The survey took a look at various factors of home affordability, such as median income, average home price, tax rate and cost of assisted living. For quality of life, the survey took into account communities that reflected the retiree population and featured desirable amenities. The number of quality health centers, number of doctors and dentists and the rating of retirement living were also a part of the methodology.

When all the numbers were calculated and all the feedback from residents quantified, the top 10 best states to retire in are Florida, Texas, West Virginia, Nevada, New Hampshire, Wyoming, Idaho, Pennsylvania, Arizona and Oklahoma.

Idaho fits a lot of the criteria for ideal retirement living, including its wide-open spaces and opportunities for enjoying the great outdoors. More importantly, the survey concluded that living and senior housing options are among the most affordable around. Property taxes are more friendly in Idaho. Some residents were a little concerned with population growth, which is moving at about half the average U.S. rate. Finally, the survey also lauded the falling crime rate across the state.

If you have fallen in love with Twin Falls and the surrounding area, we get it. With the region’s natural beauty and affordability, it’s the perfect place to live and start the next new phase of life — especially if you’re ready for retirement. Please contact us today to learn more about this beautiful region and the available mortgage programs designed with you in mind.

5 incredible burger places to try in Twin Falls

Sometimes, you just want an old-fashion burger stacked with fresh beef, lettuce, tomatoes and cheese on a lightly toasted bun.

Or, maybe you’re craving something more elaborate with adventurous ingredients, extra sauce and cheeses. Whatever your style, you can find your next favorite burger in Twin Falls.

Scooter’s Chillin’ -N- Grillin’
Made from beef that’s never frozen, burgers from Scooter’s Chillin’ -N- Grillin’ are quickly becoming a regional favorite.

The restaurant also smokes its meat daily and prepares all its meals with the freshest ingredients. Customers can select from a variety of burger creations, which are all hand-pressed using a half-pound of fresh beef.

The Ruth Burger is a lightly seasoned house patty on toasted brioche bread with lettuce, pickles and red onion.

Idaho Joe’s
For all your dining food cravings, this is the place for you. When it comes to freshly baked pies, homemade soups and mouth-watering burgers, Idaho Joe’s won’t disappoint.

The Twin Burger is two charbroiled patties with melted cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion and special dressing. It’s served with fries, potato salad, greens or one of the famous soups from Idaho Joe’s.

Other burgers include the mushroom, bacon and chili burgers. The Haystack Burger comes with sweet and smokey barbeque sauce, melted cheese, crispy onions, lettuce, tomatoes and mayonnaise. Or, if you want the best of both worlds, order the Burger, Fry and Pie, which is the restaurants’ Idaho Joe Burger with fries and a slice of pie.

Jakers Bar and Grill
Jakers Bar and Grill offers amazing flame-grilled steak burgers for an inventive take on the classic burger.

The freshly ground six-ounce sirloin and ribeye steak burgers are placed on a soft brioche bun and charbroiled to a perfect medium finish.

One of the favorites is the Campfire Burger, with bacon, cheddar, lettuce, fried onion petals, mayo and honey Sriracha barbeque sauce.

Depot Grill
Depot Grill has been around a while, serving the people of Twin Falls with homemade comfort foods and burgers since 1907.

Hamburgers are made with the family-restaurant’s own beef, which is cut and ground in-house. All burgers are made with the special beef and served with a side of french fries.

The Depot Burger is a half-pound patty with Swiss and cheddar cheese. The Choo Choo Burger is beef mixed with eggs and special seasoning. Other burgers with a variety of optional toppings are also available.

Burger Stop
Burger Stop serves 100% fresh all-beef patties for every sandwich and pairs them with fry sauce, onions, lettuce and tomatoes for the perfect balanced burger.

The Hawaiian Burger is a savory beef patty with sauce, onion, lettuce, tomato, teriyaki, Swiss cheese, pineapple and ham. For something more traditional, you can try the Bacon Cheese Burger which is overloaded with strips of bacon and topped with lettuce and American cheese.

This is a short list that represents a small fraction of all the amazing dining options in the region. Twin Falls is home to a lot of unique restaurants and hidden dining destinations. There’s never a dull moment when it comes to finding a memorable and delicious dining experience.

If you continue to find new reasons to love Twin Falls and want to call it home, our mortgage loan professionals are happy to help. Please contact us today to learn more about what the region has to offer and how we can work together to achieve your goals through customized mortgage loan programs.