Idaho is a state located in the Mountain West region of the United States. With a population of just under 1.6 million residents Idaho ranks 39th among the 50 states in terms of total population, though since it ranks 14th in the U.S. in terms of total area, the state’s population density ranks it just 44th in the U.S. Though it was first settled by Americans in the mid-19th century, Idaho’s unique landscape and rugged terrain have made settlement very sporadic; there are few densely populated areas in the state of Idaho, whose largest city is Boise, which has a population of just 205,000. Idaho is known as the Gem State, as almost every known gem has been found somewhere in the state of Idaho.
Idaho has one of the smaller transportation networks within its borders, when compared to other states in the U.S., and it is odd in the sense that the two largest metropolitan areas in the city, Coeur d’Alene and Boise, are not linked by interstate highways. Idaho relies heavily on state routes and the like to get people to where they want to go; in terms of interstate highways, Only I-15 services the northern part of the state; it is a north-south route and runs through Pocatello, Blackfoot and Idaho Falls. I-84, I-86 and I-90 all run east-west through various smaller cities; I-84 is the most common route for carriers running routes into Washington and Oregon. I-184, technically an auxiliary highway, services much of the southwestern portion of the state. The lack of interstate highways can make it difficult for car shippers to move into and out of Idaho, so prices to or from the state – especially during the winter, when snow and hazardous winter weather is more common – tend to be a bit steeper than other areas of the U.S.
During the summer months, average highs in the state range from the mid-80’s to the upper-90’s, but auto shipping carriers are more likely to want to travel to Idaho during the summer months as opposed to the winter months, when snow and ice are more common. Idaho feels a lot of influence from the Pacific Ocean, which does a lot to regulate how much snow the state sees; couple that with the variation in elevation across much of the state, and car carriers have to be careful while driving through Idaho as they can go from snow to no-snow to snow again in just a few hours’ travel. This makes it more difficult for them and ultimately will raise your price, though by how much is typically dependent on the shipper.
Idaho’s economy is based heavily on science and computer technology – almost 25% of the state’s economy and 70% of the state’s exports. Idaho, however, has long been considered a major breadbasket state, especially for wheat – and it is something that the state continues to supply in vast quantities. Aside from wheat, potatoes are Idaho’s claim to fame in that Idaho produces and supplies a third of the potatoes consumed in the U.S. Mining, food processing, wood and lumber processing, chemical products, paper products and tourism.
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