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A+ Moscow Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C Moscow Cost of Living Cost of living is 5% higher than Idaho
982% less expensive than the US average
946% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Moscow cost of living
B+ Moscow Crime Total crime is 40% higher than Idaho
Total crime
2,6085% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 395% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
16%Year over year crime is up
Moscow crime
F Moscow Employment Household income is 29% lower than Idaho
Median household income
$34,78437% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$20,29732% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%26% higher than the US average
Moscow employment
D Moscow Housing Home value is 25% higher than Idaho
Median home value
$209,70014% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$65831% lower than the US average
Home ownership
41%35% lower than the US average
Moscow real estate or Moscow rentals
C+ Moscow Schools HS graduation rate is 13% higher than Idaho
High school grad. rates
96%15% higher than the US average
School test scores
52%5% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:11% higher than the US average
Moscow K-12 schools or Moscow colleges

Living in Moscow, ID

Moscow is a medium-sized city located in the state of Idaho. The city has a population of 24,855 inhabitants. With a population density of 3,597 people per square mile, Moscow is well above the nation's average density level. If we look at the most recent Census, Moscow is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and Black. The median age of all Moscow residents is 25, which is well below the national average. This is a good indication that this city could be ideal for young singles. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Moscow might be a good fit as 83% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 59% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

Living in Moscow can be a positive experience for anyone relocating to the town. Having said that, in the state of Idaho, there are many incredible places to live, so choose wisely! To help you find the best places to live in and around Moscow, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, cost of living, weather, education, housing and more.

Moscow, ID receives 75/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #11 in Idaho and #4,706 in the USA. Clearly, Moscow is doing something right, as this score ranks well above the average of most cities. If we dig a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Moscow has higher than average grades for the following: amenities (A+) and crime (A). There are some categories that Moscow does not rank well for, including: weather (D), employment (F) and housing (D). It might be worth taking a closer look to find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Moscow, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: University of Idaho Arboretum & Botanical Garden, Appaloosa Museum and Heritage Center, and Hamilton-Lowe Aquatics Center.

Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Moscow gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 133 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

Moscow real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Moscow. The median home price for Moscow homes is $209,700, which is 24.9% higher than the Idaho average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Moscow, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 6, which is 76.5% higher than the Idaho average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Moscow were -8.2%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 7.1%.

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Compare Moscow, ID Livability To Other Cities

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Lewiston, ID7823.332,484
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Pomeroy, WA7633.51,281
Pullman, WA757.832,176
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Moscow, ID74024,855
Genesee, ID7312.8951
Clarkston Heights-Vineland, WA71246,531
Deary, ID7121.4393
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My Experiences Living in Moscow, ID

Living in Moscow, ID has been a blessing for me. The crime in this area is extremely low and there is much opportunity to have fun and to get errands done in a substantial amount of time. However, the cost of owning a home here can be pretty steep and the poverty level in the area can be pretty high, I've learned to get around quite well and despite the poverty level, crime is sustained.

I'm extremely a stickler for libraries and the experiences I've enjoyed at Idaho's largest library, with my three kids, the University of Idaho Library, are many to cherish. So many casual dining restaurants in the city, including my favorite: Mikey's Greek Gyros on S Main St., which serves the best Gyros in al the free world, the weekends of eating out for the family have been grand. The Hamilton-Lowes Aquatic Center takes the cake. Every hot day of the spring or summer the kids asks me to take them there. So much fun at this water park, we have the pictures to show.

I do have an issue with many areas of poverty, many homeless individuals, but there are always organizations seeking to help these people. The income per capita in the city is below the national average, at $20, 297 per, which is $9,000 below the average in the United States. The best areas in Moscow, ID to live is in the Ft. Russel Neighborhood, St, Mary's neighborhood and even just 8 miles outside of Moscow - Pullman, WA.
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Source: The Moscow, ID data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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