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Richard Davis

Saskatoon, Canada

#21 Nov 9, 2011
I had the opportunity to live in Mountain Home for about 6 months. I stayed with a friend I had grown up with in Southern California. The city is amazing to look at, as is the rest of the surrounding area. Unfortunately, the last three generations of Americans, (Some, Not All) have taught their children bad habits, like drug and alcohol abuse. I guess they tried to hide these problems from their kids, but it just doesn't work that way. You're either part of the solution, or you're part of the problem. Long story short, drugs and alcohol are pretty much everywhere in North America. I live in Canada now, and it's a lot more messed up here than I thought it would be. Fortunately my only child is raised and living in Texas. As for Mountain Home: I doubt it's any better in the San Fernando Valley, a superb in Dallas Texas, or a borough in New York. At least you can defend your self and your property in the US with a Gun. You cannot do that here in Canada. At the end of the day, we live in the world we create for ourselves. Leave It To Beaver and Mayfield just don't exist anymore.
Kim

Boise, ID

#22 Nov 11, 2011
We have now lived in Mountain home for a year and I will not say that it is paradise but it is VERY SAFE place to raise a family and you will be surounded by GREAT people. I don't know who these others kids are hanging out with but we have not experienced any drug crimes, or theft issues....we leave our house unlocked and keys in the car! In my opinion you can't blame a town for your lack of parenting. The town is small but Boise is only 40 minutes away...and you can get EVERYTHING you need there. Hope you enjoy your stay!
Erika

United States

#23 Feb 10, 2012
Um, I was born and raised here and now a sophmore at the highschool and it sucks. I swear, I wasn't meant to live here and I want to get the hell out of here. I suppose if you're old and boring, or just boring you would like it here. But I sure don't. Did you know Idaho has the 2nd worst education system in the US.

And by the way, I wouldn't worry about 'gangs' cause those are all stupid wannabes.....but drugs?? yes.. i know ALOT of people in my school, except me and my friends are out drinking, partying, or smoking. If you actually keep your kids here, be prepared for lots of complaining. Everything sucks at mtn home's highschool. Crappy cheerleaders, trashy dance studio, lost every single foot ball game this year, and haven't won homecoming for like 6 pathetic years. Dances are ghetto and theres only one formal...hmmm sounds SOOOO EXCITING. The best thing here is probably the debate team.

But, it does grow on people. I mean, the people are kinda cool so people who come and go from here tend to keep thinking about M-town. My friends are awesome too. But i'm sick of all the crap here.
Dear Erika

Poland

#24 Apr 9, 2012
I am so afraid of the schools. We have put so much into making sure our son has had a quality education. America's education system is broken but at least some schools are still 'making it'. Mountain Home schools are on 'alert' which is REALLY BAD.

I also know for a fact that there is a huge meth problem there.

I hope that we can find a good school in Boise and if we have to drive every day....then so be it
B_Parker

Peoria, AZ

#25 Jul 10, 2012
I will be moving to Mt. Home in september and was wondering what was the best cellphone service to have.
jaguar jim

Boise, ID

#26 Nov 4, 2013
Stuck in Mountain Home wrote:
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I thought this would be a good opportunity to take my, then 14yr old, son out of "the valley" Southern CA to a small town...Military...must be upstanding community...couldn't be issues like So.Cal. My son asked me "where did you bring me to? I had never seen or heard of so many drugs except in Dare class" Anyhow, that was 9 years ago, he is currently incarcerated for the next 4 years in Idaho State Correctional Institute for drug issues. I am still waiting for that moment when this place will "grow" on me. So far I think I've aged 20 years in the past 10...maybe that's why my Hubby thinks we needed to "retire" here...ugghhhh.
my son also ended up in the idaho system but he asked for it so did yours 4 years it was his fault you dont get that kind of time unless you ask for it BIG TIME no ones fault but his own HE put himself there !!!!!!
Tamm

Billings, MT

#27 Mar 4, 2014
My husband has accepted a job in Mountain Home, ID. We will be moving from Montana in about a month. I have 4 kids two boys 13 and 9. And two girls: 7 and 6. After reading the reviews I must say I am a little nervous. My kids are really into sports...football. baseball, basketball. And my girl like dance and cheer. Does Mountain home offer good programs for them? How are the schools? Any info would be so greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for your time!
Gomer

West Jordan, UT

#28 May 3, 2014
It ain't all that bad in MH. Beware how schools are measured. I question the accuracy of any funded study of state education status. Crime isn't that bad. The fuzz are super excited to write so much as a speeding ticket so there's a viable deterrence level to committing a crime. Drugs can indeed be a problem and I have no idea why. Job market stinks, but it does in all small towns except ND. State welfare rate is a little high, but that can be tracked to the limited job market...a lot of retirees stay local and they're more educated and can work for lower wages...any business owner would hire them first as well. Mental health patient rate is high. The base is 'alright' at best, but there's much (MUCH) worse places to be stationed. Overall, anybody that's lived there for a few years is more than likely very cliqueish, but it's that way in any neighborhood, except the whole town is a neighborhood. Boise is okay as well...they're trying too hard to be Seattle. ID drivers are horrible...take a look at insurance company stats...no Cali for sure, but bad enough. Critical thinking is definitely not encouraged amongst the population and everybody seems to want to resume themselves of their small-town accomplishments. Natives act like the world ends at Twin Falls and Nampa. All that said, MH ain't all that bad and if you're military, keep in mind you could be stationed in Cannon. (Yuk). MH is what you make of it but if you can help it and don't mind the drive, think about living in east Bosie or Kuna. Better schools, more welcoming people, better job availability, and better atmosphere.
Reality

Boise, ID

#29 Jun 4, 2014
I was born and raised in the SF Bay Area and went to one of the more affluent public schools. I lived in Las Vegas and had experiences with all levels of high school affluence...top to bottom. I currently live in Meridian, a suburb of Boise wih mykids goingto the "rich" school as it is referred. News flash for you haters...DRUGS ARE EVERYWHERE! The drug stories that my daughers tell me would blow me away...until I remember that my high school was full of pot and coke 20 years ago. Mtn. Home has a drug problem? yep...just lke everywhere else includng Alaska. Parents need to be parents...not their kid's friends. Raise independent, strong kids and they'll make the right decisons when faced with adversity whether it be in hgh school or life. And when they screw up...beause even the good ids do sometimes, discipline them instead of "having a talk" and the going shopping. OK, rant off. Mtn Home is a good town. Like others have said, it's what you make of it...just like most things in life.
Rebekah

Mountain Home, ID

#30 Jul 14, 2014
Coming rond de mountain wrote:
I too, am relocating to Mountain Home AFB in February, just 4 months after losing my husband, and only a year and a half in Nevada.
I am a single mother (widowed) with 3 children.
one son has been diagnosed with ADD and my other son has Aspergers. My daugher who is the oldest at 13 is very edgy about once again having to change schools, and had gotten used to the schools in Vegas and now is troubled once again about being the new kid.
Please tell me about any programs in the area for children and I would like to know about the schools and if they allow children with disbilities to attend the public schools.
Thanks for any info you can give me.
I appreciate any input or ideas. Thanks!
Mountain home offers no adequate assistance for disabled kids. We've had that issue. People here are damned rude. Schools have very low funding and horrible teachers.
I understand that some people may disagree but that's my opinion. My standards are not very high... This town sits way below them. I've been here a while and its seriously a horrible place.

Moving here is a trap. Especially for a single mother. Jobs are very hard to find and rent is unusually high.
Retired -JarHead-

Orlando, FL

#31 Sep 11, 2014
screw all you haters wrote:
I have lived in Mtn Home my whole life. I am not from the military. The few of you that said the crime rate is high, and the kids are all on drugs are full of SHIT. Lady, maybe your twin daughters are punks and hanging out with the wrong crowd! Just like any place, there are the good kids and the bad kids. sounds like your kids are the bad ones. As for the crime, i grew up leaving my keys in the ignition of my car and still do. I have never had it stolen nor have I had anyone ever break into my home. I think you people were unhappy with the place you got stationed so you tried to look for anything bad you could. Go back to the place you came from Mtn. Home doesn't want you types.
Well, I have been reading the posts here and have noticed a common thread that "screw you haters" have brought up. It's all mentality!! We are looking at possibly moving to Mt. Home cause she was offered a job on base for Physical Therapy. I have been around A LOT and know from experience, a place is as good as you think it is. We are looking for a quiet little town with lots of outdoor activities. WE DO EVERYTHING AS A FAMILY!! Such as camping, fishing, picnicking, exploring any and all off-the-beaten paths. Oh, AND WE COOK AT HOME!! Don't need restaurants!! We don't need to be entertained, we entertain ourselves. I would like to hear from those who live a similar lifestyle as to ours rather than the crying urbanites that think they have to have a shopping mall and Ruth Chris restaurant to be happy. And on other thing, it's parents responsibility to RAISE their kids and teach them morals, values and life skills. 99% of the time, if a kid is in constant trouble, it's because of lack of family and parents envolvement. Drugs and gangs are EVERYWHERE! LIke I said, would like to hear MORE real info about the town and surrounding area.Thank You..
Eddie

Boise, ID

#32 Aug 4, 2015
My wife and I received orders to Mt. Home about a year ago, and we to looked to forums for reviews on this little town. Of course you are going to see all the negatives people think of, and how it's terrible... Here are the negatives I've come across:
1. I've rolled my ankle in a Whistle Pig hole.

Now for the positives:
1. Great friendly small town businesses
2. Tons of outdoor activities
3. Boise is 40 mins away
4. If you need to have a change in scenery go 20 mins in any direction
5. ALOT of Bureau of Land Managment (BLM) property that is free to 4-Wheel on, shoot, hike, rock hound, or mountain bike on
6. 2 beautiful lakes that are near by, also the Snake River
7. Loads of camping opportunities
8. The base has great services for families Including cabins, boats, adventure trips, rock hounding events, snowboard and ski rentals for all the nearby mountains and resorts.
9. Transit available from Boise to the base if you choose to live in Boise (Boise is awesome as well!)
10. Ghost towns near by to go explore
11. The people are great!
12. And of course loads of hunting and fishing

I'm sure there are a few things I've forgotten to mention, but that's only because there is a lot to do. I cannot comment on the crime and gangs because I haven't had any run ins, and I don't have kids. I can say that I have been through town a lot and have never had a single problem.

Restraunt wise there are a lot of options, and some great small town places to eat that are fantastic! And there are fast food options here as well. Bars are also plentiful and fun.

The only reason I'm writing this review is because I have had a great time here in the last year, but I enjoy lots of outdoors activities that I've had no problems finding. If you come here and are not happy, I'd be amazed, but different strokes for different folks. If you've read the disgruntled high schoolers post above I can assure you that as a 26 year old this place is not boring, nor only for "old people"!

If any new comers have any questions feel free to ask!
gcoston

Haddenham, UK

#33 Jan 14, 2016
Eddie wrote:
My wife and I received orders to Mt. Home about a year ago, and we to looked to forums for reviews on this little town. Of course you are going to see all the negatives people think of, and how it's terrible... Here are the negatives I've come across:
1. I've rolled my ankle in a Whistle Pig hole.
Now for the positives:
1. Great friendly small town businesses
2. Tons of outdoor activities
3. Boise is 40 mins away
4. If you need to have a change in scenery go 20 mins in any direction
5. ALOT of Bureau of Land Managment (BLM) property that is free to 4-Wheel on, shoot, hike, rock hound, or mountain bike on
6. 2 beautiful lakes that are near by, also the Snake River
7. Loads of camping opportunities
8. The base has great services for families Including cabins, boats, adventure trips, rock hounding events, snowboard and ski rentals for all the nearby mountains and resorts.
9. Transit available from Boise to the base if you choose to live in Boise (Boise is awesome as well!)
10. Ghost towns near by to go explore
11. The people are great!
12. And of course loads of hunting and fishing
I'm sure there are a few things I've forgotten to mention, but that's only because there is a lot to do. I cannot comment on the crime and gangs because I haven't had any run ins, and I don't have kids. I can say that I have been through town a lot and have never had a single problem.
Restraunt wise there are a lot of options, and some great small town places to eat that are fantastic! And there are fast food options here as well. Bars are also plentiful and fun.
The only reason I'm writing this review is because I have had a great time here in the last year, but I enjoy lots of outdoors activities that I've had no problems finding. If you come here and are not happy, I'd be amazed, but different strokes for different folks. If you've read the disgruntled high schoolers post above I can assure you that as a 26 year old this place is not boring, nor only for "old people"!
If any new comers have any questions feel free to ask!
Hi, my husband and i have received ordered to Mt and after researching a little and reading these reviews I am very concerned. We are a young married couple (23 - 25) with no children.... I was wondering if you could inform us of any places we can go/visit? Is there any night clubs/bars around? I have seen a shopping mall in Boise, what is that like and are there any others? I have also seen that there is a cinema nearby but it looks very small.... what is it like and are there any other cinemas around? Also what advice can you give us?

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