Moscow, ID

Moscow profile

Living in Moscow

Moscow is a medium-sized city located in the state of Idaho. With a population of 25,702 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Moscow is the 12th largest community in Idaho.

Moscow is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.06% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Moscow is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Moscow who work in teaching (15.41%), office and administrative support (11.18%), and management occupations (9.34%).

Also of interest is that Moscow has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

In addition, Moscow is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on local Moscow culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. Moscow really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In Moscow every fall, returning students reinvigorate the community, who you will notice are all over town, buying groceries, out with friends, and getting acquainted or re-acquainted with each other and Moscow. One of the beneficial effects that colleges provide is that they tend to be lasting institutions that deliver direct economic benefits to the local economy in the form of such things as jobs for faculty and staff, and spending by students. Moscow benefits directly from this.

Moscow, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Moscow spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.42 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

If knowledge is power, Moscow is a pretty powerful place. 55.81% of the adults in Moscow have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Moscow in 2018 was $24,041, which is upper middle income relative to Idaho, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $96,164 for a family of four. However, Moscow contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Moscow is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Moscow home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Moscow residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Moscow include German, English, Irish, Italian, and Norwegian.

The most common language spoken in Moscow is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.